The PPSh-41 is a Soviet submachine gun designed by Georgi Shpagin as a cheap, reliable, and simplified alternative to the PPD-40. Common nicknames are "pe-pe-sha" from its three-letter prefix and "papasha", meaning "daddy". It was one of the major infantry weapons of the Soviet Armed Forces during World War II and it also saw an extensive combat use during the Korean War.


Weapon type:full-auto submachine gun
Weight:3.63 kg (8.0 lb)
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×25mm Tokarev
Capacity:35-round box magazine or 71-round drum magazine
Effective range:125 - 150 m
Rate of fire:900 to over 1000 rounds/min
Designer:Georgi Shpagin
Number built:6.000.000
Action:blowback, open bolt
In service:1941–1960s (USSR), 1941–present (other countries)
Muzzle velocity:488 m/s