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Soviet Infantry Weapons: Submachine Guns


Degtyarov PPD-34/40 Submachine Gun

An average weapon of the period, inspired from the Bergmann-Schmeisser Mp-28, the PDD-34 was issued to NKVD and border guard units starting in 1935. A modernized variant which used the 71rd drum called PDD-34/38 was issued starting 1938 and began to be produced in larger numbers (as the Red Army copied all german teachings, such as the mass combat use of the SMG), but the design suffered at the hands of inexperienced conscripts and harsh weather in the 1940 Finish War. The mass use of SMG's against soviet infantry by the Finns demonstrated the effectiveness of the SMG concept and an improved variant, also easier to produce called the PDD-40 was issued that year. With the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, even the PDD-40 turned out to be too complicated for wartime production and was therefore replaced by the PPSch-41. The usual load was one drum with another spare, for a total of 142 rounds. Heavier units carried a spare box with 3 additional drums for a total of 284 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

PDD-40 _ ___0_______x1______0/0/1/2____1_______AI________1934

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

PDD-40 ______0_______x18______27______2(6)____71(7.62mm,drum)*_5.5

PDD-34 Jam (R1), PDD-34/38 Jam (R1)

 

PPSch-41 Submachine Gun

Commonly called the Burp Gun, the PPSch-41 was the most common soviet SMG of the era. Heavy, simple and reliable, it was produced in astonishing quantities (~ 7 million total) and proved itself to be the best submachine gun of the war. Its simplicity, reliability and long range (when compared with other SMG's) made it extremely popular with all forces and the German army even converted many of these excellent weapons to fire the 9mm round. Only the mass arrivals of AK assault rifle began to render it obsolete beginning 1945. The usual load was one drum with another spare, for a total of 142 rounds. Heavier units carried a spare box with 3 additional drums for a total of 284 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

PPSch-41 ___0_______x1______0/0/1/2____1_______AI________1941

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

PPSch-41 _____0_______x18______30______2(6)____71(7.62mm,drum)*_5.5

 

PPS-43 Submachine Gun

Developed as a more compact and lighter design to arm tank crew, scouts and paratroopers the PPSch-41 was a very simple and robust weapon to use. Manufactured in much smaller numbers than its brother (only a million overall), it still made a impact with the red army, and was a well liked and reliable weapon. A pouch holding 6 clips was issued with the weapon for a total of 210 rounds, was issued with the weapon.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

PPS-43 _ ___0_______x1______0/0/1/2____1_______AI________1943

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

PPS-43 _ _____0_______x18______30______2(6)_____35(7.62mm,box)_3.6

 

* Can also use the 35rd box magazine although the troops much prefered the 71rd drums.