Type: Submachine Gun

Nations: Soviet Union, North Korea, Vietnam

Branch: Armed Forces

Time Period: 1941 – 1978

Conflicts: WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War

Other Names: Papa-sha

Cartridge: 7.62x25mm Tokarev

Info: Going into WWII, the Soviet Union developed the DP-40 based off of the Finnish Suomi KP-31 . The DP-40 was too expensive to mass produce so to lessen the cost, the PPSH-41 was born. A high-rate of fire sub machinegun, it was suitable for close quarters combat as seen in the city fighting throughtout the Eastern Front of WWII. The PPSH-41s looser tollerances and larger trigger guard proved to be ideal for cold weather envitonments where thicker gloves were used and was highly regarded by German soldiers invading the USSR and sometimes picked up in preference to their MP38/40s. The weapon also saw service well into future conficts as a surplus weapon for Soviet Block counties and can sometimes be seen today roaming the battlefields in Afghanistan, after the attempted Russian Invasion in the 1980s, among insurgent forces.