PPS 43 submachine-gun

Catalogue number
  • FIR 6123
Production date
  • whole: Calibre: 7.62 x 25
Alternative names
  • full name: PPS 43 submachine-gun
  • simple name: submachinegun, blowback, replaceable box magazine
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The Soviet PPS 43 submachine-gun is considered by many authorities to have been the best weapon of its type produced during the Second World War. It had its origins in the PPS 42, a submachine-gun designed by A I Sudaev and produced under his personal supervision in the besieged city of Leningrad. The perfected design incorporated some features designed by another engineer, I K Bezruchko-Vysotsky. It was notable for the extreme simplicity of its construction and most of its component parts could be manufactured with unsophisticated stamping machines. It was produced concurrently with the PPSh 41 (see FIR 6352) but in facilities which had not previously been used for firearms manufacture. It was lighter and more compact than the PPSh and, crucially, its manufacture absorbed far less metal and man-hours. This particular weapon (manufactured in 1944) survived the Second World War and was captured from the Chinese People's Liberation Army during the Korean War, by the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

Physical description

PPS 43 submachine-gun & magazine

History note

Captured by 1st DWR at the Battle of the 'Hook'.

Engraved on top of receiver

C 1944g [cyrillic]

Stamped on top of receiver

DT 993 [cyrillic]

Stamped on bolt handle


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