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The PPSh-41 ("pistolet-pulemyot Shpagina" or "Shpagin machine pistol") is a Soviet sub-machine gun developed by Georgi Shpagin as a cheap sub-machine gun for the Red Army during World War II when the Soviet Union was desperately short of a skilled workforce and required a easy to make, cheap and reliable sub-machine gun to arm their huge army. Even though it was first used in 1941, it's been used as recently as the War in Iraq. It is a relatively reliable gun that is chambered in 7.61×25mm Tokarev and accepts 35 round box magazines or 71 round (although it can only be loaded to 70 rounds to prevent jamming) drum magazine. It has a high rate of fire, at around 900 rounds per minute. This makes it an excellent anti-personnel weapon, but encourages wasting ammunition against zombies. The PPSh-41 has been made famous by its appearances in such media as Call of Duty: World at War and a video by YouTube star FPSRussia (seriously, go watch it, it's amazing what this gun can do). Because of its reliability and high ammo capacity, the PPSh-41 can be considered one of the best submachine guns to use in a zombie apocalypse.
The original Soviet PPSh-41 had been replaced by the AK-47 and is no longer in production, though foreign copies are still in production. A good choice is the German made SKL-41, which is similar to the original PPSh-41, but can only fire in semi-auto and is chambered in 9×19mm parabellum. The 7.62×25mm Tokarev round, while not that common in the US, is still in production and is available for import from Russia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Should one decide to use a PPSh-41 in a zombie apocalypse, it is recommended to buy one as well as its ammo before the apocalypse, as they are not very common in the US.
- The rate of fire on this gun makes it almost like a miniature MG-42.
- It does have a select-fire so it can go from semi-full automatic.
- Recoil isn't much of a problem in terms of full automatic fire
- Full automatic fire may not hit the shooter's desired target, not to mention it's a major waste of ammunition.