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A Look Into The History Of the Polish PPS-43C

Design creativity in a firearm never ceases to amaze. Weapons of the 2nd World War were borne more out of necessity and pushed quickly into full production mode. Historians and collectors quickly forgot most of these firearms, while others have staying power, and there is never enough supply. 

From first glance, the Polish PPS-43C 9mm Pistol Semi-Auto available here is a unique design that has delighted collectors for over a century. 

History of the PPS-43

Historians and collectors have reason to celebrate this classic submachine gun. Developed by Alexey Sudayev, a Soviet firearms designer developed the PPS-43 as a reconnaissance weapon and for personal defense. The submachine gun was built for close combat engagements.

Submachine guns have been a part of World history for well over a century. Original designs began shaping the First World War, as soldier engagement was in trenches and foxholes. After both Wars, SMG’s began showing up in countries around the world.

Nearly two million PPS-43 submachine guns were built, with many finding their way to other conflicts.

In 1918, John T. Thompson invented his Thompson submachine gun that became infamous during America’s prohibition period. Gangsters led submachine gun popularity and forced congress to pass the National Firearms Act of 1934, requiring fully automatic weapons to be registered. 

Fascination with submachine guns reached every corner of the world. It was in this environment that saw Sudaev design his intriguing PPS-43.udaev’s submachine gun followed the Soviet PPSh-41, shortly after the Second World War began.

The PPSH featured a 70 round drum magazine. However, Sudaev’s design was considered by military experts of the time far superior to other prototypes submitted to the Soviet hierarchy.

Production of the PPS or Pistolet Pulemyot Sudaev was simplified by eliminating much of the machining processes. Most parts were sheet steel stamped, speeding time to the battlefield.

Small scale fabrication started in 1942, and the next year full-scale production started. Used extensively by the Red Army, from 1943 to 1946, nearly two million PPS-43 chambered in 7.62X25mm were produced. 

After the conflict, countries of the Warsaw Pact adopted the design along with some African and Asian nations. Sudaev’s design spread around the world.

Much like the original PPS-43, we provide 2-30 round magazines with this exceptional package.

Polish PPS-43C 9mm Semi-Auto Pistol

Pioneer Arms, in the historic town of Radom, Poland, manufactures the current iteration of PPS-43. Light and well balanced; the PPS-43C is an excellent example of a fine Polish built firearm.

Pioneer is known for building the Kalashnikov Rifle and selling the product to militaries around the globe.

Handling and Operation

During the Second World War, the PPS-43 could stand toe-to-toe with any other weapon manufactured including the German MP40.  ON the battlefield, the PPS-43 was easier to carry and faster to the shoulder.

Military history buffs will love the PPS-43C. The weapon looks exactly like the original PPS-43 when its stock is folded. Numerous military historians consider the PPS-43 the best submachine gun of World War II.

They changed the operation from the original open-bolt blowback design to a closed-bolt. A Garand type safety was at the front of the trigger guard. The overall length of the Sudaev is 24.2 inches with a barrel length of 9.84 inches. Weight of the PPS-43C without ammo is 8.09 lbs. and 6.7 lbs. empty.

The PPS-43C features an aggressive 1:9.4 rifling twist, with the muzzle having a Sudaev compensator. The distinctive device helps to reduce recoil by redirecting propellant gases.

Sights on the PPS-43C are uncomplicated, yet functional for a sub-machinegun. Front sights are a fixed blade type, adjustable for windage and elevation. Rear sights are an L-shaped flip-up marked for 100 and 200 meters with a U-notch. Effective range for the PPS-43C is a respectable 200 yards. 

Fun, cool, a blast, awesome; adjectives are endless when it is time to fire off a few hundred rounds with a submachine gun. Your trigger finger may need a rest! 

The PPS-43C is a semi-automatic with mild recoil. Shooters should pay attention to cartridge ejection, as it pitches the empties high in the air. Controls are well-placed, with the charging handle on the right side, and magazine release is a paddle type. 

Trigger pull is satisfactory; breaks cleanly after a slight stack.

Firing a lot of 9mm cartridges in just a minute or two is great fun. However, for some shooters, a missing stock might be a bit of a pain. Not to worry, several dealers carry the part along with other goodies.

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7.62x25mm and 9mm

Originally chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol cartridge, We offer the PPS-43C in the ultra-popular 9mm. The Tokarev has since been replaced by the 9x18mm Makarov pistol and submachine gun cartridge.

In 1930, the Soviet Artillery Committee decided the Tokarev cartridge, (essentially a 7.63x25mm Mauser round) would become the standard cartridge for all Soviet pistols and submachine guns. The Russian Army produced armor-piercing, incendiary, and tracer rounds of the Tokarev.

The high-velocity design drives an 86-grain lead core bullet between 1600 and 1800 fps from the PPS-43C. Surplus ammunition has dried up and why we offer the PPS-43C in 9mm.

Polish PPS-43C 7.62x25 Semi-Auto Pistol

Historical Implications of the PPS-43C

Submachine guns and similar weapons shaped how ground troops won or lost the fight. They fought war in countless trenches and fox holes across Europe. They needed significant firepower at close quarters to be effective and win their individual skirmishes. When shot from the hip or slung from the shoulder, the PPS-43 kept countless soldiers alive.

Accuracy was rarely a consideration, quick reaction time and weapon reliability was critical.

Historical significance of the PPS-43C is off the charts. Any military collection is never complete without a forearm, such as the PPS-43C in the safe.

Weapons like the PPS-43C shaped how soldiers lived and died on the battlefield.

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