|Full name||Pistolet-pulemyot Shpagina 41|
|Country of origin||Soviet Union|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Uesaka Sumire|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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How to obtain
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DROP Can be obtained from many battle stages from Chapter 2-4 onward.
REWARD Not obtained as a reward
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The PPSh-41 (Russian: Пистолет-пулемёт Шпагина, or Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina; translating to "Shpagin's Machine Pistol") is a magazine-fed selective fire submachine gun designed in the Soviet Union by Georgi Shpagin. It was designed in 1941, and was designed as a cheap, reliable, and simplified alternative to the PPD-40 submachine gun. A common Russian nickname for the weapon is "Papasha" (папа́ша), meaning "daddy", and it was sometimes called the "burp gun" because of its high fire rate. It was one of the major infantry weapons of the Soviet Armed Forces during World War II, with about six million PPSh-41s manufactured over the course of the conflict.
The Winter War against Finland played a sizable part in the development and design of the PPSh. During this war, the Finnish Army employed their Suomi KP/-31 submachine guns to great effect during close-quarter fighting in forests and built-up urban areas. Desiring a similar weapon for their forces, the Soviets created the PPD-40 submachine gun, which was subsequently rushed into mass production in 1940. However, it was expensive to manufacture because it used numerous milled metal parts, with the receiver in particular being difficult to produce. Thus, a simpler and cheaper submachine gun was required, and a number of designers would come up with designs to this end. Georgy Shpagin would enter in a prototype submachine gun in September 1940. His design kept the best elements of the earlier PPD-40 design, while swapping out the PPD's precision lathe work for stamped metal and welded parts. This prototype also featured a simple gas compensator designed to prevent the muzzle from rising during bursts. Shpagin's design would be selected and adopted the following year by the Red Army as the PPSh-41.
The PPSh-41 is a classic example of a design adapted for mass production, with other examples being the American M3 'Grease Gun', the British Sten, and the German MP 40. It is a durable, low-maintenance weapon made of low-cost, easily obtained components, primarily stamped sheet metal and wood. Its parts (excluding the barrel) could be produced by a relatively unskilled workforce with simple equipment available in an auto repair garage or tin shop, freeing more skilled workers for other tasks. The PPSh-41 uses 87 total components compared to the 95 parts needed for the PPD-40, and a PPSh-41 could be manufactured with an estimated 5.6 machining hours (later revised to 7.3 hours) compared to the 13.7 hours it took to make a single PPD-40.
The PPSh's design influences can be seen in its choice of magazine, as the weapon used 71-round drum mags that were very similar to the ones found on the Finnish Suomi. Each PPSh-41 came with two factory fitted drum magazines that were matched to the weapon with marked serial numbers. If drum magazines were mixed and used with a different serial numbered PPSh-41, a loose fitting could result in poor retention and failure to feed. Drum magazines were superseded by a simpler 35-round box magazine. The PPSh-41 is a simple direct blowback firearm with an open bolt design, and fired the standard Soviet pistol and submachine gun cartridge from that time, the 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge. Weighing approximately 12 pounds (5.45 kg) with a loaded 71-round drum and 9.5 pounds (4.32 kg) with a loaded 35-round box magazine, the PPSh is capable of a rate of about 1000 rounds per minute, a very high rate of fire in comparison to most other military submachine guns of World War II.
The PPSh-41 saw extensive combat use on the Eastern Front during World War II. The Soviets would often equip platoons and sometimes entire companies with the weapon, giving them excellent short-range firepower. Thousands more were dropped behind enemy lines in order to equip Soviet partisans to disrupt German supply lines and communications. An attempted replacement for the PPSh-41 was developed in the form of the PPS-43. This submachine gun was even more basic in its construction than the PPSh and had a more reasonable rate of fire, but it never ended up replacing the PPSh entirely. After the Second World War, the PPSh was supplied in large quantities to Soviet-aligned states and Communist guerrilla forces. The weapon was widely used during the Korean War by both the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteer Army. Some U.S. infantry officers ranked the PPSh as the best combat weapon of the war, as while it lacked the accuracy of the U.S. M1 Garand and M1 carbine, it provided more firepower at short distances. The PPSh-41 would remain in Soviet service until it was phased out in favor of the Kalashnikov rifle.
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- During WWII, the Soviet Union designed a night vision device that could be mounted on the PPSh-41. In order for the device to work, the target needed to be exposed by a separate IR Illuminator. It should be noted that this was the first Soviet night vision device ever made for an infantry weapon, and was preceded by a prototype for tank driver use.
- The walls of early version 71-round drum magazines for the PPSh-41 were only 0.5mm thick, thus making them very vulnerable to damage and subsequent malfunction. Because of this issue, many soldiers during the war preferred the 35-round stick magazines because of their reliability.
- Soviet engineers experimented with using the PPSh-41 as an aircraft weapon, fitting 88 PPSh-41s loaded with incendiary P-41 rounds in the bomb bay of a Tu-2 bomber. This experimental bomber was designated the 'Tu-2Sh'. The PPSh-41 battery itself was intended for anti-infantry use. Though fascinating on paper, the Tu-2Sh failed to gain traction, as the plane would have had to be flown abnormally low in order for the PPSh battery to be effective, making it an easy target for enemy AA. Furthermore, reloading 88 submachine guns was wildly impractical and malfunctions were likely to occur. 
- During WWII, German forces looted PPSh-41s from Soviets and re-chambered the weapons for 9mm Luger. To convert the weapon, the barrel had to be replaced and a magazine well adapter added to allow the use of MP 40 magazines. The official German designation for this weapon is MP 41(r).
- Also, some captured PPSh-41s were not converted for 9mm, but were still used by German Forces under the designation MP 717(r). The non-converted weapons were useable because the PPSh, chambered for 7.62x25 Tokarev, can be loaded with 7.63x25mm Mauser and still perform well.
- Jokingly blamed by the community for server problems due to a fan comic featuring her destroying the server rooms in an accident.
- Seems to be bothered by her weight (the PPSh-41 weighs around 5.45kg/12lbs fully loaded, heavier than many full-powered rifles).
- PPSh-41 controls the construction robot when upgrading the dormitory.
- Is the older sister of SMG PPS-43PPS-43 .
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