PPD-40

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The PPD (Russian: Пистолет-пулемёт Дегтярёва; Pistolet-Pulemyot Degtyaryova, English: Degtyaryov machine pistol) is a Soviet submachine gun developed by Vasily Degtyarev. The first prototype was created in 1929, based on the DP-27, using a similar feeding system with top-mounted disk magazines. Further improvements led to the appearance of the PPD Model 1931, which externally resembled the Tokarev M1927. In 1933, it was decided to go back to the barrel with the cooling jacket.

In 1934, limited production of the PPD-34 was started, and in 1935 it was officially accepted into service. It was the second notable submachine gun in service in the USSR, after the Thompson. In 1938, a small update was carried out, with the designation of the new model as PPD-34/38. However, the SMG continued to be considered a weapon only for certain units and most of which were in the police service. Until 1939, about 5,000 PPD-34s and PPD-34/38s were produced, after which it was decided to suspend prodcution.

However, the Winter War turned everything upside down. The PPD's production was resumed in an emergency speed. In 1940, a number of design changes were made, for easier and less costly production. Further improvements led to the appearance of the PPD-40, in particular with a new type of magazine. Although it was replaced by the PPSh-41, the PPD-40 continued to be produced until 1943 due to the war.

In 1942, a modernized version with a pistol grip and a folding buttstock in the style of the MP40 fed from 30-round box magazines was presented for trials, but it lost the competition to the PPS.

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PPD-34

PPD-34 with 25-round magazine - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPD-34/38 with 73-round drum - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPD-34/38 with 73-round drum - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. This is a late version, produced in 1940 before the introduction of the PPD-40.

Specifications

(1934 – 1940)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs (3.2 kg)
  • Length: 31 in (78.8 cm)
  • Barrel length: 10.7 in (27.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 25-round box magazine (PPD-34), 73-round drum magazine (PPD-34/38) introduced in 1940
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The PPD-34 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Fighting Film Collection No. 3 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 3) Pyotr Sobolevsky German paratrooper PPD-34/38 1941
Fighting Film Collection No. 8 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 8) A Soviet soldier PPD-34/38; In documentary footage 1942
Two Soldiers (Dva boytsa) A Red Army soldier PPD-34 with stick magazine 1943
Native Shores (Rodnye berega) Ivan Pereverzev The battalion commander PPD-34/38 1943
Soviet soldiers and officers
Philosophy of a Knife archive footage, PPD-34/38 2008

Video Games

Game Title Mods Note Date
FinnWars PPD-34 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 Appears with 25 and 71-round magazines 2007
Deadfall Adventures 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly 2014


PPD-40

PPD-40 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
PPD-40 produced by Vladistovok Shipyard #202 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Note the bayonet lug and muzzle brake.

Specifications

(1940 – 1943)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs (3.2 kg)
  • Length: 31 in (78.8 cm)
  • Barrel length: 10.7 in (27.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 71-round drum magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The PPD-40 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Fighting Film Collection No. 9 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 9) Red Army soldiers 1942
Fighting Film Collection No. 12 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 12) Evgeniy Nemchenko Lt. Krotov 1942
Young Partisans (Yunye partizani) Viktor Bubnov Andrey Stepanovich 1942
Soviet partisans
The Bridge (Most) Soviet soldiers 1942
Two Soldiers (Dva boytsa) Soviet soldiers 1943
Invincible (Nepobedimye) Boris Babochkin Nikolai Radionov 1943
Boris Blinov Bondaretz
Soviet soldiers
Native Shores (Rodnye berega) Valentin Shcheglov Lt. Sergey Lazarev 1943
Ivan Bobrov Soviet Navy Starshina
Soviet seamen and soldiers
T-9 Submarine (Podvodnaya lodka T-9) A German soldier 1943
The Marine Battalion (Morskoy batalion) Andrei Abrikosov Sergei Markin 1944
Pyotr Alejnikov Pyotr Yakovlev
Nikolai Dorokhin Kurskiy
The Last Hill (Malakhov kurgan) Soviet sailors 1944
The Turning Point (Velikiy perelom) Seen in Soviet headquarters 1945
Torn Curtain East German soldiers 1966
Fit for Non-Combatant Duty (Goden k nestroevoy) Soviet soldiers Seen in documentary footage 1968
Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat) A Soviet partisan Documentary Footage 1973
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) Vadim Yakovlev Lt. Ananyev 1975
Yuri Duvanov Pvt. Klimchuk
Tali-Ihantala 1944 Soviet soldiers 2007
Dnieper Line: Love and War Viktor Molchyan Colonel Shadrin 2009
The Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost) Andrey Merzlikin Lieutenant Kizhevatov 2010
Stalingrad Russian soldiers 2013
Panfilov's 28 (28 panfilovtsev) Yakov Kucherevskiy Sgt. Ivan Dobrobabin 2016
Anton Paderin Pyotr Yemtzov
Aleksandr Ustyugov Ivan Moskalenko
Dmitriy Girev Yakov Bondarenko
The Unknown Soldier Eero Aho Antero Rokka 2017
Soviet soldiers

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Columbo Peter Falk Lt. Columbo "Dead Weight" (S01E03) 1971
Eddie Albert Maj. Gen. Martin J. Hollister
Omega Option (Variant "Omega") Soviet sailors Seen in documentary footage 1975
The State Border: Film 5 Dmitry Matveev Lt. Il'ya Sushencov 1986
Semyon Morozov Petty officer Pavlo Levada
Black Pea Coats (Chyornye bushlaty) Vyacheslav Krikunov Starshina / Jr.Lt. Levontiy Leontyev 2018
Spy City East German police and militia 2020

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 2007
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly PPD-40 2014
Heroes & Generals 2016

PDM-42 / PPD-42

Degtyarev PDM-42 (also known as PPD-42) - 7.62x25mm Tokarev

Degtyarov PDM submachine gun (factory designation KB-P-135) was developed during early 1942 by team, led by famous Soviet gun designer Vasily Degtyarov (designer of the PPD-34/38/40 line of submachine guns, among other weapons). PDM was designed upon requirements for a compact, simple and easily manufactured submachine gun, drawn late in 1941 by GAU (General Artillery Department of the Red Army General staff). PDM submachine gun was extensively tested during 1942, and in the end it was rejected in favor of the Sudaev PPS-42 submachine gun. Only few experimental PDM submachine guns were made in Kovrov.

The PDM submachine gun is a simple blowback operated weapon, firing from an open bolt, in full automatic only. Feed is from double stack detachable box magazines. Iron sights feature flip-up rear sight blade with settings for 150 and 300 meters. Bottom-folding shoulder stock is made from stamped steel, like most other parts of the gun.

Specifications

(1942)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 7.62x25mm Tokarev
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg) (less magazine)
  • Length: 30.2 in (76.8 cm)
  • Barrel length: 10.6 in (27 cm)
  • Capacity: 30
  • Rate of fire: 600RPM
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The PDM-42 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
Enlisted 2021


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