Inter Ordnance (IO) Incorporated is now carrying new Polish-made PPS submachine guns. These have been modified to fire semi-automatic only and to fire from a closed bolt for consumer sale in the United States and general safety. The PPS-43c was introduced in Poland in 2010 by Pioneer Arms of Radom.
The PPS is widely considered to be one of the greatest submachine guns of WWII. A Red Army design, the PPS is chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev and originally had a rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute (RPM). The first major redesign PPS-42 in 1942 employed a increased number of stamped steel parts, less machine work and a rate reducer to bring the gun down to a more controllable 600 RPM.
The PPS-43c is based on the 1943 design, which took the 1942 version’s mass-production improvements and added a shortened barrel and folding stock, making the PPS more compact and agile in the many tight places it saw duty. Aside from the changes to make it legal to sell in the US, including welding the stock into its folded position, the PPS-43c remains true to the original designs, down to the proletariat iron sights.
These new PPS-43cs have 9.6-inch barrels, which is more than enough to bring the Tokarev cartridge up to speed, and an overall length of two feet and a dry weight of 6.7 pounds (8.1 pounds loaded). These “pistols” feed from 35-round magazines, and each one comes with not just one or two but four 35-rounders.
IO’s MSRP on these Pioneer PPS-43cs is $450, but we’re already seeing them listed for $350 online. Sure, these aren’t actual historic firearms. Sure, they’re not actual submachine guns. But for the price we’re not going to argue. These are cool little firearms that fire an impressive and relatively inexpensive little round. And to be honest, the fact that they’re brand-new is probably a good thing for a lot of people.
If you liked the idea of GSG’s recent StG 44 replica carbine in .22 Long Rifle but were turned away by the price, maybe this will satisfy your WWII sweet tooth.