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For similarly named weapons, see PPS-42 and PPS-43.

The PPSh-41 is a submachine gun featured in all the World War II-based Call of Duty games that have a Soviet campaign, as well as in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS) and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Call of Duty and United OffensiveEdit

"The PPSh submachine gun holds 71 rounds of Soviet pistol ammo and has a very high rate of fire. It's ineffective at long range and fires a relatively weak round, but its rate of fire makes for effective suppression and close-range combat."
Call of Duty manual description.

CampaignEdit

PPSh-41 menu icon CoD1
PPSh-41
Damage

Singleplayer: 75, 150 (Melee)
Multiplayer: 38, 50 (Melee)

Weapon Class

Submachine gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Maximum Ammunition

71 + 213 (SP)
71 + 284 (MP)

Reload Time

1.83 (Normal), 2.57 (Empty), 1.33 (Add Time)

Rate of Fire

896 RPM

Recoil

High

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

HUD icon

PPSh-41 Pickup CoD

Sound(s) The PPSh-41's firing sound

The PPSh-41's dry reloading sound
Console codename(s)

ppsh
ppsh_semi

The PPSh-41 is a submachine gun featured in the Soviet campaign. It has a very high magazine capacity, decent power, and only medium recoil. It takes just two bullets to kill one enemy in singleplayer, but its fairly high rate of fire when fired automatically makes it more effective against grouped targets, rather than individual ones. Ammunition is relatively scarce in the early levels of the Soviet campaign, when MP40s are more readily available. In United Offensive, it is much less effective, as it takes four shots to kill one enemy, twice as many as before, but otherwise identical and still a versatile weapon for close quarters and moderately long distances.

The gun has a semi-automatic fire mode, however as it doesn't affect hipfire accuracy and simply impedes players in CQC, this mode should best be avoided.

MultiplayerEdit

The PPSh-41 is used by the Soviets during multiplayer. Because they do not have a support gun capable of sustained medium-ranged fire, the PPSh-41's 71 round drum is used to give them an advantage in close range combat. In the first game, where there is no damage dropoff, the gun can be used competently at medium close ranges, killing in two to four shots. In UO, however, where the spread has been increased and damage falloff is present, it takes three to seven hits to kill. The recoil is the second greatest of the submachine guns, only to the MP-40, consisting of a slight upward pull and random horizontal shaking.

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty: Finest HourEdit

PPSh-41 Side FH
PPSh-41
Weapon Class

Submachine Gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

"The PPSh submachine gun holds 71 rounds of Soviet pistol ammo and has a very high rate of fire. It's ineffective at long range and fires a relatively weak round, but its rate of fire makes for effective suppression and close-range combat."
— Manual description

In Call of Duty: Finest Hour the PPSh is an effective weapon with a high recoil and low damage. It is difficult to see while using this weapon because of the muzzle flash, but its huge magazine capacity and high rate of fire make up for this deficiency. Controlling fire is a good tactic, since ammo will be quickly eaten up if fired automatically. It can first be used in the level "The Flag Must Fall."

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty 2Edit

PPSh-41
Damage

80-0 (SP), 35-20 (MP), 150 (Melee)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 1; Neck: 1; Torso: .9; Upper arms: .5; Lower arms, Upper legs: .4; Lower legs: .3; Hands/Feet: .1 (SP)
Head: 3; Neck: 1.5; Torso, Limbs: 1 (MP)

Weapon Class

Submachine gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Maximum Ammunition

355 (SP), 213 (MP)

Reload Time

1.83 mid-magazine, 2.57 dry

Rate of Fire

896 RPM

Range (explanation)

15m-70m (SP), 25m-50m (MP)

Recoil

Medium

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

HUD icon

PPSh-41 pickup CoD2

CampaignEdit

In the campaign, the PPSh-41 is a common Soviet weapon. It can still do massive damage at close range, but its higher recoil makes it less effective at maximum range than the first game. Ammunition is more readily available from the start than its predecessor, as most soldiers use this weapon. However, the player can no longer swap between automatic and semi-automatic firing modes from this game onwards (the same goes to all other machine-guns and automatic rifles), this can be largely negated if the fire button is lightly tapped to fire in a burst mode. Though many rounds can be carried in reserve, the PPSh-41 eats up ammo very quickly, and ammunition is not always easily obtained, as the only way to get it is for a PPSh-41-wielding friendly to die, or obtain from the wooden boxes in few occasions.

MultiplayerEdit

In multiplayer, this weapon is usually only effective from close to moderately long ranges. It retains the high recoil from the campaign, but is now capable of killing three to five hits at any range. The recoil pattern is more predictable in this installment, a slight upward push rather than random shaking, making it easier to control. It has a high magazine capacity, and provided that every bullet hits, and no bullet is wasted, one user can kill 14 enemies at range, or 23 in close quarters with one magazine.

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

CampaignEdit

The PPSh-41 makes a brief appearance in the mission "All Ghillied Up". When the player gets to the church, they can see a WW2 Memorial statue of two men holding the PPSh-41.

MultiplayerEdit

In the multiplayer map Bloc, the giant statue of a World War II-era Soviet soldier is holding a golden PPSh-41. In Domination, the B flag is found coming directly out of the barrel.

Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

PPSh-41 menu icon WaW
PPSh-41
Damage

100-60 (SP), 22-14 (MP)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 4, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1 (SP)
Head: 1.4, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1 (MP)

Weapon Class

Submachine gun

Magazine Size

71 (SP & Zombies)
35 (MP standard), 70 (MP Round Drum)

Unlocked at

Level 53

Starting Ammunition

71+284 (SP)
35+70 (MP standard)
70+70 (MP round drum)

Maximum Ammunition

355 rounds (SP), 210 rounds (MP)

Reload Time

2.3 s mid-magazine, 2.8 s dry (regular magazine)
2.5 s mid-magazine, 4.1 s dry (round drum)

Rate of Fire

1250 RPM

Range (explanation)

800-1500 (SP), 750-1000 (MP)

Recoil

Low

Penetration

Small

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

HUD icon

WaW Pickup PPSh

Console codename(s)

ppsh
zombie_ppsh

CampaignEdit

The PPSh-41 appears in the Soviet Campaign of Call of Duty: World at War. In the earlier levels, very few can be found, although the player can pick up ammo from fallen comrades. Later on in the campaign it becomes much more common, as Soviet soldiers start using the PPSh-41 instead of the Mosin-Nagant, ammo is much easier to find. This makes the PPSh-41 a very useful weapon during the later stages of the campaign. Because the PPSh-41 has such low recoil, it has good accuracy when hip firing, in close quarters this can be the difference between life and death as ADS takes precious time that could be used to fire up to seven bullets at an enemy. This is Reznov's weapon of choice in World at War. The PPSh-41 can only be found with a round drum.

MultiplayerEdit

The PPSh-41 is unlocked at Level 53.

The PPSh-41 is an extremely low damage-per-bullet weapon. At any range before 19 meters, the PPSh-41 will deal a mere 22 damage, warranting five shots to kill, or four shots if two bullets are headshots. The PPSh-41 will decrease in damage linearly until 25 meters, where it will deal its minimum damage, a pathetic 14 damage, warranting an extreme eight shots to kill, or seven shots if one of the seven bullets is a headshot. This damage output severely limits the PPSh-41, and makes the PPSh-41 absolutely reliant on Stopping Power if one wanted to alleviate the poor damage per bullet. Using Stopping Power, the PPSh-41 gets a severely increased amount of power. At any range shorter than 19 meters, the PPSh-41 will deal 30 damage, warranting four shots to kill, or three shots if one is a headshot. The PPSh-41 with Stopping Power will decrease in damage linearly until 25 meters, where the PPSh-41 will deal 19 damage, requiring six shots to kill, or five shots if one is a headshot. The PPSh-41 is best used with Stopping Power if engaging enemies at longer ranges, as the PPSh-41 with Stopping Power requires two less shots to kill than a PPSh without Stopping Power. It should also be noted that the PPSh-41 has low penetration power, making Deep Impact crucial if the player wanted to try shooting through objects.

In Hardcore, the low damage of the PPSh-41 is even more evident. The PPSh-41, by default, will kill in either two or three shots sans Stopping Power. The PPSh-41 with Stopping Power can kill in one shot up to 19 meters, but at any range afterwards, the PPSh-41 will either need to rely on a limited headshot range for a one-shot kill, or deal with a two shot kill. This makes the PPSh-41 a risky weapon to use in Hardcore, as its damage values will make it suffer in comparison to literally any other weapon in the game. However, the great rate of fire can potentially make up for this.

To alleviate the poor damage of the PPSh-41, the PPSh-41 has the strongest rate of fire of all weapons in Call of Duty: World at War, achieving an astounding 1250 RPM. This makes the user extremely deadly in close quarters combat, and even more so if using Stopping Power. The combination of decent close quarters damage and 1250 RPM makes the PPSh-41 one of the deadliest weapons up close. Using Double Tap on the PPSh-41 increases this rate of fire to an astounding 1666 RPM, but makes recoil control significantly more difficult, and makes the PPSh-41 just evaporate reserve ammunition supplies. For this reason, most players prefer Stopping Power over Double Tap, in order to reserve more ammunition. Ammunition control is made harder by how fast the PPSh-41 shoots, for the user may find themselves reloading constantly if they do not control their ammunition.

The PPSh-41 has bizarre accuracy traits. The iron sights are relatively clear, albeit small in size, and the recoil is omni-directional, making overall recoil rather low, but unpredictable and hard to compensate. Using Double Tap can make the recoil take effect at a faster rate, making it crucial to control recoil. For these reasons, Double Tap and the Aperture Sight are not recommended for use. However, the muzzle flash is rather obstructive, particularly the flash that stems out from the top. The Aperature Sight can aid with the muzzle flash.

Handling traits of the PPSh-41 are rather positive. The hip-fire cone is small, the aim down sights speed is swift, and the player will move at the default movement speed. The PPSh-41 has weird reloading properties. The PPSh-41 will tactically reload in 2.3 seconds, and will perform an empty reload in 2.8 seconds. However, with the Round Drum attachment in use, the player will tactically reload in 2.5 seconds, and will perform an empty reload in a lethargic 4.1 seconds. If using the Drum Magazine, it is crucial to avoid empty reloads, as they are extremely time-consuming.

The PPSh-41 has a 35 round magazine by default, which can increase to double that figure, of 70 rounds, when using the Round Drum attachment.

Unlike other SMGs, the PPSh-41 is incapable of equipping a Silencer/Flash Hider. After completing the Marksman: I challenge, the PPSh-41 can use the Aperture Sight. Functionally, it's a good attachment to use if the player wanted an extremely precise point over a small circle sight, which is further obstructed by obtrusive muzzle flash. However, from a beneficial standpoint, the Aperture Sight is inferior to the second attachment.

After completing the Marksman: II challenge, the PPSh-41 can use the Round Drum, increasing the magazine size to a colossal 70 rounds. This magazine capacity greatly aids the player, as they will not need to reload as often compared to without the attachment, and the starting ammunition loadout is increased by 35 rounds, due to the same amount of reserve ammunition being used. However, players should take caution about empty reloading, which can take a lethargic 4.1 seconds to perform should the user not be using Sleight of Hand or Reload Cancelling Methods. Performing tactical reloads is the way to go, as they only take 2.5 seconds to complete the reload animation.

In terms of perks, Bandolier can be extremely useful, as the PPSh-41 isn't the most common weapon found on the ground, and the user only spawns in with a total of 105/140 rounds at their disposal. Due to the gluttonous nature of the PPSh-41, it is highly recommended to use in order to use the PPSh-41 for prolonged periods of time. Due to the absence of a Silencer/Flash Hider, players will generally avoid stealth perks, as the PPSh-41 goes against the purpose of a stealth role.

In conclusion, the PPSh-41 is a weak weapon at first, possessing a terrible damage output, and expending low amounts of ammunition very quickly. However, through using attachments and perks, the PPSh-41 can become an extremely deadly weapon that can easily mow over enemies, and can stay in the fight for extremely long periods of time. The PPSh-41 may not be the most commonly used weapon on the field due to its late unlock time and poor damage output, but a player, with the correct class setup to adapt to the PPSh's weakness, can prove to be extremely powerful on the field.

Weapon AttachmentsEdit

GalleryEdit

For Attachment images, see PPSh-41/Attachments.

ZombiesEdit

The PPSh-41 is first available in Verrückt and appears in all later maps. It is the only SMG which cannot be bought off the wall and is also the only SMG that appears with its drum mag in Zombies. It is quite effective against Zombies and Hellhounds alike, even at higher levels. Because of its very high rate of fire and mediocre damage per round, it is the perfect weapon for scoring lots of points. The only problem is the high ammo consumption; the PPSh-41 can run dry after only a single round if not used wisely. It is not advised to use this weapon with Double Tap Root Beer, as the gun already has the highest rate of fire in the game. This will burn up the ammo quickly, so the player may find themselves with no ammo for it in the middle of a round.

If upgraded via the Pack-a-Punch Machine in Der Riese the gun is entitled "The Reaper" and has a magazine size of 115 which seems to rival that of a machine gun, a reference to Element 115. It also has an increase in rate of fire, from 1250 RPM to 1578 RPM. If this is combined with Double Tap Root Beer, it shoots extremely fast, at 1972.5 RPM. It has a vast increase in damage, doing more damage than the MG42 and M1919 Browning even if both are upgraded. But it still burns through ammo very quickly; however it is helped by its massive ammo capacity, which is the third largest in the mode, behind only the MG42 and M1919 Browning.

PPSh-41 vs. The ReaperEdit

PPSh-41 The Reaper
PPSh-41 Round Drum WaW The Reaper WaW
Damage 100-60 150-80
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 1250 1578
Magazine size 71 115
Max ammo 355+71 700+115
Reload 2.1, 2.8 empty 2.1, 2.8 empty
Mobility High High
Extras 2x the ammo, huge magazine, much higher rate of fire, more damage


Call of Duty: World at War (DS)Edit

PPSh-41 Inventory WaWDS
PPSh-41
Damage

40-45 (SP), 40-30 (MP)

Damage Multipliers

2.5 Head; 1.4 Chest; 1.0 Limbs ; 1.0 Lower Torso (SP)

Weapon Class

Submachine gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Unlocked at

Default for Allied Faction

Starting Ammunition

71+284

Maximum Ammunition

71+284

Reload Time

Medium-Fast

Rate of Fire

Low

Range (explanation)

Close-Medium

Recoil

High

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

The PPSh-41 appears in Call of Duty: World at War (Nintendo DS) as one of the five SMG's available in game. The DS version has a much lower rate of fire and higher damage compared to the PPSh-41 on the console versions. It has high recoil, slightly more than the Thompson.

The high capacity of the mag allows this weapon to be used in a LMG fashion style of play, just without the inconvenience of being slowed down.

CampaignEdit

In singleplayer, the PPSh-41 is a starting weapon in all missions in the Soviet Campaign, with the exception of vehicle levels. It has a large ammunition capacity (71 rounds, like the console versions), low rate of fire, and high damage per bullet. Overall it is an excellent weapon with only one flaw, its high recoil, which can be fixed by burst firing or using it like a semi-auto gun, since it is capable of killing an enemy in two to three shots at any range, or simply pointing the stylus downwards, to counter the recoil.

MultiplayerEdit

In multiplayer, the PPSh-41 is one of the most common weapons on multiplayer for the Allied faction. Just like in single player, the PPSh-41 has a high damage per bullet, a manageable rate of fire, and a large 71 round drum mag. But the recoil is just as high as in single player, so it is recommended to burst fire or use it like it was semi-automatic at medium to long ranges. However, since the recoil only pushes the gun upwards, the recoil can be countered by aiming downwards when going full auto. It's also true that if aiming at the enemy at the stomach firing two shots will pull the gun upwards making the third shot land on the head which will most likely result in a kill.

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

PPSh-41 Third Person BO
PPSH
Damage

100-80 (SP)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 4, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1

Weapon Class

Submachine gun

Magazine Size

35

Maximum Ammunition

700 + 35 rounds

Reload Time

2.3 s mid-magazine, 2.8 s dry

Rate of Fire

1,250 RPM

Range (explanation)

20m-37.5m

Recoil

Low

Penetration

Small

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Red Army

HUD icon

PPSH Pickup Icon BO

The PPSh-41 appears in the mission "Project Nova" as the PPSH, being used by Reznov, Dimitri Petrenko and other Soviet soldiers. The gun still uses animations recycled from Call of Duty: World at War and retains the same characteristics, but its graphics are slightly improved upon. The reload animation produces slightly increased screen shake. "Project Nova" is the only time the PPSH is seen in the game.

Unlike in other games' singleplayer modes, the PPSH has a 35-round box magazine, similar to the version first unlocked in World at War multiplayer. Due to the fact most of the Russian soldiers use the PPSH, ammo is incredibly common and easy to find.

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty: Black Ops (DS)Edit

PPSh-41
Damage

Low

Weapon Class

Submachine Gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Cost (Zombies)

5000
950 (Mystery Box)

Starting Ammunition

71+284

Maximum Ammunition

71+284

Reload Time

Medium-Fast

Rate of Fire

1000 RPM

Range (explanation)

High

Recoil

Low

Penetration

Small

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Spetsnaz, Cuban Forces, NVA

The PPSh-41 appears in the DS version of Black Ops as one of the SMG's featured in game. It has many similarities with the World at War counterpart, like the 71 round magazine with 284 spare rounds, the general appearance and (good) ironsights, but opposed to the precedent version sports a very high rate of fire, and low recoil. The PPSh-41s muzzle flash obstructs the sights even though it can be seen through, and it has low damage. While the silencer removes muzzle flash, part of the foresight is removed as well, to prevent obstruction. this however doesn't prevent accuracy, and makes the ironsights even a little more clear.

ZombiesEdit

In Zombies game mode, the PPSh-41 can be obtained from the Mystery Box (950 points per use) or off the wall in the third room of any map for 5000 points. It has low recoil, a high rate of fire, low damage, and a high capacity, which can make it a blessing in CQB, especially since most of the maps are CQB based. Despite these stats, its high rate of fire can burn through ammo incredibly quickly, which can leave the player defenseless in later rounds. The only remedy to this is to buy ammo off the wall, which makes this weapon another good choice to use, as none of the other SMGs have the ability to do this.

AttachmentsEdit

GalleryEdit

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIEdit

PPSh-41 Third Person BO3
PPSh-41
Damage

100-60

Weapon Class

Submachine Gun

Magazine Size

71 rounds

Cost (Zombies)

950 points (Mystery Box)

Maximum Ammunition

71+426 (ZM)

Recoil

Low

Penetration

Small

Fire Mode

Automatic

Used by

Origins Crew

Console codename(s)

smg_ppsh

The PPSh-41 returns in the Zombies map Gorod Krovi, and it uses an updated version of the Call of Duty 2 model. It has a 71-round magazine, and is available from the Mystery Box. It was also previously seen on The Giant's poster, being wielded by Nikolai Belinski. Damage output seems to be similar, if not identical, to its Call of Duty: World at War counterpart. In an interview, Jason Blundell stated that he copied and pasted the damage stats from Call of Duty: World at War. It seems as if recoil was slightly decreased. When paired with Double Tap Root Beer 2.0, the PPSh-41 is devastating and is arguably one of the highest damaging weapons when this is also paired with the upgraded version.

When Pack-a-Punched, it becomes The Grim Reaper and retains many characteristics from its Pack-a-Punched counterpart of Call of Duty: World at War, including the 115-round magazine, though reserve ammo is slightly reduced from 700 to 690 rounds (thus becoming more appropriate since 690 is divisible by 115). It also has the ability to be re-Pack-a-Punched to gain alternate ammo types which makes it far more useful than the original variant.

GalleryEdit

PPSh-41 vs The Grim ReaperEdit

PPSh-41 The Grim Reaper
PPSh-41 BOIII The Grim Reaper BOIII
Damage 100-60 150-80
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Magazine size 71 115
Max ammo 426+71 690+115
Mobility High High
Extras Higher damage, more reserve ammo, larger magazine


TriviaEdit

Call of Duty & United OffensiveEdit

  • Although in Call of Duty: United Offensive it is only seen with a drum mag, when the main menu is loaded with the Soviet Theme, a PPSh-41 with a standard mag is shown.

Call of Duty: Finest HourEdit

  • This version of the PPSh-41 seems to be poorly constructed, with a noticeable misalignment of the metal joint between the stock and the receiver.

Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

  • If Pack-a-Punched, the number of rounds in a mag for the PPSH-41 is changed from 71 to 115, referencing Element 115.
  • Unlike the console version in Nacht der Untoten, the PPSh-41 is available in the Mystery Box in Call of Duty: Zombies.
  • In third person mode, the PPSh-41 will have always a drum mag.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • It is possible to gib enemies in the mission "Project Nova".
  • In "Project Nova", the PPSh-41 does not expel gas out of the muzzle brake. It does on the Wii though.
  • NPCs in "Project Nova" hold the PPSh-41 as if it had a pistol grip.

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