Infobox Weapon|is_ranged=yes

origin=flagcountry|Soviet Union
type=Submachine gun
designer=Vasily Degtyaryov
service=1935 – 1941
cartridge=7.62x25mm Tokarev
action=blowback, open bolt
rate=800 round/min (1000rpm PPD-40)
velocity= 489 m/s (1,603.9 ft/s)
range=160 m
weight=3.2 kg empty
length=788 mm
part_length= 273 mm
feed=25 detachable box magazine,
71 detachable drum magazine
variants=PPD-34, PPD-34/38, PPD-40
The PPD ("Pistolet-Pulemyot Degtyaryova", Russian: "Пистолет-пулемёт Дегтярёва") is a submachine gun originally designed in 1934. The PPD had a conventional wooden stock, fired from an open bolt, and was capable of selective fire.


Developed in the Soviet Union by arms designer Vasily Degtyaryov, it was a near direct copy of the German Bergmann MP28. The PPD was designed to chamber the new Soviet 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol cartridge, which was based on the similar 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge used in the Mauser C96 pistol. The PPD utilized a large ammunition drum, a copy of the Finnish M31 Suomi drum magazine as well as a more conventional 25-round box-type magazine.

The PPD first went into military service with the Red Army in 1935 [ [http://encycl.atsar.ru/guns/ppd34/ Пистолет-пулемет Дегтярева ППД-34.] Retrieved on August 25, 2008 ru icon] as the PPD-34, although it was not produced in large quantities. It saw use with the NKVD secret police as well as border guards. [http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg01-e.htm Degtyarov PPD-34, PPD-34/38 and PPD-40 submachine gun (USSR)] ] In 1938 and 1940, modifications were designated PPD-34/38 and PPD-40 respectively, and introduced minor changes. Nevertheless, the PPD-40 was too complicated and expensive to mass-produce, and although it was used in action in the initial stages of World War II, it was officially replaced by the superior and cheaper PPSh-41 by the end of 1941 [http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg01-e.htm Degtyarov PPD-34, PPD-34/38 and PPD-40 submachine gun (USSR)] ] . Approximately 90,000 PPDs were manufactured.

PPDs captured by Finnish forces during the Winter War and Continuation War were issued to coastal and home guard troops and kept in reserve until approximately 1960. PPD-34/38 and PPD-40 submachine guns captured by the Wehrmacht were given the names MP.715(r) and MP.716(r) respectively.


ee also

*List of submachine guns

External links

* [http://www.gewehr.ru/2007/04/11/ppd.html Basic notes on PPD-34 and PPD-40 - in Russian language]
* [http://www.otvaga.ucoz.ru/publ/5-1-0-8 ППД-19343840 - PPD-34, PPD-38 and PPD-40 - in Russian language]
* [http://www.jaegerplatoon.net/MACHINEPISTOLS2.htm Finnish Army Submachine Guns]

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