Murdoc is on the road today on business. Probably won’t post more until this evening, if then. So be sure to check out all the great sites on my sidebars.

In the meantime, here’s a another pic I came across of a US soldier with a PPSh submachinegun:

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This sort of thing was first mentioned on MO here.


  1. Not that I disagree with the claim that the US are using the PPSh, but it seems this might be a seized weapon. There seems to be a couple of Soviet weapons right next to the soldier, including an RPG. Also there is a paper label on the weapon, which in my eyes would be so that the weapon can be easily documented and stored until destroyed/issued. I have no idea of how the military works on these matters so this is open for discussion as my points are purely speculation.

  2. This isn’t directly related (but it does have some military-related photos, if I may use that as an excuse). This morning I stumbled across a MSM outlet, the Oregonian newspaper, that is actually hosting a blog for military families. Since I’d love to encourage any MSM folks who are willing to listen to and learn from actual military members and their families, here’s the link: http://www.oregonlive.com/weblogs/oregonianblog/

  3. Vstress: This totally could be a guy just checking out a seized weapon. But there are tons of anecdotes about our guys using captured weapons (including the PPSh) and even some pictures. Just thought it was interesting.

  4. I happen to have a PPSH, and although it is somewhat crude in appearance, it is very effective and reliable. Cyclic rate is around 900 RPM, compared to the M16’s rate of 600 RPM, 50% faster. Let’s not forget the obvious advantages of having the 71 round drum magazine. In combat, there’s rarely a ‘good’ time to have to reload. I also own an AR-15 (A Colt, not a knockoff) along with a STEN Mk.II, an SKS and several other guns. I can tell you from personal experience that the AR-15-M16 is by far the most susceptible to fouling from dirt, sand, etc. due to it’s tight tolerances. AR-15-M16’s are built like fine Swiss watches,(ever pour a handful of sand into one of those) while Soviet weapons have always been built like Timex’s. They take a lickin, and keep on tickin. Don’t get me wrong, I love my AR-15, it’s a great weapon and I wouldn’t sell it for all the tea in China, but it might not be my first choice for desert fighting. If our boys in uniform find something that they feel works a little better for them, then let them use it I say. I also think shotguns should be more readily available for our soldiers to use in urban settings.