Out of all the characteristics of this open-bolt SMG, its high fire rate is the one that defines it the most. Among all other Black Ops Cold War SMGs, the PPSh-41 has the second-fastest rate of fire in its category and boasts better damage per shot than the fastest in the game, the MAC-10.
The PPSh-41 also has an excellent effective damage range, allowing Operators to deal a six-shot elimination (in Multiplayer) out past 15 meters, or even five shots if one is a headshot. Its recoil is also fairly manageable despite its fast rate of fire, making it possible to stretch engagements out to medium distances if you can learn its pattern and adjust accordingly.
Of course, the weapon has its quirks, namely its hip-fire spread. It is much higher than the category standard 7 mil (milliradians), which means, as its description states, a “large bullet spread.” This can be great for dealing with multiple targets at once and may not matter at point-blank range, but against a single target, aiming down sights (ADS) may be preferable even for an engagement that barely stretches out to 5 meters.
Furthermore, the weapon’s Bullet Velocity is among the slowest in the category, a product of this weapon being from the World War II era. When firing this weapon at longer distances, those bullets won’t reach their target as quickly as the LC10 introduced in Season Two, so you may need to lead your shots if you’re trying to hit a moving target.
Fortunately, the weapon’s available attachments can help you overcome these shortcomings, particularly in the barrel department. Outside of the standard attachments available across SMGs, the PPSh-41 offers one unique magazine: a drum magazine that can hold 71 rounds of ammunition. That’s a staggering 122% increase in Magazine Ammo Capacity and Starting Ammo from the weapon’s standard four 32-round magazines, although it comes at the significant cost of reload quickness and ADS time.
As the oldest SMG in its category, this versatile weapon makes plenty of noise, and one version of it is sure to amp up your gameplay: