Aleksey Loparev

Abstract: The article considers organization of the production process of submachine guns, including copies of famous guns as well as completely original models during the guerilla war in Belarus in 1941-1943. The production of submachine guns was organized in the partisan troops for riddance of automatic firearm shortage. The major amount of such weapons was made as copies of famous guns such as PPD-40, PPSh-41, PPS-43. But some artisans made weapons of their own original design as repetition work. Despite such weapons were made with the use of minimum of machine-tools and special equipment they were effective and reliable enough.

Keywords: submachine guns, self-made weapons, partisans, Belarus, workshop, barrel, original design, Menkin, Temyakov, Sergeev