The World War II-era PPSh-41 was a symbol of Russian resistance to the Nazi invasion. It's an iconic firearm, well steeped in history—and also a select-fire submachine-gun capable of full-automatic fire. That makes it a Class III firearm, so examples are subject to legal restrictions on sale, ownership and transport—not to mention quite expensive.
Such legal and financial burdens would make a semi-automatic rimfire replica carbine an attractive alternative—it would be both inexpensive to own and shoot. Now fans of the PPSh-41 are in luck as such a gun, the PPS50/22, is made in Italy by Pietta, and currently imported by Mitchell’s Mausers.
You can get a closer look at the Mitchell's Mausers PPS50/22 in the video below, hosted by American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe.
Manufacturer: F. lli Pietta, Via Man-dolossa
Importer: Mitchell’s Mausers
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: blowback-operated semi-automatic, rimfire rifle
Receiver: stamped blued steel
Barrel: 16.1", 4140 blued steel
Rifling: five-groove, 1:16" twist
Magazine: 10-round, single-column detachable box (30-round box and 50-round drum available)
Sights: fixed front post, buckhorn, drift-adjustable for windage rear
Trigger: single-stage; 6-lb., 14-oz. pull
Overall Length: 33½"
Weight: 4 lbs., 12 ozs.
Suggested Retail Price: $495 (50-round drum $149.95)