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  • SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

    Hello:

    Have been badly bitten by the PPS-43C bug after recently buying one in 9mm from Classic Arms.

    After its stellar performance at the range I have been so impressed with it that has been seriously considering upgrading its capabilities.

    One of them besides converting it into a SBR (more about it later) is adapting a drum magazine to it.

    Working ahead to that goal I have bought two SUOMI KP-44 9mm drums and various PPS-43 magazines (just in case).

    I have amassed as much information available in the majority of forums in the web and I think to have read maybe everything written in the subject from the subject matter experts like Caligula and Ghoulardi and have reached a point where I will start working on the project.

    My question at this moment is if someone can tell me how to determine the optimal angle to MIG weld the drum to the shortened PPS-43 magazine.

    Also, can someone direct me to a place that could have photographs or previous work with this concept? They do not have to be exactly related to the SUOMI drum as the PPSh-41 drum will come handy.

    Thank you all.

    Best, Cala

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    Re: SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

    Welcome to the forum.

    I too have a strange attraction to this rifle. I may soon get one just to satisfy my curiosity. I first learned of them on GB when doing a search for the Walther PPS.

    Cool looking firearm.
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      Re: SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

      Originally posted by Herr Walther View Post
      Welcome to the forum.

      I too have a strange attraction to this rifle. I may soon get one just to satisfy my curiosity. I first learned of them on GB when doing a search for the Walther PPS.

      Cool looking firearm.
      You know, something similar went through me.. since 2011 I have been watching it on the gun shows. What deterred me of getting one was the caliber and the cost.

      When I saw it at Classic Firearms in 9mm for $299.00 I jumped at it. It will not win any beauty contest but God, it is robust like a T-34 tank and pretty accurate up to 100 yards +/-.. Could be considered as a sort of inexpensive SHTF SRB rifle or pistol or carbine. IMHO you cannot get wrong with it.

      Maybe I'll buy another one.

      Thanks for the comments..

      Cala

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        Re: SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

        I have a semi-auto suomi and it's a ton of fun. I mean it weighs about 15 lbs. The only draw back is the 20lb trigger pull . Don't get me wrong I like it . The 70 rd drum needs some tweeking to work reliably , they are pretty old after all. The 32 rd stick magazines work great.
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          Re: SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

          I may or may not still have the 7.62 variant. I liked it. Never got around to either the SBR thing, or the removal of the stock( was thinking single point sling+ weight reduction) before the currently ongoing State Sponsored Harassment began. It was ( at least mine was) good to go with the milsurp and commercial (S&B, PPU) ammo I had. Never tried the 9mm. Looks good, AFAIK.
          Gregory Peter DuPont

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            Re: SUOMI KP-44 drum to PPS 43 drum modification

            I have the Suomi and consider it a great play purty!
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