2 cm Flak 38

The 2 cm Flak 38 was a World War II light anti-aircraft gun in service with the Wehrmacht from 1938 to 1945. Developed from the 2 cm Flak 30, it fired 20mm ammunition, with an increased rate of fire of 480 rounds per minute and a maximum effective ceiling of 2,200 m (7,218′) of altitude, thus, being able to shoot down fast low-flying targets. This anti-aircraft weapon was gas-operated and fed from a 20-round box magazine and it could rotate 360º degrees while firing. It was mounted either on a two-wheeled carriage or a fixed emplacement; however, many were mounted on military vehicles and fitted with a steel shield. As the American fighter and ground-attack aircraft were were protected than the rest of the Allied planes, with self-sealing fuel tanks, a 4-barreled version was introduced in late 1940 to increase the probability of shooting them down; this new gun was the 2 cm Flakvierling 38, which was also massively produced by Mauser, seeing combat action on every front until the end of the war.


Caliber: 20mm

Ammunition: 20x138mmB

Length of barrel: 1.3 m

Weight: 420 kg

Muzzle velocity: 900 m/s

Elevation: -20º to +90º

Traverse: 360º



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