The schwere Panzerbüchse 41 (Heavy Anti-Tank Rifle 41) was a small anti-tank gun used by the German Infantry during World War II. Although it was classified as an anti-tank rifle by the German Army, the Panzerbüchse 41 had nothing in common with an ordinary anti-tank rifle, even in terms of appearance. It was a special development in the manner of a small cannon on a short, simple special mount, with (or without) a small shield, muzzle brake and two cast spoked wheels with rubber tires. The conical barrel, narrowing to ward the mouth, was especially striking. Traverse and elevation aiming gear was lacking; aiming was done by using a sight. Antitank shells (full shells with hard cores) were used as ammunition. The Panzerbüchse 41 could also be disassembled for transport in five loads. Since the development of other antitank (Pak) weapons went on, the Panzerbüchse 41 was only a type of stopgap solution for the infantry, and only a small number of them, 2,000 in all, were made by Mauser-Werke AG.

Specifications

Caliber: 2.8 cm, tapering to 2 cm
Weight: 227 kilograms
Barrel length: 1.71 meters
Arc of traverse: 90 degrees at 0-degree elevation, 30 degrees at 45-degree elevation
Initial velocity: 1043 meters per second
Shell weight: 130 grams
Penetration: 55 mm at 30 degrees at 400 meters
Crew: 2 men

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