Taking up the unit’s .55-caliber Boys, which he had never used before, Sheppard assumed a steady prone position and proceeded to precisely and methodically smack each tank with three AP rounds, knocking out two of them and making the rest back off out of sight. LHATI & Solothurn 20MM WWII Anti -Tank Rifles . Table of As the war progressed, some attempts were made to improve the Boys. The Lahti L-39 is a Finnish 20mm anti-tank rifle from WWII. The length of the cartridge was extended to 131,2 mm and the overall weigth reached 64,25 g. After an additional series of tests the initial copper cartridge case was replaced with a case made of brass (an alloy of 67% of copper and 23% of zinc). necked up to 20 mm to create the 20 x 102 used in the M39 and M61 Vulcan During tests, the projectile produced a "cork" of about 20mm in diameter in the When we talk about the size of a bullet, we probably also need to look at the rim of a bullet. This depends, as it is depending on what type of gun the shot is fired from, but I am going to stick to the machine gun rounds. While the artillery got the 2 pounder, a cheaper, lighter alternative was needed for the Infantry to help deal with tanks and other armored vehicles. Until mobilization in 1939, the combat-ready rifles were held in closed crates enigmatically marked: "Do not open! cartridges are not common) and the Bofors m/40, also firing their own 20 x 145R The first examples were issued to anti tank detachments. The Before adopting the Lahti L/39 Finland experimented This article was first published in advertised as suitable for the anti-tank role, although they were issued on more Once To even fire, you had to hang onto it like grim death because it would dislocate your shoulder if you didn’t. This was a dramatic improvement over the 7.92x57mm K bullet. Key Point: The Boys antitank gun was rendered useless in combat almost immediately. A WWII-era rifle designed to solve WWI-era problems, check out the Boys Anti-Tank rifle on this episode of "I Have This Old Gun." easiest to find of the big ATR rounds. 58 US MUSKET SHORT CASE. It was not supposed to not too difficult to find. In addition to the Bren gun, early models were also armed with a Boys ATR to provide some limited anti-armor defense. The S18-100 series was quite widely used and the rounds are It was often nicknamed the elephant gun by its users due to its size and large bore. medium-calibre ATRs is the British Boys Rifle, which fired a unique .55 inch Platoon Sergeant Major John Sheppard was commanding a small subunit guarding the right flank of a British position when he noticed German tanks approaching on the far side of the Laagen River. The improved later version of the .55-caliber Boys Mark 1* not only had the flat muzzle brake, but also simpler fixed sights and a Bren gun bipod to simplify its manufacture. Shooting the 20mm Lahti L 39 Anti-Tank Rifle at Washington County Machine Guns & Tactical Range. In English and Commonwealth service it was replaced by the PIAT, Projector Infantry Anti-Tank. Great Britain sent 200 examples of the Boys to Finland. 58 CARBINE. The harmonica-shaped (Mark 1*) muzzle brake or “recoil reducer” helped tame the weapon’s massive kick. Medium Vehicles 6. These are rare but do occasionally come onto the I fired at a tank coming over the bridge that wasn’t blown—and I couldn’t miss it from about 50 yards away. One cartridge was used by two Originally to be dubbed the Stanchion Rifle, instead the weapon received its name from the designer, Captain H.C. It was originally developed for the PTRS and PTRD anti-tank rifles, but was later used as the basis for the KPV heavy machine gun that formed the basis of the ZPU series anti-aircraft guns that is also the main armament … replica is the German 13 x 94, which was an interim development between the 13.2 Projectiles striking the exterior of the armor could pop off rivet heads or flake armor from the internal surfaces, creating fragments that would fly around the vehicle interior, causing injuries or death. Bolt-Action Anti-Tank Rifle: Faction Soviet Union: Statistics Damage 300 Damage Far 150 Rate of Fire 41 rpm Near Range 200 m Far Range 600 m Upward Recoil 10.6° Rightward Recoil 0.4° Recoil Variance 0.9° Ammunition Magazine Size 1 1 Ammo Pouch 10 2 Ammo Pouches 19 Reload Time 4.3 s Specifications Class Restriction Infantry cartridge (13.9 x 99B). Though the gun used some pretty unique ammunition, it lacked stopping power—an essential requirement for an anti-tank gun. AA guns in high-angle mountings. The DSammunition was based on a standard 7,92 mm bullet used by both the Mauser rifles Model 1898 (wz.98) and its Polish variant karabinek wz.29 . The Boys was quickly rendered ineffective as an antitank weapon by rapid improvements in German tank armor. Plant & Equipment 16. existing rounds adopted for their use. but that was not the case). Click here if you don't see the ads properly . 1 Description 2 Stats 3 Trivia 4 Bibliography 5 Sources The Anti-Tank Rifle appears as a large, green and grey coloured bullpup rifle. were the big guns of 20 mm or more calibre. Cartridge had a muzzle velocity of 2,580 fps w/ a steel cored armor piercing bullet & was capable of … The Mark 1 Boys initially fired a .55-caliber (13.9x99mm) steel-cored AP (armor-piercing) projectile with a muzzle velocity of around 2,500 feet per second, which was changed to a lighter bullet with a velocity of 2,900 feet per second in the Mark 2 load. used in these guns. This piece was originally featured in 2018 and is being republished due to reader's interest. Unusually, The usefulness of rifles for this purpose ran from the introduction of tanks in World War I until the Korean War. Captain Boys died only a few days before his weapon was adopted into British military service in 1937, and the antitank rifle was renamed in his honor. The officer who was beside me said to me, ‘Leave the blasted thing there, Doe—get the hell out of it.’”, Sergeant William J. Gilchrist of the Irish Guards had considerably better luck with the Boys. the Polish bullet didn't have a hard core - it was just lead. Later designs featured a flat harmonica-style muzzle brake, which vented all gases to the sides to correct this problem and had the added benefit of being easier to manufacture. (15.2 x 114). When the first tanks appeared in World War I, they were relatively lightly armored and protected the crews only against small-arms fire. Die massive Aufrüstung des Deutschen Reichs nach der Machtergreifung Hitlers alarmierte die britische Heeresführung. larger cartridge is easily available – but usually with HE projectiles, the AP Like most countries, Germany had a standard-issue antitank rifle when World War II began – the Panzerbuchse 39. respectively. The self-loading S18-1000 In 1941, the loss of huge amounts of anti-tank artillery created a need for a stop-gap anti-tank weapon, so famous USSR weapons designers such as Vasily A. Degtyaryov and Sergei G. Simonov designed two anti-tank rifles. The British Mark 1, Mark 1*, and Mark 2 Boys Anti-tank rifles were typical of the breed. Heavy Vehicles 7. Light Vehicles 3. Surveillance equipment!" The British Universal or Bren Gun Carrier was a small, fully tracked, open-topped light armored vehicle that was mass produced during World War II and used by Commonwealth forces on all fronts. as far as I know, anywhere else. In addition, much of the armor was riveted. The principle of WW2 PIAT Anti Tank Weapon . the two-part bullet. The Germans and Poles used 7.92mm weapons firing steel- or tungsten-cored small projectiles at incredibly high velocities. The anti-tank rifle (ATR) had a short life, entering service towards the end of the First World War and being almost entirely replaced part-way through the Second. Development PzB 38. 60 JINGAL. The impact of the large .55-caliber bullets striking these sangers often produced casualties among enemy infantrymen from splinters and rock fragments. This was the 20 x 138B 'Long Solothurn' originally designed for The butt plate itself was heavily padded with rubber. The small FF saw little use in Europe and the round is collectors, although finding a brass-cased WW 2 ATR round is a very different The 1st/5th Leicesters, who had been sent to aid in the defense of Norway after the German invasion of the neutral country, made a stand at the village of Tretten. Land Rovers 5. round was originally designed for a large Maxim-type HMG (heavy machine gun) Later, an even more effective tungsten-cored APCR (armor-piercing composite rigid) was developed, which boasted a muzzle velocity of well in excess of 3,000 feet per second. 35 or Maroszek anti-tank rifle was one of the better examples of early attempts made to provide infantrymen with portable anti-tank weapons. with ATRs firing various 13.2 mm calibre cartridges, the final version being a made in some numbers and tested operationally, but it was too late and never the Sholoklov. An AP shell is made from solid steel with a high carbon contents, which increases the hardness of the steel. Performance was greatly improved with penetration of up to 60 CARBINE. being much less common. The Boys had a three-foot-long barrel, was 631/2 inches long overall, and weighed 36 pounds. This was based on the .50 Browning HMG round, with the This article by Bob Cashner originally appeared on the Warfare History Network. Both were capable of up to 1,200 m/s muzzle rounds to collect. These are usually available in .50 Browning (12.7x99) or the Russian equivalent The ATRs in this calibre were the Swiss completed by the end of the war. armour piercing was different from other AT rifles. was a scaled-up version of the earlier S18-100 series. an aircraft cannon, the Lb 204, although by the time this was adopted for use in In the 1930s, the United Kingdom began designing an anti-tank rifle to counter enemy armoured vehicles in the event of a war. This item is very nice product. The Lahti L-39 is a Finnish 20 mm anti-tank rifle used during the Second World War.It had excellent accuracy, penetration and range, but its size made transportation difficult. aircraft guns. decided that a high velocity could be combined with moderate size and recoil by This round was later used to develop Aalderson Vehicles. Countries such as Finland, Switzerland, and Japan went the big-bore route, utilizing 20mm weapons. A complete contrast was the 20 The key component in penetrating In 1939 the USSR captured several hundred Polish Model 35 anti-tank rifles, which had proved effective in the September Campaign when Poland was invaded by Germany. The rifle was operated by a 2 man crew of a gunner & ammunition bearer, who were crossed trained on the use of the rifle. Out of this necessity came the Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys. In September 1916, the British unveiled their new weapon to the world – The Tank – which, while slow and mechanically unreliable, sent shockwaves through the ranks of the German military. You are here. However, by that time the Boys was already being retired. matter! velocity but barrel erosion was severe leading to a rapid fall-off in Rimless, Semi-Rimmed and Rimmed Bullets. The second was the SSG-36, chambered for the much more powerful 20 x 110RB In addition, the barrel itself recoiled an inch against a heavy shock absorber mounted in the butt. only rifle made was actually used in the war, but it is believed that only one rounds is pushing the ATR category as it is approaching light artillery; the www.waffenhq.de: Das Tankgewehr M1918; Video (englisch) Normdaten (Sachbegriff): GND OGND, AKS. Two other 20 mm guns were Early work on a 13.2 mm (0.52 in) round was started as a base, likely influenced by the first mass-produced anti-tank cartridge, the 13.2mm TuF, used a 13 mm calibre bullet. 56 BILLINGHURST REQUA VOLLEY GUN. a rimless 20 x 105. Tyres & Tracks 12. handier than the other 20 mm ATRs, but was a single-loading weapon with each The Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys, commonly known as the "Boys Anti-tank Rifle" (or incorrectly "Boyes"), was a British anti-tank rifle in use during the Second World War. in developing new ATRs in the 1930s and several nations introduced weapons into It is also true that for a general anti-materiel rifle the 15mm bullet would have been much better as well, but that kind of application was not the design goal of WW2 AT rifles. A front bipod and rear grip were also fitted. Sergeant Edward Doe of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps was not impressed by the Boys: “The Germans had brought the tanks in and they were blasting … I actually fired the Boys anti-tank rifle for the first time in my life—a terrifying weapon. Weblinks. calibre, and big 20+ mm weapons which generally required at least two men to The emergence of the tank in World War I led to the development of the first infantry weapons to defend against tanks. I actually fired the Boys anti-tank rifle for the first time in my life—a terrifying weapon. There was a Trailers 8. Most major combatants, with the notable exception of the United States, fielded these weapons during the interwar years and through the beginning of World War II. This is a complete bullet guide of 2020: sizes, calibers and types. Sgt. The first anti-tank (AT) rifle, the Mauser Tank-Gewehr M1918, was developed towards the end of the First World War in parallel with the MG TuF machine gun which used the same 13 x 92SR ammunition.It was rushed into service to provide infantry with some protection against the Allied tanks until the TuF could be introduced. Two different AP loadings saw service (W. The M1918 was conceptually very simple: a bolt-action weapon just … The former was chambered in the PzB 38 and 39, and the M.SS 41 again, this round is rather rare. Die Panzerbüchse Boys (englisch Boys anti-tank rifle) war eine während des Zweiten Weltkrieges weitverbreitete Waffe der alliierten Streitkräfte. pierce the armour but to "stick" to it, and give it all its kinetic energy. The survivability of aircraft also grew steadily. Although the Boys antitank rifle rapidly became obsolete during World War II, it served its purpose as a stopgap defense against marauding Axis armor. performance. Most sniper bullets are .30 caliber (7.62mm) in diamater. It had excellent accuracy, penetration and range, but its size made transportation difficult. Several different cartridges were to collectors. Neall knocked out three Italian tanks with his Boyes anti-tank rifle, a feat that astounded everyone —the Boyes rifle was noted for its uselessness.”. The rifle was a bolt-action, single-shot weapon weighing approximately 41 pounds loaded. The cartridge as used in the famous Type S AA gun and the FFS aircraft gun. The Anti-Tank Rifle is a powerful weapon in Dino Crisis 2 that can be used by Dylan Morton. Another rare round available as a carry them. 58 ROBERTS. 50 McMILLAN FATMAC The 50 Fat Mac was developed in 1996 by Gale McMillan from a 20mm Vulcan … Oerlikon of Switzerland produced The anti-tank rifle (ATR) had a directly inspired by the Mauser, small-bore high velocity rounds of 7.92 mm It was very much lighter and Gilchrist was in personal charge of an Anti-Tank Rifle which protected the rear of the Battalion during its withdrawal into Boulogne on the 23rd May. the Mauser M1918, just rechambering it for their 12.7 x 108 HMG round to produce After the fall of Poland, the German army c… The cylindrical bullet, however, easily upsets into the hexagonal bore under the influence of the explosion of the charge of between 80 and 90 grains of fine rifle powder used for this particular firearm – recovered bullets fired from a Whitworth rifle are as hexagonal as their factory-made counterparts. In the North African campaigns the Boys also found use against bunkers, machine-gun nests, and against infantry at long range. Before the advent of shaped-charge projectiles during the Second World War, these efforts were focused on the production of large rifles, intended to fire armoured piercing bullets. Swiss 24 mm Tb.41 (Tankbüchse) This was a self-loading gun firing a powerful 24 The difference is the size of the bullet being shot. Throughout the whole action Sgt Gilchrist showed courage and bravery of a very high order and set the finest example to the remainder of his Platoon.”, 65,000 Manufactured During the Course of the War. different ATRs. http://www.patreon.com/ForgottenWeapons Cool Forgotten Weapons merch! The main difference is that while the TuF and PTRD were chambered in a large-caliber round, the Wz. Jeeps 4. (for Tank und Flieger, the intended targets) but service was the German Mauser T-Gewehr M1918 firing a 13 x 92SR cartridge. round – which is very rare. Auctions & Sales 18. Axis Track Services. Remington Pattern Bullet Mould – For one round ball and for one conical bullet $ 82.82 Finally, there is one and its imposing muzzle brake, was available in an automatic version for AA use. This was capable of perforating 40mm of perpendicular armor plate at 100m (a high explosive projectile was also made). tungsten / light alloy APCR loading with much superior performance which was In order to provide the gas necessary a special mounting. Russian anti-tank riflemen with PTRD rifles on the Kursk salient during the Battle of Kursk against German troops by Russian photographer Natalia Bode. adopted. (12.7x108) but can also be obtained in 14.5x114 and several different 20 mm German naval aircraft as the MG 204 the case design had been changed slightly to Still, recoil was quite significant, causing Australian troops who were issued the Boys to nickname it “Charlie the Bastard.”. Very rare WW2 PIAT Anti tank weapon. The ammunition is hard to find. almost entirely replaced part-way through the Second. semi-automatic PTRS. Home | IMPERIAL MILITARY RIFLE | IMPERIAL MILITARY .40" UPWARDS. ATRs were of course replaced by penetrating up to 30 mm armour at short range. It was often nicknamed the "elephant gun" by its users due to its size and large bore. After losing so much war material at Dunkirk and facing the possibility of a German amphibious invasion, the British were desperate to reequip their armed forces in the shortest time possible. Just a quick non-firing demo of the WWII era Russian PTRS-41. In the hands of the Finns, the Boys reportedly proved adequately effective against the early Soviet tank designs. And like the other AT rifles from the 1930s, the PzB-39 became obsolete quickly as tank … cannon in the same calibre (the Type 97 is often stated to have been automatic The final one of the service Diese Seite … The first anti-tank rifle to see service was the German Mauser T-Gewehr M1918 firing a 13 x 92SR cartridge. 1. Paint & Canvas 13. Artillery 9. 40 mm at short range, helped by tungsten-cored AP bullets in the BS.41 loading The earliest and most simple anti-tank shell was the basic armor piercing, or AP, shell. described above, there have been many experimental ATR rounds, most of which are The Imperial German Army’s first attempt to give the infantry a man-portable antitank weapon resulted in the company Waffenfabrik Mauser AG creating and manufacturing the first antitank rifle in 1917. Armor plate penetration is achieved by the kinetic energy of the shell. service. Sie wurde insbesondere von der British Army und Armeen des Commonwealth verwendet.. Geschichte. 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