Anti-Tank Rifles

RIA: Granatbuchse GrB-39 Antitank Rifle

August 29, 2015 Ian McCollum 24

Like most countries, Germany had a standard-issue antitank rifle when World War II began – the Panzerbuchse 39. It fired an 8x94mm cartridge with a small very high velocity armor-piercing bullet. And like the other […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

RIA: Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

August 24, 2015 Ian McCollum 34

Pretty much every major military had an antitank rifle in service when WW2 kicked off, and the British example was the Boys AT rifle, named after the Captain Boys who designed it. It was a […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

RIA: 1918 German Tank Gewehr

August 23, 2015 Ian McCollum 35

Germany was the first country to produce a purpose-built antitank rifle, in response to the major Entente tank attack at Cambrai. The design was pretty simple, basically a scaled-up Mauser 98 with 4 locking lugs […]

Irish troops unpacking a new Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
Anti-Tank Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Big Boys Toy

July 25, 2015 Ian McCollum 37

The Republic of Ireland opted to copy the German WWI Stahlhelm design rather than use British Brodie-style helmets. Until 1940, anyway, and I think it’s pretty clear why they changed. The rifle here, of course, […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

PzB-39 German Anti-Tank Rifle at RIA

April 8, 2015 Ian McCollum 35

Most countries still had anti-tank rifles in their military inventory at the beginning of WWII – the Solothurn S18-100, the Lahti L39, the Boys AT Rifle, the PTRD and PTRS, and so on. For Germany, […]

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PTRD in Ukraine

October 5, 2014 Ian McCollum 37

Sviatoslav sent us this photo of a 1941 PTRD in recent use in Ukraine… Note the empty 14.5mm cartridge case under the gun.

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Bonus Video: Lahti L39

April 18, 2014 Ian McCollum 30

I had the chance to shoot a 20mm L39 Lahti antitank rifle (cannon?) at a recent get-together. It is the cheapest of the 20mm guns you can generally find, but also one of the less […]