PzB 39 file photo [6291]

Panzerbüchse 39 Anti-Tank Rifle

Country of OriginGermany
TypeAnti-Tank Rifle
Caliber7.920 mm
Capacity1 round
Length1,620.000 mm
Barrel Length1,085.000 mm
Weight12.400 kg
Rate of Fire10 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity1,210 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Panzerbüchse 39 anti-tank rifles were built by the Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, Thuringia in central Germany. They share similar performance capabilities as their PzB 38 predecessors, except that the loading mechanism had been improved to decrease the time necessary to extract spent cartridges. Once the design became available, the entire PzB 38 production lines began to be converted to produce the new PzB 39 design, which was completed in 1940. 568 were built in 1939 and were used in the invasion of Poland. By the time Germany invaded Russia, 25,298 of them were in service with the German Army. Production ceased in Nov 1941; by that time, a total of 39,232 PzB 39 anti-tank rifles were built. Starting in 1942, they were modified with shorter barrels and rifle grenade launching attachments, thus giving them a new role after they were found to be incapable to penetrate the armor of newer tanks; these modified weapons were designated Granatbüchse Modell 39 (Grenade Rifle Model 39).

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Last Major Revision: Sep 2008

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1. Anonymous says:
8 Mar 2015 07:35:06 PM

i like this gun
2. Anonymous says:
11 Jan 2019 10:12:38 AM

This gun hits like a truck, but the thing is that the fire rate is what made it lack.

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