Solothurn S-18/100 Anti-Tank Rifle
|Country of Origin||Switzerland|
|Barrel Length||925.000 mm|
|Muzzle Velocity||735 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe Swiss-made Solothurn S-18/100 semi-automatic 20-mm anti-tank rifles were powerful but yet cumbersome weapons. They were able to achieve armor penetration of 20-mm at a distance of 100 meters. However, these anti-tank rifles produced tremendous recoil, and they were too large to easily carry. In Mar 1940, with funds collected in Switzerland, 12 of these anti-tank rifles were purchased and given to the Finnish Army. They saw use during the Continuation War against Russian forces, though they were considered obsolete and were generally not effective against Russian armor. Later variant designs, S-18/1000 and S-18/1100, improved the muzzle velocity to 850 meters per second, thus increasing armor penetration capabilities.
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Last Major Revision: Aug 2008
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