PTRS-41 file photo [5554]

Simonov PTRS-41 Anti-Tank Rifle

Country of OriginRussia
TypeAnti-Tank Rifle
Caliber14.500 mm
Capacity5 rounds
Length2,020.000 mm
Barrel Length1,219.000 mm
Weight20.800 kg
Range800 m
Muzzle Velocity1,012 m/s


ww2dbaseIn 1938, Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov designed the PTRS-41 semi-automatic gas operated anti-tank rifles, which entered production in 1941. Initially effective against early German tanks, like their PTRD-41 cousins, they were unable to penetrate the thicker armor of later German tanks. Muzzle flash was also an issue, with soldiers complaining that it often exposed their firing positions. Nevertheless, they remained in popular use largely because they continued to be effective weapons against unarmored vehicles, or simply used against the tracks of German tanks, disabling rather than destroying them. PTRS-41 anti-tank rifles captured by Germans were placed into service under the designation of Panzerbüchse 784(r) or PzB 784(r). After WW2, they were used by communist forces of North Korea and China during the Korean War.

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Last Major Revision: Jan 2008


Two PTRS-41 anti-tank rifles in action in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, late Oct 1944; note Russian soldiers nearby with PPSh-41 submachine guns

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1. Piotr says:
2 Jan 2009 03:03:47 AM

Zajebista snajpera.
2. Anonymous says:
26 Mar 2009 10:54:56 AM

the ptrs rocks
3. wyatt says:
28 Nov 2009 10:02:35 AM

the ptrs-41 is the best anti-tank wepapon ever. but it makes me think how the used it. did they use it on people also?
4. Anonymous says:
15 Jul 2010 08:34:34 AM

they would of used it on infantry and it would of dismembered their limbs.
5. Anonymous says:
26 Oct 2010 07:01:35 AM

stop playing call of duty!
6. Anonymous says:
31 May 2012 04:45:02 PM

No one can walk around fire that rifle like in effing cock of doody. That rifle is 45 lbs and the kick of the rifle would knock you down. It was NEVER used as an infantrymen's primary weapon. A small group of soldiers had to set it up far in front of armored vehicles and use it against vehicles.
7. Anonymous says:
24 Nov 2012 07:31:50 AM


ihave a deactivated pzb 784 r that was captured by german army.

does anybody know how many of these guns with german stamps existed?


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Two PTRS-41 anti-tank rifles in action in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia, late Oct 1944; note Russian soldiers nearby with PPSh-41 submachine guns

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