PTR Gustloff-Werke Model 1941
In 1940, in order to replace in service with the Wehrmacht singly antitank guns PzB 38 and 39 chambered PzB «Patrone 318", a competition was announced for the creation of new models of self-loading anti-tank rifles. German designers have developed a number of experienced self-loading rifles with elevated anti combat and operational characteristics, calculated to use the same cartridge «318»: Model 40 (PzB 40 W), Model 41 (PzB 40 M), Model 42 (PzB 40 G), Model 43 (PzB 40 K) and Model 44. In October 1940, took careful testing of these multilateral anti-tank rifles.
However by the time of testing fall of 1940, some of the firms, based on the experience of the French campaign, where German infantry tanks met with armor up to 60-70 mm, have already begun to study the establishment of a new, more powerful weapons, which could be promising to resist the enemy armor. In this regard, the program to create automatic anti-tank weapons under the 7.92-mm cartridge 318 was closed as unpromising, and a representative sample of the guns remained in experimental models. Designers were invited to begin work on a more powerful anti-tank guns.
the fall of 1941, the program «Panzerbuchse 243" on designing large-caliber anti-tank rifle, there is a number of prototypes of German MFR, which used quite effective 15h96 mm bullets from a high-caliber machine gun MG 151 aircraft. Participated in the competition design teams firms Gustloff-Werke, Krieghoff, Berlin-Suhler Waffen und Fahrzeugwerke (BSW) and SS-Waffenakademie.
Constructors Company Gustloff-Werke presented 15 mm semi-automatic anti-tank rifle, get the index «Model 1941».
| Caliber, mm || 15h96 |
| Length mm || 1690 |
| Barrel length, mm || 1170 |
| Weight empty, kg || 18.65 |
this rifle worked on the principle of recoil barrel (it was 186 mm stroke).
hammer-type firing mechanism.
On the left side of the pistol grip fire control was mounted fuse box.
The barrel was fixed powerful single chamber muzzle brake reactive type greatly reduces the impact.
Food arms ammunition was carried out of attached box magazine, which was located on top of the receiver guns.
iron sights weapons were brought to the left.
To reduce recoil shoulder rest equipped with rubber buffer.
15mm new model firm MFR designers Gustloff was offered and 20-mm anti-tank rifle option.
However, the emergence in the early 1940s, powerful tanks made unnecessary work to create large-MFI as traditional means of infantry anti-tank defenses were underpowered and have not fully met the requirements of the time. By the end of 1941 abroad opportunities in 60-70 mm armor penetration at ranges up to 100 m, made by German anti-tank guns, with constant capacity striking power armored troops in the armies of the anti-Hitler coalition, leaving virtually unarmed Wehrmacht infantry in close combat, but German antitank artillery escorts also not kept pace with developments in the front. Therefore, all work to create a 15-mm anti-tank weapons were terminated and they remained embodied only in test samples.