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The Panzerbüchse 38 (pronounced pan-zer-beuk-se), or PzB 38, is an anti-tank rifle.
History[edit | edit source]
Originally designed by B. Brauer at Gustloff Werke, the PzB 38 was meant to provide the army with a man-portable lightweight anti-tank rifle. It was also very difficult and expensive to manufacture due to the complexity of its breech block mechanism, and only 1,408 were built and delivered to the German Army.
Design Details[edit | edit source]
The PzB 38 is a single-shot, breech-loaded weapon with a recoiling barrel. It was manufactured with pressed steel parts, which were spot welded due to the complex breech block mechanism. The loading mechanism is similar to those seen more commonly on artillery pieces and howitzers than it would be on an anti-tank rifle. The barrel recoils back about 9 centimeters when firing, opening the breech and ejecting a spent casing. The breech block would then be locked back in the rear, where the crew can load the weapon, and then hit a lever at the grip, which causes the barrel and breech block to move back forward, cocking the trigger and bringing the round into battery. This mechanism could jam up if the system gets dirty from field use.