Firing pin : Mauser T-Gewehr Anti Tank Rifle

Unit German Army
Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number RELAWM03683.002
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm component
Physical description Steel
Place made Germany
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Firing pin from a Mauser T Gewehr anti tank single shot, bolt action rifle.

History / Summary

This German 13 mm Mauser anti-tank rifle M1918, the first anti-tank rifle, was little more than an enlarged Mauser 7.92 mm infantry rifle. Fitted with a long barrel and supported on a light bipod, the single-shot weapon fired a 13 mm jacketed bullet with an armour piercing steel core at 3000 ft per second. It had the capacity to pierce armour plate used on British and French tanks.

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