Mauser T-Gewehr Anti Tank Rifle

Unit German Army
Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number RELAWM03683.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Steel, Wood
Place made Germany
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Mauser T Gewehr anti tank single shot, bolt action rifle. Wooden half stock with a pistol grip and a mounting bracket on the fore end to take the MG08/15 bipod. The polished steel receiver is stamped MAUSER within a rectangle on the breech top. The bolt arm is straight with a ball knob.

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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