Antitank Rifle

Antitank Rifle

 

a firearm with a rifled barrel, designed to destroy armored targets (such as light and medium tanks and armored vehicles) with armor-piercing incendiary bullets at distances of up to 500 m.

The first antitank rifles appeared at the end of World War I. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941‣45 the Red Army was armed with 1941-model 14.5-mm antitank rifles with single-shot systems designed by V. A. Degtiarev (weight, 16 kg) and semiautomatic antitank rifles designed by S. G. Simonov that used a five-cartridge magazine (weight, about 21 kg). After the war, antitank rifles became obsolete.

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The first production series rifle for the 7.62x39mm cartridge, the SKS is nothing more than a scaled-down version of Simonov's World War II PTRS caliber 14.5x114mm semiautomatic antitank rifle and a continuation of developmental work on the caliber 7.62x54R Model 1941 SKS.
and any non-sporting firearm with a bore over .50, such as a 40mm grenade launcher or 20mm antitank rifle.