PTRD-41 gallery

The PTRD-41 was a one-shot weapon capable of damaging most of the armored vehicles at close range, even to some of the early WWII tanks. Its handling was simple and required a team of two people, the shooter, and the loader. This weapon is just over 2 meters long and weighed around 17 kg, light enough to be transported by a man and can quickly change position after the shot, as this produced a huge muzzle blast that used to reveal the position.
The 14.5mm bullet had a muzzle velocity of 1,006 m/s and weighed from 59 to 64 grams. The rifle had a muzzle brake and the recoil of the barrel itself ejected the empty case leaving the chamber open to introduce a fresh round. After entering the new round the bolt had to be closed manually. The opening action is known as “long recoil” but having to complete the loading operation by hand, was something unique.
The effectiveness of the PTRD-41 was more than questionable if it was fired at tanks, since the projectile sometimes broke and did not penetrate the armor. The bullet carried a small incendiary charge that produced a flash when it hit, this helped to improve the aim. The rifle fired 5 different types of ammunition. After the WWII this weapon could be seen during the Korean War between the Chinese and North Korean forces.

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