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Original German WWII 3.7cm PAK 36 AP Shell

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Original Item: Very Few Available. These are very good condition totally inert BATF compliant PAK 36 37mm Armor Piercing Shells. Each if offered in good condition with German wartime markings. Round measures approximately 13.5 inches in length.

The 3.7 cm PaK-36, was the standard anti-tank gun of the Wehrmacht in 1940. During the battle of France in 1940 it had trouble dealing with thick armor of French and British tanks. In 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, the gun was next to useless when confronted with Russian T-34 or KV-series tanks. It was successively replaced by larger caliber weapons, like the 5 cm PaK 38, but there were never enough of them, so it was decided to enhance the capability of the PaK 36 by providing it with new ammunition.

The design looked like a rifle grenade, only considerably larger. One part of its stem, a stick, was placed inside the gun barrel; the other part, a perforated tube, fitted around it. On the tube there were four stabilizing fins. It was shot with a special blank cartridge at a velocity of 110 m/s (360 ft/s), which gave it maximum range of about 800 m (870 yd) (with gun elevation 25°) and around 180 m point blank range (gun elevation 5°)

It was equipped with two fuzes: in the nose, for direct hits, and in the base, to ensure detonation if the target was only grazed. The large caliber of the HEAT warhead and shaped charge of 2.42 kg HE, enabled it to penetrate armor 180 mm thick, enough to defeat any World War II tank. The hit was equally dangerous at any distance, as the shaped-charge effect is not dependent on the velocity of the round at the point of impact. However, due to low velocity the grenade was not very accurate, so the effective range against tanks was around 300 m.

Another disadvantage of using Stielgranate was that the gun loader had to leave cover, go in front of the gun and place another grenade on the barrel.

Weight as fired: 8.6 kg
Explosive content: TNT, 2.42 kg, shaped charge
Total length: 73.9 cm
Stem diameter: 37 mm
Warhead diameter: 160 mm
base fuze Bd Z 5130 - Bodenzünder 5130
nose fuze AZ 5075 - Aufschlagzünder 5075 (identical with the one used for Panzerschreck rockets) or its improved variant AZ 5095 - Aufschlagzünder 5095
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