Original German WWII Panzerfaust 30 Klein Launcher & Rocket Set
Original Item: Only One Available. Panzerfaust 30 klein ("small") or Faustpatrone (Translated literally to mean: Tank Fist Small) was the original version of the Panzerfaust. First delivered in August 1943 with a total weight of 3.2 kilograms (7.1 lb) and overall length of 98.5 cm (38.8 in). The 30 was indicative of the nominal maximum range of 30 m (33 yd). It had a 3.3 cm (1.3 in) diameter tube containing 54 grams (1.9 oz) of black powder propellant launching a 10 cm (3.9 in) warhead carrying 400 g (14 oz) of explosive. The projectile traveled at just 30 m (98 ft) per second and could penetrate 140 mm (5.5 in) of armor.
This ingenious throw away Rocket and Launcher was one of Hitler's last ditch weapons adopted by the Nazis to try and repel the invading Allies on both the Eastern and Western fronts. "Most authors agree that production of the Panzerfaust Klein was halted somewhere in early 1944, due to its insufficient penetration of armor and replaced by the larger model."
This example, acquired from the son of a WWII veteran, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. It still retains its original paint, including the original paper rocket label and the original red stenciling on the body of the launcher tube. The original leaf sight and plunger trigger assembly are still present. The rocket head has been emptied of explosive and the propellant, as found in the tube, has been discarded though we do have a handful of the original sealing cardboard discs. The delicate sprung steel fins of the rocket are present, but rusted and detached, as the rocket base had not been separated from the launcher until we removed it only a few days ago.
This is an excellent example the equal of which typically only be seen in museums. Here is a very rare chance to own an original finish panzerfaust 30 klein rocket and launcher set, the only one we have ever owned.
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