Original German WWII Panzerfaust 30m Klein Anti-Tank Launcher Tube
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 AH's last ditch weapons adopted by the NSDAPs 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 family of a WWII veteran, has been demilitarized according to specifications by the BATF. It looks to have been repainted for display long ago, and the paint itself is now flaking off. Most likely this was a battlefield pickup that was left to nature after it was fired, and brought home later.
The base for the sight and ignition apparatus is still present, though the sight and plunger are now missing.
A great chance to pick up a historic early design anti-tank launcher! Original panzerfaust material of any type is rare, so this is a chance to have a nice piece that won't break the bank. Ready to display!
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