Original WWII British PIAT Anti-Tank Launcher Monopod
Original Item: Only one available. The Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT) was a British anti-tank weapon developed during the Second World War. The PIAT was designed in response to the British Army's need for a more effective hand-held infantry anti-tank weapon. It consisted of a steel tube, a trigger mechanism and firing spring, and was based on the spigot mortar system; instead of using a propellant to directly fire a round, the spring was cocked and tightened. When the trigger was pulled, it released the spring that pushed the spigot forward into the rear of the bomb. This detonated the propellant in the bomb itself, which was then thrown forward off the spigot. It possessed an effective range of approximately 100 yards (90 m).
To help with support of the weapon and stabilize the aim, it was issued with a detachable monopod, which is what we have for sale here. The height is adjustable, to accommodate both the varying heights of the soldiers, as well as various types of terrain. Condition of the monopod is very good, with much of the original olive brown paint intact. Fully functional and ready to help complete a PIAT that has lost the monopod over the years.
The PIAT firing system meant that it had several advantages over other anti-tank weapons of the time, which included a lack of muzzle smoke to reveal the position of the user, the ability to fire it from inside buildings, and an inexpensive barrel. The PIAT entered service in 1943, and was first used during the Allied invasion of Sicily that year; it remained in use with British and Commonwealth forces until the early 1950s, when it was replaced by the American bazooka. A large number of PIATs were supplied to the Soviet Union through Lend Lease, and it was also used by the French resistance and the Polish Underground. The Israeli Haganah used PIATs during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Six members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces received Victoria Crosses whilst using the PIAT in combat.
NOTE: Monopod ONLY. Launcher not included.
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