The Gewehr-Panzergranate was a shaped charge rifle grenade that was developed by Germany and used by the Wehrmacht during World War II.

A schematic of components.
TypeShaped charge rifle grenade
Place of origin Nazi Germany
Service history
Used byWehrmacht
WarsWorld War II[1]
Mass250 g (8.8 oz)
Length160 mm (6.4 in)
Diameter30.16 mm (1.1875 in)

Muzzle velocity50 m/s (160 ft/s)[2]
Maximum firing range46–114 m (50–125 yd)[1]
Warhead weight50 g (1.75 oz)
PETN Base fuze[1]
Blast yield25–30 mm (0.98–1.18 in) RHA[2]


The Gewehr-Panzergranate was launched from a Gewehrgranatengerät or Schiessbecher ("shooting cup") on a standard service rifle by a blank cartridge. The primary components were a nose cap, internal steel cone, steel upper body, aluminum lower body, rifled driving band, TNT filling, and a PETN base fuze.[1]

The Gewehr-Panzergranate was an anti-armor weapon which upon hitting the target ignited the PETN base fuze which in turn ignited the TNT filling which collapsed the internal steel cone to create a superplastic high-velocity jet to punch through enemy armor.[1] Since shaped charge weapons rely on chemical energy to penetrate enemy armor the low velocity of the grenade did not adversely affect penetration. A downside of the Gewehr-Panzergranate was its short range 46–114 m (50–125 yd).[2]


  1. unknown (1 August 1945). Catalog Of Enemy Ordnance Material. Office of the chief of ordnance. p. 317.
  2. Natzvaladze, Yury (1996). The Trophies Of The Red Army During The Great Patriotic War 1941–1945. Volume 1. Scottsdale, Arizona: Land O'Sun Printers. p. 44. ASIN B001J7LCD2.
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