A schematic of components.
|Type||Shaped charge rifle grenade|
|Place of origin|
|Wars||World War II|
|Mass||250 g (8.8 oz)|
|Length||160 mm (6.4 in)|
|Diameter||30.16 mm (1.1875 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||50 m/s (160 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||46–114 m (50–125 yd)|
|Warhead weight||50 g (1.75 oz)|
|PETN Base fuze|
|Blast yield||25–30 mm (0.98–1.18 in) RHA|
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.
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. 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).
- unknown (1 August 1945). Catalog Of Enemy Ordnance Material. www.paperlessarchives.com/FreeTitles/CatalogOfEnemyOrdnanceMateriel.pdf: Office of the chief of ordnance. p. 317.
- 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.