The Mauser 13.2mm Tank Abwehr Gewehr Model 18 - Another man portable, huge weapon system  

 

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Designed by Mauser as an 'anti-tank rifle' after the deployment of British and French tanks in 1917, the Mauser 13.2mm Tank Abwehr Gewehr Model 18 was the only anti-tank rifle to actually perform on the battle fields of World War I.

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[Allied soldiers, next to a British tank, inspect a captured Mauser T-Gewehr Anti-tank rifle].

 

The Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr was a single-shot man-portable weapon system, weighing 41 lbs with the bipod assembly, that saw a production run of approximately 15,800 units.  Specially formed German Army anti-tank groups were deployed to the front in May 1918. 

An Anti-tank weapon team composed of two soldiers deployed the system by carrying it front and rear.   The gunner fired prone from the rear to ensure that the noise and shock wave created during firing did not incapacitate them.  The maually operated bold-action system was an enlarged form factor of the Mauser Gewehr (Rifle) 98 service rifle.  The spiked bipod system was used to attenuate the significant recoil caused by firing the weapon.

 

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[Rare photo of a deployed German Anti-Tank team.]

The heaviest of World War I "landships" deployed by the Allied armies had a maximum of 12-15 mm of frontal armor,while the Mauser 13.2mm TuF - Tank und Flieger (Tank and aircraft) round could penetrate 20mm armor at a distance of 100 meter, 15mm at 300 meters.   Effective range was 500 meters (1,640 feet) using a standard front post, rear V-notch sighting system.   The combination of minimal tank armor and the characteristics of the 13.2mm TuF ammunition allowed the weapon system to gain an immediate impact upon local tactical operations.

 

[T-Gewehr anti-tank rifle .525 (13.2 mm) jacketed, armor-piercing, steel core cartridge ammunition compared with British .303 (7.7x56mm) round]

 

The design intent of the Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr weapon system was to disable enemy armor units by firing a single round and disabling key components within the vehicle (Crew, engine, transmission, cannon firing mechanisms, other key systems).   The intent was not to destroy the vehicle but to render it operationally ineffective.   

This design intent can still be seen with the use of the M107 Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle

 

 

and the M2 .50cal weapon system today.

 

M2 50 Caliber Machine Gun

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The Evil Genius
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12/04/2019 8:10 pm  

Holy crap that is a BIG damn round. In WWII the British tried to copy it with the "Boys" Anti-tank rifle. (.55 cal./13.99mm)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_anti-tank_rifle


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13/04/2019 12:47 pm  

Mine is bigger than yours!

Bushmaster XM913 50mm!  That is a 2" diameter projectile!  This was just unveiled by Bushmaster!

Hot new technology!  I am working on getting a delivery schedule and pricing.  I think I can get a price break if I buy three.  Anyone want in?

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/new-next-gen-army-50mm-cannon-destroys-targets-in-live-fire-demo

 

 

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13/04/2019 5:24 pm  
Posted by: The Evil Genius

Holy crap that is a BIG damn round. In WWII the British tried to copy it with the "Boys" Anti-tank rifle. (.55 cal./13.99mm)

 

Was unaware of this T.E.G., thanks for posting.  Very interesting that the current technology of that time was sufficient to allow for continued use in WWII.  These weapons would be devastating when used against individuals, no body armor would protect them.  Repeated kills by the Anti-Tank weapon would eventually drawn in an armor unit of some sort, exactly the target the shooter would be looking for.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

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13/04/2019 5:39 pm  
Posted by: Old Buck

 

Hot new technology!  I am working on getting a delivery schedule and pricing.  I think I can get a price break if I buy three.  Anyone want in?

 

That would be so cool, nothing compared to the old weapons systems, however the new "weapons of mass destruction" have a base visceral appeal to a man's genome.  Totally destroying the target (s) just causes a chill within one's body. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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