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Showing the details of the shells used(where known)

5.0cm KwK 38 L/42
History

This gun armed the Panzer III F - J the later models were upgraded to use the 5cm KwK L/60 a more powerful gun

Calibre50mm
LengthL/42
Name/Id Calibre Weight MVelocity Quoted Penetration
 
5.0cm PzGr. 39 50mm 2.06Kg 685M/Sec 56mm@500m/30°
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.15 0.3 0.63 1.39 2.31 3.44 4.87 6.74
Penetration(mm@0°) 61 60 57 52 47 42 37 32
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 90 54 25 8 3

5.0cm PzGr. 40 50mm 0.93Kg 1050M/Sec 94mm@100m/30°
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.1 0.2 0.44 1.03 1.87 3.16 5.38 10.14
Penetration(mm@0°) 108 105 97 83 68 54 39 25
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 98 74 25 6 0

Hit probability is based on a static 2 x 2.4 metre panel at 0 degrees(vertical) at the range specified.

The data that has been used to create these records has come from Wikipedia, The Lone Sentry, The Bundes Archive and numerous books and websites that have provided the detailed information that has not been available anywhere else. The information we use to calculate the penetration tables, flight times and the hit probability comes from the Gun Calibre, the Shell Mass(Kg) and the muzzle velocity, plus range reductions to allow for gravity and wind resistance. This calculation originally came from a pre-war Krupp calculation which has been modified, and seems to fit the actual test results.

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