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Germany - 5.0cm Pak 38 L/60
5.0cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 L/60
(translates as Anti Tank Gun)

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5.0cm Pak 38 L/60
5.0cm Panzerabwehrkanone 38 L/60
(translates as Anti Tank Gun)
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photo of 5.0cm Pak 38 L/60 from Wikipedia
History
Produced by Rheinmetall-Borsig after the Spanish Civil War, where it was seen that the 37mm Anti Tank gun was effective, but sometimes of too low power. It was first sucessfully used in April 1941 during Operation Barbarossa in Russia against the first T-34's.
Manufactured1939 - 1943
Calibre50mm
LengthL/60
Rate of Fire13 rpm
 
5.0cm PzGr. 39(AP)
50mm 2.02Kg 830M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 61mm @ 500mtr/30° ( ≈ 70mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.12 0.25 0.52 1.15 1.9 2.84 4.02 5.57
Penetration(mm@30°) 81 74 65 55 45 37 29 22
Penetration(mm@0°) 94 86 76 64 53 43 34 26
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 96 74 34 15 3


 
5.0cm PzGr. 40(AP40)
50mm 0.98Kg 1198M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 86mm @ 500mtr/30° ( ≈ 99mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.09 0.18 0.37 0.83 1.42 2.19 3.26 4.84
Penetration(mm@30°) 84 76 67 55 44 34 25 19
Penetration(mm@0°) 97 88 78 64 51 40 30 22
Hit Probability(%) 98 98 98 98 88 60 25 8



5cm Sprgr Patr(HE)
50mm 1.78Kg 550M/Sec 0.165Kg explosive
Maximum Range 2650 Mtr
Range(Mtr)10002000300040005000600070008000
Flight Time(Secs) 2.27 6.06 13.66
Burst radius Infantry in open 99% kill2 mtr Burst radius Infantry in open 66% kill4 mtr
Burst radius Infantry in open 33% kill11 mtr  Armour Penetration inc roof at 1 mtr0 mm
An explosion within 2 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 99% casualties - lethal.
An explosion within 4 mtr of infantry in the open will cause > 66% casualties and could damage some AFV's.
An explosion within 11 mtr of infantry in the open will cause 33% casualties.
The blast effect of this shell exploding within 1 mtr of an armoured vehicle will not cause any significant armour damage.


 
5cm Stielgranate 42(HEAT)
50mm 8.2Kg 110M/Sec
Quoted Penetration 180mm @ 150mtr/0° ( ≈ 180mm/0°)
Range(Mtr)1002004008001200160020002400
Flight Time(Secs) 0.92 1.84 3.73
Penetration(mm@30°) 180 180 180
Penetration(mm@0°) 180 180 180
Hit Probability(%) 98 74 22

Vehicles in our database using this gun
Vehicle NameCommon Name
 5cm Pak 38 auf Zugkraftwagen 1t 
 

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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