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German Infantry Weapons
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 14, May 25, 1943
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a. Introduction

The ammunition used in the Pz.B. 38 and Pz.B. 39 (antitank rifles) is of the armor-piercing type. The round itself can be identified by the large cartridge case, necked down to take the 7.92-mm (.312-inch) bullet.

The German labels distinguish this ammunition from the regular 7.92-mm rifle and machine-gun ammunition by the words "Patr. 318" in front of the distinguishing "S.m.K." Labels having the distinguishing "Rs." have a small amount of tear gas in the bullet.

b. Patr. 318 or Patr. 318 S.m.K.

This is the regular armor-piercing ammunition for the Pz.B. 38 and Pz.B. 39 antitank rifles. It consists of a large cartridge case (like the U.S. caliber .50 cartridge case) with a small projectile of 7.92-mm (.312 inch). The projectile has a gilded metal jacket and a tungsten carbide core. Sometimes it will have a tracer and sometimes a small charge of tear gas in the base of the projectile.

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