4.2 cm Pak 41

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4.2 cm Pak 41
Type Anti-tank gun
Place of origin 23x15px Germany
Service history
Used by Germany
Production history
Produced 1941—1942
Number built 313
Weight 642 kilograms (1,415 lb)
Length 235 centimetres (93 in)
Barrel length 2,114 millimetres (83.2 in) L/52

Shell 42 × 406 mm. R
Caliber 4.06 centimetres (1.60 in)
Breech horizontal sliding block
Carriage split trail
Elevation -8° to +25°
Traverse 60°
Muzzle velocity 1,265 m/s (4,150 ft/s)
Effective range 1,000 metres (1,100 yd)

The 4.2 cm Pak 41 was a light anti-tank gun issued to German airborne units in World War II. This gun was externally similar to the PaK 36, and used a modified version of the latter's carriage, but used the Gerlich squeeze-bore principle to boost its velocity, and hence armor-piercing ability. The bore had a diameter of 4.06 centimetres (1.60 in) at the chamber, but tapered down to 2.94 centimetres (1.16 in) at the muzzle.


  • Projectile weight: AP 0.336 kg (12 ounces)
  • Armour penetration: 72 mm (2.835 in) at 455 m (500 yards)

See also

2.8 cm sPzB 41


  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939-1945. New York: Doubleday, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
  • Hogg, Ian V. German Artillery of World War Two. 2nd corrected edition. Mechanicsville, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997 ISBN 1-85367-480-X

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