Here we see a Degtyaryov PTRD-41 team practice anti-air gunnery with a single-shot 14.5×114mm antitank gun.
Don’t laugh, it actually worked a couple of times, reportedly.
According to Soviet sources, one Red Army sniper of 82nd Guards Rifle division, Mihail Lysov, shot down a Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber in October 1941, using such a rifle while another Hero sniper of 796th Rifle Division, Vasily Antonov, downed a much larger Ju88 with four rifle shots of a semi-auto Simonov PTRS-41 in July 1942.
The single shot PTRD and 5-round PTRS were popular in the days of thin-walled tanks such as the PzKpfw I which had just 13mm of armor at its thickest point (the 14.5mm round could zip through 40mm of steel at 100 meters), but as tanks got meaner the guns were basically used to snipe trucks and thin-skinned vehicles at ranges out past 1 km.
However, the Soviets used them in their whaling fleet as late as the 1970s
And they still pop up in the Donbass today…
If you have been following along at home, you may have seen my earlier post on pro-Russian rebels (who have nothing officially to do with Moscow of course), and their right out of Sputnik armament choices.
Well here are two more, the first showing a rather halfway decent roadblock defended by a classic Tula SKS-45 rifle (although there appears to be a AK-74 in the rebel’s lap) and several (I guess they found a case that no one was keeping track of) single-use RPG-18 Mukha (Fly) anti-tank rockets, Moscow’s answer to the U.S. M72 LAWs. Then of course, in the second image, we see that, yes, Vladimir, their PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle (designed by Simonov a few years before the SKS) can still bring the heat.