The Tank Museum’s Archive and Supporting Collections Manager, Stuart Wheeler, holds class for about 15 minutes on the first anti-tank weapons seen on the Western Front, with emphasis on the Tankgewehr M1918, my favorite Mauser bolt-action!
As the owner of a (dewatted) AT4 and a Super Bazooka, I’m glad to see they are going to work through the AT weapons in their collection.
This prototype Winchester shown off by Ian over at Forgotten Weapons dates from 1918, a time when John Browning was working on his .50 BMG round and the Germans had their own giant T-Gewehr 13mm Mauser rifle in the trenches of Western Europe with the aim of sniping early armored vehicles.
Via the Cody Museum
The now-99-year-old elephant gun was dubbed a “swivel rifle” by Winchester and looks about as steampunk as the most goggle-wearing fan of Jules Verne could imagine. Termed simply as a “bolt gun” in patent paperwork by inventor Edwin Pugsley, this space rifle is as funky as they came– but predated the Barrett .50 cal by almost a century.
I had a really interesting interview last week with Mae from C&Rsenal, primarily about their massive Mauser M1918 T-Geweher anti-tank rifle, but also about curios and relics in general.
Photo by C&Rsenal
Check it out over at Guns.com