The Tankgewehr 1918, also known as the Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr or simply the T-Gewehr, is a German anti-tank rifle.
As the idea of using high-caliber weaponry to defeat enemy tanks originated in Germany, Mauser decided to develop the T-Gewehr, as they found out that the 7.92x57mm K bullet was no longer effective.
The rifle used the standard Mauser action, but had no way to reduce recoil, like a shock absorber or muzzle brake. Iron sights were comprised of a front blade and a tangent rear sight. A two-man crew manned the gun; a firer and an ammunition bearer. The T-Gewehr was not designed to be fired from the hip.
A shortened variant and a magazine-fed variant are known to exist.
- The T-Gewehr holds the distinction of being the very first anti-tank rifle ever made.