Panzerbüchse 39
Country of origin

Nazi Germany


Gustloff Werke


B. Brauer

Year(s) designed


Production began


Production ended


Weapon type

Anti-tank rifle


7.92×94mm Patronen


Falling block

Overall length

63.8 inches (162 cm)

Barrel length

42.7 inches (108.5 cm)


25.57 pounds (11.6 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Single shot

Cyclic rate

User dependent, practical rate 10 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

300 meters

The Panzerbüchse 39 (pronounced pan-zer-beuk-se), abbreviated as PzB 39, is a German anti-tank rifle.


The PzB 39 was an improvement over the Panzerbüchse 38. It featured only the PzB 38's barrel, while the other parts were different. The PzB 38 was used until 1944, where they were hopeless against all but the lightest vehicles.

Some of the rifles were converted to Granatbüchse 39s (GrB 39) starting from 1942, where they had a shorter barrel measuring only 590mm and an affixed "Schiessbecher" (firing cup) so that it could fit a rifle grenade. The Schiessbecher was the one used on the ubiquitous K98K, and was interchangeable.

Design DetailsEdit

The PzB 39 was an improvement over the PzB 38's design. The PzB had a slightly shorter barrel and decreased weight, as well as a new mechanism. The PzB was fitted with a falling block mechanism, where the breech block falls down in order to load a round. Rocking the pistol grip backwards makes the breech block fall. This also ejects the spent cartridge. To combat the decreased rate of fire of the PzB 39, two ammunition cans, each containing ten rounds of 7.92×94mm Patronen ammunition were affixed to the sides of the rifle to increase its practical rate of fire.


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