Swiss-German Solothurn Anti Tank Rifles

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  1. Pathfinder

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    The Solothurn S18-100 was the first in line of large-caliber anti-tank rifles, developed by Solothurn during early 1930s. This was a massive weapon, which could be carried by the single soldier for a short time, and certainly not suited for firing it off-hands. Nevertheless, it was considered as antitank rifle rahher than cannon. It was offered for export sales, and a small number of Solothurn S18-100 anti-tank rifles were sold to various European countries, such as Hungary or Finland. Later on, Solothurn engineers decided to improve performance of the gun, and redesigned it to fire more powerful 20x138B ammunition, which was also used in German FlaK (Anti-Aircraft) guns such as FlaK 30 and FlaK 38. This version was offered to intersted buyers as Solothurn S18-1000 anti-tank rifle; a select-fire version of the Solothurn S18-100 anti-tank rifle was offered as S18-1100 "Universalwaffe" (universal weapon), as it was intened for use against tanks from integral bipod, firing semi-auto, and as anti-aircraft gun (firing in bursts) from special AA mount. This version also found some buyers, including Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland. Few of the S18-1100 guns also were used by German army during WW2 as PzB-41(s). Overall, Solothurn guns looked like formidable weapons which could deal with variety of targets, using AP or fragmentation loads, but by the 1942 its armor penetration was insufficient to deal with Soviet T-34 tanks. These rifles also were overly heavy (at least, by standards of the foot infantry of the time), complicated and quite expensive.

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    Finland, Germany, Bulgaria and Switzerland used them throughout WW2. Finland bought them during the Winter War against the Soviets.
     
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    Myachiguy11 2nd Lieutenant

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    Wow that's quite a big gun! I've always heard that the panzershreck was the main gun.
     
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    The Panzerfaust was actually used a little more then the Panzershreck.
     
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    Its still used by many,including the PKK.
     
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    That's the new one, they use the same general name. It's same how they use word Panzer.

    New Panzerfaust

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    El-Classico

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