|Type||Bolt-Action Anti-Tank Rifle|
|Rate of Fire||41 rpm|
|Near Range||150 m|
|Far Range||500 m|
|1 Ammo Pouch||10|
|2 Ammo Pouches||19|
|Reload Time||4.3 s|
|Cost Per Shot||1.98|
|Faction Cost||284,000 3,300|
|Captured Cost||1,659,000 6,600|
|Ribbon Required||Tank Destruction|
|Requirement||- 5th Grade|
|Ribbon Required:||Panzerbüchse 39 Specialist|
|Requirement:||- 9th Grade|
|“||The Panzerbüchse-39 is a German Anti-Tank rifle that fires the very unusual 7.92x94mm cartridge which uses a large gunpowder charge to shoot a small bullet at extremely high velocity capable of punching through lightly armored vehicles.||”|
|― Heroes & Generals|
The Panzerbüchse-39 (PzB 39) was a German anti-tank rifle used in the second world war, mainly during the invasion of Poland. It was an improvement over the Panzerbüchse-38 (PzB 38), mainly in it's operating system and overall handeling. Now instead of pulling on a lever to open the chamber on the PzB 38, the PzB 39 had a button switch and was less prone to having dirt and dust get into the mechanism, making it less likely to jam or misfire. It used the 7.92x94 Patronen, and could penetrate up to 50mm of armor when it wasn't sloped, but when shot at a 60° angle, it quickly fell to only 25 mm of armor. It's effective range was 300 meters.
Anti-tank rifles originate from 1917 when Mauser built the 1918 T-Gewehr, the world's first effective anti-tank rifle. Germany kept developing further models throughout the inter-war years. During the invasion of Germany into Poland in 1939, Polish troops didn't have great armor capacity or effectivity. Therefore, a bullet like the one in the PzB 39 could easily penetrate the Polish armor. So instead of giving each soldier a Panzerfaust, a unit got a PzB 39 and could easily destroy an armor colonne. Later in the war the weapon wasn't so effective and so most were then converted to Granatbüchse-39s.
The Panzerbüchse-39 is the only non-captured anti-tank rifle for the German faction, unlocked at rank 5 Infantry Assault. It's main use is to disable vehicles, especially APCs and light tanks, by shooting at their vital parts. Medium and heavy tanks won't take much damage, and penetration is barely noticeable. If you're going for an anti-tank role, don't use this weapon. If you still chose to do so, use Panzerwurfmine (L) and a set of Hafthohlladung H3to weaken the armor and to disable internals. The PzB 39 is effective when shooting at external parts such as fuel tanks and tracks, but won't kill a tank with ease.
It is, however, highly effective against planes. Leading the plane and zeroing in on it can be difficult, but 4 shots and it's done for. Still, this weapon isn't greatly effective against armor so if you're going for anti-tank, get a launcher.
The PzB 39 has a 1 bullet magazine, the sights are fixed at 300 meters, effective range is about 100 meters and has a low repair cost without modifications. The Patrone 318 SmKH-Rs-L'Spur maximizes armor penetration while the Patrone 318 PanzerGeschoss maximizes damage.
It is recommended to use the bipod to reduce gun sway when aiming down the iron sights. It also HIGHLY recommended to use the Fast Reload badge as this will allow you to fire faster when you miss your target. Using only the silver Infantry First badge will give you a chance to destroy a car in 2 shots while the gold version will increase your chances. When not using the Infantry First badge and the default ammo it is more likely to require 2-3 shots to destroy any car and 4+ for any enemy APCs.
Although unproven it is recommended to use sight modifications since this will decrease weapon sway when not using the bipod but it will not decrease the base cone fire.
For the fastest rate of fire use the Fast Reload badge. The Hair Trigger modification only decreases the time to chamber the bullet and makes no significant change to your overall rate of fire.