13 x 92Sr : [D] ; 13 mm Mauser T-Gewehr

Catalogue number
  • SAA 233
Department
Exhibits
Production date
1918-04
Materials
  • Core: steel
  • Case: brass
  • Priming Cap: brass
  • Bullet: gilding metal
Dimensions
  • Case: Length 91.5 mm
  • Bullet: Diameter 13.1 mm
  • Neck: Diameter 14.6 mm
  • Shoulder: Diameter 18.9 mm
  • Rim: Diameter 23.1 mm
  • whole: Diameter 13.0 mm, Length 128.5 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: 13 x 92Sr : [D] ; 13 mm Mauser T-Gewehr
  • simple name: cartridge, anti-tank rifle, armour piercing
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Category
Weapons and ammunition

Physical description

priming cap : attachment : press fit

History note

Inscription: in the headstamp 'T' represents Tank-Gewehr, and '67' denotes the case alloy composition of 67% copper, 33% zinc

History note

Reference: Datig, F A : 1963 : Cartridges for Collectors : Borden Publishing Co : Vol II : p 72. the 13mm Tank Gewehr rifle and cartridge were developed very quickly by Mauser and Polte in response to the appearance of British tanks in 1916. Polte had cartridges ready for testing within a month. The rifle was based on the Mauser 98 action, but was, in issue form, a single shot. About 15,800 rifles were made, and were able to defeat any armour in use on tanks during the First World War, being capable of penetrating 1 inch of plate at 250 metres. Recoil was, however, very heavy, and the rifles were not popular with the troops. Some development took place of a heavy machine gun for anti-tank and anti-aircraft use, the 'Tank und Flieger Abwehrwaffe' or 'Tuf' gun, but this did not proceed to mass production. The 13mm cartridge had influence on the post-war development of heavy machine gun cartridges such as the .50 Browning.

[1] headstamp, stamped, case base

[1] P // 4 // 18 // T67

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