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95-mm M-58 recoilless rifle

Country of Origin: Finland

description

The Finnish M-58 95-mm recoilless rifle was a lightweight anti-tank weapon. The long tube had a stabilizing leg fitted under the muzzle and a carrying handle formed as a loop over the barrel. Near the small, two-wheel carriage were two more carrying handles and a sight on the left-hand side.

The gun fired a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) projectile.

status

No longer in service.

Initial operational capability in the late 1950s. No longer in production. Last user was Finland.

characteristics

 WEIGHTS
   Traveling               309 lb (140 kg)

 DIMENSIONS
   Barrel length           10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)

 ARMAMENT
   Bore                    95-mm/34 cal, rifled

 PERFORMANCE
   Effective range
      HEAT                 770 yd (700 m)
   Muzzle velocity         2,018 fps (615 mps)
   Armor penetration       11.8 in (300 mm)
   Rate of fire            6-8 rds/min
   Projectile weight       22.3 lb (10.1 kg)

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