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Panzerfaust 60 Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher (1943)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 4/29/2012

The Panzerfaust 60 was an improved version of the classic Panzerfaust 30 anti-tank system and became the most common form.

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The Panzerfaust 60 was a middle-level development of the Panzerfaust 30 and the Panzerfaust 100. The "60" in the Panzerfaust 60 designation depicted the effective range the system had been designed for, as was the practice for all Panzerfausts in the series. As a whole, the Panzerfaust was the anti-armor weapon of choice for German infantrymen and vehicle crews during World War 2.

The Panzerfaust 60 differed slightly from the other Panzerfausts before it. Compared to the Panzerfaust 30 "klein", the 60 utilized the larger 150mm projectile warhead, but was similar in design to the Panzerfaust 30, using the same projectile but with a greater effective range and higher muzzle velocity. The Panzerfaust 60 was succeeded by the increased-range Panzerfaust 100. All of these Panzerfaust systems also utilized a disposable firing tube, though plans and testing were underway for reusable tube systems in the Panzerfaust 150 and the Panzerfaust 200 - though these were not completed by the fall of Germany in 1945.

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Specifications for the
Panzerfaust 60
Anti-Tank Disposable Rocket Launcher


Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: Various - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1943


Overall Length: 1000mm (39.37in)
Barrel Length: 1,000.00mm (39.37in)
Weight (Empty): 13.78lbs (6.25kg)


Caliber: 150mm
Action: Propellant-Launched Rocket; Single Use Tube
Feed: 1
Muzzle Velocity: 148ft/sec (45m/sec)
Rate-of-Fire: 1 rounds per minute
Range: 200ft (61m; 67yds)
Sights: Flip-up Rear Sight


Variants:
Panzerfaust 30 (klein) - 100mm projectile; 30 meter range.


Panzerfaust 30 - 150mm projectile; 30 meter range.

Panzerfaust 60 - 150mm projectile; 60 meter range; increased muzzle velocity.

Panzerfaust 100 - 150mm projectile; 100 meter range.

Panzerfaust 150 - Tested though never produced; reusable firing tube.

Panzerfaust 200 - Tested though never prodcued; reusable firing tube.

RPG-1 - Possible Soviet designation of captured Panzerfaust systems.


Operators:
Nazi Germany; Finland; Soviet Union