76 mm mountain gun M1938

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76 mm mountain gun M1938
76mm mountain gun m1938 hameenlinna 1.jpg
Type mountain gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Production history
Designer Plant no 7
Designed 1937-1938
Specifications
Weight 785 kg (1,731 lbs)
Barrel length 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) L/21.4

Shell 6.23 kg (13.7 lbs)
Caliber 76.2 mm (3 in)
Breech vertical block
Carriage box trail
Elevation -8° to +65°
Traverse 10°
Muzzle velocity 495 m/s (1,624 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 10,100 m (11,045 yds)

The 76 mm mountain gun M1938 (Russian: 76-мм горная пушка обр. 1938 г.) was a Soviet gun used in World War II.

In 1937, USSR got a license for Skoda 75 mm M1936 mountain gun in exchange for license production of Tupolev SB in Czechoslovakia; subsequently, in 1937-1938 a team led by L. I. Gorlitskiy at Plant no 7 developed a modification eventually adopted as 76 mm mountain gun M1938.

The gun had high elevation angle and could be quickly dismantled for transporting by pack horses. Sprung wheels allowed high towing speed. The gun was light enough to be moved in combat by its crew.

By 1 June 1941, the Red Army possessed about 800 pieces. In addition to mountain units, the weapon was issued to some airborne units.

In Wehrmacht service the gun was designated as 7.62 cm GebK 307(r).

The Finnish army operated five captured pieces, known as 76 VK 38.

M1938, rear view.

References[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Infantry, Mountain and Airborne Guns. New York: Arco, 1975
  • Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. Weapons of the Third Reich: An Encyclopedic Survey of All Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the German Land Forces 1939-1945. New York: Doubleday, 1979 ISBN 0-385-15090-3
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  • Shunkov V. N. - The Weapons of the Red Army - Mn. Harvest, 1999 (Шунков В. Н. - Оружие Красной Армии. — Мн.: Харвест, 1999., ISBN 985-433-469-4)
  • Soviet Mountain Artillery at mega.km.ru