Kamplpistole loaded with a Wurlkorper 361 grenade before firing
During the search operation of this pistol, in 1929-30. it was suggested that it could be used not only as a “thrower illuminating the terrain of balls”, but also for firing more serious ammunition. So that a thin-walled pistol with a diameter of 26,7-mm (hunting 4 caliber) could withstand a solid charge of gunpowder necessary to eject any serious ammunition, it was equipped with an additional supplementary stem, made in the form of a metal sleeve, the length from breech to muzzle.
The first ammunition for throwing a pistol was a fragmentation grenade arr. 1924 g., Which instead of the characteristic wooden handle was attached to a special shank, containing an expelling charge and a remote device. Such a converted grenade was called Wurfkorper 358 LP. However, the life of this ammunition was short. The great resistance in flight and the relatively low efficiency in the explosion forced the German gunsmiths to look for other solutions. One solution was proposed after the fighting in Poland and was to replace the grenade arr. 1924 on ovoid grenade arr. 1939 g. New throwing mine called Wurlkorper 361 LP. At the same time, taking into account the increase in the propellant charge, the firing range of the grenade launcher increased, and thanks to the best aerodynamic qualities of the mine, its accuracy of hit was also improved. Subsequently, the design of the shank was slightly reworked, which allowed the use of a grenade without a stalk at a distance of up to 100 m. (Wurlkorper 361 LP nA).
Another interesting combat in stockpile used by a signal pistol was a special cartridge containing a grenade with Wiiifgranatpatrone 32b LP stabilizers. The advantages of this cartridge were that for its use it was not necessary to somehow prepare the pistol for a shot. It was enough to insert the cartridge in the chamber and make a shot in the right direction. After a shot, a grenade rose on a platoon and in its tail section four lamellar stabilizers were straightened. The explosive charge contained in the grenade, despite its low mass, was quite powerful - 12 of the heating element. The small diameter of the grenade improved its aerodynamic quality and, flying at a speed of more than 70 m / s, the grenade, unlike the previous ones, was not visible in flight. The range of the grenade was up to 400 m. Based on the design of the fragmentation ammunition thrower, the anti-tank cartridge Wiirigranatpatrone 326 HL / LP with a cumulative mine, which could hit armor with a thickness up to 50-mm at a distance of up to 300 m, was developed, but the accuracy with such ammunition hit XNUMX-mm at a distance of up to XNUMX m, but the accuracy with such ammunition was as high as XNUMX-mm at a distance of up to XNUMX m, but the firing rate with such ammunition with a thickness up to XNUMX-mm at a distance up to XNUMX m, but firing accuracy with such ammunition with a thickness up to XNUMX-mm at a distance up to XNUMX m, and it is not widely used.
A pistol grenade with a Wurlkorper 358 LP rod (left). A pistol grenade with a Wurlkorper 361 LP rod (center) and a Wurfkorper 361 LP pa (new design) (right)
The next attempt to use pistols against tanks In 1943, the Walter company developed a high-strength combat pistol and developed a round with a cumulative PWM 1 grenade. This grenade was mass-produced for infantry units and was successfully used against tanks, penetrating armor up to 150 mm thick. Made for use in pistols, its version was called Wurfmine N 62 LP, but despite the promising results obtained in the tests, it was not accepted for service. The reason for this was the exact lack of accuracy of hits at a distance further than 30 m, since with an increase in the propellant charge the grenade began to tumble.
Taking into account the errors obtained in the manufacture of experienced grenades, at the end of 1941, a design recognized as successful was developed. It was the Panzerwnrfkorper 42 LP Grenade, which had a streamlined body, an extended shank and intended for use in rifled barrels. Stabilization by rotation normalized the trajectory of the grenade, and the accuracy of its hits at a distance of 75 m was found to be good. A new grenade could pierce armor with a thickness of up to 80-mm and was actively used for firing from Walter assault pistols weighing 2,45 kg using a shoulder rest.
A pistol grenade with the Wurfkorper 326 LP plumage (left) and a pistol grenade with ready-made Sprengpatrone rifling. Anti-tank anti-tank pistol grenade Panzerwurfkorper 42 LP (right)
Test anti-tank pistol grenade Wnrfmine And 62 LP
The last known ammunition for assault pistols was a grenade in the cartridge with ready-made cuts. It was a fragmentation shock grenade, equipped with a very strong explosive - an alloy of trotyl with hexogen. Due to the spiral protrusions on the hull, the grenade received a rotational movement around its own axis when fired, and thus the problem of its stabilization in flight was solved. Despite its small size, the grenade contained a sufficiently powerful bursting charge named 22 of the alloy of trotyl and hexogen. The blaster of an instant-action grenade was very sensitive and, protruding from its body forward into a thin cylindrical, was given the nickname “cigarette”. The grenade was not recommended to use pa distance less than 50 m from the intended purpose, due to the danger to the shooter.
|index||grenade weight, kg||explosive charge weight, kg||maximum firing range, m||damage radius, m|
|WK 326 LP||0,14||0,012||250||30|
|WK361 LP pas||0,34||0,1||100||20|
|Pz.WK 42 LP||0,6||0,185||50|