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Skoda A7
Type Gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service 1938 to 1945
Used by Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Romania, Sweden
Wars World War II
Specifications
Barrel length 47.8
Crew 2

Caliber 37.2 mm
Carriage Turret
Effective range 1500 m

The Škoda A7 was a 37 mm tank gun designed by the Skoda Works in Czechoslovakia prior to World War II.

The gun was the primary armament of the Czech TNH-PS light tank design, known in service with Germany as the Panzer 38(t).

The primary user of the A7 was the German Army during World War II where the weapon went by the name 3.7 cm Kampfwagenkanone 38(t).

In German service, in addition to conventional high explosive ammunition, the weapon fired two anti-tank rounds. The primary round was the Panzergranate 39 armor-piercing composite ballistic cap (APCBC) which could penetrate 41 mm of armor plate at 100 m and 35 mm at 500 m. Penetration dropped to 29 mm at 1000 m and 24 mm at 1500 m. The APCBC round was ineffective at 2000 m. The rarer tungsten Panzergranate 40 armor-piercing composite rigid (APCR) round could penetrate 64 mm at 100 m, but only 34 mm at 500 m. The APCR round was not effective at 1000 m or beyond.

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