Anti-tank rifleman! The Soviet people gave you a powerful weapon to destroy fascist tanks: the anti-tank rifle.
In order to complete this task with honour, know your weapon well, act quickly and skilfully, use your terrain, know the enemy's strong and weak points, carry out your orders precisely, and cooperate closely with your comrades.
The rate of fire of the self-loading rifle is 15 RPM, the single shot rifle is 8-10 RPM.
The maximum range of the self-loading rifle (PTRS) is 1500 meters, the single shot (PTRD) is 1000 meters. The best results can be achieved at a range of 300-400 meters or closer
The AP-I bullet can destroy or ignite any enemy tank or armoured car if it hits a weak point.
The mass of the rifles is 20.3 kg for the self-loading and 16 kg for the single shot. Their small size, convenience of transport and concealment, precision and accuracy of fire, this is what gives these rifles good performance in combat.
Save your bullets, use them chiefly against tanks and armoured cars!
Before battle, and in lulls during the battle, prepare yourself and your rifle for combat.
- Dry the bore completely.
- Wipe away excess grease and dirt from moving parts.
- Check the gas regulator.
- Check the bipod and make sure it locks into place.
- Check the barrel and muzzle brake for dirt, sand, snow, and other debris.
- The unit's objective.
- Your role in the unit.
- Your position and sector of responsibility.
- Who supports you, and who you support.
- Signals, both your commander's and those of your neighbours.
- You can see and shoot in any direction the enemy may come from at a range of 500-1500 meters.
- It is hidden from observation from ground and air.
- It has hidden paths and cover in case of artillery or mortar bombardment.
- You can see your commander and neighbours.
- Have backup firing positions at all times.
- Make 5-10 shots from one position, then move.
- If enemy tanks move in a direction unfavourable to you, occupy a new position and shoot them in the rear.
- Maneuver on the battlefield, send tanks to places where they are vulnerable to other AT rifle crews.
- When fighting with other crews and infantry, know your objectives and the objectives of your neighbours.
- When supporting grenadiers or incendiary bottle throwers, know what direction they are hiding in and do not fire in that direction.
- If a tank has stopped, knock out its armament first.