7.62cm PaK 36(r) and FK 36(r) guns
At the beginning of the campaign against Russia the Wehrmacht captured large quantities of the Russian 7.62cm Model 1936 guns. These guns became FK 296(r) (or FK36(r))and were taken into German service. The breech was adapted to take the Pak 40 round and the barrels received a muzzle brake, the modified gun became the 7.62cm PaK 36(r). The weapon weighed 1,710kg, had a 4,179 mm long barrel and a muzzle velocity of 740 meters/second. It could penetrate 82mm of armour at 1000m. With the Panzergranate 40 with tungsten core the penetration increased to 112mm.The ballistics of the PaK 36(r) were not as good as those of the 7.5 cm Pak 40. The 7.62cm PaK 36(r) proved very successful in the correct hands, and in the desert is was quite often responsible for tank destruction attributed to the dreaded “88”.
The gun was also mounted on the Panzer 38(t) chassis as the Marder III.
Large numbers were also used in their originally intended role as field artillery (FK 296(r)) using the original Soviet ammunition specifications.
You’ll find enough parts to make two guns, but also included is a number of extra parts. There are two types of gun barrel, with muzzle brake and without.
The muzzle brake is to make the PaK 36(r) whilst the barrel without is for the FK 296(r). The same logic applies for the gun shield, the smaller shield is for the PaK 36(r), and the larger shield is for the FK 296(r).
The smaller shields were cut down versions of the original to reduce the profile of the gun. The spoked wheels are the very early type of Soviet wheels found on small numbers of the captured weapons.