|Full name||ProtivoTankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova (Degtyaryov Anti-Tank Rifle)|
|Country of origin||Soviet Union|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Shimizu Ai|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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DROP 0-1, 4-4, 4-2E, 5-2, 7-3E, 8-5, 8-1E, 9-1, 9-5, 10-5, 11-1, 11-3E
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ProtivoTankovoye Ruzhyo Degtyaryova 1941 (PTRD-41) was an anti-tank rifle developed and produced in the early 1941 by the USSR. Designed based on the Polish Model 35 anti-tank rifles the Red Army captured, and with some reference design to the German PzB38/39. When compared to the German counterpart the PzB39, PTRD is significantly heavier, significantly longer and often require a two man crew to operate. Prone to jamming more frequently but have a better armor piercing performance, PTRD was also produced in a much lower quantity than the German PzB39.
The PTRD and it's later developed semi-automatic version PTRS-41 are designed to chamber the 14.5×114mm B-32/BS-41 round. The armor-piercing performance of the PTRD is considered stronger than it's predecessor counterparts, able to achieve a bullet muzzle velocity of 1,012m/s, able to penetrate an armor plate up to 35 to 40mm thick at a distance of 100 meters at 0 degrees. Theoretically effective against the side and rear armor of the German Panzer II, III, IV and early models of the Panthers. However, due to the high velocity and small size of the round, it had a very high chance of shattering and/or ricocheting, especially if the target was struck at an oblique angle.
Based on the Polish anti-tank rifle, PTRD is a single-shot bolt-action weapon, with the operator have to manually reload every cartridge after every shot. The PTRD has an effective muzzle brake, but it also creates a very visible cloud of dust or snow and debris - as well as a deafening report, both of which could easily expose the position of the PTRD teams. Being rushed into production to fulfill a Russian military requirement at the time, the PTRD was deployed without telescopic sights, and while the iron sights were fairly effective, they could only provide up to 300 metres of effective firing range.
Ultimately, advances in armor technology made the PTRD irrelevant for its intended duty of defeating tanks; for several years, however, the PTRD lived on as an Antimaterial rifle for destroying enemy equipment and for interdicting enemy vehicles. The weapon was retired from Russian service in the 1960s, but was widely exported to other Warsaw Pact nations during the Cold War. The weapon has seen use with both North Korea's military and China's PLA during the Korean Peninsula Conflicts, and was used on both sides in recent Ukrainian conflicts (by both pro-Russia seperatists and Ukranian volunteers). The weapon, surprisingly, remains in use to this day in limited numbers, often with armies with less access to modern equipment.
Equipped with a trenchcoat, ushanka, and a shirt that shows off her chest, PTRD practically dares onlookers not to notice her. Her Russian ancestry is blatantly apparent, with a look that calls to mind fellow T-Dolls DP28 and Makarov. A humorous, if somewhat unusual quirk is that she's shown to be roughly as tall as her weapon - while many T-Dolls in Girls Frontline are shown with stylized portrait sizes that exaggerate their weapon sizes (KAR98K and FAMAS for example), PTRD's sprite shows her to be just as tall as she appears in her portrait, making her one of the tallest T-Dolls at around seven feet in height.
PTRD is often affectionately referred to as "Southern Hemisphere" by the player base, a nickname due to her shirt showing a massive amount of underboob and being essentially lashed in place. In her censored art, players began referring to her by the nickname "picked egg" instead, owing to the fact that her close-fitting shirt still does little to disguise her sizable chest.
PTRD's Romantic Mission outfit also inflicted some degree of commotion among the player base when it was first revealed on weibo, players noticed some viscous white contents on her right hand on the original released art, it was quickly removed though.
- In the 1950s, several captured PTRDs had their barrels replaced with M2 HMG barrels in trials conducted by Army Ordnance Officer, CPT William Brophy. Results proved the replacement barrel had a significant improvement on the maximum effective range; the M2 barrel fitted on PTRDs proved effective to 1828m, or 2000 yards over the standard PTRD barrel.
- Additional experimentation was conducted with the PTRD, involving the use of magnified scopes. Soviet efforts involved famous Soviet Sniper, Vasily Zaitsev. However, due to the harsh recoil produced, the scope mount was incapable of holding zero after repeated firings. During the early days of the Korean War, the U.S Army conducted the same experiment as the Soviets, using a Lyman Alaskan scope.
- More relevantly, PTRDs were produced under high duress, during the German invasion of the Soviet Union. The USSR desperately needed anti tank weapons, and they were needed immediately. To add a scope to the rifle would triple the production costs and extend production time, an unacceptable compromise when Russia had little answer to the German armoured onslaught. Factor in the large targets these rifles were made to engage (light tanks and vehicles), and it is easy to see why they were not made in scoped variations.
- Soviet WWII propaganda touted the PTRD's use in the anti-aircraft role against bombers. While technically possible, such a feat would be - needless to say - a trick shot.
- The feasibility and repeatability of hitting a fast moving target with the PTRD is questionable at best, with its non-existent magazine capacity and abysmal ROF for the job. However, aircraft being downed by small arms was not an unheard of feat during WWII.
- While the notion of shooting down level-flying bombers at mid to high altitudes is easily dismissable, low flying aircraft such as the Ju 87 'Stuka' dive bomber would find themselves vulnerable to small arms fire of all types (something true to this day). The armor piercing capability of the PTRD's round could prove seriously lethal to an armored cockpit or the engine block, a danger most other small arms calibers could not claim to pose.
- Fyodor Modzhenok, from the 75th Guard Rifle Division, claimed to shoot down a Stuka on the 21st shot, reportedly by using the PTRD. This involved mounting a wagon wheel to a tree trunk, and using the wheel spokes as a shooting rest.
- Reguardless of the suitability of the PTRD rifle for the AA role, the round itself (14.5x114mm) was later used in the Soviet ZPU family of AA weapons.
- The Blue Thickened Cape used exclusively by PTRD is based off the blue coat that Suou Pavlichenko wore on Darker than Black Anime. Suou also uses the PTRD.
- PTRD use in Ukraine Conflict
- Michael Haugen, Hard Target Interdiction. Downloadable PDF, 1st page.
- Scoped PTRD experiment
- Russian website about Stationary AA PTRD
- PTRD AA question in Warthunder Forum
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