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United States' 37 mm Gun Penetration tables

Weapon 37 mm M3A1 37 mm M5, M6 L/56 37 mm M3A1, M5, M6
Type of Ammunition   AP M51 APC, APC APHE APC APC M51B1, M51B2 M2 Canister HE M63
Weight (lb) 1.921   1.92 lb     3.48 3.49 3.13
Velocity (ft/sec)     2,900   2,545, 2,900 2,900 2,500 2,600
° 20 90 0 30 90 30 30 90 20    
Armor Penetration (mm)                      
100 yards                      
500 yards     61                
1000 yards 2.1"
52.5
  55                
1500 yards                      
2000 yards                      
2500 yards                      
100 meters                      
500 meters   36   50 61 30 46, 48   2.4-2.1"    
1000 meters 52.5           42 1.8" 2.1-1.8"    
1500 meters             37, 40        
2000 meters             37        
2500 meters                      
Effective Range (yards) 12,850                    
HE                      
Smoke                      
Shot                      
Weapon 37 mm M6, L/57 37 mm M1A2 37 mm M9 37 mm M1A2, M9
Type of Ammunition   APC APC M59 APC M59 APC M80 HE M54
Weight (lb)   1.92 3.19 3.39 3.15 2.68
Velocity (ft/sec) 2,545 2,900 2,050 2,800 3,050 2,600
° 30 30 20 20 20  
Armor Penetration (mm)            
100 yards            
500 yards   46        
1000 yards   42        
1500 yards   40        
2000 yards   37        
2500 yards            
100 meters            
500 meters 48   1-1.9" 2.2-1.9" 3.1-2.6"  
1000 meters     0.6" 1.3-1.2" 2.2-2"  
1500 meters            
2000 meters            
2500 meters            
Effective Range (yards)            
HE   3,000        
Smoke            
Shot   1,000        

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. British and American Tanks of World War Two, The Complete Illustrated History of British, American, and Commonwealth Tanks 1933-1945, Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, 1969
  3. World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics, Gordon L Rottman, 2005
  4. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  5. Armour In Profile #3 M.4 A3 E8 Sherman, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, ?
  6. US Army Handbook 1939-1945, George Forty, 1995
  7. Allied Artillery of World War Two, Ian V. Hogg, 1998
  8. Western Allied Tanks 1939-45, David Porter, 2009
  9. US Anti-tank Artillery 1941-45, Steven J. Zaloga, 2005
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