Being of a much smaller configuration than the Panzerfaust the Faustpatrone was slightly heavier than the later models to follow. Heinrich Langweiler in Leipzig. The basic concept was that of a recoilless gun since neither the Faustpatrone, nor its successor the Panzerfaust were rocket powered projectiles like those fired by the Panzershreck.
Panzerfaust 60 It employed the relatively new concept of hollow shaped charges. This radical idea of the time exploited the newly discovered principal of directional explosives were by a specially shaped charge in this case an inverted funnel or cone shape could be concentrated to explode in a pre-defined direction rather than exploding in the traditional spherical all-round shape that say a shell would produce.
Although the warhead looks considerably bulky it is largely empty space inside that acts merely as a focusing chamber for the warhead. When the warhead strikes its target the explosive charge liner at the rear of the warhead is triggered.
The internal space coupled with the specially molded shape of the charge allows the detonated charge inside to form and move in a single focused direction. The Heereswaffenamt ordered an initial 20, units with the first Faustpatronen being delivered by the manufacturer in August Operation This very simple and effective weapon operated on the action-reaction principal.
Inside the launch tube was a small black powder charge. When fired, the finned bomb moved forward due to the force of the expanding gas. I heard it was supposed to be reloadable but was it's reloadability only limited to a certain amount like the Panzerfaust or was it almost unlimited like the Panzerschreck?
The only image I could find was a drawing of a soldier with it but I have never seen any real specs on it. It used a reloadable tube and now featured a pistol grip. Serial production was scheduled to begin in September This project too never realized. Other late war projects that never realized fully were the Gasfaust that was contain a chemical warhead with tear gas such as CN, the Brandfaust with an incendiary warhead and the Flammfaust that was to contain flammable liquid; the Flammfaust by the way has nothing to do with the single-use Einstossflammenwerfer discussed in connection with the flamethrowers; instead, it was to have a seperate warhead that contained the liquid and exploded into a fiery burst at impact.
The Luftfaust "air fist" was an anti-aircraft, recoilless shoulder-fired weapon not really related to the Panzerfaust. There were two versions: the original Luftfaust-A featured four barrels of 2cm-caliber, firing 2cm-projectiles that weighed 90g and contained 19g of explosive, the projectiles were fitted to a little rocket stage.
The Luftfaust-B addressed the problem of the inaccurate and unsatisfactory hit groups achieved by the Luftfaust-A by kengthening the barrels and increasing the number of barrels to nine. The weapon now had a length of cm and weighed 6. The nine projectiles were shot in one salvo with 0. Although large orders for the weapon were placed in , actually only 80 of these weapons were used in combat trials. The Fliegerfaust "airplane fist" had the same basic design of the Luftfaust but featured six barrels with a diameter of 3cm.
It was to use the 3cm - projectiles of the Maschinenkanone MK machine-cannon used in fighter aircraft such as the Me jet. These bullets weighed g and contained 75g of explosives. The weapon did not advance beyond the trial stage. The Panzerfaust family of weapons was considerably easy to use. Simple usage instructions were often printed onto the warhead see right pic. Use of the Panzerfaust 60 was as follows: After detachment of the warhead the detonation charge and firing percussion cap were inserted see pic.
Then the warhead was again mounted to its shaft. After the sighting lever was locked in the "up" - position the gunner could remove the safety plug at the warhead and the weapon was ready to fire; the raised lever then served as the rear sight.
The Panzerfaust worked the same way except that the weapon came delivered ready to fire, charge and firing cap were already readied. The Panzerfaust 30 and the Faustpatrone had a slightly different arming system: instead of the lever it had a small cocking device in form of an arming rod on top of the barrel. After the charge and the cap had been inserted, the arming rod was pushed forward until the firing pin cocks and the firing button protrudes.