57 mm ZIS-2 cannon

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Description

The 57 mm ZIS-2 is a high velocity 57 mm towed anti-tank gun, which served as the basis for the ZIS-4 (57 mm) or the simplified ZIS-4M (57 mm) guns found on some T-34 tanks.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The ZiS-2 has an unusually high gun velocity, one that is more akin to late war guns than the early war guns that vehicles equipped with the ZiS-2 will often face up against. This means that the ZiS-2 can often handle uptiers without issues, while its low drop makes aiming for weakspots easy.

Available ammunition

Ammunition

  • BR-271: A high penetration APHEBC round, however low explosive mass may require multiple shots to destroy an enemy vehicle.
  • BR-271K: A high penetration APHE round with marginally more explosive mass than the BR-271, but worse performance against angles.
  • O-271: A HE shell useful for lightly armored or open topped vehicles, however due to its low explosive mass it is unlikely to be very useful
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-271 APHEBC 145 143 132 119 108 98
BR-271K APHE 145 143 132 119 108 98
O-271 HE 5 5 5 5 5 5
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
BR-271 APHEBC 990 3.14 1.2 9.0 21.56 48° 63° 71°
BR-271K APHE 990 3.14 1.2 9.0 27.72 47° 60° 65°
O-271 HE 700 3.72 0.4 0.01 220 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good rate of fire
  • High penetration for rank
  • Low shell drop

Cons:

  • Low explosive mass

History

Originally created as a standalone anti-tank gun, the ZiS-2 was developed in order to counter the possible threat of German heavy tanks after the Soviet's own use of heavy tanks during the Winter War. However, production initially stopped after only 371 units were built due to the gun's high cost, problematic manufacturing, and reports that the gun would often overpenetrate weakly armored German tanks. This led to the ZiS-2 being abandoned in favor of the ZiS-3 and other cheaper 45 mm guns.

Later in the war however, the arrival of the German Tiger and Panther tanks rendered the ZiS-3 and the other 45mm guns useless, and the higher penetration of the ZiS-2 was once again needed on the frontlines. This led to the ZiS-2 being reentered into service in 1943, with 9,645 units built by the end of the war in 1945. After the war, improvements in tank armor protection quickly phased out the ZiS-2 in favor of more powerful guns, however its small size and weight kept it in use within airborne troops for some time afterwards.

Media

An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

  • ZIS-4 (57 mm) - A version of the ZiS-2 designed for self propelled mounts
  • ZIS-4M (57 mm) - A simplified version of the ZiS-2 designed for self propelled mounts

External links


USA tank cannons
25 mm  LW25 · M242
37 mm  M3 · M5 · M6
57 mm  M1
75 mm  M2 · M2 Howitzer · M3 · M6 · M1897A4 · XM274
76 mm  M1 · M7 · M32 · T185E1
90 mm  M3 · M3A1 · M36 · M41 · M54 · T15E1 · T15E2 · T54 · T208E9
105 mm  M4 · M68 · M68A1 · M68A1E8 · Sharir · T5E1 · T5E2 · T140E2 · XM35
106 mm  M40A1C
120 mm  IMI MG251 · M58 · M256 · T53
152 mm  M81 · M162 · XM150E5
155 mm  T7
  Foreign:
20 mm  Rh202
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.III · ZIS-2

USSR tank cannons
20 mm  TNSh
30 mm  2A42 · 2A72 · AG-30
45 mm  20-K
57 mm  AU-220 · Ch-51M · ZIS-2 · ZIS-4 · ZIS-4M
73 mm  2A28
76 mm  1902/30 · 3-K · D-56TS · F-32 · F-34 · F-96 · KT-28 · L-10 · L-11 · ZIS-3 · ZIS-5
85 mm  D-5S · D-5T · D-58 · D-70 · F-30 · ZIS-S-53
100 mm  2A48 · 2A70 · D-10S · D-10T · D-10T2S · D-50 · LB-1
107 mm  ZIS-6
115 mm  U-5TS
122 mm  A-19 · D-25-44T · D-25S · D-25T · D-25TS · D-30T · D-49 · M-30 · M-62-T2S
125 mm  2A26 · 2A46M · 2A46M-1 · 2A46M-5 · 2A46MS · 2A75
130 mm  B-13 · C-70 · M-65
152 mm  2A33 · M-10T · M-64 · M-69 · ML-20S
  Foreign:
37 mm  M5 (USA)
50 mm  KwK L/42 (Germany)
57 mm  6pdr OQF Mk.III (Britain) · M1 (USA)
75 mm  KwK42 (Germany) · M2 (USA)
76 mm  M1 (USA)
85 mm  Type-62-85-TC (China)

China tank cannons
76 mm  M32K1
85 mm  Type-62-85-TC
100 mm  PTP86 · Type 59 · Type 69
105 mm  Type 83 · WMA301 · ZPL94 · ZPL98A
120 mm  PTZ89
125 mm  Type 88C · Type 99A · ZPT98
  Foreign:
37 mm  M6 (USA)
45 mm  20-K (USSR)
47 mm  Type 1 (Japan)
57 mm  Type 97 (Japan) · ZIS-2 (USSR)
73 mm  2A28 (USSR)
75 mm  M2 Howitzer (USA) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA)
76 mm  D-56T (USSR) · F-34 (USSR) · M1 (USA) · M7 (USA) · ZIS-3 (USSR)
85 mm  ZIS-S-53 (USSR)
90 mm  M3 (USA) · M41 (USA)
100 mm  D-10S (USSR)
105 mm  M68 (USA) · M68A1 (USA)
115 mm  U-5TS (USSR)
122 mm  A-19 (USSR) · D-25T (USSR)
152 mm  ML-20S (USSR)