Gun Stabilizer

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Gun Stabilizer refers to the stabilization system present on an armament mounted onto a platform.

General Info

The gun stabilizer is a system that improves the tank gun’s aim at the target and preserves (stabilizes) its aim even when the hull vibrates during movement, which allows it to perform effective aimed fire during vehicle movement or when temporarily stopped.

Reaction time and accuracy between target detection and effective hit draw the line between life and death in tank warfare

Currently a stabilizer on specific tanks is simulated with a generic high vertical guidance (elevation) speed on the gun - which, of course, makes firing on the move or after a short stop easier, but still this does not provide a real simulation of stabilizer and fire control systems. After the introduction of the accurate stabilizer simulation, the vertical guidance speed on specifically equipped vehicles will be reduced to real life values.

This new feature will increase realism on machines historically equipped with a gun stabilisation system

The stabilization system for tank guns will be enabled by default for all armored vehicles on where such systems were historically installed. For tanks with the ability to aim the gun using a lever, by default the gun will aim as before, with the help of the aiming mechanism. The button to enable the stabilizer on such tanks will unlock the gun and enable stabilization mode.

-Devblog for Gun Stabilizer

Effect of Stabilizers

There are three types of stabilizers in the game: Single-plane, Shoulder-stop, and Two-plane.


Single-plane stabilizer is a simple stabilizer system that only stabilizes on a vertical axis. As such, the sights will still bounce quite a bit if moving fast on cross-country terrain, but it still provides a stable fighting platform when stopping to fire.

Stability while on the move is effective up to 15 kph on most tanks with the system. If the tank moves faster than 15 kph, the stabilizer disengages and the vehicle gun starts bouncing with the terrain until the speed returns to 15 kph.


Shoulder-stop stabilizer is not truly a stabilizer in real life, but follows a principle due to the elevation mechanism on smaller caliber guns. This affects tanks with a small caliber gun such as the 2-pounder, which uses a shoulder rest for the gunner to manually elevate the gun. Due to the liberty the gunner had in the elevation on his shoulder rather than on gears, he could hold the gun steady as the tank was on the move and fire with relative ease. Aside from this description, its function in the tank is not as different as the single-plane, just not as fine.

Stability while on the move is effective only to around 8-9 kph before the stabilizer disengages.


The ultimate in gun stabilizing system, the two-plane stabilizer represents very stable steadiness with a stabilizing function of the horizontal and vertical axis. This gives a very smooth gun sighting when traveling on cross-country terrain.

Stability on the move is effective on all range speed, though one should caution in firing after moving around rough hills as while the sight remains on target, the gun may still be unaligned for a few seconds before returned to on target.

Vehicles with Gun Stabilizers in-game (Stabilization plane)

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Single-plane, Vertical

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M3 Stuart
M3A1 Stuart
M5A1 Stuart
M24 Chaffee
M3 Lee
M4A1 Sherman
M4 Sherman
M4A2 Sherman
M4A1 (76) W Sherman
M4A2 (76) W Sherman
M4A3 (76) W HVSS Sherman
M4A3E2 Jumbo
M4A3E2 (76) W Jumbo
M4A5 Ram II
M4A3E2 Jumbo "Cobra King"
Grant I
★M3 Medium Sherman II
Grant Mk I
M4A3 (76) W SDF

Shoulder-stop, Vertical

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Pz.Kpfw. 35(t)
Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. A
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Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C
Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F
Pz.Kpfw. II DAK
A13 Mk I
A13 Mk II
A13 Mk.I (3rd RTR)
A13 Mk II 1939
Tetrarch Mk I
Valentine Mk I
Matilda Mk II
Crusader Mk II
Type 95 Ha-Go
Type 98 Ke-Ni
Type 2 Ka-Mi
Type 95 Ha-Go Commander
Type 97 Chi-Ha
Type 97 Chi-Ha Kai
Type 1 Chi-He


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M551 Sheridan
M60A1 (AOS)
M60A1 RISE (P)
M1 Abrams
Leopard A1A1
Flakpanzer I Gepard
Leopard 2K
Object 906
T-64A (1971)
Centurion Mk 3
Centurion Mk 10
Strv 81 (Rb.52)
Chieftain Mk 3
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Conqueror Mk.2
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Screenshots and fan art


British presentation of the gun stabilizer on the Centurion Mk 3
A modern gun stabilizer on a Leopard 2A4 tank shows what it can do with a beer mug
Effect of stabilization on vehicle's gunnery.
-by Inceptor57
Stabilizer effect while on the move.
-by Inceptor57

Additional information (links)