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40.8×17 Taubin

40.8mm round with HE grenade for Taubin automatic grenade launcher
40.8mm round with HE grenade for Taubin automatic grenade launcher

 

This very early automatic grenade round was designed in the USSR between 1935 and 1937 by the OKB-16 design bureau led by Yakov Taubin. It was intended for use by the unsucessful Taubin automatic grenade launcher.

This round consisted of a very short (17mm long) rimless grooved case, loaded with a 40.8mm fragmentation grenade. Grenade casing was made from steel, with brass driving band at the rear. Grenade weight was 0.59 kg, muzzle velocity around 120 m/s.