Estimate 15,000€ – 20,000€
The M3 A1 anti-tank gun, produced at the Watervliet Arsenal in 1942, really is a rarity. It served as the very first anti-tank gun for the US Army, featuring a 37mm caliber that was standard for its time. Although it quickly became outmatched by enemy tank armor as the war progressed, it remained in service until the end of the conflict. Its lightweight and easy deployability, often towed by Jeeps, made it an indispensable artillery piece for infantry support.
This particular M3 A1 gun, now part of a collection, is a remarkable find. It has been meticulously restored using original parts, showcasing its complete elevation and translation mechanism boxes, breech, and arming system. The breech proudly displays its stamped number, model, and 1942 production date. Accompanying the gun is the scope holder, a rarity, as well as a storage box for additional accessories.
The original frame of the gun is intact, complete with its mechanism and steel skids for positioning. A manufacturing plate securely attached to it indicates that it was produced by “Muncie Gear Works – USA” in 1943, and it is classified as a Carriage M4 A1.
This exceptional piece comes with a range of rare accessories. Notably, there is a Guide rear light designed specifically for this gun, with a unique fixation on the barrel and a connection cable to the Jeep. The accompanying 1943 M6 model scope is housed in its original leather case, and two original technical manuals, TM-1245 and FM23-70, are also included. Additionally, a wooden ammunition box labeled “37mm Shell,” dated 06-1942, accompanies this extraordinary find.