The PTRS-41 is a gas-operated, anti-tank rifle used by the Soviet Armed Forces during World War II. It appears in Call of Duty as a mounted weapon and in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Vanguard as a portable sniper rifle.
Call of Duty
The PTRS-41 appears in the level "Pavlov's House". A number are spread on different floors on the building and must be used to destroy the attacking German Panzer IV tanks. It is capable of destroying them in three to five shots. It is a very accurate weapon with a bit of splash damage to it, also making it effective against infantry. Although game files appear for it in multiplayer, it is not available without mods. It also appears in Call of Duty: United Offensive's game files, but is never used in the game.
Call of Duty: World at War
The functionality of the PTRS-41 is changed from an anti-tank rifle to a scoped sniper rifle. It has very low mobility, comparable to that of a light machine gun or launcher, and the sights take up more space than on other weapons. It is seen during the Red Army campaign missions. It is extremely powerful, being the only weapon that takes only one shot to kill at any range, and is the only sniper rifle capable of ripping off body parts from the enemies. In the mission "Vendetta", it can be used. It can be found after the player fends off the first large group of German soldiers while covering comrades. After they advance, and after the player fends off some Wehrmacht in close range, there will be a mounted MG42. Near it, leaning against a wall, will be the PTRS-41. It is useful on taking down Sd.Kfz.251 Half-Tracks in a couple of shots although it's 7 shots to take them both out. The mission "Heart of the Reich" also harbors this sniper rifle during the end of the mission in which it is located in a ruined building before stepping foot inside the Reichstag. It is also available in "Downfall" in which the player will snipe the opposing German forces on the opposite side of the balcony and then provide fire support for comrades on the bottom of the Parliament floor.
The PTRS-41 is unlocked at level 57. It is classed in-game as a bolt-action rifle, although it operates as a semi-automatic rifle.
The PTRS-41 has equal damage and body multipliers to the other scoped bolt-action rifles. The PTRS-41 will deal seventy damage per bullet at all ranges. The PTRS-41 gains a 50% damage boost on a shot to the head, neck, and upper torso, which will grant a one shot kill barring shots through cover or against a Juggernaut user. The PTRS-41 only gets a 10% damage boost on shots to the lower torso. The PTRS-41 has high penetration power, allowing it to retain a lot of damage through walls, although one shouldn't expect to get one shot kills through moderately thick cover.
When Stopping Power is in use, the PTRS-41's damage per bullet increases to 98. When multipliers are factored in, this allows the PTRS-41 to get a one shot kill to any part of the body that isn't a limb, and against a Juggernaut user, one shot kills to the head, neck, and upper chest are guaranteed.
One of the PTRS-41's main advantages as a bolt-action rifle is its rate of fire. It has by far the best rate of fire of any bolt-action rifle, firing with a maximum of 75 RPM. It is still a very poor rate of fire overall, but it nearly doubles the fire rate of its contemporaries. When Double Tap is in use, the fire rate is increased to a maximum of 100 RPM.
One of the PTRS-41's strenghts is its accuracy. The PTRS-41 comes with a sniper scope by default that cannot be detached, meaning users don't have to unlock the scope before using it. The PTRS-41's idle sway is the best among the scoped bolt-action rifles. It'll sway as quickly as the other bolt-action rifles, but it has 33% less idle sway overall than other sniper rifles. The PTRS-41's recoil per shot is very consistent and heavy, kicking highly upwards and to the right with every shot. This differs greatly from the other scoped bolt-action rifles, as they have vertical recoil that is inconsistent in terms of intensity, and they can kick strongly either to the left or the right, whereas the PTRS-41 will always kick highly up and to the right with every shot. It has the best centerspeed of all scoped bolt-action rifles, with 1000 centerspeed, double that of the other scoped bolt-action rifles.
The PTRS-41's handling characteristics are bog standard for a scoped bolt-action rifle. The PTRS-41 will allow users to move at 100% of the base movement speed, but only strafe at 40% of the base movement speed. The PTRS-41's hip-fire accuracy is abysmal, and the PTRS-41 will need 400 milliseconds to aim down the sight.
Unlike other scoped bolt-action rifles, the PTRS-41 reloads in one motion instead of reloading individual bullets. The PTRS-41 has a reload animation that is 3.5 seconds long, or 4.5 seconds long if the magazine is completely empty. The PTRS-41 has a Reload Cancel speed of 2.2 seconds, or 2 seconds flat if the magazine is completely empty. Even with reload cancelling techniques, the PTRS-41's reload speeds aren't particularly fast. It is far slower than bolt-action rifles when it comes to reloading only a round or two, but it is far faster than the scoped bolt-action rifles at reloading three or more bullets.
The PTRS-41 has a standard magazine capacity of five rounds. The PTRS-41's biggest shortcoming is actually its starting ammo loadout, as it gets one less spare magazine worth of ammunition compared to other scoped bolt-action rifles, giving a starting ammo loadout of only fifteen rounds, whereas the other scoped bolt-action rifles come with a starting ammo loadout of twenty rounds. Those who tend to go on long killstreaks will tend to run out of ammo more easily with the PTRS-41 compared to other scoped bolt-action rifles. The starting ammo loadout with Bandolier gets doubled up to thirty rounds, but it remains lower than other scoped bolt-action rifles with Bandolier, which get forty rounds total.
The PTRS-41 has no available attachments to equip. Although this may seem like a weakness, other bolt-action rifles need to use their attachment slot to equip a scope at all.
When it comes to using a scoped bolt-action rifle, the PTRS-41 provides the best overall performance on a per-bullet basis, improving on a number of weak points that the other scoped bolt-action rifles have. However, the PTRS-41 pays for this improved performance through a smaller ammo loadout overall.
The PTRS-41 is the only primary weapon that can do noticeable damage to tanks; depending on where the shot hits it can do from around 10 to 30 damage, out of 1350 maximum health.
It appears in all Zombies maps, and it is the only sniper rifle available in Verrückt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese. It is a very powerful weapon, being capable of killing zombies with one shot, even in the higher levels. It is only available through Mystery Box for 950 points. It should only be used if the user is covered, otherwise it becomes easy for zombies to overwhelm the player. When selecting perks, the player should use Speed Cola, as it shortens the reload, and Juggernog because when using the scope, the player cannot see zombies closing in, and the extra health will allow the player to escape, if attacked.
When the PTRS-41 is Pack-a-Punched, via the Pack-a-Punch Machine at Der Riese, it becomes The Penetrator. It has an 8-round magazine with 60 rounds in reserve. It also becomes capable of penetrating up to five zombies, in one shot, rather than the usual three (hence its name). It also becomes quite effective when camping, due to the zombies filing towards the player(s) in groups, allowing the player wielding The Penetrator to effectively utilize its increased penetration versus zombies.
PTRS-41 vs. The Penetrator
Call of Duty: Zombies
The PTRS-41 is available in Call of Duty: Zombies through the Mystery Box. Unlike its console version, it does not have a scope and uses iron sights. It has absolutely no recoil. Unlike the console version, the PTRS-41 is semi-automatic while aiming down the sight, but bolt-action when hip firing.
Call of Duty: WWII
- "Semi-automatic sniper rifle that one shot kills on every part of the body at the cost of slowest ADS transition time in class."
- — Description
The PTRS-41 is the most powerful bullet weapon in multiplayer, being a one-shot kill anywhere other than shooting through thick pieces of cover, being able to effectively take out targets through walls. Rate of fire is also favorable, second only to the Karabin which has a weaker damage model. In contrast, handling characteristics are the worst in the sniper category, having the highest recoil, idle sway,slowest sprint-out time and slowest ADS time of all sniper rifles. Recoil after a shot is also awkward, with the sights settling diagonally downwards from right to left, before settling down vertically, making accurate rapid fire difficult, if not impossible. As such, the PTRS-41 rewards players who can position themselves and take aim before the enemy approaches.
The PTRS-41 is available on The Final Reich, Gröesten Haus, The Darkest Shore, The Shadowed Throne and The Tortured Path, being able to be found in the Mystery Box and Waffenboxes for 1000 and 3000 Jolts respectively.
Damage and handling mirrors its multiplayer counterpart, being very powerful at the cost of being rather inaccurate at medium ranges due to the massive idle sway(and lack of Sharpshooter in Nazi Zombies). One shot kills to the body easily carry the player past wave 15, with headshots boosting its longevity. The PTRS-41 strangely does not feature aim assist ('Snap aim') alongside the Lever Action and De Lisle.
When upgraded through the Ubersprengen, the PTRS-41 becomes the Tiger Gun, increasing ammunition from 5 rounds to 20 rounds. Damage is increased further, being a one hit kill to the body past wave 25. Special zombies such as the Wüstling can be easily killed, even when not aiming for its back.
|Attachment||Unlock level||Stats||Upgraded Stats|
|Weapon Level 2
|Optic changed to a 4x Optic.|
|Weapon Level 3
|Reduced idle sway while scoped.
Does not work with 4x Optic or Iron Sights.
Full Metal Jacket
|Weapon Level 4
|Increased surface penetration and extra damage done to Scorestreaks.
Increased penetration power against zombies.
|Weapon Level 5
|Magazine increased to 7
Reserve ammo increased to
|Magazine increased to |
Reserve ammo increased to
|Weapon Level 6
|Rate of Fire increase to 112 RPM.|
|Weapon Level 7
|Changes optic to Iron Sights|
|Vermin||Epic||Attack of the Undead||Collection Reward|
|The Kraken II||Heroic||Supply Drop|
|Tank Killer||Epic||Supply Drop|
|The Giant||Epic||Supply Drop|
|PTRS-41||Rare||Quartermaster Contract reward|
Call of Duty: Vanguard
- "Heavy semi-automatic anti-tank rifle with devastating performance against infantry and vehicles alike."
- — In-game description
The PTRS-41 returns in Call of Duty: Vanguard as the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle. It was added as part of the Season One content for the game. The Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle is Lewis Howard's favorite weapon.
- ZAC Custom Precision
- Anastasia Type 1A
- ZAC Adjustable
- ZAC Padded
- Anastasia Type 3B Stoyat
- Kovalevskaya Type 2 Padded
- 13mm AM 3 Round Fast Mags
- 13mm AM 7 Round Mags
- 13mm AM 10 Round Mags
|Blueprint||Image||Rarity||How to Obtain|
|Alluvium||Legendary||Bundle Bone Splinter|
|Altitude||Legendary||Bundle Sky Crasher|
|Gator Hunter||Legendary||Bundle Orange Hornet Operator Bundle|
|Hold the Line||Legendary||Battle Pass Season One Tier 95|
|Lost Blood||Legendary||Battle Pass Season Three Tier 71|
|Oberland||Rare||Battle Pass Season Two Tier 35|
|Razor Paw||Legendary||Bundle Artic Roar|
Call of Duty: World at War
- The serial number is "P1750319".
- The Soviet Union's insignia is seen engraved on the back of the rifle.
- On the iOS version of Zombies, the PTRS-41 appears without a scope, even when upgraded. It has no recoil when fired ADS, but has recoil when hip-fired.
- It is classified as a bolt-action rifle, despite it being semi-automatic.