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Boys anti-tank rifle

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Boys MKI Anti-Tank Rifle - .55 Boys (13.9x99mmB)
Boys Anti-Tank Rifle 3rd Variant - .55 Boys (13.9x99mmB).

The Rifle, Anti-Tank, .55in, Boys, or as it is more commonly known, the Boys anti-tank rifle is a British anti-tank rifle developed shortly before the outbreak of World War II. It was named after its designer, Captain Henry C. Boys, and primarily produced at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield from 1937 to 1940. The Boys is a bolt-action rifle that fires the proprietary .55 Boys (13.9x99mmB in metric) cartridge, which is based on the .50 BMG cartridge and is fed by a five round detachable magazine. It is fitted with a muzzle brake and padded buttstock to combat the massive recoil produced by the round. Despite this, the Boys was frequently described as being unpleasant to shoot or even painful at times due to its extremely loud report and heavy recoil, despite the attempts at felt recoil mitigation.

While effective against lightly armored vehicles in the beginning of the war, the Boys, along with many other anti-tank rifles, was rendered obsolete and ineffective in the face of advancing armor technology as the war progressed. The Boys would be succeeded by the PIAT launcher in 1943. While primarily used by Commonwealth forces, the Boys was also used in a limited capacity by the US Marine Raiders and Chinese Nationalist forces during World War II. Small numbers of those rifles were converted to .50 BMG and used by US forces in Korea. It was also used by the Irish Republican Army during The Troubles in the 1960s.


(1937 - 1940)

  • Type: Anti-Tank Rifle
  • Caliber: .55 Boys, .50 BMG (Conversion using a Browning M2 barrel).
  • Weight: 35.3 lbs (16 kg)
  • Length: 62 in (157.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 35.8 in (91 cm)
  • Capacity: 5
  • Fire Modes: Bolt-Action

The Boys anti-tank rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Rat Patrol Mounted on a German Halftrack 1966


Title Character Note Date
Planetes El Tankikan rebel Mk I 2003
Strike Witches Lynette Bishop Mk I* without bipod 2008
Strike Witches 2 Lynette Bishop Mk I* without bipod 2010
Luciana Mazzei
Ángela Larrazábal
Strike Witches: The Movie Lynette Bishop Mk I* without bipod 2012
Isabelle du Monceau de Bergendal
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Lynette Bishop Mk I* without bipod 2014-2015
Luciana Mazzei
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Lynette Bishop Mk I* without bipod 2020
Spy Classroom - Season 2 Annette Mk III 2023

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001-2012
Forgotten Hope 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault "Anti-Tank Rifle" 2004
Company of Heroes "Boys AT Rifle" 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 "Boys Mk1" Must be deployed to fire 2007
Mare Nostrum "Boys AT Rifle" 2008
Men of War 2009
Company of Heroes 2 ".55 cal 'Boys' Anti-Tank rifle" Added with "British Forces" Expansion (2015) 2013
Far East War "Boys AT Rifle" 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly "Anti-Tank Boys" Mk I 2014
Squad 44: Letters From The Front "Boys ATR" 2018
Battlefield V "Boys AT rifle" Added in the ninth week of the "Trial by Fire" chapter (2019) 2018
Enlisted "Boys ATR" Boys MKI 2021

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