Tip of the Tank - SU-76M
If you’re looking for a good sniper early on in your World of Tanks career, consider heading down the Soviet tech line to unlock the SU-76M. This Tank Destroyer has great long range capabilities, perfect for low-tier sniping practice.
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The SU-76M is a Soviet Tier 3 Tank Destroyer, and it’s one of the best low-tier snipers. It has great camouflage values, a decent view range, and high penetration to weaken opponents at long distances.
The fact that the SU-76M is a Tank Destroyer should already be an indicator of how to use this tank. The good penetration and high damage that TDs often
Its sloped hull affords this tank the opportunity to bounce incoming shots, but it’s not a reliable means of protection. The open top on the SU-76M also makes this tank particularly vulnerable to artillery strikes, so try to remain camouflaged to avoid being targeted by enemy SPGs.
In general, Tank Destroyers are not the best choice for scouting. While the SU-76M has a decent view range, its front-mounted engine, thin armor, and slow aim time leave this tank very vulnerable in close-ranged scenarios. This tank has a difficult time defending itself against a fast-moving opponent, especially in close proximity. While using the SU-76M, it’s best to hang back and carefully line up each powerful shot while you let allied Light Tanks take care of the scouting duties.
The SU-76M performs best at long distances, so look for locations that offer long lines of sight and adequate cover. Keep an eye on the minimap and carefully move between cover when necessary. Avoid getting too close to enemies, and perhaps maintain a safe distance from your teammates as well. The last thing you want is another nearby teammate shooting and revealing your position to the enemy artillery.
The capabilities of the SU-76M truly become evident once the vehicle is fully upgraded. Start by researching its suspension so that you can mount the Binocular Telescope for better view range, as well as the Camo Net for better stealth. Upgrade to the M-80 engine next to improve your acceleration. When you can afford it, purchase the 57mm ZiS-2 gun to increase your overall damage output.
- Excellent camouflage
- Good penetration
- Decent hull
- High DPM with upgraded gun
- Thin armor, though sloped
- Poor stock weapon
- Poor gun depression
- Engine mounted on the front
The SU-76M is a great first