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US Cartridge, 40mm HE, M406

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This cartridge is a high explosive round designed to inflict personnel casualties using ground burst effect, and is fired from 40mm Grenade Launchers M79 or M203 (attached to the M16 series rifle).

This cartridge is a fixed round of ammunition consisting of an aluminum projectile body with a rotating band and a cartridge case assembly containing the propelling charge and percussion primer. A hollow aluminum ogive is fitted to the front end of the projectile. A steel ball assembly containing a booster charge and a bursting charge is fitted in the rear end of the projectile. A PD fuze assembly is threaded into the front opening of the ball assembly. The projectile assembly is press fitted into a cartridge case. The case is a hollow bi chambered aluminum cylinder with an annealed brass propellant cup assembly fitted into the center of the cartridge base. The cup contains the propelling charge and a percussion primer in the center. It acts as a high pressure chamber while the hollow cavity in the case, which surrounds the cup, acts as a low pressure chamber.

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See Also

PD, M551


TM 43-0001-28, Artillery Ammunition (chg 11, 2003)

TM 9-1385-51, Ammunition (Conventional) for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (1967)