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US Cartridge, 40mm Practice, M407A1

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Description

This cartridge is a fixed practice type ammunition designed to be fired from 40mm Grenade Launchers M79 and 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. A hollow aluminum ogive is fitted to the front end of the projectile. A plastic ball assembly containing an RDX booster pellet and two yellow smoke pellets is fitted into the rear end of the projectile. A PD fuze assembly is threaded into the front opening of the ball assembly. The projectile assembly is pressfitted into a cartridge case. The case is a hollow bichambered aluminum cylinder with an annealed brass propellant cup assembly crimped into the center of the cartridge base. The cup contains the propelling charge and percussion primer in the center. The cup acts as a high pressure chamber while the hollow cavity in the case, which surrounds the cup, acts as a low pressure chamber.

Hazardous Components

Filler - Yellow dye

M118 cartridge case

Propellant - M9, 330 mg

Primer - Percussion, FED 215

See Also

PD, M551

Source(s)

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