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Pentolites are castable explosive mixtures containing PETN and TNT.

Pentolite came into use by several countries during WW II, primarily as a bursting charge and as a booster surround charge.

Because Pentolite is readily initiated, brisant and castable, it is used as a bursting charge, shaped charge, rocket warhead charge, and as a demolition charge. During WW II Japan used Pentolite as a bursting charge for machine gun bullets as small as 7.7 mm in caliber.


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FSTC 381-5042, Handbook of Foreign Explosives (1965)

OP 1664, Volume 1 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

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TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)