US Cartridge, 40mm HE, M684, XM684




This cartridge is a high explosive round designed to inflict personnel casualties from air burst effect. It is fired from M75 and M129 grenade launchers and is issued completely assembled in linked belts of 50 rounds.

This cartridge is fixed round of ammunition consisting of a one-piece internally embossed steel body with a metal rotating band and a cartridge case containing the propelling charge and percussion primer. The projectile cavity contains a Composition A5 bursting charge. An electric proximity fuze is threaded into the front opening of the projectile. The fuze assembly includes all solid-state circuitry, liquid reserve power supply electronic detonator, mechanical safety arming mechanism, and an independent mechanical impact element. The projectile assembly is press-fitted into a cartridge case. The case is a hollow bichambered aluminum cylinder with an aluminum closing plug crimped into the open well of the propellant chamber in the cartridge base. The propelling charge is contained in the spherical high-pressure propellant chamber. This chamber has vent holes in the top and is sealed at the bottom by the closing plug. The hollow chamber in the upper section of the case acts as a low-pressure chamber. A percussion primer is crimped into the center opening in the closing plug.

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Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

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

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