US Cartridge, 4.2 inch HE, M3

 

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Description

This cartridge is used against personnel and materiel, providing both fragmentation and blast effect.

The complete round consists of a projectile body a fuze, and a tail assembly. The steel body is designed to accommodate an impact, delay, or proximity fuze. A deep fuze well in the nose, is fitted with a supplementary charge of TNT. This charge is removed to accommodate certain proximity fuzes. The tail assembly consists of a pressure plate and rotating disc, a propelling charge, a cartridge container and ignition cartridge, and a striker nut assembly.

The fuze well on the M3 cartridge is designed to accommodate the burster tube of the M9 fuze.

See Also

Cartridge, 4.2 inch HE, M3A1

PD, M9

Source(s)

Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

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

TM 9-1300-203, Artillery Ammunition (1967)