US Cartridge, 57mm HE, M306, M306A1




High Explosive Cartridge M306A1 is designed for blast, fragmentation and mining. The cartridge is used with Rifles M18A1 and M18.

HE Cartridge M306A1 consists of a perforated cartridge case containing a plastic liner and percussion primer. The propelling charge is loosely loaded into the liner. The cartridge case is crimped to a high explosive projectile with a square base, a short internally threaded ogive and integral, pre-engraved rotating band. The projectile contains an explosive charge of Composition B or TNT. Projectiles are fuzed with point-detonating (PD) Fuze M503A2, M503A1 or M503 which function on direct impact or graze. There is a bourrelet on the rear of the ogive and another immediately in front of the rotating band. The cartridge is spin stabilized in flight.

Cartridge HE, M306 is similar to Cartridge M306A1, differing principally in the design of the crimping groove.

See Also

PD, M503A2


Iraq Ordnance Identification Guide (2004)

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

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