US Charge, Spotting, M1A1




This type of spotting charge tits in the after end of the 100-pound Practice Bomb M38A2. It produces a flash of flame and white smoke for observation of bombing accuracy. When assembled in the bomb, the can of the charge protrudes two to three inches out of the bomb body.

The fuze is an integral part of the spotting charge assembly. When the arming wire is pulled, the spring-loaded arming pin jumps out, leaving the inertia weight supported only by the combination firing pin and creep spring. On impact, the inertia weight drives this firing pin into the shotgun-type primer, which, in turn, ignites the black powder.

See Also

Bomb, 100 lb Practice, M38A2


OP 1664, Volume 2 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)