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Type Classification:

CONT AMCTC 8650, dtd 1971.


This cartridge is used for training in marksmanship.


The projectile consists of a boattailed steel body fitted with a steel windshield and gilding metal rotating band, The windshield is a hollow steel cone fitted to the front of a steel adapter. The adapter is threaded into the front end of the projectile, and retains a copper conical liner in the projectile cavity. The projectile cavity contains an inert filler instead of a shaped HE charge as in the service projectile. An empty fuze body with a live tracer is threaded into the base of the projectile. The complete projectile assembly is a free fit in the cartridge case. The cartridge case contains a percussion primer assembly and a single propelling charge incre ment. The base of the cartridge case is drilled and the primer assembly is pressed into the base. The percussion primer assembly consists of a percussion ignition element and a perforated flash tube containing black powder. The single increment bag is assembled into the cartridge case around the primer assembly.


The weapon firing pin strikes the percussion primer which ignites the black powder in the primer. The primer ignites the propelling charge uniformly through the perforations in the primer tube and also ignites the tracer. The rotating metal band around the projectile engages the rifling in the barrel to impart spin to the projectile for in-flight stablilty. expanding gases from the propelling charge force the projectile through the barrel with the velocity required to reach the target. The tracer burns for a minimum of 3 seconds during projectile flight. The projectile is non-functional, because it is an inert practice round lacking the penetrating capability of a service round.

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