This separated ammunition is a target practice projectile designed for training in marksmanship with 120-mm tank gun cannons.
The complete round consists of a solid projectile and a propelling charge assembly. The projectile body is a steel monobloc design with a tracer threaded into the base. A streamlined steel nose cone is fitted to the solid slug to improve the ballistic shape. Two gilding metal rotating bands encircle the projectile near the base. The propelling charge assembly is M46, consisting of a cartridge case, propellant, and percussion primer.
The M103 Heavy Tank (officially designated 120mm Gun Combat Tank M103) served the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps during the Cold War. The last M103s were withdrawn from service in 1974.The ammunition fired by the M103’s M58 cannon included: the APBC-T M358 shot, the HEAT-T M469 shell, the HE-T M356 shell, the TP-T M359E2 shot, and the WP-T M357 shot.
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