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ONSV10875

Original U.S. Vietnam War M68 Claymore Mine Training Kit with Bag

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Original Items: One Set Only. The M68 kit was designed to familiarize personnel with the placement and arming of a real M18 Claymore directional mine. It comes with all the components of a real Claymore kit packed in an M7 bandoleer. The plastic M33 Inert AP Mine is the inert training and practice version of the M18 Claymore. Some inert mines were green with a light blue band, such as this one. It does not contain an explosive or pyrotechnic filler of any kind. It is packed in a Claymore bag with inert M10 simulated detonator cap wire, an M57 "clacker" firing control, and an M40 circuit test kit.

This example is very nice, and has the look of a well-used piece of training equipment. The mine itself is cast green plastic and reverse of the mine reads PRACTICE BACK M-33 APERS MINE. It still retains the original fold out support legs as well as the wire connectors. One side of the reverse of the mine has been cut away to reveal the interior. The M57 clacker appears to function as expected, the blasting cap and wire is complete and the bag is in very good condition but some of the original interior instruction label has separated.  Overall a very nice complete condition set of a rare and essential Vietnam Era training set.

The M18 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine used by the U.S. military. It was named after the large Scottish sword by its inventor; Norman A. MacLeod. Unlike a conventional land mine, the Claymore is command-detonated and directional, meaning it is fired by remote-control, or trip wire, shooting a pattern of metal balls into the kill zone like a shotgun. The Claymore fires steel balls, out to about 100 meters within a 60° arc in front of the device. It is used primarily in ambushes and as an anti-infiltration device against enemy infantry; just perfect to place on a desktop to keep unwanted visitors out of your office.

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