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rooster1 Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
6 months37 of 37 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
no prior landmine use till I bought these
Marker Setup: '95 Automag, bone stock, '03 Autococker, bone stock
Strengths: Strong, reliable, multi functional, realistic.
Weaknesses: Could be considered time consuming or expensive.
Review: I bought 2 of these about a year ago and love them. I paid $35 for each. I also bought some Venom powder paint mix and the explosion sim tubes. I was impressed with the construction of these. The are injection molded, no PVC glue job. They are tough, and I love the olive drab color.

The first time I tried these were in my backyard. Let me set up the synopsis. If you,ve seen the movie Behind Enemy Lines, where the enemy snipers friend steps on the mine and can't take his foot off or the mine will blow, that's what happened.

Filling the mine is easy, unscrew the top and pour in the paint, put in a 12 gram CO2 cartridge in the center, screw cap back on. Follow the included instructions! I use the powder paint mix and add it to hot water in a 32 ounce Gatoraid bottle, then shake vigorously. There are three main ways to use this mine.

Test 1) So I put on my goggles and go for it. I step on the mine, keeping my foot pressure planted on it, and nothing happens. I think, this thing sucks, didn't go off, as I take my foot off it and look down in disappointment. That's when it goes off!! As I take my foot off and look down. So here I am covered in paint, my wife laughing hysterically on the porch looking out at me.

So they are easy to fill, as I mentioned, and realistic in use, you actually have to step on it and take the pressure off the top before it will go off. Way cool!! The top pressure plate is large too, as large as the top of the mine itself. Explosion is instant, so anyone running who steps on it won't run right past the explosion. Paint tends to blow upward more so than outward, but definitely makes a mess for a few people around it.

Test 2) Again in my backyard, I use the explosion sim tube, which replaces the open ended rubber tube that is included. Dang, it's LOUD. A few neighbors came outside to see what happened. Definitely will stop people in their tracks when it goes off. I fell over the first time I was so surprised. Each sim tube is one time use as they do burst, but the included open ended rubber tube can be reused over.

Test 3) Again, my backyard, I use smoke powder. Actually, I used white flour, literally! Let me specify that the mine must be dry for powder to be used with maximum impact. I just filled the mine with flour where I would normally put liquid. Shot a huge cloud of white mist into the air, very visible, and covered my upper torso.

Since then I have brought them to my boss at the field where I ref and he loved them so much he bought 30 of them. The refs and I bury them using a small garden spade, just up to the top of the mine, then cover the top lid / pressure plate area with some leaves or loose dirt. We each have one liter soda bottles filled with liquid paint. We don't even have to take them out of the ground to refill.

(I had to put something in the weakness area) However, the above reasons I mention weaknesses aren't really worth mentioning in my opinion. Get a large bottle of premix paint powder from Venom and bulk 12 gram CO2 cartridge packs and the cost really isn't much to operate. And they are quick to fill once you use it a few times.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this mine. My boss bought 30 of them for a reason;

1) They are strong. Great construction, and have held up to countless weekends of use at a field and a few scenario games.

2) Reliable, they go off when stepped on.

3) Multi functional, not only used as anti personnel mine, but base security. The loud explosion can be HEARD, and the cloud of smoke if you use smoke powder can be SEEN! Really cool.

4) The are realistic, very fun to watch people hit the ground when we use the explosion tubes! Good volume of paint, like 10 ounces, and good powder for smoke.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 at 11:00 am PST
 

Review Comments
dscram11b Monday, March 13th, 2006 | 4:12 pm PST
We use these a ton in the Army for AIT FTX training. Be careful on using flour. The flour may compact in the bladder and the co2 will run out before it blows, and all you'll have is a balloon full of packed flour. Never had a problem with foot powder however. I'm guessing baby powder is the way to go for $. Also if you employ on a trail and the surrounding area doesn't have leaves, just dirt/sand, a square of toilet paper works great to keep the fine sand out of the action, like he said, the mine will not go off until the pressure is release. Fine sand will hold the action down. HINT: Place 10 or so (if you have them like we do) mines in a close area, so a foot can not step between two, and if someone steps in that area, most likely they will "dance" after the 1st one gets them, setting off some more really getting BLASTED.
   

rooster1 Tuesday, March 14th, 2006 | 7:05 am PST
I could see them being good for military training. They were designed for that anyway, right? Thanks on the warning for the flour. Since then I got the actual smoke powder. At the field we have a road we booby trap. The goal is to get a plastic 55 gallon drum down the road to the other teams starting line, and the drum can't leave the road. The road is surrounded by tons of woods on either side so most players stay off the road till ready to make a run for it, then cut onto the road in the middle and grab the barrel. The road is about 80 yards long, and we have 30 mines deployed like this;

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x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x 55 x x x x x
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What a fun game!!
   

TimeSpaceCntm Thursday, June 29th, 2006 | 10:28 am PST
I dont see the piont in lands mines, the chances of someone stepping on it is virtually nil
Last edited on Thursday, June 29th, 2006 at 10:28 am PST
   

Silent Storm Thursday, July 20th, 2006 | 4:32 pm PST
I think those grenades are cool! People will step on them if you know where to place them! i thnk i might buy some
   

IONized_baller' Monday, September 3rd, 2007 | 4:03 pm PST
Can you use paint and smoke at the same time in one of these? would anyone of you guys reccomend it?
   

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