This mine is a sub-surface pressure-release land mine developed for military wargame training activities where real world simulation is a must. The M-80TR is now being sold by Major Paintball to the Paintball and Airsoft markets in order to meet the growing demand for BSD's (Battlefield Simulation Device). The M-80TR uses patent pending technology that makes it inexpensive to operate while giving the realistic effect of an explosion and smoke. That's right. With the optional Burst Tube attachment, the mines actually go bang! A VERY LOUD BANG!
Power source: standard 12 gram Co2 cartridge
Marking agent: highly visible fuorescent paint or smoke simulation powder for the maximum effect
The mine is totally reusable - simply refill, replace the 12 gram and burst tube and it is ready to go again
The M-80TR is not PVC. It is injection molded to very high specifications using a purpose specific poly-carbonate material, the same stuff used in making bullet-proof glass.
This mine is a non-pyrotechnic, field legal product that complies with standard regulations regarding such devices.
Reservoir capacity is 12 ounces.
Each mine comes with a standard non-exploding Flail Tube attachment.
The Major Paintball Smoke / Paint Land Mine is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
'95 Automag, bone stock, '03 Autococker, bone stock
Strong, reliable, multi functional, realistic.
Could be considered time consuming or expensive.
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.
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.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 at 11:00 am PST
14" J&J ceramic barrel
Special Ops A5A2 stock
Very Very Durable
Cheap if you know where to look
Could be expensive to reload with 12 grams
I bout this mine from Cabelas about 6 months ago off their website. It is originally something like $35, but I ended up getting mine for like $15 shipped with a coupon. I tested it in my backyard only with baby powder and a burst tube. It is really loud! I measured the sidewall of it and it is about 1/4" thick. It is reusable so that is definately a plus unlike the grenades that I have. When I say multi-use I mean that it can be used as a perimeter warning device and an actual mine using paint. I use mine as mainly a perimeter warning device that I fill with baby powder. It does run on a 12gram co2 and that can be costly to refill.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a mine that they can use at their local field or a scenario/big game.