Anti-personnel blast mine



The PMN is a bakelite-cased, pressure operated, anti-personnel blast mine (sometimes called the "Black-widow"). Made in the former Soviet Union, it has been found in Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Chechnya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Honduras, Iraq, Kurdistan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Yemen. The mine has a body that is usually raw (reddish-brown) bakelite with a black rubber top. Some black examples have been found.

Height: 56mm
Diameter: 112mm
Main charge: 240g TNT
Fuze: the detonator is usually a stab-sensitive MD-9.

The picture above shows the mine with the cast TNT fill exposed. The picture below shows the mine, with its metal content separated below. The presence of the loop of metal holding the rubber top in place usually means that the mine is relatively easy to detect with a metal-detector.

The Chinese Type 58 AP mine is reported to be an identical copy except that attempts to disarm the Chinese mine by unscrewing the booster charge and detonator are reported to have led to initiations.