The Anti-Personnel Box Mine is a blast-type anti-personnel landmine, a high-powered killer buried by the thousands throughout the Korean Penninsula. It was the Special Weapon of the North Korean Special Operations Force.
The box mine consists of a wooden box with a hinged lid with a slot cut into it. The slot presses down against a retaining pin, which holds back the striker. When sufficient force is applied to the mine, the retaining pin moves, allowing the striker to hit the detonator.
- Charge: TNT
- Body casing: Wood
- Effective range: 10 yards
- Detonation pressure: 2 lbs
The box mine is commonly used throughout former Warsaw Pact countries. Although it is dangerous because the mine can not be detected by a metal detector, it has a relatively short lifespan, as the wooden box is vulnerable to rotting and splitting, which renders the mine inoperable. 1 million landmines are estimated to exist in the DMZ.
In 2018, as part of efforts to normalize relationship with the Koreas: both South and North Korea began combined efforts to clear the DMZ of minefields; however it is currently unknown if this peace effort will have any longterm success.
The Box Mine was tested against the M18 Claymore in eliminating a group of three targets. The box mine failed to trigger the pointman's 100G shock patch but still killed it with a potentially fatal leg amputation while the M18 Claymore killed all three targets through its shrapnel spray. The edge was given to the M18 Claymore for its higher lethality.