A Dead Drop Spike is a device used to pass information or items between two people without them having to meet. A booby-trapped version was the Explosive Weapon of the KGB; a tiny cylinder with a killer twist.
The Dead Drop spike is a small, hollow tube with a lid that screws on. A booby trapped version contained a small amount of explosives which will destroy the evidence and most likely blow off the hand holding it. It used Semtex payload and a "fail-deadly tamper" trigger.
- 6 inches
- 2 ounces
- Metal casing & Semtex explosive
A Dead Drop refers to any container designed to be hidden in order to transport important information or resources linked to espionage. The Dead Drop Spike is simply a spike designed to be nailed into soft ground to be hidden from view.
Booby trapping Dead Drop Spikes was a way of ensuring that the information was destroyed if the spike fell in to enemy hands. The trap contained considerable explosive capacity and could decimate (instantly kills them) a victim even when he is just holding the spike in his hand.
This weapon was tested against the CIA's Exploding Cigar. The cigar completely destroyed the upper and lower jaw of a gel head but was determined to be very unreliable due to its timed fuse and small explosive payload while the explosive trap concealed in the dead drop spike decimated a mannequin. The edge was given to the dead drop spike for its higher success rate at killing a target with its Semtex payload and "fail-deadly tamper" trigger.