claymore device image from New Medical Terms



An anti-personnel mine developed by the American military in the early 1950s and used in US conflicts since Vietnam.

In contrast to a conventional land mine, the Claymore is command-detonated and directional–i.e., it can be fired by remote control. It sprays metal balls into the kill zone like a shotgun.

It was named after a large medieval sword from Scotland.

Claymore killing range image from New Medical Terms

Claymore killing

Claymore, killing details

Calibre  1/8 inch steel balls, 700 per unit

Muzzle velocity 3,995 ft/s (1,200 m/s)

Effective range 50 m

Maximum range 250 m

Synonym M18 Claymore mine 



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