response to a request, the AVS mine-grab was developed for a
specific purpose in Africa. It is not part of the manual deminers
Mine-grab incorporates arm support to steady the weight, two
handed control and a ballistic aramid hand guard with polycarbonate support.
The left hand holds the black HDPE handle behind the guard.
The right rests in the support and pulls the trigger to grip
the mine. The grabbing head is angled so that the mine can be
approached from the side while the user stands upright.
turns over, positions and picks up mines with relative ease
and keeps them over a metre away from the man doing so. Assuming
he has frontal protection and a visor, he should survive an
AP blast detonation without serious injury. I recommend long
rubber knee-pads to extend a frontal apron to the ground when
tests I detonated a mine in the jaws of the grab. The polycarbonate
jaws broke up but the stainless steel pipe and the handle were
Mine-Grab was used to lift more than 50,000 AP blast mines left
on the surface by a ground-tilling machine. Some mines had been
damaged by the machine and a few had detonated spontaneously
as deminers approached. None detonated in the jaws of the grab.