Figure 15. Practice M20 Antitank Mine.
Antipersonnel M8 and M8A1 Practice Mines. To inspect the M8 or the M8A1 practice mine (Figure 16)
for explosives, the fuze must be removed. To determine if the fuze has been activated, check the position of the
striker pin. The fuze has been activated if the striker pin is in the Down position. In this case, remove the fuze.
To determine if the mine is armed, check the safety pins and the position of the striker pin. If the safety pins are
missing and the striker pin is in the Up position, the fuze is armed. In this case, insert a small cotter pin through
the hole in the striker pin to make the fuze safe. Then remove the fuze by turning it counterclockwise. Remove
the mine cap plug by pulling it upward. Next, check the tube for explosive material Any explosive material found
should be placed in a suitable container for disposal according to the SOP. The antipersonnel MS practice mine
has a cardboard projectile containing a spotting charge in the tube. If the cardboard projectile is present, remove
it. The M8A1 contains three smoke pellets in the tube. If any of the smoke pellets are present, remove them by
turning the mine upside down and catching the smoke pellets in your hand. Place the cardboard projectile and the
smoke pellets in a suitable container for disposal according to the SOP. Once the M8 and M8A1 mines have been
certified to be free of explosives, they can be packaged and placed back in storage for reissue.
Figure 16. Practice M8 and M8A1 Antipersonnel Mines.