IronMind Little Big Horn: Rules & World Records

Blacksmiths demonstrated their superior grip strength by lifting an anvil by its horn; in that tradition, now you can train progressively and test yourself on this classic feat of grip strength.

The IronMind Little Big Horn and 15" Olympic loading pin and carabiner are available from the IronMind store, which has a complete selection of grip strength and hand health tools.
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IronMind Little Big Horn Men's World Record*
Laine Snook                  April 4, 2015                107.29 kg (236.53 lb.)
Kody Burns December 13, 2014 106.13 kg (233.97 lb.)
Adam Glass July 14, 2012 100 kg (220.46 lb.)
IronMind Little Big Horn Women's World Record*
Elizabeth Horne            April 4, 2015               61.45 kg (135.47 lb.)
Amy Wattles June 30, 2013 57.15 kg (126 lb.)


IronMind Little Big Horn Contest Rules

1)  The IronMind Little Big Horn must be an authentic current-model IronMind Enterprises, Inc. Little Big Horn; it cannot have been modified or tampered with in any way.

2)  Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the lifting hand, but nothing else is permitted (tacky, for example, is specifically disallowed).

3)  Weight is hung from the Little Big Horn using an IronMind 15" Olympic loading pin and carabiner.

4)  The lifter starts the lift with the lifting hand wrapped around the Little Big Horn. The lift must be performed with the Little Big Horn remaining approximately vertical and there may be no contact with the underside of the base of the Little Big Horn.

5)  The lifter must stand up straight; once standing straight the lifter waits for a down signal from the referee before returning the weight to the ground.  Contact must be maintained by the lifter's hand and the Little Big Horn until the weight is resting on the floor.  The referee then indicates if the lift was accepted.

6)  In contest situations, the lifter is given 1 minute to complete the lift after his/her name is called; during that minute, there is no limit to how many times the lifter may try to complete the lift.

*The minimum increment for breaking a world record is 1 kg, effective January 1, 2015.

See also IronMind's grip contest rules for extra attempts.

Laine Snook (left) and Elizabeth Horne (right) broke the men's and women's world records on the IronMind Little Big Horn at what David Horne called "really the last contest at the Grip Factory, Stafford." IronMind® | Photo courtesy of David Horne