OT:Should Private Citizens Own Tanks?

This guy owns two that he uses in his business.
https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/shoot-a-m60a1-main-battle-t…
https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/shoot-a-leopard-tank/

A howitzer?
https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/m114-howitzer-155mm-howitze…

A flamethrower?
https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/m9-flamethrower-five-gallon…

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Be far more…entertaining (?)…to drive to work in one.

People who maintain the road might be a bit upset tho…

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If one checked the neighborhood, you might be surprise what old relics are around, I know here there are at least some big old WWII howitzers tucked in barns out of the weather, once in a while old articles, photos come up in Facebook… But many of those old timers have passed by now, so who knows what the family did with them, same with tanks, I’ve seen TV shows where folks have restored them, or even have courses like 4x4 trials to run them through their paces…

This from a while back:
https://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/11/fleet-of-military-tanks-up-f…

Fuel costs might mean they don’t leave home often… :slight_smile:

More fun for people who like loud noises:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26lx_jFwFNE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRY85amUD3U

Jeff

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People who maintain the road might be a bit upset tho…

Oh yeah, when we had to drive the APCs and Tanks through towns in Germany there would often be a pile of cobblestones on the side of the road that needed to be re-installed. Some of it I have no doubt was deliberate.

Anymouse

More fun for people who like loud noises:

No fair, they wear ear defenders!

Tim

Alright. This thread hasn’t died yet, so, storytime.

When MGM went BK decades ago, it auctioned off a lot of it’s inventory of movie props. There was a piece in the newspaper noting one of the items sold was an armored car, an army type car, not the Brinks sort of armored car.

Fast forward a couple years.

I’m watching an ep of “Adam-12”, where the guys are rolling along, and see an armored car driving in traffic. They pull over the armored car. The owner came up out of the driver’s hatch and proffered his California registration for the car.

It was the armored car that MGM had sold a couple years earlier, I recognized it. The guy had cut out the armor panel in front of the driver and installed a glass windshield, all the appropriate lights and mirrors, and it had passed California inspection to be street legal.

Here’s a pic from the “Adam-12” ep.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMWQxZDkwZmItNjhhMy00…

You could qualify a lot of odd things as street legal fifty years ago. There was a piece in Motor Trend about a guy who had qualified a Formula 5000 (single seat, open wheel, similar to F-1 and Indy Car) race car as street legal in CA.

Steve

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What I find odd is no one is concerned about a private citizen owned a tank with a functioning cannon.

One of the many products of bad culture - in this case - “road ragers” would leave the tank guy alone I bet.

What I find odd is no one is concerned about a private citizen owned a tank with a functioning cannon.

Ownership of functioning canons, like machine guns, is heavily regulated. As SCOTUS is leaning toward treating the second amendment as an absolute, I’m waiting for the regulations on canons and machine guns to be declared unconstitutional.

How extreme is the court? Even before the recent new additions, the court held that laws requiring guns be kept in the house either with a trigger lock, or disassembled are unconstitutional. Little kids in Detroit are shot, some killed, while playing with an unsecured gun, every year. Police departments plead with people to use a trigger lock, even giving the locks away, to protect the kids in the house, but the court held that a trigger lock impedes the use of the gun, so is not acceptable.

Steve

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What I find odd is no one is concerned about a private citizen owned a tank with a functioning cannon.

Finding AND getting shells for the tank’s gun would be a problem. And it is not a DIY job to make your own.

…the court held that a trigger lock impedes the use of the gun, so is not acceptable.

Duh. The Supremes are regular members of the Sherlock Holmes Memorial Club. That’s the only reason for a trigger lock - “impeding the use” is the safety feature that makes it safer.

Pete

Private citizens have owned decommissioned tanks for years. Many years ago, one of my parents’ neighbors was a tank collector. Of course, being on a 1/8 acre suburban lot, he kept the tanks elsewhere. :wink:

What is much harder for an individual to own is a tank with a working cannon. There is an extensive permitting process for that, and permits are rarely issued. Here’s a site I found with some info on that.
https://aerocorner.com/blog/can-you-buy-a-tank/

Obviously, this organization and it’s principals have been able to obtain such a permit. Or at least I assume they have a permit because they are openly advertising their ability to fire working cannons.

–Peter

Private citizens have owned decommissioned tanks for years.
The guy I originally posted about has functioning tanks. For $2500 you can fire a 105mm round.

The guy I originally posted about has functioning tanks. For $2500 you can fire a 105mm round.

Yes. I addressed that later in my post.

–Peter

A loot of folks have propane tanks.

Howie52

Most folks with generators use gasoline tanks.

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Most folks with generators use gasoline tanks.

Most folks with houses or apartments have hot-water tanks.

Most people with cars have gasoline tanks.

Most people with RVs have three or four water tanks. (Most common: white and black - oddly, the contents of the black-water tank are normally brown, while the contents of the white-water tank are transparent. Trailing slightly: gray and hot - these names are reasonably accurate.)

Most people with live fish have tanks.

One of the many products of bad culture - in this case - “road ragers” would leave the tank guy alone I bet.

Ayup! Speak softly and drive a big tank;-)

Desert (Swiveling the turret around so the cannon points to the rear deters tailgaters.) Dave

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