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Old Aug 14, 2010, 5:18 PM   #1
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Default ESGR - Boss Lift Day - M1A1 Abrams tank joy ride



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This is what it looks like from the machine gunner's position atop an M1A1 Abrams tank moving out at a smart 40mph. *These things will turn on a nickle, stop on a dime and give you nine cents change! *What you're seeing is actual training area for different urban scenarios.









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Hey Gary

Those are looking pretty cool.. would love to have a chance to do something similar, esp having a ride in one. That Abrams's is a bit of a beastie of a tank !

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To bad they did not bring you guys to the live fire range, when that 120mm shots, it is a heck of a site, especially at twilight.
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Hey Gary

Those are looking pretty cool.. would love to have a chance to do something similar, esp having a ride in one. That Abrams's is a bit of a beastie of a tank !

Cheers

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To bad they did not bring you guys to the live fire range, when that 120mm shots, it is a heck of a site, especially at twilight.
I would have loved to see that, too. But, time just didn't permit it. Seemed like we were always running behind schedule.
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It is quite a feeling and site to watch the 120mm go off, you really can feel the force of the round moving the tank. On of the fun thing when firing table 8 and table 12.
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It is quite a feeling and site to watch the 120mm go off, you really can feel the force of the round moving the tank. On of the fun thing when firing table 8 and table 12.

If you really want to see recoil, muzzle blast... This was taken from the port bridgewing of the USS Ingersoll (DD-990). It's the USS New Jersey during NGFS off the coast of Lebenon.

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there is a huge difference when the 16 inchers goes off, you are not suppose to be on deck when they shoot them on the NJ. While you can see the 120mm go in the turret. And I had a nut of a friend that stock his head out the hatch. He said what a blast.
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And I had a nut of a friend that stock his head out the hatch. He said what a blast.
And now he can't hear high-frequency sounds, right?

My father was a tank commander in WW2 and over the years since then he has lost most of his hearing.

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He still hears alright, his wife has to scream at times though. Not sure if he is playing deft or really have issues.

Actually I was a tank plt ldr and a company co later on, and I have to said the newer CVC's and a set of good ear plugs went a long way in keeping my hearing intacked. Those silicone seals of the cvc does a very good job in insulating the noise.
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He still hears alright, his wife has to scream at times though. Not sure if he is playing deft or really have issues.

Actually I was a tank plt ldr and a company co later on, and I have to said the newer CVC's and a set of good ear plugs went a long way in keeping my hearing intacked. Those silicone seals of the cvc does a very good job in insulating the noise.
They, of course, issued ear plugs before we even got onto the C-130 with instructions that almost all military vehicles are very loud. No kiddin'! And, as usual, we had at least one or two in the group that thought they were tough enough to withstand the noise. The military personnel simply said, "We're not going anywhere until those ear plugs are in place and your head gear is safely secured." The only thing they proved was their stupidity.
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