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Date: 03/02/13 10:13 AM

19 Responses to In The USA? You CAN Buy And Drive A Tank!

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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am
    Link: In The USA? You CAN Buy And Drive A Tank! - Some IABers were wondering, and here`s the story! Working tank, working guns, all legal. Full story in the credits link
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    March 2, 2013 at 10:28 am
    FFS- not on public roads though I take it- the tracks would shred the tarmac surely?
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    March 2, 2013 at 10:45 am
    Good for him. If I had the cash I`d be tempted, but I`m sure madduck is right - not on public roads.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
    1920 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:52 am
    not on public roads though I take it- the tracks would shred the tarmac surely?

    Nah, this is America, we don`t make our roads out of marshmallows. Actually though the tracks are rubber just like tires (tyres?), and do relatively little damage to well made roads.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1947 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:59 am
    I approve.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 2, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Sorry about the advert, idk where that came from, at least you can "skip" it.

    WW2 era tanks = teh awesome! Big or little, any country, they`re all amazing.

    @madduck: There`s different treads (iirc) that can make them safe for roads. But those "road tracks" are useless off-road, and it`s a big deal to switch them! Also expensive.
    Like the article suggests, mostly tanks do NOT wander around on public streets :-)

    Thanks for putting this up @FancyLad & @The_Mods! I find it very interesting, I hope others will too.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7618 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 11:13 am
    No Lord Jim- I have a feeling they aren`t allowed on roads- I `think` the army have to get permission `cause tracks are often metal and do damage. Not sure WHY I think that- any British army chaps on here know????
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 11:19 am
    Some public roads might not be strong enough for the really heavy tanks, 50-tons+. But lots of tracked heavy equipment drives on roads around here.

    Like it says, local laws might restict one`s tank-fun. That "propane .50 cal" is amazing though!

    Girls und Panzer A bit long, skip to 0:45 if you like.

    Katyusha Song 60 seconds of beautiful singing, in tanks!

    Anglerfish Dance #2 (with lyrics!) Sing along now!
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    EgalM Male 30-39
    1707 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Maxim once had an article on buying tanks, you can get them much cheaper than this one. Far as the article was concerned, it`s legal if the main gun is not usable and it has rubber treads. Seems with a special permit you can get around the first part.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm
    madduck

    ``No Lord Jim- I have a feeling they aren`t allowed on roads- I `think` the army have to get permission `cause tracks are often metal and do damage. Not sure WHY I think that- any British army chaps on here know????``

    You can drive a tank on UK roads as long as it has been fitted with rubber tracks, you can go
    and buy one and drive it on the roads
    but it must be de activated!!
    This one is for hire in London
    pic taken on a event were it was repainted for a
    AD event
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    LikeIGiveASh Female 13-17
    443 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    Mr.5Cats some of the stuff you like scares me.
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    Toider Male 18-29
    452 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    I would kill all of your mothers for my very own King Tiger.
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    thefatviking Male 18-29
    202 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    Strangely. It`s more legal in England than in the US.


    In England you can drive tanks on the public road.
    Only problem is that in England you can`t have a working gun on your tank, something 90% of privately owned tanks in the US don`t have either. Simply because even in the US, getting the paperwork to own a drivable cannon is surprisingly difficult.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7618 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Yeah- must be the metal tracks then- I see a few as I live not far from Salisbury plain, but only charging around a field- and those have very heavy metal tracks- I don`t see them on the roads though- but why would I??
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm
    Doesnt take that long to swap tracks from metal to rubber
    Hour at the most,
    Got a static down Pendine sands West Wales,
    were the army do exercise practices on the beach
    Saw a few tanks trundling down the road to the beach early in the morning
    and some bloody great aircraft landings hitting the beach at god knows what speed
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    @Toider
    You just want to make an entrance!!
    tis true mind, King Tiger or JagDPanther
    or a ol Russian T34
    make me happy
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33142 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm
    "Mr.5Cats some of the stuff you like scares me."

    @LikeIGiveASh: I`m a cat of many tastes! Welcome to IAB! Have you watched the "Girls und Panzer" show? It`s absolutely wonderful!

    Watch Legally, For Free Here!

    @Toider: King Tiger = undisputed heavyweight champion of WW2 tanks.
    (Some very good American and Russian "super-heavy" tanks were made but didn`t see action).

    @madduck: Usually they haul them around on really big flatbed trailers, at night.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4916 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    madduck you are correct, i`ve done army inside a tank as a gunner ,we can`t go anywhere on asphalted roads without permissions.
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
    560 posts
    March 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm
    Theres a guy who owns a pink tank and used to drive it round Parliament square in London during protests to menace the politicians is all Jolly Good fun. Can get a tank for several thousand pounds here, told a friend to remind by time I`m 35 make sure I buy a tank and do the school run in it :D

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