Some people have all the fun. The guys over FullMag have a dream job. They get to fire all kinds of weapons, spend all day at the range, blow shit up and go home at night. And get paid to do it.
They put together an awesome video of buying an old Land Rover “on its last legs” and parking it out on a range in the desert and firing an M-60’s main 105mm gun with a solid shot of aluminum into the main engine compartment and if that isn’t enough fun, they set up a 106mm recoilless rifle right behind the vehicle and let the backblast of the venturi tubes do their worst.
Here in the U.S., we tend to only see large armored vehicles like tanks parked at local National Guard installations. They resemble large metal works of art, rather than the mighty war machines they truly are. Even if you happen to spot a tank scooting around the Motor T lot, the chances you’ll see one firing its main gun are about the same as winning the lottery while getting struck by lightning. As a result, it’s sometimes hard to really appreciate the sheer power of these vehicles.
We’ve watched footage of tank-on-tank action in the deserts of the Middle East, and we’ve seen shots of modern tanks firing at static targets on test ranges. But it’s not every day you get to see a tank decimate your aunt’s Land Rover. Watching a tank shoot a tank may offer important insight into how armored platforms stack up, but it’s only after seeing a video like this that you understand just how destructive even old, outdated tank platforms really are when stacked up against things normal folks cruise around in every day.
Enter the YouTube channel FullMag, which got a hold of a M60 Patton tank, and a Land Rover LR3 that was a bit long in the tooth. FullMag let these two vehicles–both renown for their off-road capabilities–work out differences the old-fashioned way: with a 105mm tank round.
The shot hits the Land Rover’s passenger side fender and creates an explosion of parts and debris that’s eerily reminiscent of a person taking a round to the head: the fender remains largely intact while the engine, along with wheel and suspension components, is blown out the other side.
Having done a ton of range firing of 106mm RRs and training an anti-tank company on them, I can attest to the power of the backblast of them. After a day of putting steel downrange, one feels like he’s taken body blows from Mike Tyson. This looks like incredible fun.
To see the entire article by Alex Hollings and watch the video, click here: