Tank Paintball

There needs to be an American version of this:

We need an American version with all sorts of new and old military equipment.  If one exists, please fill me in.

In order to do this particular tank paintball experience you’re going to have to head to Armourgeddon in the UK.

Thoughts?

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Ben May 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

It’s pretty expensive. I can’t imagine the cost of starting that up, especially if you wanted new equipment. Maybe some Abrams?!

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bbmg May 19, 2012 at 01:30 am

M113s, basically the US equivalent to the UK FV432 APCs being used there.

surplus available in good enough numbers: http://www.smithconsultinggroup.net/inventory/M113/inventory_M113.php

You can get a military tracked vehicle for $50,000: http://www.armyjeeps.net/armor1.htm

A pneumatic cannon is relatively easy to set up (are they using Kinder eggs filled with paint?)

I would say you could have 4 working vehicles, land to use, support facilities to keep the things running and insurance for less than half a million dollars.

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bima86 May 19, 2012 at 03:48 am

hahaha.. yeah that’d be cool, driving around abrams..
too bad they are no longer in production.

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overkill556x45 May 19, 2012 at 09:01 am

This would indeed be awesome. I wonder what the range is on the pneumatic cannons. I think to make it really fun it would have to be over 1km so you could have actual gunnery battles rather than Sherman-style circle-and-fire battles. Surely it wouldn’t be that hard to turn an aircannon up to 11 and get some serious range out of it.

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bbmg May 19, 2012 at 09:56 am

You can get transonic velocities from high pressure pneumatics, no problem. Here’s a good example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xozb9Hui60M&feature=plcp

The problem is that to retain that velocity in order to get a flat trajectory, you need some serious thought put into your projectile. A ball full of paint just won’t you, due to the low density of paint you would need a dart shape for high sectional density and aerodynamic shape. You would also need a fairly sophisticated sighting system including a range finder to guarantee hits.

I doubt it would be as fun an experience though, since the emphasis of “circle and fire” battles is shooting *and* driving, while at longer ranges manouver would be less important than staying put and aiming properly.

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Church May 19, 2012 at 02:33 pm

That was so much hype for some lame footage.

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Jim P. May 19, 2012 at 05:48 pm

There are several places to buy a used Abrams online. Just google 2350-21-901-3052.

But would it be fair to show up at a paintball tourney with one?

You would need someone with the AT-4 Trainer on the other side, wouldn’t you?

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HMPlatinum May 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Seems kind of … lacking.

Without an earth-shattering KABOOM and a double-dose of recoil it seems rather meh.
http://www.dailywav.com/0600/kaboom.wav
2 cents.

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editor May 20, 2012 at 05:47 pm

Olympic sport?

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Ahb May 22, 2012 at 09:39 pm

We got our own ammunition, it’s filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes… pretty pictures. Scares the hell outta people! We have a loudspeaker here, and when we go into battle we play music, very loud. It kind of… calms us down. -Oddball

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