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1st M1A1SA Abrams tanks delivered to Morocco (222 planned overal number of tanks to deliver from US army stocks).

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Transportation of the first set of M1A1SA Abrams tanks to Morocco from US. Casablanca, 10/07/2016 © far-maroc.forumpro.fr 

 

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What happens when The Best Light Tank In The World gets hit with .50 AP?

 

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It gets improved ventilation.

 

More hard target porn here, including what happens when an M60 gets hit with artillery fire.

 

That's a 577, but yeah.. Somewhere I have pics from the inside of a range target 113 that got tore up by a .50 cal.

 

It was a fucking mess.  A lot of the AP stuff went through both sides.

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Where are that Leo 1's rangefinders?

 

This is one of the 26 Leopard 1 prototypes of the second generation (build 1962), which originally was fitted with a ranging machine gun (12.7 mm; above the gun barrel) instead of a rangefinder. This was a dumbt idea and subsequently the prototypes were fitted with optical rangefinders just like the previous M48 and M47 tanks used by the German Army.

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This is one of the 26 Leopard 1 prototypes of the second generation (build 1962), which originally was fitted with a ranging machine gun (12.7 mm; above the gun barrel) instead of a rangefinder. This was a dumbt idea and subsequently the prototypes were fitted with optical rangefinders just like the previous M48 and M47 tanks used by the German Army.

 

Welcome, SH_MM!

 

Interesting that early production Leo 1s would lack rangefinders, when the earliest prototype had sockets for them:

 

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No, all actual production models had optical rangefinders. The tank from your photograph belongs to the pre-series production batch and was produced after the second generation of prototypes. However all first generation prototypes (build from 1959 on) had optical rangefinders, but can be identified by a number of other factors: much lower weight (designed to meet the 30 ton "Europe tank" limit, but actual prototypes were five to six tons heavier), lower armor protection (for example the glacis armor was only 50 mm at 45° instead of 70 mm at 60°) and 90 mm guns manufactured by Rheinmetall with muzzle brakes. The first generation of prototypes was never used in troop trials.

 

On the second generation of prototypes the weight and armor protection was increased and the British L7A3 tank gun was fitted. Originally these prototypes had a ranging machine gun like the British Centurion tank, the only tank that used the L7 gun at the time the Leopard 1 prototypes were designed. As the performance of the ranging machine gun was bad, the prototypes were later fitted with new optical rangefinders.

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