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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:56 am
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:18 pm
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Hi,

A certain amount of artistic license went into that display...the SGLs, the main gun, the coax barrel, etc.

I might guess that this is a former Ft. Irwin OPFOR tank. The Cav Squadron (formerly the 1/221 Armor) from LV used to be (maybe still is?) part of the OPFOR at the NTC, which would put them in a position to acquire one when the M551s were retired. The over-long gun tube may actually be a cut-down VISMOD gun tube.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:33 pm
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They've put a bumper number on this from 2/116th Cav. If I remember right this unit is/was Idaho Nat'l Guard and they had Sheridans in the early 80's.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:14 pm
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- C_Sherman
Hi,

A certain amount of artistic license went into that display...the SGLs, the main gun, the coax barrel, etc.

I might guess that this is a former Ft. Irwin OPFOR tank. The Cav Squadron (formerly the 1/221 Armor) from LV used to be (maybe still is?) part of the OPFOR at the NTC, which would put them in a position to acquire one when the M551s were retired. The over-long gun tube may actually be a cut-down VISMOD gun tube.

Chuck


That coax is particularly impressive. Mr. Green
Maybe someone saw an old pic of the prototype with the spotting rifle.

If they're back (and I think they are), LTC Scott Cunningham, at one time CO of 1/221 ne 2/11th IIRC may be able to answer that for us.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:17 am
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That's only 100 miles from here. Naybe I'll try to see it. I understand it's inside the armory 'compound' so I may have to get special permission.

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