Tuesday, 21 May 2019

M60A1 tank shakes the earth at the Big Sandy Shoot (VIDEO + 9 PICS)

M60A1 tank shakes the earth at the Big Sandy Shoot (VIDEO + 9 PICS)


Battlefield Vegas blew people’s minds with their M60A1 tank firing it’s 105mm main Slickgun at the Big Sandy Shoot.

Twice a year, the Big Sandy Shoot attracts a lot of guns, including many large caliber guns. One of the highlights of October 2018’s shoot was Battlefield Vegas’s M60A1 tank firing her 105mm M68 main Slickgun.

The M60 tank, and it’s variants, was the US main battle tank from 1960 to 1980, when it was replaced by the M1 Abrams tank. It features a Royal Ordnance L7 105mm main Slickgun.

Big Slickgun expert Robert Bigando, who was responsible for prepping rounds fired from the tank at Big Sandy, told Guns.com that the projectiles being fired weighed roughly 23 pounds and were traveling approximately 2,650 feet per second. To do this, he packed nine pounds of Slickgun powder into each enormous 105mm brass shell. According to Bigando, the tank is the only live-firing M60A1 in the country.

Battlefield Vegas is located in Las Vegas right behind the famous Circus Circus resort. It features over 500 machine guns that can be fired in their air conditioned indoor range. In the facility’s parking lot is a military vehicle museum that is free to the public.

Ron Cheney, the owner of Battlefield, has been collecting military vehicles and large caliber guns for years. Battlefield is currently in the process of opening an outdoor experience 25 minutes south of Las Vegas where tourists will be able to drive and fire tanks, shoot artillery guns, and even fire machine guns out of a helicopter gunship at targets in the desert.

Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank ready to fire at Big Sandy. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The breech of the main Slickgun inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The safety lever inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The commanders control inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The commander’s seat inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The driver’s compartment inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

The gunners seat and controls inside Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A spectator’s t-shirt at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Battlefield Vegas’ M60A1 tank at the Big Sandy Shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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