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Old 10-28-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Sad tank news.

Two local guys were killed whilst live firing their M-18 Hellcat.
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-no....html#comments

Here's the tank that blew up, earlier this year.
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RIP. At least they died, doing what they enjoyed doing. Reading some of the comments from the newspaper makes my blood boil. Some people are just morons.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:51 AM   #2
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Yeah, I read that. Not good.
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"Steve has always been extremely safe," Greenberg said, adding that Preston's tank destroyer was licensed with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to fire live ammunition from the tank. .http://ftr.wot-news.com/2014/02/21/a...ank-destroyer/

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Most tragic Jason.....I've been to a few live firings in the UK and always wondered if the ordnance used was date specific to the era.
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Most tragic Jason.....I've been to a few live firings in the UK and always wondered if the ordnance used was date specific to the era.
I think I've met him. He was a friend of the PT-Boat, as he had helped us acquire several of our machine guns. There aren't any details on what happened yet. Someone thought the round had been dropped, but that is just speculation. I'm guessing they made their own homemade ammo and could have been an issue. End of breech life?
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"It was catastrophic failure in the breech," Greenberg said.

Deschutes County Sheriff Nelson confirmed that theory on Thursday.

"The explosion was a direct result of firing the tank destroyer's gun," Nelson said. "The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation."
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