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Why I should have worked at a ski resort.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Diggler, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. Diggler

    Diggler Member

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    I guess I missed out on all the fun. <shrugs>

    Army tells ski resorts to give artillery back
     
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    My uncle works for a ski resort somewhere around Vail, CO. Maybe I need to go visit him.
     
  3. Greg L

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    :scrutiny:

    It costs a million dollars to build a cannon. BS meter is pegging on that one.

    Also who was the moron in the Army to ask for them back? Surely as the most powerful nation on the globe we can afford to let a few ski areas keep a few cannons to knock the snow down. The bad PR alone (we don't have enough weapons to fight a war, we can't afford to build more, etc) will cost more than making a few dozen more for the Army :rolleyes: .

    Just when you think things can't get any nuttier....
     
  4. sturmruger

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    I am going to send the Army a letter lettintg them know I am going to open a ski resort in my back yard. I wonder what they will lend me.:D
     
  5. TallPine

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    Yeah, pretty soon the Army will be asking to borrow our "assault rifles"

    (that would be okay if they would convert them to select fire and then give them back in that condition :) )


    Now here is an interesting situation for those who think civilians shouldn't have "crew-served weapons" etc. :neener:
     
  6. George S.

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    Here in the Washington Cascades, the Snoqualmie Summit ski area uses old WWII or Korean-era 106mm recoilless rifles for avalanche control but it is getting hard to find ammo. Over at Stevens Pass, they use an M-60 tank! The ski patrol just cranks it up and drive over to pads and blasts away. Helps keep the snowboarders in line too:D

    These M119-A's are still the current field artillery pieces and if there was a way for the Army to swap them for older howitzers, I would think they would do so. Ski areas are pretty much closed around the country now so there is no real use for them in that capacity. Come next November or December, the areas may get them back. It takes a number of weeks to refurbish a towed howitzer so this might be a way to get some pieces into action sooner.

    I'm not too suprised at the cost of a new howitzer. After all look at the cost of a Humvee compared to an M-151 jeep! The M119's are a far cry from the old guns and probably go a lot more rounds between refurbishings.
     
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    Big of them. Somebody loans them something then asks for it back and they say they will comply?

    Gee, ya think?

    Smoke
     
  8. Diggler

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    I think the important thing about this piece is that it drives home the fact that yes, you, as an individual or business, can legally have your own howitzer/tank/whatever if you choose to jump through all the legal hoops!

    :evil:
     
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    I thought the army was going to all 155mm tube artillery? What's up with this?
     
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