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    Default First Time Armour Buyer help

    I've had my m923a2 for a year so now and I'm nearing where I want to be with it.

    So that means its time to get another toy!
    I've been looking at a few different armored vehicles but haven't come to a conclusion. I'd like your all's help.

    Pretty much I want to get apc or other armored vehicle that fits the following criteria:
    Under 16 tons
    $40,000 or under
    With a turreted gun(Either gun or gun turret)
    Prefer something that would be easier to moderate maintenance skill

    Thanks for all the input!
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    I don't know that you are going to find anything that fits that requirement list.
    Would a Ferret be big-enough and the little MG turret be enough turret? If so, that's the only thing I can think of that easily checks all the boxes.
    Under 16 tons means a scout car or recon unit. The CVR(W) and CVR(T) are a sweet spot for size and weight, if you are willing to roll the dice and do your own import.
    An Abbot would be just about 16t and fairly easy to work on, but too much money. There are a few more APC options if a little cupola turret is enough.
    If you want something with a turret, plan on $60K+ unless you do your own import, in which case you *might* be able to squeak in under $40K.
    Everything armor is hard, heavy, and hurts as well as being expensive. Maintenance can be life-threatening if you aren't very careful because of all the heavy parts and because everything winds up being shoe-horned into a reinforced metal box nothing is easy to get to or has enough space around it.

    I'm not saying armor isn't worth it or you can't do it in your window, but it won't be easy.

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    You also didn't specify Wheeled or tracked......
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    I don't have a preference for wheel or tracked just trying to find out my options.

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    You could check out http://www.coldwarremarketing.com/
    They have some interesting machines from time to time.
    They're out of Colorado.
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    You can get an idea of prices and availability here: http://www.milweb.net/classifieds.php?type=1
    If it's not in the US there is the import cost to consider, assume that starts at $10K and can go up quickly and unexpectedly.

    Of course, this has all been done before:
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...porting-an-APC
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...o-import-armor
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...-from-Overseas
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...have-these-day
    https://www.steelsoldiers.com/showth...s-Right-for-Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churlish Church View Post
    I don't have a preference for wheel or tracked just trying to find out my options.
    Well that is something to consider than because there is a great deal of difference between wheels & tracks when it comes to purchase price & cost to own/operate....
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    Well I'm trying to find my options out so it doesn't matter. I would like suggestions or options for either.

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    I want a German wiesel

    wiesel.jpg

    or a French Panhard VBL

    VBL.jpg
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    1992 M101CDN(sold)
    "Non Vi Sed, Arte"

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    I had been looking at a French Pandhard. They wook really nice.

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