This Company Lets Civilians Drive a Tank

    Crush a Car or Drive Through a House in a Military Vehicle

    Add Drive a Tank to the list of offbeat adventures for travelers. Drive a Tank is one of only a handful of venues in the United States where civilians can spend a day learning how to drive military vehicles. During the Drive a Tank adventure, you'll start the day by operating an FV433 Abbott with an open hatch. Once you've had some time to soak up that experience, you'll then move on to steering a FV432 Armored Personnel Carrier , which requires the driver to peer through a periscope in order to see where he or she is going. And if you're lucky, you may even get to shoot blank shells from a tank's cannon as well.

    A Day at Drive a Tank

    The day starts with a general briefing where you learn about the various armored vehicles, which have been brought here from the U.K. The experience continues by showing participants how those vehicles are maintained and stored as part of the company's Motor Pool. Then, you'll catch a ride out to the field command HQ in a classic military transport, for a briefing from a highly knowledgeable and qualified instructor about how to handle tank controls and operate the vehicle itself . Finally, you'll get to drive the first tank around a designated course while looking through the open hatch. It is up to you to decide if you want to graduate on to the second tank, which gives drivers the option of keeping the hatch open or using the periscope instead. 

     An instructor is with you inside the armored vehicles at all times, and dual control systems have been installed which allow him or her to take over at a moment's notice. There is even an onboard "kill switch" that the instructor can hit during emergency situations to shut the tank down completely. 

    After driving the tanks, everyone gathers at an indoor firing range to learn about Drive a Tank's stash of historic firearms. Following a firearms safety demonstration, as well as a small arms familiarization and usage course, participants have the opportunity to shoot these historic military weapons in a controlled environment as well. 

    Want to Crush a Car at Drive a Tank?

    If you truly want to blow off some steam, Drive a Tank has you covered . It costs a lot extra – prices start at $549 – but it is possible to arrange to climb into one of the tanks and crush an old car. Before you flatten the automobile, you'll be given a special training session that goes over "basic car crushing tips" and the required safety guidelines. An instructor stays in the tank with you during the entire adventure ensuring everything goes as planned.

    How About a House Instead?

    If crushing a car still doesn't fulfill your thirst for ultimate carnage, perhaps driving a tank through a house is a better option. The experience will set you back $3495, but you'll actually get to completely demolish a mobile home, inside and out. The company's website says that it is the only place in the world where visitors can plow through a mobile home in a tank, and we're inclined to believe them. 

    Want to Buy a Miliary Vehicle?

    Perhaps you don't just want to take one of these tanks for a spin, but would like to own a military vehicle of your very own. The Drive a Tank website has a section dedicated to trucks and other vehicles that are for sale , just in case you want the ultimate souvenir to take home from your experience. 

    Drive a Tank schedules events every other weekend from March through November. Call and ask about event days in the winter as they can often be scheduled as well. You can also book the adventure at other times, but there must be a minimum of three packages sold before they will fire up the tanks. Groups can book private days for corporate gatherings, birthdays and other special events too. 

    Drive a Tank is located in Kasota, Minnesota, about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Minneapolis. For more information and booking visit the Drive a Tank website or send an email to [email protected]driveatank.com . 

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    Where can a civilian drive a tank?
    • Ox Hunting Ranch, Uvalde, Texas.
    • Drive A Tank, Kasota, Minnesota.
    • Battlefield Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Tank Town USA, Morganton, Georgia.
    • Russia EGuide (Outside Moscow)
    • The Irish Military War Museum, Starinagh, Ireland.
    • Armourgeddon, Bosworth, England.
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    How many miles can a military tank drive?
    To give the tank decent traveling range, General Dynamics had to give it some mammoth fuel tanks. The most recent M1 model holds 490 gallons (1,850 L), allowing the tank to go about 265 miles (426 km) without refueling. more
    Can a civilian own a tank?
    Yes, civilians can legally own tanks. There are hundreds to thousands of used tanks available for purchase online. However, it is often a complex process, especially when buying from overseas dealers. The dealer often ships the tank to the nearest seaport to the buyer. more
    Where can I drive a tank in Alabama?
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    • You can also drive real tanks and other big boy toys!
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    How fast can a tank drive?
    Believe it or not, tanks can actually move at about 25 miles per hour on flat terrain and up to 45 miles per hour on roads! Some tanks have even gone as fast as 60 to 70 miles per hour for short periods of time. more
    Can a single person drive a tank?
    Several kinds of vehicles are so complex and require such multitasking that they cannot be operated by a single person: tanks, trains, certain airplanes, etc. more
    Can a civilian buy a tank?
    Yes, civilians can legally own tanks. There are hundreds to thousands of used tanks available for purchase online. However, it is often a complex process, especially when buying from overseas dealers. The dealer often ships the tank to the nearest seaport to the buyer. more
    Do cars drive better with a full tank?
    Cars have better gas mileage the fuller the gas tank. As the tank empties out, more and more gas will vaporize to fumes to fill up the volume of the tank above the liquid. That means you have less and less gas to burn. more
    Can a civilian buy a Sherman tank?
    Yes, civilians do purchase tanks for personal purposes. It is unlikely that you will ever encounter one during rush-hour traffic on the freeway, but that does not mean that these military machines are not available for purchase and use outside of the military. more
    How far can a tank drive without refueling?
    In general, you can expect the empty fuel tank warning light to illuminate when your gas tank is at 10-15% capacity. So if your car gets about 300 miles out of a tank of gas, then you can probably go about 30-45 miles once the empty tank light comes on. more
    How far can a military tank drive?
    The most recent M1 model holds 490 gallons (1,850 L), allowing the tank to go about 265 miles (426 km) without refueling. more

    Source: www.tripsavvy.com

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