Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ode to Armor

They're not comfortable and they're not much to look at, but the armored vehicles the Marines use can take a punch. The Marines riding in the new M-ATVS, the older MRAPs and the workhorse 7-ton trucks keep walking away from explosions that cripple the vehicles. Some of the Marines suffer concussions and some of those concussions are no laughing matter but if they'd been in a Humvee chances are they'd be dead.

One side note: The M-ATVs are air conditioned and the rear seat a.c. vent is perfectly sized to hold a water bottle. Chilled water, a real patrol luxury.

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