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  1. German FMJ ammunition in 7.62x51 hasn't been reported to cause any adverse effects in any civil or military weapons here that I am aware of, although some ranges with steel targets or steel backstops ban it's use due to the steel jacket. I've got several rifles here that use 5.56x45, and there aren't any safety concerns with using a wide array of foreign ammo, although Russian made stuff is known to be hard on barrels due to the steel jackets with cosmetic copper coating, but only when you talk about high round counts near 10,000 rounds. There is some issue with accuracy and with certain special rounds. Rifles made for light ball (55gr) M193 will not accurately shoot the heavy ball or heavy tracer (62gr), and rifles made for the heavy ball will sometimes cause frangible ammunition to shatter in the bore or just after exiting the muzzle. Ironically, the only round known to be dangerous or truly damaging to weapons is the new army standard round, the M855A1 EPR... I've got a pair of 8mm Mausers and they've had no trouble with shooting modern US and foreign made commercial ammo, and military ammo made in Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Israel from as early as 1936 to as recent as 1993 and never had any trouble with function or safety... although the Romanian stuff left some accuracy to be desired. I had to reject and not shoot surplus from Germany (1944, 1945) and East Germany (1960) because the steel cases were rusting inside, Yugoslavia (Factory #11, 1953/54) due to bad brittle brass, Iran and Ethiopia (1950s) due to external corrosion, but I wonder how much of that was due to age as some of it was over 70 years old by the time I got my hands on it... Interesting that the artillery is relatively standard while the tank shells apparently are not?
  2. That's a little surprising to me that they didn't catch the diameter problem, even without a full on certification process...But then again the whole converted mortar round thing...Eh... Small arms ammunition has been pretty well standardized for a long time, wouldn't it make sense to do the same with other larger ammunition?
  3. Oh I get it with the immersion. The thing is some groups take it way too far. I once got chewed out and yelled at for saying "Bandits! Ten Level!" instead of "Blue Leader from Blue Two, bandits, 10 O'Clock, Co-Altitude, Over." or something like that in teamspeak.
  4. Sadly I think this is pretty much the norm nowadays. Way back when I used to play Microsoft's "Combat Flight Simulator". It was not a very realistic game, ESPECIALLY in multiplayer, but I found a squad that tried to make it more realistic and joined them. They didn't stick to one side or anything, they'd sort of mix it up and try out different roles, bombers, fighters, Allied, Axis, etc. The founding member hadn't been heard from in a year when I joined, stayed missing for another year or two, came back, and a huge argument broke out. In his absence other guys had decided to declare him to be "MIA" instead of the leader and kept things going and kept organizing events. That fight led to about 3/4 of the membership leaving (myself included) to reform a new squad, in another game, under a new but similar name. That other game was IL-2 Sturmovik, at that point in time exclusively a Germany vs. Russia simulator. I was already playing it, and already in a squad on the German side, and we were involved in one of the online campaigns people used to put together. I encouraged the CFS guys to simply join up with that squad, or to form one I could transfer to so we could play together. The CFS1 guys thought the German aircraft were "too hard to fly" and formed up a squad playing on the Russian side. I used to "switch hats" so to speak and alternate between the two sides. That lasted for a few weeks and I got booted out of the German one for a "conflict of interest". I played with my old crew for a while, got tired of flying Russian planes constantly, left, joined another squad on the German side. They took things to the absolute extreme. Wanted us to use authentic phrases and code-words when using Teamspeak, spent so much time organizing and planning that they couldn't fight due to fear of becoming disorganized, etc. My actual performance in online matches had to be better than 80% of their entire team, but after missing a few of their "training" events, words were exchanged, and I left. I basically got dressed down for spending too much time being good at the game and not enough time saluting people over the internet. The crew I had played with before was still there and asked me to come back with them, which I did, they started switching sides, lots of great fun was had. I think the CFS1 multiplayer shut down about that time and the members that had still stayed over there started showing up still using their old name, recognized us, started tons of drama, etc etc etc and I got so tired of it I pretty much quit all multiplayer.
  5. That's kinda why I was curious about the whole story there especially with it being the T-62 that's in question. I can totally see it happening with customers who ordered T-55s and found the gunsights marked for some kind of new "APFSDS" realizing they weren't getting the full compliment. But I wasn't aware of the T-62 ever having a full caliber AP round. But then again, weren't APFSDS rounds in rifled bore guns something that took a while to get figured out? Something about the rifling causing problems?
  6. Tailboon with fins, like all the 115 and 125mm HEAT and HE-Frag rounds, the M830 and DM12? I mean...I think it's been done before?
  7. He starts the story at 23:00, you may have skipped past it. Sounded to me like he was talking speficially about a full caliber APFS round for the T-62. Oh well just thought it was curious.
  8. In that video he makes it sound like the tank had a full caliber projectile with fins before the APFSDS. Wonder if that story is confused with T-55s that had both full caliber AP and APFSDS?
  9. If you have secret classified documents with stamps that say "UNCLASSIFIED" all over them, then you're being negligent. You aren't properly marking your secret documents that detail the workings of your obsolete tank. You might get angry when it shows up in public, but maybe you're not being careful with how you handle your documents rather than the guy releasing them being a criminal. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they had accidentally slapped the wrong stamp on their own document at some point in the past. Now, If some tank commander comes along and decides on his own "Well this ain't that important, lemme just stamp it 'unclassified' and put it on the internet!", then he's an idiot and a criminal and should be beaten with the book. It would be one thing to do that in order to leak information for political reasons, espionage, or personal gain. But to settle an argument about a video game??? He had to know what was at stake there and I just can't imagine someone doing that. I suppose well have to wait to see what the results from his trial are. Allow me to point to another example. The US Navy once said it's submarines could go "Deeper than 500 feet". Then a camera crew came onboard to film, did their job, and left. When the show aired, the navy noticed, after the world saw it, that a sign was left in uncovered saying not to use a certain gauge when operating below 800 feet. Classified information was thus revealed by a camera crew filming for some TV show. Rather than arrest the film crew, the Navy said "Oops we were negligent with that and should have covered it because it was classified. Oh by the way our subs go deeper than 800 feet."
  10. Are Ian's comments about the 115mm having an APFS that was a full size round with fins on the back accurate? I thought the whole point of the 115 was to transition into an APFSDS round?
  11. You still lock your doors, don't you? At least I hope you do. It looks like the British MOD doesnt.
  12. If it was so classified to begin with then they should have taken better care of it. Besides, if the video game company has it at this point, then you know Russia and China already have it.
  13. Oof. I need that done, BAD, even if it only comes in the form of an AI controlled unit with permanently mounted launcher. My 1A3s are getting...Ehmm...."Clubbed like baby seals"...In scenarios where they once did not get clubbed...
  14. Right, that's what I thought they were... I think we will have to wait for him to respond. Maybe he meant some other feature that I am not aware of. Hey, did you guys bolt Milan launchers on my Marders yet? lol
  15. I assume that he refers to the "rings" at the interface between the sabot petals and the depleted uranium penetrator?
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