Re: [MV] A Sad Day a point missed...

Joe Baker (
Mon, 11 Jan 1999 22:08:20 -0800 (PST)

Yes it is true that artillery folks can shoot at almost anything and
get gunnery and FO practice out of doing that. The point is the
military already owns these vehicles, they don't have to spend
valuable training time scouring the junk yards for targets they
already own.

Besides what are you going to do when the folks at the Antique Dodge
Listserv comes complaining becasue a rare 1952 Dodge Coupe was shot up
by Major Rice's Fine group of gunners. How you going to explain it to
the folks at the Jeep CJ 5 collectors club when they complain that you
shot up a nice "Golden Eagle Special Edition"..

The point is that the military exists to do battle, that requires
training, and in the end they expend resorces. Some of those
resources are vehicles that become targets.

An additional point it that it is the relative scarcity of vehicles
that makes them collectible in the first place. I have a Triumph
Spitfire that I own. A few years ago you could buy them for a $100.
As a result a lot of them when to the crushers. Finally the price of
them is starting to climb, but it is only because their numbers have
become much more scarce. The same is true with any collectible.

Joe Baker
Major, Cavalry

Formerly of the
1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment (Germany)
and the 418th Med Co (AMB) RVN

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