Battle tanks have played a central role in virtually every conflict since the turn of the 20th century. They led the charge during the Battle of the Somme, drove Rommel's Panzer Divisions from North Africa during WWII, and swiftly brought the Iraqi Republican Guard to its knees during Desert Storm.
But why does the military get to have all the fun? Imagine rolling up to your next 4th of July BBQ in a battle tank, looking just like Brad Pitt from Fury. Then, just for the fuck of it, you load that sucker up, aim it at the sky, and blast out the moon. It's a dream come true!
On Wednesday, ArmsList.com, an online "firearms marketplace," posted a listing for a fully functional Cheiftain MK6 equipped with a 120mm cannon, a hydraulic mine plow and a factory laser range finder. Even better: this recreational war machine comes packaged with ten (ten!) projectiles for maximum enjoyment. “The main gun is registered as a Destructive Device with the ATF," the listing says. "More projectiles are available.” The best part: you can fulfill your tank dreams for just $249,999. You couldn't beat that deal with a stick.
But will it land you in prison? Nope: According to Russ Morrison, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, purchasing a tank — even one packing enough heat to lay waste to a small village — is perfectly legal. "If they're operational, you can register those actual cannons [as a National Firearms Act weapon]," Morrison told the Daily Dot. "And if they're sold, they'd have to go through a transfer to make sure everything's OK, and have it registered, as well." In other words, complete the proper paperwork and you're good to go.
Pick your head up, America. Things aren't so bad after all.