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  •  You don't get it. (13+ / 0-)

    There was never a requirement for them.  jeeps and gamma goats didn't have doors.

    When a bullet goes through a vinyl door, it keeps on going in a generally straight line out of the vehicle.

    When a bullet goes through a steel door, it will massively deform & then rattle around (at a very high speed) in the interior compartment, causing very bad things to happen to the people & equipment within the compartment.

    The danger that comes with an uparmored humvee is that the center of gravity is much higher & it is real easy to get killed in one when it flips.  Not to mention that it is much less manuevable.

    •  Re: Stryker and M-118 (2+ / 0-)
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      Quicklund, yaque

      fast and fairly IED proof.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Mon May 09, 2011 at 02:22:12 PM PDT

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      •  There are also a lot of MRAPs (I think that's the (2+ / 0-)
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        Quicklund, yaque

        acronym for ) mine resistant personnel carriers being used now. HMMVs weren't intended as armored vehicles. They were to be used pretty much the same as jeeps- hence no armor. They were designed for a different environment than one in which IEDs were the main threat.

    •  WW2 Sherman (1+ / 0-)
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      yaque

      The up armored Jumbo version was so much heavier they put in a different trans, top speed went down from 36 to 28 roughly.

      Field modded Shermans, added plating to front glacis or whatever, tended to wear out suspension quicker because of added weight..

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Mon May 09, 2011 at 02:30:52 PM PDT

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