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How to Buy a Tank

Updated on September 15, 2014
WW1 tank. The design is to aid in crossing over trenches
WW1 tank. The design is to aid in crossing over trenches | Source


The concept of a tank was first introduced by England called "Little Willie" which was a prototype that weighed about 15 tons. The first actual tank used in battle was used at the Battle of the Somme. Afterwards, tanks slowly became more popular as they could carry heavier, antipersonnel weapons to quickly take out trenches, as well as provide cover for the soldiers, and carve paths through the barbed wire.

Where Can You Get a Tank?

Some good sites to check out are:

My favorite site is because it takes care of all of the shipping for you, as well as can upgrade or touch up any tank you throw at them. However, the tanks are mostly used tanks, but they can be refurbished to like new quality.


What are the requirements to drive a tank?

First off, the gun has to be demilitarized (At least in the US is does), which means the firing mechanism and lock need to be broken, as well as the barrel punctured or filled with cement. My personal preference is having the barrel cemented, having holes in the barrel of your turret ruins the look of the tank, in my opinion. As far as I know, all the tank providers will demilitarize the tank for you. Next, for the US again, you need to have a drivers licence based on the weight of a vehicle. You can check for what type of drivers licence you would need to drive your tank, although it will most likely be a class B, but make sure to check for your state, because they are slightly different per state. In order to drive the tank on public roads, you need to have the tracks replaced with rubber tracks, which is done by the provider of the tank, sometimes automatically, but make sure to ask just in case.


Arguably the best tank hunter of WW2
Arguably the best tank hunter of WW2 | Source

A Few Warnings.

Owning a tank is a great thing, and a lot of fun. However, there are also some issues that may arise while you have this tank. First off is fuel, most tanks run off of diesel fuel, the only tanks that are normally associated with gasoline fuel are the Russian tanks, because diesel has a hard time starting in cold temperatures and Russia had enough gasoline to power tanks. But for the most part, all tanks will be diesel, while this isn't a bad thing, diesel is actually better for heavier vehicles, the tanks have a tendency to be be extreme gas guzzlers, tanks generally get around .1 to 5 miles a gallon in the older models, not so sure about more recent tanks. This leads to hefty bills to refill a tank. Also, the treads, and other parts on tanks can break and are difficult to repair or replace, and getting it professionally done for you can lead to large shipping bills as you have to send the tank to wherever you can find a tank repair shop. While there are professional tank repair shops, and they are normally specialized in about any tank on the planet, having some of the more uncommon tanks, or very old tanks, make it difficult to repair as there is a chance that the group doesn't know how to repair or replace the tank part, leading to even more confusion. Lastly, tanks can weigh up to 50 tons, most of them have a hard time pushing past 40mph, so don't expect to be driving on the highway with these things.


Have some fun. If you have money to drop on buying a tank, do it. It's a lot of fun and a good way to have some fun with your friends. Warnings are warning, be aware of them, but don't let it ruin the fun. Tanks are cool, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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