Piers Morgan Tank Phobia

by Datechguy | January 17th, 2013

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Piers Morgan Tank Phobia

I do believe I’ve got you covered

James Gar­ner, Tank 1984

Piers Mor­gan fresh from being spanked by Ben Shaprio decided to have another go of it yesterday

Mr. Morgan’s for­lorn hopes that Dana Loesch and Scot­tie Hughes would be an eas­ier marks than Mr. Shaprio and the com­edy value of the video not with­stand­ing the most inter­est­ing fea­ture of this inter­view is Mr. Morgan’s obses­sive fear of the aver­age cit­i­zen armed with tanks.

While I’m not aware of any mass mur­der tak­ing place using a tank, I was intrigued since I am aware of pri­vate col­lec­tors actu­ally own­ing tanks. So lets look at the whole ques­tion for a moment.

First of all, being of a cer­tain age when some­one says “Tank” I don’t think of Mod­ern Armor, I think of Sher­man Tanks and World War 2. So lets go there.

Let’s start with price

On July 17, 1940, exactly one month after receiv­ing their orders, they deliv­ered the cost esti­mates for the M2A1 tank.

The Army reviewed the esti­mates. Chrysler had fig­ured on a pro­duc­tion abil­ity of 10 tanks per day. After review, the Army said it could pay for 5 a day. They also said that the armor plat­ing tools and related machin­ery would not be included.

Refig­ur­ing the esti­mates, Chrysler put a cost per tank of $33,500. The cor­po­ra­tion was pro­tected by an esca­la­tor clause which would off­set this price should labor and mate­r­ial costs go up.

Ok we have an esti­mate of $33,500 for a Sher­man Tank new off the Assem­bly line circa 1940. Con­verted to 2012 dol­lars that comes to $540,000.86

How­ever rather than adjust­ing num­bers let go out and see what peo­ple are actu­ally pay­ing for Sher­man Tanks today. You can find that infor­ma­tion pretty eas­ily and that’s when the prob­lems begin.…

One of the most pop­u­lar vehi­cles for MV enthu­si­asts, but prob­a­bly the least col­lected is the Sher­man tank. Every­one says they want a Sher­man tank — that is, until they see what one costs to buy and maintain.

Sounds a lot like a Chevy volt but I digress…

In set­ting a solid price Mil­i­tary Vehi­cles Mag­a­zine has a 1 – 6 scale on pric­ing 1 being near per­fect to 6 a parts vehi­cles unre­stor­able. As we are address­ing Mr. Morgan’s appar­ent fear of cit­i­zens run­ning ram­pant with tanks lets exam­ine a price ranges in con­di­tion 4 (Func­tional) or above.

A tank in #4 Func­tional con­di­tion accord­ing to Mil­i­tary Trader​.co goes for $175,000 in Pris­tine con­di­tion (#10 the price goes to $300,000 which means a Sher­man Tank in 1940 was a poor invest­ment as even in Mint con­di­tion it came no where near it’s infla­tion related cost.

And lets remem­ber that this doesn’t include oil, bul­lets, shells, parts in case of trou­ble (you can buy a parts tank #6 at $95,000) and let not for­get that A Sher­man gets .8 miles per gal­lon. With a range of 130 at 3.33 a gal­lon that a lot of gas money before they can get to Piers house.

Given these price points, an econ­omy with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion on food stamps and the fact that for a whole lot less a deranged mass killer could whip up some­thing a lot more effec­tive and deadly I sub­mit and sug­gest that Piers Moran’s fear of Tanks is a tad over­stated and if he con­tin­ues to exhibit symp­toms of said pho­bia he obtain pro­fes­sional help

And under no cir­cum­stance should he watch this movie clip from the 1984 film let alone the entire picture.

I do believe I’ve got you covered

James Garner, Tank 1984

Piers Morgan fresh from being spanked by Ben Shaprio decided to have another go of it yesterday

Mr. Morgan’s forlorn hopes that Dana Loesch and Scottie Hughes would be an easier marks than Mr. Shaprio and the comedy value of the video not withstanding the most interesting feature of this interview is Mr. Morgan’s obsessive fear of the average citizen armed with tanks.

While I’m not aware of any mass murder taking place using a tank, I was intrigued since I am aware of private collectors actually owning tanks. So lets look at the whole question for a moment.

First of all, being of a certain age when someone says “Tank” I don’t think of Modern Armor, I think of Sherman Tanks and World War 2. So lets go there.

Let’s start with price

On July 17, 1940, exactly one month after receiving their orders, they delivered the cost estimates for the M2A1 tank.

The Army reviewed the estimates. Chrysler had figured on a production ability of 10 tanks per day. After review, the Army said it could pay for 5 a day. They also said that the armor plating tools and related machinery would not be included.

Refiguring the estimates, Chrysler put a cost per tank of $33,500. The corporation was protected by an escalator clause which would offset this price should labor and material costs go up.

Ok we have an estimate of $33,500 for a Sherman Tank new off the Assembly line circa 1940. Converted to 2012 dollars that comes to $540,000.86

However rather than adjusting numbers let go out and see what people are actually paying for Sherman Tanks today. You can find that information pretty easily and that’s when the problems begin….

One of the most popular vehicles for MV enthusiasts, but probably the least collected is the Sherman tank. Everyone says they want a Sherman tank—that is, until they see what one costs to buy and maintain.

Sounds a lot like a Chevy volt but I digress…

In setting a solid price Military Vehicles Magazine has a 1-6 scale on pricing 1 being near perfect to 6 a parts vehicles unrestorable. As we are addressing Mr. Morgan’s apparent fear of citizens running rampant with tanks lets examine a price ranges in condition 4 (Functional) or above.

A tank in #4 Functional condition according to Military Trader.co goes for $175,000 in Pristine condition (#10 the price goes to $300,000 which means a Sherman Tank in 1940 was a poor investment as even in Mint condition it came no where near it’s inflation related cost.

And lets remember that this doesn’t include oil, bullets, shells, parts in case of trouble (you can buy a parts tank #6 at $95,000) and let not forget that A Sherman gets .8 miles per gallon. With a range of 130 at 3.33 a gallon that a lot of gas money before they can get to Piers house.

Given these price points, an economy with a growing population on food stamps and the fact that for a whole lot less a deranged mass killer could whip up something a lot more effective and deadly I submit and suggest that Piers Moran’s fear of Tanks is a tad overstated and if he continues to exhibit symptoms of said phobia he obtain professional help

And under no circumstance should he watch this movie clip from the 1984 film let alone the entire picture.

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