You may have come across this first pic - it's all over the web.Before you ask, it's a nice sunny afternoon and nowhere to go thanks to Corona and very dry woods which are now verboten. Arrse to the rescue.
Have seen it somewhere before. Nice to see that the IDF has re-invented the Krummlauf.You may have come across this first pic - it's all over the web.
On an Israeli forum someone asked about it and a couple of people who were involved responded.
The Merk belonged to 126 Batt. 211 Bde. The accident occurred in 1987 during night movement with poor visibility in the Mishur Adumim area (a training area in the Judean desert). The gunner sensed what was happening and had the presence of mind to elevate the main armament, which saved the tank from ending up upside down. The gunner sustained a non serious injury to his eye socket and the rest of the crew sustained only bruises.
The tank was pulled up and out by an M88 vehicle and driven back to base under its own power. it was returned to service after repairs.
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I tried out the micro-galil and it wasn't great shakes. In the days around when I joined (1980) I thought the ultra short versions were the dogs danglies for allyness. In practice I found them to have far too many drawbacks, like for example, the ones you mention. The M4 type seems to be the best tradeoff. Galil SAR was great but over-heavy. perhaps if IMI had had the means to produce it using a lighter alloy.........Bloke I know cut one down to pistol size for Nick Cage for some gun runner movie. I fired it a few times and it had an impressive muzzle blast, particuarly at night. Apparently Cage loved the thing.
The piston bit was cut off and filed down, pretty much at the attachment to the carrier and a fair bit of the muzzle blast came out of the ejection port. Not good for the eyebrows or your night vision.
The bent barrel attachments had very short lifespans – approx. 300 rounds for the 30° version, and 160 rounds for the 45° variant–as the barrel and bullets fired were put under great stress.
The Golan heights are chocka with mines, pre-'67 Syrian as well as IDF. Minefields are clearly marked but there is an issue with winter weather dislodging and washing mines into unmarked areas.Were there many mines up there and how effective was the mine clearer?