20 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own  

Richard Rowe
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If you've dreamed of having real army vehicles in your garage, there's good news. Forget all those auto shopping sites online; they might offer a pretty good selection of Chevrolets and Kias, but do any of them sell an up-armored version of anything? Does Nissan offer an "air superiority" package on the Versa? Did Tesla suddenly start offering depleted uranium armor piercing cannons for the Model S?

When you're in a hurry, what you really need is a used military vehicle that can surface just off the coast and launch a couple tactical nukes at all the speed cameras in your way. True, you might get pulled over at some point anyway, but odds are good you'll walk away with a warning when The Man realizes how close he is to watching a JDAM land on his Taurus. That's what we call "diplomatic immunity."

So, which of the following are right for you? Vote up your favorite used army vehicle you can actually buy... because at the end of the day, it's all about spreading democracy. 
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Oshkosh L-ATV
Oshkosh L-ATV is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own
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And you though military vehicles couldn't get manlier than the original Humvee. The Humvee's replacement from Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense takes the best parts of the H1 and combines it with lessons learned from the last generation MRAP (Mine-Resistant AmbushProtected vehicle). It's also about halfway in size between the two, and that's no accident. The MRAP was hefty for taking the kids to soccer practice.

As of right now, Oshkosh hasn't introduced a civilian version; but it's definitely coming, and will probably cost around $250,000. Don't count on getting the first one, though; you know the Governator's already got dibs. 

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Humvee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own
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Forget that sad impostor known as the "H2." Old Hummer H1s are all over the place now. The government has so many, they're literally giving them away to anti-terrorism police forces with nothing but pumpkin festivals to protect. For those of us without badges, surplus Hummers are available for between $8,000 and $40,000 depending on year, engine, armor, and presence of bullet holes. 
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Chieftain Mk10
Chieftain Mk10 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own
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British military surplus retailer Tank Limo offers an assortment of Chieftain tanks, including this beautiful Mk10 from the early 1970s. The Chieftain line remains in combat use today, and fully functional models with working main guns go for around $80,000. A runner in need of restoration can go for around $50K, and DIY tanks in need of complete restoration can be bought for as little as $20K. Not a bad deal, minus the extra $10,000 or so you'll pay to have a freakin' tank shipped from England.
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Renault Sherpa
Renault Sherpa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Own
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The Renault Sherpa is the Hummer for people who love Hummers, but don't vote Republican. Ride of choice for French and NATO forces, the Sherpa is Europe's take on the Hummer H1. At a quarter-million dollars new for the civilian version, it's not too far off of a civilian H1, but you can find used Sherpas for a fraction of that.

With its snazzy sportback roof, angled nose, and decidedly Lamborghini-esque wheel arches, the Sherpa looks a bit more Dakar Rally than Afghanistan battlefield. Don't let that fool you, this European is plenty tough enough to handle every pothole America's roads can throw at it.

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