Now, these are serious ballistics!
The 120mm gun on the M-1 shoots a depleted uranium fin-stablized round. Nice pics here. Weight of projectile is about 10 kg (22 lb) and muzzle velocity upwards of 5,400 fps. I read somewhere that, due to its incredible ballistic form, it's still going upwards of 5,000 fps at a mile range.
Here are some tales of its use ... one shot going thru two Iraqi tanks and destroying both, a shot right thru the cover (a sand dune) to nail a tank on the other side (its exhaust was seen by the heat imager).
Yeah, the buggers are fun as heck to shoot, too. Consider that an M1 series tank weighs about 70 tons, and the recoil moves it backwards.
Posted by: Jared McLaughlin at April 3, 2006 05:58 AM