Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war


48 Responses to “Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war”

  1. I have never felt so guilty for finding something so fucking badass.

  2. awjt says:

    Looks like a giant, driveable log-splitter!

  3. Max says:

    “equipped with insulation”
    Insulation against what???

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      They have A/C in them?  Bet those steel boxes get damn hot in the Mexican sun.

      • Peaked says:

        That’s possible but my guess is it has more to do with what happens to people in a big steel box when it’s exposed to flame.

        On an unrelated note, you’re not a US Senator by an chance, are you?

        • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

          No but that doesn’t stop me from telling strangers that I am.  “Don’t believe me?  Just google it”

  4. Daniel Smith says:

    I cannot help but wonder how keeping the current drug laws that put enough money into the hands of violent criminals to build frigging tanks can be supported by anyone who is sincere about reducing violent crime. Since the laws are demonstrably creating a situation that makes violent drug cartels powerful enough to challenge and corrupt the governments of several nations, where is the upside to keeping the current laws?

    • Snig says:

      You underestimate the crazy.  Mexican drug cartels with tanks?  There are defense contractors who are salivating at this image.  In their minds and their congressional pets, it justifies the outlay of further expenses for border patrol ubertanks and anti-tank devices. 

  5. Frederik says:

    It’s the A-team’s evil twin!


    This should be even more badass and evil looking.  All with a flame paint job, some neon underneath, silver naked lady mudflaps and like that.  Hand it over to those chopper TV show guys and it’ll be so fearsome birds will have heart attacks and fall out of the sky when it drives by.

    ETA: and Truck Balls on the trailer hitch. How could I have forgotten that?

  7. bcsizemo says:

    I’m not getting it…  yeah they are pretty impressive at least visually, but a well placed RPG could easily disable it.  Perhaps they weren’t finished putting the plating over the wheel wells…

    • Daniel Smith says:

      I think you’re missing the point. This thing could easily drive into a building like a police station or a rival cartel compound, allowing the owning cartel to take out anyone short of the military who opposes them. I seriously doubt the Mexican police are issued RPGs…altho that may change.

    • digi_owl says:

      If police have to deploy anti-tank weapons to deal with criminals, things are starting to look a bit absurd…

  8. angusm says:

    Is it just me, or is “The Road Warrior” starting to look more like a documentary than a feature film?

  9. angusm says:

    Also, the unquiet ghost of Marvin Heemeyer says “Trucks? Pffft, that ain’t nothing. Let me show you boys what a real homebrew armored vehicle looks like.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer

  10. Guest says:

    We are not yet beyond, merely beginning to approach, Thunderdome

  11. TokenCapitalist says:

    Our drug laws unintended consequences at work.

  12. gandalf23 says:

    Why don’t they just buy some old Soviet APCs or tanks?  Qadaffi had tons of old armor out in the desert, and the former rebels are looking for cash, and it’s not like the drug cartels don’t know how to ship stuff on the sly.  

  13. wrybread says:

    Truly amazing that they did all that work without covering the tires.

    Also, since its homebrew tank Monday:


  14. RJ says:

    These gangs are getting serious. Even the lawn maintenance trailer was armored.

    But seriously, those “narco-tanks” look like unwieldy pieces of shit. All you need to stop one is a drainage ditch, or some little foot-high blocks of concrete scattered around. The tires are so overstressed that it wouldn’t take much to finish them off.

    • Peaked says:

      It’s more that the trend is alarming than the instance. A good analogy would be the narco-submarines. Despite the initial media excitement and hype, they largely turned out to be cheap semi-submersibles, some of which could not even move under their own power. It wasn’t long, though, before an actual submarine was found under construction in South America along with a bunch of old Russian blueprints.

  15. CSBD says:

    I think the comments about escalation of Narco-Tanks is pretty founded.  They will build or buy better armored vehicles in the future.

    The Mexican and US armies will have no problem defeating said tanks, but the only time professional armies will deal with them is after drug gang/cartel shootouts.

    The cartels are not stupid enough to think one of these can go up against an army unit with any anti-tank capability.

  16. the lurch says:

    As mentioned above,  the construction leaves a lot to be desired.  In the midst of all that heavy steel, they left the soft (and flammable)  tires exposed.  And certainly,  as in the past, simple caltrops will stop an advance.  I suppose the insulation is to protect against the searing heat (sun or otherwise imposed) and possibly for the noise from being fired upon.    What really makes me wonder is that this completely announces you as a target… “HEY I’M A DRUG RUNNER”.  

  17. Daemonworks says:

    That’s more of an APC than a tank, really.

    Though I have to say, it’s sort of sad to see the A-Team working for the cartels.

  18. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Hard to believe people are getting so worked up over these trucks when the cartels are building submarines that could deliver a nuclear weapon/dirty bomb/shizzload o’ anthrax to a coastal city.

    • Brian Flowers says:

      And they would profit from such an attack by…..?

      They’re in this for the money. Using it to just run drugs is far more profitable.

      • Mitchell Glaser says:

        Terrorists aren’t in the game for profit. It has been reported that a variety of terrorist groups (AQ and the Taliban for example) have turned to drugs as their major source of income and now have extensive contacts with the drug cartels. So it would just be a matter of paying them to do it, or purchasing a sub.

        • zarray says:

          Reported by who? The DEA? I’d take that with a grain of salt, especially coming from people who said that taking LSD would make you grow tits. 

  19. RoofusKit says:

    My skills are clearly going to waste here. I could live like a king in Mexico.

    • D Wyatt says:

      yeah probably for a few months, until they learned from you and then later fertilized their lawn with little tiny bits of you.

      Damn macbook is burning my junk again.  Get some damned ventilation Crapple!  Like cooking a couple of eggs over here.

  20. CSBD says:

    In case nobody has mentioned it, you can buy run flats for semis (they are really expensive… but Cartels dont seem to care).

    If they are being cheap, they could just run on solid tires.

  21. emo hex says:

    I’m hoping it has run flat tires.

  22. John Smith says:

    Cory is again on the cutting edge, or I saw these a year ago.

  23. zarray says:

    Wow, the environment at Burning Man is just getting downright hostile.

  24. Antinous / Moderator says:

    We’ve got a blind date with destiny… and it looks like she’s ordered the lobster.

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  26. D Wyatt says:

    Something like 75% of all illicit drugs imported from Mexico into America is Marijuana.  If Beer was still illegal it would probably be 75% Booze.   1,000,000 non-violent parents and children in prison right now for marijuana related charges.  Let them go home to their families and back to work.  Let people grow their own medicine and tell them how it can shrink tumors, reverse cancer and diabetes in some people, help people keep their sight, help people keep their minds clear from dementia (neuroprotectant as per the recent medical patent {kannalife}), limits effects of brain damage after brain trauma and disease.
    Lets not even get started on strongest Clothing, Healthy cooking oil, cheap fuel, permanent paper, etc. etc.

    Never works, increases demand, increases assumed worth, increases profits, MAKES IT LUCRATIVE, makes criminals out of honest people who just want to relax and be happy, increases “make believe” crime and actual crime alike.  People get shot and die over it, cops spend countless wasted fruitless hours only to take parents from children, children from parents, careers from good men, houses cars and assets of hard working Americans.  Every single second spent by police seeking marijuana in the United States could be spent truly making a change again.  People would again have more trust in police because they arent “against whats obviously right.”


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