Every once in a while somebody asks me what its like to shoot a tank like the Abrams M1A2. Well here you go. It all starts with the tank commander. The Tank commander or TC for short sees a target.. US Army TCs are trained to keep their head out of the turret. In other words they are not supposed to keep their head inside the turret. If they do the tank is blind. To facilitate this the TC stands on his seat. Lets say he sees an enemy tank. He yells out a FIRE COMMAND. It sounds like this: DRIVER STOP! GUNNER-SABOT-TANK. This means gunner wake up, loader load a SABOT round and the target is a tank. The TC then slews the turret by what is called TC override which is a joystick like you would find on a fighter plane. He does not put his head in the turret but keeps his eyes on the target When the gunner sees the target through his own sight he yells IDENTIFIED! At which time the TC lets go of the TC Overide and he yells FIRE. The gunner yells ON THE WAY! And BANG the whole tank shakes and a huge orange blast covers the front of the tank.. Assuming the enemy tank is hit and destroyed the TC yells TARGET CEASE FIRE. And the crew is ready for another engagement. So to sum it up if you want to know what it sounds like in a tank have someone scream the following script right in your ear as loud as they can: GUNNER SABOT TANK! UP ! IDENTIFIED! FIRE ! ON THE WAY! TARGET! CEASE FIRE! Or if you want to shoot a bunch of tanks .. GUNNER SABOT 5 TANKS LEFT ONE FIRST IDENITIFIED ! FIRE! ON THE WAY! TARGET NEXT TANK RIGHT FIRE ! ON THE WAY TARGET NEXT TANK RIGHT ETC ETC A good crew can see a target and have a round down range in 5 seconds. And that is why our tank crews are the best in the world.