Sadly I can’t test M774 on 2A4 but I’ve tested a dart that’s even worse (105mm DM23) and whole LFP is penetrable.
Whole middle section of the UFP (where additional track armor is) can also be reliably penetrated, while some portions of UFP’s upper section will produce ricochets (mostly in center and right side).
Speaking about turret, you can often kill gunner and commander through the optics, while gun mantlet is penetrable in majority of places, often resulting in breech going dark red or black while also taking one or two crew.
Wherever you want to aim, it’s always advisable to shoot at the side where three of the crew members are conveniently lined up for you to take out.
I think I’ve shot at it’s mantlet 30 or so times and only a couple of times I haven’t done crippling damage, while using a round that’s worse than M774.
This makes me to believe mantlet is pretty usable weakspot you can exploit.
Not much to say here, I believe it’s faster reload is more than enough to balance out it’s weaker shell, but I guess everyone will have their opinions and preferences.
What people really need to understand is that the vehicles that get those high-penning rounds usually have very little going for them.
See Ariete (P), DM33 is literally its sole selling point, if you take it away and say, give it DM23 instead - boom, this is now a tank that basically just a slightly better Leopard 1A5.
Challenger 1 Mk.3; again L26 and rather fast loading speeds are its selling point. It’s slow, it has bad gun handling and nearly no armour, it also has zero survivability.
See the problem now?
And to make this even more obvious, look at the Leopard 2A4 - which by many is considered to be the staple for a 10.3 MBT… problem with that is that it’s pretty much inferior to the M1 (that only gets M774) in nearly everything that isn’t named “penetration”. It has lower acceleration, it manouvers worse, it reloads slower, it has less gun depression, it has significantly worse armour on the hull (which was an unhistorical nerf mind you), and has far more weakspots.
Basically all those tanks trade nearly every metric in comparison to the M1 to be better in terms of raw firepower.
Some lower tier vehicles should indeed receive M833 (such as TTS), but M1 is not one of them, at least not in today’s landscape.
M1 Abrams might be “a bit” better than leopard 2a4
Mobility (27.3 hp/t vs 27.2 hp/t)
Reload rate (aces 5sec vs 6sec)
Gun depression (10 degree vs 9 degree)
(RB / SB stat)
No way M1 Abrams will leave Leopard 2A4 in the dust with M833 adding.
Giving that Leopard 2A4 could get it’s armor fix and receive DM33 + move up later following M1A1. while Leopard 2A2/A3 get add later as a replacement
Though i do agree that lfp armor on Abrams are stronger due to fuel tank can also act as armor. But then again Abrams has turret ring big weak spot that even weaker APFSDS round can pen and its ufp still bounce shell into turret ring or botton of turret face.
You’re completely ignoring the fact M1 has significantly better armour coverage and far less weakpoints (pretty much just a small portion of the LFP and the turret ring + mantlet as opposed to 2A4s entire hull, mantlet and like half of the right turret cheek).
In fact DM23 can only penetrate like 1/3rd of the LFP, and it will fail if shot at any sort of angle (partly because M1s hull armour is unironically overperforming, for some reason Gaijin gave it BRL-2 that was only put on the Abroomz starting M1IP).
If M1 does get a round comparable to DM23, then might as well scream for DM33 so that 2A4 retains its firepower edge because it will still be worse in every other regard, otherwise it will be straight up inferior i.e lose the sole advantage it has, would basically be in the same spot as other MBTs with high penning rounds at similar BRs.
Reminder that the M1A1HC and M1A2 have non-du improved armor outside of the Swedish trials (which are now rather dubious overall but thats besides the point) as the M1A1 AIM procured by Australia is cited to have it’s hull armor brought up to the M1A2 standard, which, should not need to be a required change if all of those M1 variants had the same actual hull armor.
I would expect the M1IP and M1A1 and possibly the M1A1 HA share a non-du hull of lower constructional quality than the M1A2, with the M1A2 having a hull quality above 350mm KE, as the M1IP is known to have a hull quality at or around 350mm KE.
I would also wager the M1A1 HC and the future FEP could also have this hull improvement along with any future M1A2s.
I think they just search for a tank at a given BR that has the best round and then claim: “best round, gib to me as well”, “proof of bias”, etc.
Meanwhile, they will often ignore many disadvantages those high-penning tanks suffer from.
But tread lightly, these types of threads are filled with people that demanded IPM1 to get M900 and to stay just 0.3 BR above 80B, 2A4, M1 and the company.
Only thing I like more on 2A4 is spalling, but that’s kinda given since it has 120mm gun.
In many of those areas M1 will only have a slight edge over 2A4 so it’s not a complete blowout though, like when you compare it to some other 10.3 tanks.
Also, I’ve noticed front fuel tanks casually eating shots, while not even requiring you to expend your FPE to get rid of it.
Wait, I thought only Russian tanks are overperforming, or that’s what I’ve been told lol.
I recently started playing 10.3 with US, and from reading stuff people wrote on the forums I expected a paper thin vehicle, but so far they’re actually pretty well armored.
But I guess, people overinflating stuff is pretty common.
That document is for the M1IP (“one version of the M1 turret armour” - > it is dated to 1982, two years after M1 had already entered service). This is confirmed btw because we have the SR(L) 4026 from the Brits now where M1A1s turret armour is rated as 460mm RHAe vs KE in a 20 degree arc (this would roughly equeal ~400mm in a 30 degree arc). In case you haven’t noticed, frontal arc protection for M1IP and M1A1 is exactly that.
M1IP and M1A1 had identical armour. Both had improved armour over the M1(105)mm. All we basically need to do is look at M1 vs M1IP turret difference (350mm arc versus 400mm arc), then subtract that difference. Boom, very first M1s hull armour.
Well I guess loads of people will have unrealistic expectations when it comes to their favorite vehicles.
Those threads were peak cringe if you ask me, alongside discussions about Leopard I being bad at 8.0 or something equally dumb.
From my testing, only ~50% of that plate will actually stop rounds, so shooting at an area around the drivers hatch is actually one of the easiest ways to OHK 2A4 and it works every time, at least from 20+ shots in testing with 105mm DM23 (which is a worse round than M774 they complain about).