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This is the M-48 "Patton" tank which replaced the M-26 Pershing during the 1950's. The M-60 served for a couple decades and was still in service withe the Marines in Desert Storm. We are now into the 2nd decade of the M-1 Abrams series. The original M-48 was eventually upgraded with a 105-MM gun and diesel engine. The M-48 was effectively used by Israel in the 6-day and Yom Kippur wars. The odd device on the main gun muzzle reduces flash and may produce other advantages.