ATF Gets Military Firepower

Never known for its delicate style, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in July 1995 received 22 OV-10D aircraft from the Department of Defense.

Each OV-10D, capable of speeds up to 300 m.p.h., is outfitted with two 7.62mm M-60C machine guns, each possessing 500 rounds, and carries one Sidewinder missle under each wing, along with Snakeye bombs, rocket packages, cluster bombs and fire bombs.

The ATF says nine of the aircraft will be unarmed and used only for surveillance, and that the others will be used for spare parts. Uh-huh.