Several weeks ago I got to get up close and personal with a Lenco Bearcat armored car. My interest was purely academic of course, just in case I ever ran into one strolling down my street or out in a corn field that didn't happen to fly an American flag and wasn't suppose to be there you understand.
The crew compartment is pretty roomy really with eight firing ports (three on each side and two out the back) that are fairly easy to open and close. The turret hatch was a bit harder to figure out and of course was empty and locked in place so I didn't get much of a feel for it. There are two more firing ports on the drivers and passenger's doors as well. Also a battering ram and wench in the front. The front grill is well sealed too.
Honestly I wasn't much interested in the crew compartment as I was a couple of select spots. Namely the side vent openings you can see right in front of and slightly lower than the sideview door mirror and the area behind the front tires up in the wheel well.
The small side vents however have an almost direct line opening into the engine compartment when standing slightly behind the vent and looking forward. You can see day light and the top of the engine along with the top of the coolant tank.
Not much of a gap behind the tires but enough to expose a couple of key spots I think. After messing around with the vehicle I seriously have some doubts about it's off road capabilities, especially in a wet agricultural environment. In an urban setting though the thing is well protected.
I was just satisfying my own intellectual curiosity. It's not my intent to provide any theories for others to use or anything. I am not necessarily restrained in my opinion that civilian law enforcement have no business owning and operating these military vehicles. How many departments own one that have never been needed for years? Seems to me a quick lend lease agreement between the local National Guard and Law Enforcement would better serve the public's needs and save some money for the rare occasions it would be needed.
Anyway just thought I would have a look around the old girl. I will let you draw your own conclusions.
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