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Because eventually the "thrill" of going into the simulator is going to wear off and the gunners will get the message that we are not serious about their trade and leave. If you want a easy gun to deploy and train with that fits the current reserve support network, then the M119 is your best bet. If you want a cool bit of kit that can't fit into any existing armoury, will rot outside, will be perpetually broken down as there are no parts and only 5 or so trained techs, then get the Archer. Not to mention the transport budget from Vancouver to Yakima and back for 4-6 lowbeds to move them if they do work.I agree, and while a training gun is fine and all, we need tubes we can get to the fight if needed. Invest in some kind of simulator if you want a training gun, if they can do it for tanks, why not an artillery piece?
Now palletize this system to fit on the back of our current gun tractors and just replace the truck every 7 or so years