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    Question shooting a dining room table?

    Hello,

    I've been watching a documentary film about the army.
    As far as I understand, it tells you that the equipments they have are
    very expensive, they can't use them in training very often. So they use
    simulators instead.

    Here's a part that I don't understand;
    " Tank rounds cost 1500 dollars each.
    One commander put it this way, "every time a soldier fires a tank round during the training, it is the equivalent in dollars and cents of shooting a dining room table down range."


    Does it mean if you actually fire, it costs 1500 dollars, but if you use simulator, it costs only the same price of a dining room table??

    Also, does "down range" mean within a range??


    I've looked for my dictionaries and searched through the internet, but
    still don't understand.
    Maybe there're some websites that explain clearly, but I can't find any.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Default Re: shooting a dining room table?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I've been watching a documentary film about the army.
    As far as I understand, it tells you that the equipments they have are
    very expensive, they can't use them in training very often. So they use
    simulators instead.

    Here's a part that I don't understand;
    " Tank rounds cost 1500 dollars each.
    One commander put it this way, "every time a soldier fires a tank round during the training, it is the equivalent in dollars and cents of shooting a dining room table down range."


    Does it mean if you actually fire, it costs 1500 dollars, but if you use simulator, it costs only the same price of a dining room table??

    Also, does "down range" mean within a range??


    I've looked for my dictionaries and searched through the internet, but
    still don't understand.
    Maybe there're some websites that explain clearly, but I can't find any.

    Thank you,
    Tara
    No. A good quality dining table with 6 chairs costs $1500. I'm sure the commander could have said "Each round costs $1500" and left it at that.
    "Down range" means "along the firing range, in a direction away from where the people and artillery and stores are.

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    Default Re: shooting a dining room table?

    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your kind explanation.

    I didn't imagine a dining room table would cost that much, but
    come to think of it, I might have seen some tables of that price range
    at a furniture store.

    And thank you for explaining "down range".
    It's very difficult for me to understand prepositions.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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