I'd have no reservations about taking the Pit-Bull VX armored SWAT truck to a gunfight, but the local McDonald's drive-thru presented a unique challenge. Have we found this mighty machine's Achilles' heel?


The ability to navigate fast food restaurant's drive-thru is, thanks to Top Gear, the Nürburgring lap time of armored cars. When I suggested we make a quick trip to MickeyD's Jeff Allen of Alpine Armoring didn't flinch.

I can imagine a situation where this arises. There's a hostage standoff. The kidnappers are demanding 300 McNuggets and forty packets of sweet-and-sour sauce. STAT.

As you'll see in the video, the flexibility of the Pit-Bull VX is only overshadowed by the waitstaff at McDonald's. While everyone else in line is freaking out the calm employees carry out their duties, making sure no one goes without their cheeseburger and fries.

Video/Photo: Matt Hardigree/Mokhtar Chahine

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