This smells like a scam to me!
Exactly! I'm old enough to remember when Field and Stream, Sports Afield and a myriad of other magazines ran ads for "Military Jeeps, $40.00." I never knew anyone who bought one, but one of the HS shop teachers got into a bit of trouble for trying to organize a purchase similar to the OP. I don't think he did anything malicious; rather, he bought into the advertising and trued to get students involved.I wouldn't take that kind of chance on my own, let alone ask others to go in with me.
This was the OP's first post, and hasn't been heard from since. Strike three.