Dispatches from gun country: 'I have 350 machine guns at Battlefield: Vegas'

The Cheney family, photographed at Battlefield: Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: Ben Philippi)

Ron Cheney used to be a chiropractor, but then he started doing what he truly loves; building guns and getting people turned on to them. He has since opened Battlefield: Vegas, a one-stop-shop for tourists and gun enthusiasts alike, to shoot just about every gun under the sun. His vault boasts over 350 firearms.

Guns started out for me as a hobby with my friends. We used to build AK kits in the garage. We’d have build parties and when the build parties got to the point where I wasn’t sure if we were breaking any laws, I figured I better get a license and go the proper route. And it’s just grown from there.

I have 350 machine guns at Battlefield: Vegas. My whole family is involved. My son runs one of my retail stores, my wife is here with me and my little ones like to come in and mess with the guns and see who can field strip them the fastest or show daddy who’s better at them.” – Ron Cheney

Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”

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