Battlefield Vegas opened in 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It offered its customers the chance to fire some of the world’s most iconic firearms in a state-of-the-art indoor range.

600 Machine Guns

Battle Field Vegas Machine Guns
A few of the machine guns in the Battlefield Vegas arsenal. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Located just off the Strip behind the Circus Circus casino, it has been a huge success. They now have over 600 machine guns in their inventory.

Owner Ron Cheney always had an affinity for tanks. With the success of Battlefield, he started to acquire decommissioned military vehicles and began fixing them up. Customers can now crush a car in the parking lot with an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.

Military Vehicles Galore

Battlefield Vegas T-62 tank
Tanks on display at Battlefield Vegas including the recently restored T-62. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Gradually, the parking lot outside Battlefield Vegas started to run out of space as tanks, armored vehicles, and helicopters accumulated. Today, there’s a free outdoor military vehicle museum in the parking lot that is second to none.

Outdoor Adventures

Gun Ship With M249 Machine Gun visited Gunship Helicopters in 2019 and had a great time. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

In 2018, a piece of isolated property 30 minutes from the Strip was purchased. There, customers could drive tanks, fire large-caliber guns, get behind a flamethrower, and even fire a machine gun from a helicopter gunship.

The Outdoor Adventure option at Battlefield Vegas took off. A group of full-time dedicated mechanics and technicians were necessary to keep the tanks rolling and big guns firing. That’s where the Heavy Hitters were born.

Heavy Hitters

Russian T-62 tank at Battlefield Vegas
Scott Rickard of the Heavy Hitters sits atop their latest restoration, a Russian T-62 tank. Yes, he's wearing a pair of Pit Vipers. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

“The Heavy Hitters was created essentially to handle everything at Battlefield from 20mm above, including specialist weapons such as flamethrowers,” said Scott Rickard, a self-taught whiz kid when it comes to heavy calibers.

Battlefield Vegas M61 20mm Vulcan cannon The Hand of God
The Heavy Hitters restored this M61 20mm Vulcan cannon, lovingly nicknamed "The Hand of God", back to her fully operational state. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Over the last couple of years, his team has brought a number of decommissioned military vehicles back to their glory. This includes an M61 20mm Vulcan cannon, an M60A1 tank and her 105mm main gun, and a 152mm D-20 howitzer. They just put the finishing touches on a Russian T-62 smooth-bore tank. “It’s going to be the largest firing tank in private hands that we know of,” said Rickard.


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