Touring Large Calibers and Tank Rounds at Battlefield Vegas
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.