A gun collector dubbed the Dragon Man boasts that he is the “most armed man in America” with more than 200 machine guns, tanks and bazookas to his name. Mel Bernstein, who earned his nickname thanks to his flamethrower-rigged motorbike, has given a tour inside his vast private military museum known as Dragon Land.
He moved to Colorado with his wife, Terry Flanell, in 1982, where they opened the gun store and started building the collection. But Bernstein was hit by tragedy in 2012 when his wife was killed at their rifle range while filming a Discovery Channel reality show. Terry died when she was hit by two smoke bombs travelling at 150mph while being used to create a smoky atmosphere for the show about the military.
After the tragedy, he turned his attention back to his military museum. The vast site contains more than 900 uniformed mannequins, 88 vehicles and 3,000 working weapons from samurai swords to bazookas. It even boasts a room for every country that has fought a war with America from World War I to Afghanistan. For 30 years, people have come to his ranges to shoot guns of their pleasure, from Magnums to AK-47s to machine guns. They head down Dragonman Drive, the long dirt stretch lined with bloodied mannequins in shot-up cars and written warnings for anyone thinking to cross Dragon Man, who has a Class III federal firearms license that allows him to deal high-powered rifles.