The “Most Armed Man in America?” – Dragon Man At Least a Strong Contender

As a writer here in the industry, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some prodigious collections of firearms in private hands, but I cannot say I have seen anything anywhere near the collection of the Dragon Man of Dragonmans gun range, firearms, paintall, and museam.

Hot Brass and Bullets recently got an exclusive tour of Dragonmans collection starting off with over 200 machine guns which Dragon Man proclaims that “I don’t think anyone in the United States has that many guns in their name.” I can assure you, I have seen those with more than 5x this number, but then Dragon Man steps it up a bit. And then he states that he has over 300 Garands before going into detail on his grenades, mortars, land mines, and other explosive devices.

His collection includes a Jeep equipped with no less than two machine guns (an M60 and a Ma-Duece”) and then onto a custom motorcycle with two Colt SMGs. Further, the collection includes recoilless rifles (rarely shot due to their destructive potential on the range’s berms of even the smallest offering).

Though the collection is fantastic, perhaps even more impressive is his museum including uniforms, rifles, and weapons all from the United States’ various war periods.

For those curious, the full details and video on the collection is available below on video or one can stop by and visit Dragonmans in Colorado anytime

 





Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • noob

    If there is anyone I’d trust with a nuke, it’d be this guy.

    • Tinkerer

      Wha- you’d trust some stranger over me!? After all we’ve been through! ?

      • noob

        I always stand behind my friends, because it’s safer than in front of them.

  • iksnilol

    Meh, I don’t see how he’s the most armed. I see only two arms.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      Wah wah wah…

    • noob

      its from all the bears that have lost theirs

    • Tinkerer

      The others are concealed carry.

    • The rest are in the basement trophy room.

  • sota

    I’m gonna be that guy: spelling, it’s a thing.
    “paintall” ?
    “museam” ?

    • noob

      I guess he doesn’t go in for playing games with airguns, instead he loves all kinds of interior decorating.

      and also making seams that are 1um wide. or seams that have a high coefficient of friction

      okay you win.

  • If there’s a private individual out there who has over a thousand registered machine guns, he needs to be locked up in the deepest hole in the federal prison system as soon as possible, that is simply unacceptable.

    …That dirty rotten $%*& son of a #@%$ mother#$*^@ piece of $#%& dog$#%& sack of #%$&ing goat*^&%# is keeping the rest of us from having them and driving up the price on an already limited supply. @#$%er.

    • Tinkerer

      Redistribute all that firearm wealth to the proletariat! !

      And by proletariat, I mean me.

    • J. gM

      At the first paragraph I fell for it – another anti-gun bigot !

      Paragraph 2 came out of nowhere – now that was funny.

      • Twilight sparkle

        You don’t lurk enough on tfb it seems

  • TVOrZ6dw

    NIB- 1000lb bomb. Nice.

    • noob

      much better than “good condition, lightly impact blemished” 1000lb bomb.

      • Ken

        And fuse armed.

      • Longhaired Redneck

        “Only dropped once!”

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Now we know where the post-apocalyptic army of darkness will get all it’s heavy weapons.
    I would like to read this man’s biography- How was he able to put this collection together?

  • codfilet

    I’ve bought a lot of WW2 Dodge truck parts from this guy-they would come in boxes that were from ammo shipments.

  • gunsandrockets

    Wolverines!

    • LGonDISQUS

      ICWYDT!

  • Michael Gallagher

    He needs to lean a little more history, or be accurate in his speaking about it.

    The T-54 did not fight in WWII as he said, it was 4 years after the war that they got issued. So no, that tank did not fight the Nazis.

    Lot of hyperbole with this guy………………………….and that is a shame because he does not need it.

    .

  • Michael Robert Stevenson

    I’m impressed. My only concern with this is security. A place like that should have 4 or 5 Marines guarding it to keep Johnny Criminal from walking off with a M60 to God knows where.

    • Zundfolge

      Honestly this guy would likely kill and bury anyone that tried to steal even one of the junk cars lining the road into his place (would not at all be surprised to find out he already has). Not many criminals stupid enough to try him.

      • Ranger Rick

        One guy is not enough.

    • Goody

      If crooks want full auto they just buy it from Mexico (who gets it for free off Uncle Sam)

  • Zundfolge

    I live in Colorado Springs and have been to his range once … that’s all it took.

    Yes he has an impressive collection, but his range is an unsafe dump (it was safer to shoot at the unsupervised Rampart Range with the gang bangers back before the Forest Service shut it down and Waldo Canyon fire wiped it away). And he is one of the most unpleasant people you’ll ever meet.

    It makes me shudder to think that this man is somehow an ambassador for the Gun Culture.

    • Paul White

      this is that guy in Colorado Springs? I think I’ve been there then and yeah, wasn’t exactly a great experience. Out by the waste management plant right?

    • hking

      From the video I get the vibe that the guy loves to stroke his ego. As impressive as the collection is I don’t think I would want a tour from a guy that pretty much wants to show off how much money he has or show his cool toys.

      • Machinegunnertim

        I’d prefer that to most collectors that don’t let anyone see their cool stuff.

  • Cal S.

    As a denizen of Colorado Springs, I’ve been to his range quite a bit. The range is pretty dumpy (he needs to skimp on it less, it’s not like he doesn’t have the money for it), but he’s got good facilities for firearms instructors in which you can run-and-gun (which I plan to do once I get my instructor’s cert later this week). The real draw for me, since I started shooting elsewhere, is the 5 massive paintball fields he has.

    Say what you will, but paintball is one of the best, non-lethal tactical training simulations you can go through. It’s less effeminate than airsoft, and hurts a whole lot more.

    • m-dasher

      ….no…….paintball is not the best tactical training you can get…….not even close

      • Cal S.

        Said “One of”, not “The” best, didn’t I? I’ve taken ‘tactical courses’ before, and while they’ve taught me many a good thing, they’ve never let me practice against things that SHOOT BACK. Those that do are few and far between, expensive as sin, and use set-piece scenarios. Also, I’m not talking competition paintball, which is just glorified tag.

        Let me expound upon my rationale:
        -You don’t have an instructor holding your hand through the ‘simulation’, so your ability to think under stress is tested.
        -You’re trying not to get hit.
        -You quickly learn the difference between cover, good cover, and concealment.
        -Pain gives instantaneous feedback for mistakes.
        -You learn both solo and team cooperation.

        Even the Army plays ‘laser tag’, so don’t lecture me on the basis of “It’s a kids game!” Indeed, sir.

        • Machinegunnertim

          There’s nothing “effeminate” about airsoft. Paintball is a big pain in the ass. I used to be big into it for years but i got tired of the huge mess after every trip, gas leaks, regulator issues and the weird shape and size the guns and equipment.

          At least airsoft is compatible with all my existing holsters, mag pouches and other gear. There are even guns that simulate some recoil and have last shot hold open on an empty mag. Does paintball do any of that? Only downside i see is that the BB’s don’t leave a colored mark.

          • Cal S.

            Uh, yes, there is. ‘Airsofters’ take their stuff way too seriously, and those nifty guns that use the same holsters and mag pouches as your real guns also end up costing about as much too. It’s the only time a bunch of adolescent dudes act like girls; constantly judging each other on looks. “Oh, that rig is super-cute, but jungle camo is so 2000s” and “OMG! You MUST tell me where you got those knee pads!”.

            Although I will say that both activities accomplish the same thing, there’s more incentive not to get hit in paintball. It’s worth the pain and mess to me.

          • Machinegunnertim

            I use it to run different drills in the back yard like mag changes, single shot from the ready and others. Haven’t played any sort of formal games. It’s not hard to find the middle ground between super expensive and cheap spring guns. Those of us that use it to supplement live fire training shouldn’t be lumped into airsoft obsessive gamers by overly judgmental people.

            Besides, there may be airsofters that view paintball as a silly kids game with all the odd “markers”, bright colors and weird sporty phase that overtook paintball.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    So are these land mines operable?

    Im not sure I see any use for private citizens to own live land mines.

    • Cal S.

      Resisting tyranny, stopping zombies/protestors.

      That’s all the reason anyone needs.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        True, when battling the King of France from taking your freedoms its wise to have a decent perimeter defense.

        • Marc

          The King of France would wet his pants. -Rimshot-

          Sorry, couldn’t resist.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            You sicken me.

          • AJ187

            Your average comments and true colors do the same to us.

    • Edeco

      A landmine or several cases of assorted ones would be a conversation piece

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        True, and the conversation might sound something like this:

        “Are you insane?”

        “Yeah, a little.”

    • Tinkerer

      It’s for keeping those damn kids off his lawn.

    • Ken

      If you’re rich and can drop a $200 tax stamp (and explosives permits) on one, why not?

      There was an inert (I hope) M16A2 mine (the Bouncing Betty, not the rifle) at an auction that I wanted to buy just to have around. I got outbid by quite a bit.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        A land mine?
        I could understand if it was an RPG or something but what the hell are you going to do with a mine? That doesnt even sound fun.
        Not to mention that having a butt load of ageing explosives sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Or waiting to get stolen.

        • Ken

          Some collectors must have literally everything, and be able to say they have something their peers don’t. He’s missing a naval mine though.

          I wonder if they’re live mines or if they’re dummies like his grenades. They’re the common gun show dummy grenades that have a training fuse from the current M69 trainer on a repro body of a M21 practice grenade (original is a different thread).

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Im fine with dummies if thats what he wants but I think at some point there should be a line as to what can be owned by private citizens.

            Like, uh, no sir, you cant purchase a working javelin.

          • m-dasher

            well fortunately there is a clause in our 2A that states “shall not be infringed”…….so you can shove it.

          • RocketScientist

            Why not? If someone is so dangerous they can’t be trusted with something like that, shouldn’t they be locked up in jail? And if you CAN’T prove they’re that dangerous, why should the gtov’t be telling them what they can/cannot own? If anyone with 20 mins of research on the internet can come up with a shopping list from the local Home Depot and CVS to make a just-as-deadly explosive, whats the point in regulating this? Lastly, if the point of the 2A is to allow us to have a well-equipped militia capable of resisting illegal military forces (from within or without) isn’t this EXACTLY the type of equipment that should be protected? Then theres the whole slippery slope thing… “I think at some point there should be a line as to what can be owned by private citizens.” If you posit that someone has the right/power/authority to make that call, and draw that line, and that that someone is the government… you realize there’s a very good chance they might have a different view on where that line is than you do? There are a LOT of politicians who would draw that line at detachable magazine fed semi-auto rifles. Or even pistols. Or any firearm of any sort whatsoever. If you start arguing that one must show a justifiable “need” for a particular weapon, you’ve basically lost.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “If someone is so dangerous they can’t be trusted with something like
            that, shouldn’t they be locked up in jail? And if you CAN’T prove
            they’re that dangerous, why should the gtov’t be telling them what they
            can/cannot own?”

            Not to be insulting but this makes no sense at all.

            “If anyone with 20 mins of research on the internet can come up with a
            shopping list from the local Home Depot and CVS to make a just-as-deadly
            explosive, whats the point in regulating this?”

            For the same reason its illegal to do lots of things that one could easily do anyway.

            “…you realize there’s a very good chance they might have a different view on where that line is than you do?”

            I do realize that but do you realize that line has already been drawn? Not by me. I live in Texas for a reason.

            Is this really the hill you wanna die on? Land mines? Only about half a percent of gun owners care about this stuff. Id rather talk about things that people actually care about like silencers not stupid crap like why cant I own a nuclear torpedo. It just makes gun owners look like psychos.

          • RocketScientist

            “Not to be insulting but this makes no sense at all.”

            Not to be insulting, but I’ll try to dumb it down so that you can understand it.

            The point I was making was this: I do not think the gov’t should have the right to deny it’s citizens possession of an item arbitrarily. If the person has given no indications that he has, or will do anything illegal or harmful with said object, denying him the right to own it is beyond the scope of government authority that I am comfortable with. Unless the government can make a very plausible case, with due process, that the person in question is SO crazy or SO dangerous that its almost certain he will use the object to harm someone, they have no right restricting what they can own.

            Or to look at it another way. If someone is SO dangerous that they cannot be trusted with a landmine, using the exact same logic, they are SO dangerous that they cannot be trusted with access to household chemicals and hardware that can reproduce that landmine. And if someone is SO dangerous that they cant be trusted with access to CVS or Home Depot, they shouldn’t be walking on the streets, they should be held in jail or placed in a mental institution to protect society. What you’re arguing in favor of is irrational emotional thinking, or very poor logic at best. “Well this guy can’t be trusted with a landmine because they’re so dangerous and SCARY! What?? Of COURSE he should be allowed access to everything he needs to make a device just as deadly as that landmine, its not like he’s a crazy guy who’s actually going to set off an explosive to kill a bunch of people!” If he’s not dangerous enough to worry about having access to propane tanks and ball bearings, then he’s not dangerous enough to worry about having access to land mines. If he IS dangerous to worry about having access to propane tanks and ball bearings, and that’s provable in court, then he has no business walking the streets, because he’s a f***ing menace.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Congratulations on making it sound even dumber.

          • RocketScientist

            Well, it WAS an attempt to get it in terms simple enough for you to understand, guess I’ve got a ways to go… maybe use even fewer multi-syllabic words? Also, congrats on putting together a really well-reasoned and logically consistent rebuttal to my position.

    • Remember that the primary purpose of NFA registries is for the government to have a list of people who want NFA items.

  • Justin Roney

    That is a heck of a collection.

    I hope he has an excellent fire suppression system though, because no fire department will go within several miles of that location based on all the live ordinance there and how it’s stored.

  • UCSPanther

    Everything needed to stop an invasion force, short of an Orkish WAAAGH!

  • Darrell

    Mel is a controversial figure, to put it lightly. Many love him, many hate him. Some say he’s a convicted felon, though I don’t see how he could own all those cool toys if that was the case. I never had a problem with him, he was always nice to me. I took my two sisters shooting there some years ago, he was nice and funny, one sister really took a shine to him. As for the ranges, well, it’s not a country club.

    Mel’s wife Terri was killed on site about five years ago, during filming of a show intended for Discovery Channel or such. A pyrotechnic malfunctioned, flying off like a rocket. It struck her, killing her instantly. It was a huge deal, and caused a lot of friction between Mel and his daughters. I haven’t had the heart to go there since she was killed.

  • Xanderbach

    Ah, the origin story of the bullet farmer…

  • Dr.K.Baffled

    Guy points to obviously inert explosive in blue or welded dummy gun missing trigger, “All of these are active. These are all operable…” *eyeroll

    “This T 54″…key number 54…”was used in WWII to fight nazis…”

    Cool a time machine tank! Better than a DeLorean. I would watch that movie.

  • YS

    Am I missing something here? The MGs alone would be worth several million bucks. And each explosive (grenade, landmine, bomb, etc) would be DD, so that’s a $200 tax stamp on each explosive. Between the MGs and the explosives, the tax stamp alone would be in the low 6 figure range.

    Is there some museum loophole I don’t know about?

    • David

      Dealer in DD’s don’t have to pay the stamps AFAIK

  • Baggy270

    Fully functionable? They are cartridges not bullets!

  • I bought a Saiga 12 for $450 from his shop when they were selling for $800+. Mel may be controversial but he always treated us Mililtary folks good. So no complaints from me 🙂