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Mel Bernstein, better known as “The Dragon Man,” has been called “The Most Armed Man in America” by many. And while he definitely only has two arms, that’s not what we’re talking about today.
According to Business Insider, the Dragon Man owns approximately 3,000 working firearms, 88 military vehicles — including a working Russian tank — and hundreds of historic military uniforms at his facility in El Paso County, Colorado.
He has a room for every country the United States has fought in a war, dating all the way back to World War I.
Here he is, surrounded by multiple Browning .30 caliber machine guns, AKs, AR15s, M16s, and many, many others:
Everything in his massive arsenal works, by the way. According to the Dragon Man himself, because it is a private collection none of it has to be disarmed:
“Everything works. Nothing’s fake. Because this is a private collection, not a government museum, everything can work.”
That includes his numerous recoilless rifles in various sizes:
So how did he get the name Dragon Man?
After working for the Army at Fort Bliss during the Vietnam War, Bernstein opened up a motorcycle repair shop in Long Island. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, he earned a reputation for popping wheelies on a Harley Davidson that had a fire breathing dragon head attached to it.
And so the legend was born.
Among the thousands of firearms, grenades, and uniforms, the Dragon man also has a collection of 48 swords. Most of them were captured by American troops fighting the Japanese during World War II.
Some of them are over 500 years old:
In his arsenal, the Dragon Man has a fully operational Russian T54 tank. You can see the big, bad, 40-ton war machine in action in the video below:
Unfortunately for the Dragon Man, he has many weapons that are so large he can’t even shoot them. He joked in the video:
“I have weapons so big I can’t even shoot them here. I’m going to have to wait until something big happens in town.”
These days the Dragon Man runs the museum by himself.
The 71-year-old lost his wife, Terry Flanell, in 2012 after a freak accident while filming special effects for a Discovery Channel reality TV show. Flanell was struck by two smoke bombs moving at speeds of around 150mph. She was killed instantly.
He told ABC News at the time:
“I’ve been running this rifle range for 30 years and no one’s got hurt, because it is very safe here. Out of eight days of filming, it happened in the last 30 seconds, the last frame. And it happened to my wife.”
For now, the Dragon Man will keep collecting, shooting, and running the range he’s been working on for over 30 years. It’s probably safe to say at this point that he has truly embraced the power of the Second Amendment.
God bless America.