The coolest thing I saw at the gun show was a guy at a booth for the Museum of the American GI, in College Station, TX. They had a brochure: Would YOU like to crew a REAL tank?
Is a gun range hot in Texas in the summer? You bet I would. As it turns out, they have a Tank School:
This, they claim, is the third largest collection of running armored vehicles in the United States. The school takes one day a month for 4 months. You learn to drive and shoot (blanks only, sorry) one of their tanks.
Did I mention you would drive and shoot a TANK??!
And here's the catch: it's free. The owner of all the tanks doesn't want the skill set to die out. Sort of like an up-armored CMP. Don't mess with Texas, baby. They have tanks, and are teaching folks how to drive and shoot them.
Next class starts in November. They don't have a web sign up form, but I have the organizer's email. Contact me if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with them. Dang, I want to do this so bad I can taste it.