Imagine driving through the woods while on vacation with your friends when you come across two parked cars blocking the road. What do you do?

A. Turn around and find another route to your destination

B. Get out of the vehicle and try to push them out of the way

C. Call the local authorities and wait until they move them

D. Drive over them and have a blast doing it

If you answered D, then an extreme adventure at Drive A Tank, the nation’s only venue where you can drive real military tanks, is waiting for you.

You now realize that behind the wheel of a tank, you are invincible and not even four tons of steel will get in your way. Drive A Tank is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live out fantasies of being unstoppable and having control over some of the most powerful vehicles ever built.

Located in Kasota, Minnesota, Drive A Tank’s mission is to offer adrenaline-inducing quasi-military adventures. With eight authentic military tanks and several military vehicles that have been used in actual combat, you can drive a tank in a combat scenario and run over just about anything that gets in your way.

Drive A Tank started by purchasing their first military vehicle, a 2 ½ ton military cargo truck, or Deuce. Fashioned with a full crew cab, the “hot-rod deuce” was born and it was soon apparent that people loved to climb into it for an off-road adventure. As the desire increased to take a ride in the Deuce, Drive A Tank’s arsenal of military vehicles grew to include five authentic military tanks. Thus began the Drive A Tank experience.

The Drive A Tank Experience includes a two-part adventure that includes being able to fire authentic military weaponry in a controlled indoor range:

Part One: Drive A Tank

Arrive at the Drive A Tank Armory, registration and check in.

· Armored vehicle safety and familiarization class with Q & A in the Troop Training Room. Here you will learn about various armored vehicles, how they are used and where they are used.

· Tour of Restoration, Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Motor Pool.

· Transport to field command HQ in a classic military transport vehicle. Follow up with a final safety briefing and driving tips.

· Drive your first tank; this will include driving our Abbot tank through the challenging wooded course with your instructor, “riding shotgun”, with you.

· Next, drive your second tank! This will be the FV432 APC through a challenge course. However, this will be a little more exciting because you will drive this vehicle using nothing more than the small vision periscopes to guide your way. (If you feel this may be too much, you may experience the drive with the hatch open.)

· Transport back to the motor pool in a classic military transport vehicle.

· CAR CRUSH! (If one is booked by a participant that day) First we go over basic car crushing tips and required safety guidelines. Once again, your instructor will be right beside you to guide you along.

· Picture time. There will be time allotted for pictures with vehicles you just drove and the car(s) crushed.

Part Two: Historic Military Firearms

· Re-group at the troop training facility for Firearm Safety, Small Arms Familiarization and Usage course. Here you will learn about various historic military firearms and how they were used, where they were used and who used them.

· Choose which firearm(s) you would like to test fire in our indoor range (amount of ammo varies by firearm, but is usually around thirty rounds for belt fed weapons).

· Next, you will be issued your appropriate and required safety gear and granted clearance to enter the live-fire range.

· Test fire, the range is a controlled training environment where you will be accompanied by your instructor. Muzzle of all firearms will be controlled by range design to ensure 100% safety in the range.

· Once all participants have fired their allotted amount of ammunition, there will be an opportunity to purchase more range time and test fire additional firearms.

For more information about the Drive A Tank experience, please call 507-835-5607, or visit

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