Nine Mile Training Center, Texas

The Nine Mile Training Center is one of the largest private armed forces training centers in the country, in area. It is located south of Fort Stockton, 35 miles from the border, on 35,000 acres, with access to another 350,000 for exclusive use. It’s a military-style base open to the public, who can sign up to take classes in defensive and offensive tactics with live weapons. It is mostly used by private security companies, paramilitary groups, and civilian law-enforcement organizations. There are mortar ranges, heavy weapons ranges, explosive breaching bays, an aerial gunnery range, runways, drop zones, a 8,300-square-foot shoot house, simulated training villages, and a driving course.