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Jesse Goes Shooting-Siem Reap, Cambodia

So when I first started to plan to go to Cambodia I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew of Angkor Wat and that was really all. But then I stumbled upon something. In Cambodia you can go to a shooting range and shoot in full auto with a M16 and a AK47. Or if you want to have a little more fun why not shoot an actual machine gun? But the cherry on top was of course was do you want to throw a grenade? The inner child in me woke up and said “I like blowing stuff up”. So naturally I had to go.

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It was my first day in Siem Reap and I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. So I left the hostel and got breakfast. Then a tuk tuk driver came up to me and tried selling me a bunch of places to go and he mentioned the shooting range. I could not resist; he said I could shoot what ever I wanted. I asked how much and he told me rough prices and soon after, we were off towards the range.

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I don’t know much about the range itself but it’s about 25 km outside of Siem Reap. When I arrived I saw a wall of guns and rocket launchers. I thought to myself “I think this is going to be fun.” So I got sat at a table and given a menu of guns. What did I want to shoot? I was disappointed to see that there was no grenades on the menu. So I went with a AK47, M16, and a M60 machine gun.

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I started with the AK47. I shot in semi auto then full auto. Needless to say it was a lot of fun. Then I shot a M16 a lot like the AK47. I shot semi auto then full auto. Then I went crazy and shot the M60, the machine gun. I can’t shoot with that at all; I barely hit the target, but had never thought I would ever shoot a machine gun in my life so I was all smiles afterwards. I was covered in oil from the gun, but it was a good time. Then the owner came up to me and asked “Do you want to throw grenade?” I looked at him went I don’t know? I had already spent way more then I originally was planning to. I went saying I would do the AK47 and the M16 only. So after adding the machine gun, which doubled what I was originally going to spend, a grenade was definitely going to put me back a bit.

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But where else was I going to be able to throw a grenade? So I added it to my bill. They took me behind their club house and got me to throw rocks into the creek. Then gave me a grenade..This had now gathered a large group of spectators. So I then pulled the pin and threw the grenade into the creek. Then BOOM the water went high into the air. This was a lot of fun. I’m really happy to say I got to throw a grenade.

 

He wouldn't let me hold the grenade myself till we were ready to throw it.
He wouldn’t let me hold the grenade myself till we were ready to throw it.

Overall I’m happy I went to do this but it easily was the most expensive thing I’ve done in SE Asia. 2 clips for the M16 and AK47 was $100US and the machine gun was $100US and the grenade was $60US.

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Have you ever shot a machine gun or thrown a grenade? If so where did you do it?

 

Thanks for Reading – Jesse Boily

 

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