An AK47 and a Rocked Propelled Cow
During my two-day trip to Phom Penh last year I kinda sinned a little. Before hopping on an AirAsia plane in Kuala Lumpur one of our roommates told us this story about Cambodian shooting ranges. Apparently, he said, they were crazy. There is this myth that one can hire an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade-launcher) and fire it at a living cow. Whether or not this may be true, we were intrigued with this notorious shooting range and decided to find it.
A Cambodian tuk-tuk driver took us to a countryside not far from Phom Penh – the road towards it an experience on its own. He told us if you want to shoot, this was the place to be. Having already spent a great day with this driver we decided to take his word for it, which we did not regret. Upon arrival at the shooting range we were welcomed by WWII like bombs and considering Cambodian history, this was kind of intimidating.
The location used to be a military training camp, now it is used by gun fanatics and trigger tourists. Impressed by the weapons we could choose from, we decided to spend $20,- on shooting an AK47. Considering the shooting lasts less than one minute the price may have been high, but the experience counts for something.
On the shooting range, I experienced firing a gun with such a huge back-draft, making me wonder if Hollywood movies were in any way realistic. An AK47 can be fired with single bullets and on burst (three bullets at a time). But bursting is not allowed in this shooting range, the holes in the ceiling explaining you why.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a gun fanatic. I did it for the thrill and the thrill is what you get.
When we were finished we could not help but ask about rocket propelling cows. The guys from the shooting range said that anything was possible, they could pull up anything you wanted to shoot at. Naturally we declined. Sure, I definitively am not going to spend $200,- to shoot on a cow, but I wouldn’t even do it for free. It’s a cow! The meat eater in me left the shooting range very confused…
Anybody ever done it? What was your experience?