Upon stepping out of the airport at Phnom Penh, the first question we were asked is “Do you need a tuk tuk?” We said “of course” and as we are walking to the tuk tuk the same guy asks us “You want shoot RPG!?”. “Ummmm, hell yes!” One of Phnom Penh’s biggest attractions is the firing range. A person can legally shoot all kinds of weapons up to and including RPGs, heavy machine guns, and grenade launchers.

Our selection of weapons when we arrived to the mountain.

How it works

It works pretty simple. You can book online before coming out here at cambodiafirerange.com, but most hostels and guest houses have their own people in the army that they go with. We chose to go through our hostel because Paly, our friend who works at the hostel could come with us and he is friends with the soldiers already.

Transportation was provided out to the small mountain that the range faces. It’s about a two hour drive through the countryside. When you arrive there is a squad of Cambodian soldiers there to load ammo and assist you in weapons handling. They load the weapons for you for their safety which is good for those who don’t shoot guns often but if you’re a gunslinger it’s a bit annoying.

Joey on the AK-47

Once it’s time to shoot they walk you over to the “firing line” and they show you how to hold the weapon if you need help. After that they show you where to shoot and you let her rip! You can spend a little extra money on propane tanks to blow up with the machine gun or an old car to shoot with the RPG. You can even blow up a cow although I don’t recommend doing that.

Once all is said and done and everyone has their gangster pics taken, you head out and they stop and buy you street food and beers for the ride home. It’s an expensive day to say the least but it’s quite an exhilarating one as well!

Looking like a CIA team out of the 70’s

Available Weapons

DShk (pronounced dishka)
DShk (pronounced dishka)

The DShk (pronounced dishka) is a belt fed, crew served, heavy machine gun. The DShk was designed in the Soviet Union and introduced in 1938 in response to German hostilities in Europe resulting in WWII. The DShk is still in heavy service around the world today by former Soviet bloc nations, developing nations, and terrorist organizations alike.

Length: 64 inches (160 centimeters)

Weight: 75 pounds (34 kilograms)

Projectile: 12.7x108mm cartridge

Price: 100$ (10 rounds)

 

RPG-2 (B-40) Variant
RPG-2 (B-40) Variant

The RPG-2 (B-40) Variant is a shoulder fired, anti-tank weapon designed by the Soviet Union. The B-40 variant is essentially and RPG-2 made in Vietnam and were highly prevalent among Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War as well as the Khmer Rouge during the Cambodian Civil War and other conflicts. The RPG-2 was the first successful anti-tank weapon of it’s type.

Lenth (fully loaded): 47 inches (120 centimeters)

Weight (fully loaded): 9.8 pounds (4.5 kilograms)

Projectile: PG-2 HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank)

Price: 300$ (1 round)

 

RPG-7
RPG-7

The RPG-7 is also a shoulder fired, anti-tank weapon designed by the Soviet Union. It would go on to replace the RPG-2 in Russia however, both are still in service here in Cambodia. The RPG-7 has a long history of use and is currently used heavily by most insurgencies due to easy access. The RPG-7 was the weapon used to down two American Army Black Hawks over Mogadishu in 1993, later portrayed in the film Black Hawk Down.

Length (fully loaded): 37 inches (95 centimeters)

Weight (fully loaded): 15 pounds (7 kilograms)

Projectile: PG7VL single-stage HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank)

Price: 300$ (1 round)

 

M-60 machine gun
M-60 machine gun

The M-60 machine gun is a belt fed, crew served weapon. It was introduced into the U.S. military in 1957 and was most commonly used extensively in the Vietnam War by U.S. and coalition troops. The M-60 would remain in service with the U.S. military into the beginning of the 21st century until being phased out by the M-240.

Length: 43,5 inches (110 centimeters)

Weight: 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms)

Projectile: 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge (.308)

Price: 150$ (100 rounds)

 

PKM
PKM

The PKM is a belt fed, crew served machine gun developed by the Soviet Union in 1961. The PKM has seen service in almost every conflict the world has seen since it’s exception and is still widely used in the Russian military today. It is currently one of the most common machine guns in the world, used extensively by former Soviet bloc countries, developing countries, and terrorist organizations.

Length: 47 inches (120 centimeters)

Weight: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kilograms)

Projectile: 7.62x54mmR

Price: 150$ (100 rounds)

 

M16
M16

The M-16 is a shoulder fired, select-fire, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle. It was introduced to the U.S. military in 1965 for use in the jungles of Vietnam and soon became the standard issue rifle across all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as many of her allies.The M-16 is still in service today by the U.S. military but it is close to being phased out by the M-4.

Length: 39.5 inches (100 centimeters)

Weight: 7.1 pounds (3.25 kilograms)

Projectile: 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge

Price: 50$ (30 rounds)

 

AK-47
AK-47

The AK-47 is a shoulder fired, select-fire, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle. It was developed by the Soviet Union at the end of WWII and has served in almost every conflict in the world since. Due to substantial reliability in harsh conditions and low production costs, The AK-47 is the most popular assault rifle in the world today.

Length: 35 inches (88 centimeters)

Weight: 7.7 pounds (3.5 kilograms)

Projectile: 7.62x39mm

Price: 50$ (30 rounds)

 

M-79
M-79

The M-79 is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that first saw service in Vietnam in the hands of U.S. troops. Commonly referred to as the “thumper” for the sound it makes when a grenade is fired. The M-79 was replaced by the M-203 and similar models that attach to the rifle directly.

Length: 28.8 inches (73 centimeters)

Weight: 6 pounds (2.7 kilograms)

Projectile: 40x46mm explosive grenade

Price: 100$ (1 round)

 

RGD-5
RGD-5

The RGD-5 is a post WWII Soviet anti-personnel fragmentation grenade. It’s effectiveness and low price to produce has led to millions being produced by Russia, former Soviet bloc countries, and China. They are also exported around the world to many developing countries and bought by terrorist organizations.

Length: 4.5 inches (117 millimeters)

Weight: 11 ounces (310 grams)

Explosive: 110 grams of TNT

Price: 100$ (1 grenade)

 

 

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Joey is a West Virginian native who enjoys traveling and exploring the unknown. He has a passion for producing videos and photos along the way so he can share his travel experiences with others.

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