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Firing AK47 and M16s and tossing grenades in Cambodia

Want to fire an AK47 or M16? Maybe throw a hand grenade? Then visit Phnom Penh, where shady entrepreneurs have turned Cambodia's huge military surplus into tourist dollars.

Posted on January 06, 2003 03:13 AM



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You will have a promising career in private security when you return to the States.

Easy cowboy.

Posted by: Chris Jennings on January 6, 2003 09:21 AM

Quite a change from the infamous "Ostrich" incident in Washington Island, WI. Where do I sign up for this little fantasy camp. Pugh, are you bucking to take over Charlie Heston's job at the NRA?

Just Awesome!!!

Posted by: craig lycke on January 6, 2003 09:34 AM

I used to think that Cambodia was super weak. Y'know 'cus they don't have ninjas... But now i see that it is totally sweet, and by totally sweet I mean that it is cool!

Posted by: robert hamburger on January 6, 2003 03:06 PM


I just wanted to inform you that we received your Draft Notice today!!

Posted by: Scott Ahrens on January 6, 2003 05:39 PM

I just want both of you to know that when I started viewing this clip, Wolfan and Zoe became very nervous and started pacing around the room.
Curry said his first English word yesterday. He said, "Hello,".

Posted by: mom/aunt judy on January 6, 2003 07:04 PM

I want to throw grenades.

Posted by: Matthew on January 7, 2003 02:23 PM

Note to self -- visit Cambodia ^_^

Posted by: Alex Mortu on January 27, 2003 07:23 AM

Why anti-gun? After seeing the genocide museum in Cambodia, do you think people who were armed would have dug and marched into their own mass graves?

Posted by: Pete on January 28, 2003 10:29 AM

I have to agree with Alex. I don't think everyone should shoot, but they should have the right to shoot... Plus you couldn't disguise the grin on your face after the M-16.

Posted by: Timm on January 31, 2003 10:43 AM

Great video, very well edited..

Posted by: edwardseco on February 8, 2003 10:49 AM

i really love your site. what you are doing, and how you are doing what you are doing also. hope i get the same oppurtunity one day.

Posted by: w. Shawn oSborn on March 6, 2003 12:39 PM

Looks like you had a lot of fun firing those guns! I especially like the M16. And the AK47 had a lot of recoil, even with the bipods on. The grenade was awesome. I would have liked to see it blow up in the dirt, but I guess all the shrapnel might hit somebody, :P.

Posted by: Rifler on June 5, 2003 04:18 PM

Really cool,that shooting range. I went to the shooting range last week. For $20 shooting with a Kalashnicov (AK-47). But also launching a rocket.In the past you could shoot on a cow but now there are only paper targets. Really incredible, this is never possible here in Holland..

Posted by: leon on August 28, 2003 08:06 AM

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