A Different Kind of Getaway, Pt. 2

In a previous article, I talked a bit about my time in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and the Phnom Kulen Mountain national park. That was a trip dedicated the appreciation of history, the outdoors, and culture. It was serene, fun, and a bit of a challenge, but not all experiences in Cambodia are created equal.

What do they offer?

All those Soviet-style weapons you learned about through your military career but never got to lay your hands on (except maybe after a firefight) are at your fingertips. They also have some American Vietnam War Era M-16s, Rugers, M-60s, and pistols from around the world.

Are you a high roller? Got some cash to exchange for adrenaline? Then the staff will bring out some hand grenades, heavy machine guns, and RPGs. Admittedly, you aren’t going to get the latest and greatest, but that shouldn’t make a difference when you’re sharing in a nearly universal love of shooting with these mostly former military weapon enthusiasts.

How much does it cost?

Compared to the rest of the amenities in Cambodia, it’s pricey, but still much lower than a comparable experience in the USA. You’re looking at about $1 per round for your typical assault rifles and around $80 a belt for the M60 and the PKMS. Oh, and don’t cause an international incident by trying to “bring your own”.

They do have group rates and discounts, and like nearly everything in Cambodia, the prices are negotiable. Some tour agencies also cater to tourists wishing to visit the facility to save you on transportation costs and the awkward hassle of trying to explain to your Tuk-tuk driver where you’d like to go.

When should I go?

The main tourist season is usually between November and February. This can be a double-edged sword because while the crowds may be a headache everywhere else, the facility makes sure they have ample ammunition available for that season for every weapon. If you go in the off season or the rainy season, you won’t have to deal with other tourists, but their stock may be limited.
The temperature is best during the winter months, and there’s barely any rain to cut your session short. I recommend going to the range in the morning while it’s usually in the mid-80s, then get back to your hotel/hostel and relax by the pool for the rest of the day.

After that, check out Pub Street and the rest of downtown Siem Reap for pint after pint of inexpensive happy hour drinks, great street food, and new friends from around the world. If you decide you want to take home a souvenir from the range, please make sure you do your research and get all proper permits.

Now get out there and go have an adventure.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Bryan Bintliff

Bryan is an Army veteran, Masters Student at NYU, and a freelance writer dabbling in travel advice and survival tips... sometimes both at once. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and is enjoying his new weekend warrior status.
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