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Shooting Ranges

Cambodian Shooting Range © Pithawat Vachiramon
Cambodian Shooting Range © Pithawat Vachiramon

Amuse your inner warrior with one of Phnom Penh's best carnal pleasures: shooting big guns. Whatever one's taste, be it automatic rifles, rocket launchers, or grenades, they are usually on offer. There are about four well-known shooting ranges in Phnom Penh, and the city is known to be a good destination for those who enjoy exploding things and handling weapons that are probably unavailable to them at home. The ranges are generally run by the military and there are safety measures in place but it is still a remarkably casual and free environment. It does all come at a cost though and at more than a dollar a bullet, make sure Rambo instincts are kept in check.

Upon arrival you should be able to see all the weapons on display and read a 'menu' detailing what is available and how much handling each weapon costs. Guides generally recommend that you visit the shooting range first if you plan to also see sites like the Killing Fields because thinking too deeply about Cambodia's violent past has been known to dampen the excitement and fun to be had at the range. Most guesthouses and taxi drivers can recommend a good shooting range but it is best to check online reviews to make sure you are going to a respected establishment. The Cambodia Extreme Outdoor Shooting Range is a favourite with travellers and has been awarded certificates of excellence by review sites like TripAdvisor in recent years.