Rambo's Gun

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 04, 2006

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Speakers camouflaged in the area played random ambient music ranging from peaceful bird calls to the sound of gun fire with helicopters passing and the sound of bombs dropping. The guide accustomed to the tracks led us pass the site of a bomb dropped by a B52. The crater was roughly 12 metres wide and about 5 metres deep, and there were many more around the area of the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnel network itself is spans multi leveled at depths of 3, 6 and 9 metres. The tunnel network stretches for some 250 kilometres and it was amazing to see the ingenuity of the Vietnamese soldiers in covering up their tracks and staying hidden from the Americans. One of many things they did was to wear their sandals backwards so if their tracks were ever found they would obviously follow it the other way! Booby traps were everywhere as well, near the entrance to the sites so as to discourage further searching in the area.

The claustrophobic tunnels were small, dusty and dark. With only the auto focus assist light guiding me, Paul, Will and I crawled our way through the 90 metre section of the tunnels. By the end of it we were wet from sweat and covered in dirt. To think they did this for months on end.

A scary highlight was when I held the M60 gun, made famous by Rambo, and pulled the trigger, DOOF! My heart skipped a beat and raced at 140 BPM. Even though I was pulling the trigger I still jumped after the 2nd and 3rd bullet. On the 4th pull of the trigger I thought what the hell and kept it down. DOOF! DOOF! DOOF! DOOF! DOOF! DOOF! DOOF!!!!!!! Speechless, I took off the Sony Headphones that didn't protect my ears and stepped away from the gun. To be behind such a powerful machine gun was strangely enjoyable but at the same time frighteningly scary because the amount of damage that it can cause. In my mind it is definitely a WMD (weapon of mass destruction)

As the M60 was bolted down I opted to have a go at the infamous AK47 which you actually could aim at the target in the open air firing range. The five bullets I shot never hit the wooden target, but it was so far away I couldn't tell even if it did. I was truly shaken and deaf by the end of it. The last 15 minutes I had delved into the dark side and emerged relieved to be back alive. I felt so displaced I needed to hug something or someone, thanks Paul.

All sorts of guns were on offer including the M16, M1 and a few others. A grenade will cost you $30. To shoot a bazooka would cost you $200. And the sick-minded twisted people can buy cows to destroy. Apparently you can drive a tank in Cambodia for $1200.
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