Don't know why I never wrote about this. It's one of my favorite things on earth. What is it? Shooting. I went to Phuket for a holiday with my wife in May 2008 and this was one of the things that was right on top of the to do list. I had seen the Phuket Shooting Club on a trip in 1992 but couldn't stop for some shooting coz I was on a tour bus. I promised myself that I would go back there on the next trip. Well, it' took me 16 long years to get back to Phuket. Haha.
There are two licensed gun clubs in Phuket. Phuket Shooting Club is the established one and most people will know or have seen it. It's between the Phuket airport and most buses or taxis will pass by the club on the way to Patong beach. The second club is a new club and was newly opened just before I arrived in Phuket for the 2008 trip. This new club is on the road that leads up the mountain that takes you to the other side of Phuket Island.
Let's get on with the pictures.
The gun rack at Phuket Shooting Club.
Howzabout a big mama?
The instructor giving me a quick refresher course. He asked if I had any experience with guns and I told him the last time I handled a gun was when I was in the college shooting team which was something like 20 years ago. So I needed a bit of help to get back in touch with the guns.
Some 45cal lovin.
Not bad for an old man who last shot 20 years ago eh? The first shot was pretty far out from the center at about the 5 mark. Was still getting a feel for the gun. After that, all the shots were tightly grouped in the black zone.
Hunting rifle with scope.
94% score with the hunting rifle. Hehehe. I was slowly getting back the feel.
The infamous terrorist gun. AK47!
My wife wanted to be a "terrorist" too. Lucky for me, guns are illegal in Malaysia and possession is punishable by death. Or else this is what my wife would do to me when I buy too many toys or gadgets. Haha
Moving on to the shotgun
I forgot just how hard a shotgun kicks and didn't hold the butt nice and tight. Look what happened to my right arm. See that big bruise? That's from the recoil of the shotgun. I'm loading the 9mm bullets into the magazine in this picture.
Cocking the gun and getting ready to unleash hell upon the targets.
This is the view of the targets from where I'm standing with the 9mm pistol. Look at how incredibly small the targets are!
Time to blast off a series of quick 9mm rounds Die Hard style. YippieKayYay Mother Fuckerrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!! If only they had Hans Gruber standing there as the target. Hahaha.
I thought I had enough of guns for the day after spending a ridiculous amount at the Phuket Shooting Club. How wrong........ I hopped on the bike with my wife to head on to the next activity for the day, bungy jumping.On the way there, I saw a newly opened gun club and I just had to stop and visit it.
Some guns at the cashier counter before paying for my time with the M16.
When I finally got my hands on the M16.
Unleashing some nice hot lead from the M16.
2 shots in the body to get the calibration right and then a full on assault on the "terrorist's' head. Can you say "BOOM Headshot! BOOM Headshot! BOOM Headshot! Haha
And............... to finish off the day, I finally got to the Phuket Jungle Bungy Jump.
I believe I can fly...................................
Here's the Youtube video of my time in the sky. Haha. I was supposed to do a tandem jump with my wife but she had a massive headache after being in the sun all day and decided against it at the last minute.
Here's the kicker. I actually had heart surgery just 2 months before. My surgeon advised me to refrain from any strenuous or sporting activities but I totally forgot about it and did the bungy jump on top of all that excitement with the guns! I'm lucky I didn't die of a heart attack while jumping. Haha. I came back to Malaysia for my scheduled check up with my heart surgeon and told him about how much fun I had in Phuket. He almost fainted when I told him about the bungy jump. Anyway, he laughed about it after the initial shock. He said I had just given my heart the ultimate post operation test. He said "If you survived the bungy jump then I can now certify that your heart surgery was a 100% success". However, he gave me a stern warning not to do such things again for the next 1 to 2 years to allow my heart to heal properly.