AK47 in Vietnam
Me at the Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam - 2002
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I can't remember how many rounds I shot or even if I hit whatever target there was, but I thought it was interesting to do. If memory serves me correctly, it was quite expensive.
Like maybe one dollar per round! The Vietnamese, I guess have begun to embrace capitalism.
Easily recognized with its high front sights, large selector/safety switch on the right side and the long, curved banana magazine, this is the Soviet version with a conventional wooden buttstock. The AK-47 is a gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle which has a semiautomatic ROF of 40 rounds (effective range about 400 meters), increasing to 100 rounds on fully automatic (effective range about 300 meters). It has a 30 round detachable box magazine. Renowned for it's durability, the AK-47 is shorter and heavier than the M-16 but with a lower ROF and muzzle velocity
Those guys used those AK-47's to shoot at our troops. Too many of my friends died there. We got screwed by our own people. That city will always be named Saigon as far as I'm concerned. Sorry to get emotional on you. Bit of a generational difference here.
I understand and no disrespect was intended. Also, know that this is for commercial purposes only. In addition, most of the signs in Saigon, actually read SAIGON and not Ho Chi MInh City. It's amazing, but the southern part of Vietnam has the feel of a free society much more than the controlled Hanoi. I crawled through the tunnels as well and had mixed feelings. Now if my father or someone in my immediate family was killed over there maybe it would have been different. But trust me, there were some VETS there with me on that day...guys that said they were there. They saw all the propaganda and visited the tunnels...for different reasons maybe, But this was one of the more interesting places I have ever visited.