- "Best way downriver. Not get army suspicious. "
- ―Co Bao on the pirates.
Pirates are bands of criminals who taxi people downriver on boats illegally for money. They will often sell people out or force them to pay money or other valuables in exchange for passage downriver. Although the pirates aren't necessarily thought of as the traditional pirates that either pillage or take hostages, they are still very dangerous and are key figures in two of the four Rambo films.
The novelization of Rambo: First Blood Part II gives more insight on what exactly the pirates do. Co states that they are drug runners.Co Bao pays Captain Kinh, the leader of a local group of pirates, to take them downriver so the North Vietnamese Army doesn't get suspicious. Kinh appears to be reasonably friendly, but John Rambo wisely doesn't trust them and is prepared when the pirates sell them out to the NVA. After Rambo sees Kinh slap Co, he flies into a rage and pulls a hidden knife which he uses to stab a pirate and use him as a human shield. Rambo then takes the pirate's shotgun and kills several pirates. Co then uses an AKM to kill a pirate trying to sneak up on Rambo from the roof. However, the NVA gunboat is quickly coming up on them. Co takes her AKM and Banks and they swim to shore while Rambo barely avoids being killed by the gunboat's dual-mounted Browning M2 Aircraft .50 caliber machine guns by destroying the ship with a rocket from an RPG-7 rocket launcher. Rambo then attempts to flee before the ship, which is on a collision course with the river pirate's boat, crashes into it. Rambo is grabbed by a hiding river pirate, who attempts to strangle him, but Rambo pulls his knife and stabs him in the stomach just in time to escape as the boat is destroyed.
- Remington 870 pump-action shotgun with folding stock
- Zastava M57 Yugoslavian pistol
- RPG-7 rocket launcher
- Colt M1911A1 pistol
- AKM assault rifle
- M16A1 assault rifle