Hypothetical Question – 3 Day trek
As a paid mercenary with 2 other men, your job is to hike into a medium-density
forest, look for signs of drug trafficking and neutralize any found and hike out.
Intelligence says drug traffickers are well armed and highly territorial; they generally
travel together in 4 to 6 on their patrols.
Over 3 days, the hike in is 12 miles. The hike out is 12 miles.
If you choose to accept, what weapons would you bring with you?
Can be things you own, or would like to own. More details the better.
M16A3 with a Nikon 1-4x20 and a M203, a Taurus Model 66 .357 mag, Ka Bar, and 4 M67 frags. It would a fair amount of weight with regular supplies but it would be worth it.
Well, the last time we did this, the point man had a shotgun, and the rest of us had MP-5s............
Can I fit someone like Carlos Hatchock in my pack?
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For three days (my usual camp/hike duration), my pack weighs almost 40lbs without any other hardware. If I didn't carry water that might drop to around 30lbs. If I really wanted to cut weight I could dispense with the single person tent, some extra clothes, full size flashlight, stove and large knife. With about 20lbs of pack weight (assuming I can find water along the way), I can hike 20 miles in a couple days but I'd be pretty beat after the first day. That's not including a gun and ammo :) Ammo is so dang heavy that I'd want something that wouldn't miss.
Based on that, I'd want to carry something that can shoot really long range because the prospect of dealing with 4-6 well-armed men after a full trek is not something I'd ever want to do. So some sort of sniper rifle, plus a pistol.
Sounds like the AR is your best bet in this scenario. Will give you the ability to make good hits to the limits of the terrain, as well as the ability to hold your own in a firefight. I'd imagine you'd only carry a few mags because, a BOM says, hiking with too much weight can wear you down quite a bit, and I'd imagine you'll want to be on top of your game in this situation.
A bolt-action rifle would work at further ranges, but once they start shooting back it's going to be very limiting.
If I was going to carry something as heavy as an MP5, and I wasn't indoors, it would be an AR for sure. Probably in 6.8 to help get through brush and possibly huts and such.
Maybe one or two of you should have an AR with a .458 Socom upper >:D .
I'd take one of those over a 12g for sure, ESPECIALLY if expanding ammo is allowed.
A mcmillian sniper rifle .44 mag, k bar knife
I don't know, maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy, with clay feet.
1)Hiking 12 miles through brush with full packs and gear would, IMO,
at some point, negate the element of surprise for the superior
force you intend to face. So what, exactly, is your tactical
2) Does intelligence tell you how many "4 to 6 man patrols"?
Equipment: (based on what we know)
1 long, thin double-edged bayonet,
1 utility knife,
2 dozen anti-personnel mines,
3 coils of wire,
500 ft. of parachute cord
500 ft. of black 50 lb. test braided line,
2 claymore mines,
6 frag grenades,
my 92A1 and three mags,
water and purifier,
two day's food,
and a travel-size copy of the new testament.:(
My AR-7 in my backpack & my Auto-Mag III on my side !
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