---------------------CHAPTER 4: ARNAMENT
Commander Stryker woke up to the sound of jack-booted soldiers stomping on the floor above him. It was time to mobilize, once and for all. He woke up, and stood up in his bed to talk to his soldiers”Alright guys...it’s time. We are going to take down this bastard once and for all”.
"Searge..." Ramirez began. Stryker could see he wasn't looking forward to this mission. He knew every mission could be his last, but with this one..
"Searge nothing, Ramirez. We have to do this. It's our duty as soldiers. We might not like it... but we have to push through. And we might be backed into a corner... but we've got the entire US armed forces behind us. So lock and load."
And so even with their regets the men under his command went forward with him to the armory to gear up.
Making sure to play each squad member to their strengths Stryker kitted outRamirez as a sniper - giving him a finely tuned MK 14 Mod 0 EBR. Based around the 7.62mm x 51mm M-14 rifle, The EBR was the weapon of choice for the Navy SEALS when it came to medium to long-range engagements so it was already a force to be reckoned with but after Stryker’s modifications it was truly a sight to behold. He began with a desert digicamo finish for minimum visibility in the Afghan conditions then kicked it off with new recoil springs aided in quick intense long-range skirmishes where putting multiple shots downrange was a life-or-death priority and between the customized ergonomic grip the rubber cheek rest and the Wilson Combat Ambidextrous Tactical Thumb Safety modkit he had swapped in the weapon was a breeze to use, and fit right into Ramirez’ hands like it was custom moulded to his body because in essence was. But that wasn’t all because the gun also sported an extended bipod and hybrid sniper optics which transformed it from a run-of-the-line battle rifle to a long-range threat suitable for scoping out enemies at extreme distances but also useful for up close work as the fast acquisition forward combat sights would soon prove.
Jenkins, on the other hand, was in a support role. He carried the necessary comms equipment and medical supplies for the squad as well as extra food, water and ammo. In addition to his rucksack of supplies he wore lightweight gear and customized steel-toed boots. But These weren’t just any kind of boots you could find in a catalog somewhere - These were stealth-grade armor that muffled his footsteps and protected him at the same time. In this way Jenkins could keep pace with the rest of them but retain a low-profile and leave most of the tangos to Ramires and Stryker. Jenkins was a short man, a whopping 5”5 of Irish fury. He was a quiet guy, but don’t let that fool you; he was a computer expert and could aim a Predator strike like nothing Stryker had ever seen. On top of that, he carried a fully loaded mil-spec Para LMG which was a truly fearsome weapon if stryker had ever seen one, it was a compact version of the SAW with a shorter barrel and sliding aluminum buttstock but also and quick-change barrel, allowing the gunner to rapidly replace an overheated or jammed barrel in the heat of a fight. He had also attached a custom tripod to the front instead of the standard bipod. Best of all though was the fact that the Para can be either belt fed or use standard rifle clips from M4s and M16s so he could share ammo with his squad if he needed to get out of a sticky situation and his gun was running dry so Stryker added a top mount sight and a lazer scope for quick acquisition but Jenkins had been on enough sneaks to know to keep the lazer turned off when he was sneaking.
Then, for sidearms, Stryker fell back on his old standby - the SIG-TF. The whole team carried them- they were based off Sig Sauer p226s, a full-sized, service-style tac sidearm. Chambered in punishing 9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .22 Long Rifle, borrowing the same design of the SIG P220, but developed to use higher capacity, staggered-column magazines in place of the single-column magazines of the P220. The P226 itself has spawned further sub-variants; the P228 and P229 are both compact versions of the staggered-column P226 design. The SIG Sauer P226 and its variants are trusted by both law enforcement agencies and militaries. But Stryker’s sidearm was a specialty piece - not the kind of gun you could find in a catalog. Dubbed the SIG-TF, it was essentially a cross between the P226 Elite and P226 Tac versions. Chambered in .40 S&W, it boasts severeal preinstalled out-of-the-box Weapon Mods, including an ergonomic extended beavertail, forward cocking serrations, front strap checkering, custom moulded treegrip, adjustable combat night and low-light sights, and Short Reset Triggers. With truly top of the line specifications designed for the heat of combat, SIG engineers designed the SIG-TF to provide the same safety and action of the SIG DA/SA trigger with a reset that is 60% shorter for faster trigger return during high speed, up close and personal shooting, and tops it all off with an extended 127 mm (5.0 in) barrel and external silencer threading, giving the option for silent takedowns, TRUGLO Tritium Fiber Optic front sight, rear SIGLITE night sights, and a SIG accessory rail. With the Weapon Mods squared away, Stryker finished the job with mil-grade tac silencers, Surefire flashlights and a few extended mags as well as a quick-swap mag or two. For knives, Stryker carried a set of 20 mil-spec Damascus steel throwing knives, Jenkins a Ka-Bar, and Ramirez sported a full-length machete.
For gear, they each used standard Digicam on everything. They prepared their go-to-hell packs and put them inside their rucks. With all the gear laid out, Jenkins tried to come up with a load plan, and it wasn’t easy. They were each carrying enough ammo for three people. Stryker had a bad feeling about this mission so he decided at the last minute to bring along some more spare mags loaded down with ammo just in case because he would need them but he didnt know that now for sure really - everyone knew that the situation could easily get hairy and they definately didn’t want to have to go geurilla and give up their weapons.
Finally, with all their gear done, they got briefed.
His target was one Omar Khadr. He was known best for his four-hour hold out against U.S. troops in 2002 in the village of Ayub Kheyl, where he killed an American soldier with a grenade - and this was when he was 15.
Now, after escaping attempts to nab him for years, and many close calls, he was not anymore a child soldier but instead the de facto warlord of the region. He had garnered respect from all of the local insurgents and they viewed him as something of a child prodigy - an up and coming leader, even. Which meant Stryker was going to have to take him out before he grew into a bigger problem. So far, he’d been unsuccessful.
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