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A dangerous terrorist lives right here in our land. Folks, if you don’t know it, our electrical grid is under attack. In fact, not making light of any of the world-wide terrorists attack we have all observed in the last two years, we are facing a relentless threat that is almost always willing to die to take down our grid. This domestic terrorist is not what you might think.
There have been 1,139 successful cyberwar operations as of early 2016. This number represents all of the unclassified attacks, so who is this group of power-hating thugs? Well according to the National Security Agency, it is living right next to you in your yard.
” I don’t think paralysis [of the electrical grid] is more likely by cyber attack than by natural disaster. And frankly the number-one threat experienced to date by the US electrical grid is squirrels.” – John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency 2015.07.09
I know you are shocked as this is just nuts (sorry I could not help myself)! Now that I know, I feel that we should learn about our enemy and how to dispatch them.
If you have ever tried to keep one out of your bird feeder you know they are clever. They can defeat just about any attempts to block them from feasting the bird feed. Let us evaluate them as a means to understand them:
- Memory and abstract thought: Squirrels are quick studies, capable of learning by observation.
- Communication: Squirrels communicate with each other through vocal and non-vocal methods.
- Deception: If a squirrel knows they are being watched they will pretend to bury a nut, and wait until they are alone to actually hide it.
- Long-term planning: Squirrels will gather and hide food for extended periods.
- Adaptability: They have learned to thrive in urban environments even though they haven’t evolved to live in that environment.
- Elude and Escape: They will run in random patterns to elude and not bring a predator back to the nest. They will take to trees, circling the trunk and pressing themselves flat to blend in with the bark.
The solution has to be equal to the objective. I set to work to construct the ideal gun for the terrorist. My checklist was demanding: .22 caliber, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, light, reliable and accurate. With all of that on my short list, I also knew that I would want to be able to mount a magnified optic.
Knowing what I required, I decided to go to Magnum Research and its MagnumLite series of semi-automatic rimfire rifles. I selected the .22 LR MLR22H variant. The heart of these is the MagnumLite receiver, which is CNC-machined from a 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum forging and includes an integral Weaver type rail for optics. Magnum Research uses a graphite barrel that is super lightweight and give better heat dissipation than steel while being extremely stiff. The bolt is machined from heat-treated 4140 steel. The bolt face has exacting tolerances for accuracy and reliability.
Next, I added a Boyds Gunstock stock for a higher check weld. Optics would be critical; while a red dot would seem a good choice, experience has shown this mission to be more of a sniper operation. I went for the Sightron SII 1.5-6x42mm scope on a set of return-to-zero rings.
The next task was ammunition management. I selected the 10-round Ruger rotary magazine. They prove to be very reliable, but the capacity is somewhat lacking for the legion of terrorists to be dispatched. This problem was solved with the TriMag, which locks three factory magazines into a triangle shape without any modification to the factory magazines. I will confess, to increase the fun factor and in case of mass attack, I added to my kit a pair of Black Dog Machine 25-round magazines.
If you have ever reloaded a 10-22 you know it can take three hands and a trained monkey to complete. Well this would not do for my war on terror. So I added the Tactical Solutions Performance Extended Magazine Release to help make reloading easy and fast.
Once assembled, it was range time. I selected my ammunition carefully; that being what I could find in my ammo cabinet. I fired the first few rounds, and seeing I was on paper some adjustments to the optic was quickly made then confirmed. Wow, that was just too easy! Now to settle in for some work. Wait, how did I just go through 50 rounds? Ok let’s get down to some work and see what groups this rifle will produce. This gun is super accurate at the 25-yard mark. I would say the hardest part is to stop shooting!
Once I knew I had the gun squared away, I prepped for going into the field. To be in compliance with the law in Arkansas, I did a quick check and determined that from May 15th to the end of February, between sun up and sundown, I can take 12 squirrels a day.
To be serious for a minute, the plan was to participate in a unique event that I have been supporting for the last several years. Wings For Our Troops Foundation was born out of their desire to honor CPL Chad S Wade, USMC, who was killed in action while in combat in Afghanistan on December 1, 2010. Wings for Our Troops Foundation provides financial assistance for Marines and Soldiers to get home before or after deployment, as well as in cases of family emergencies should they not have the financial means to do so otherwise.
For the last two years my good friend Morgan Holly, with the help of lots of volunteers, organizes and runs a charity squirrel hunt, with all of the proceeds going to support Wings for Our Troops Foundation. This year they raised $7,899.00! Unfortunately I was not able to take to the woods as I was suffering in Las Vegas at SHOT Show. However, my wife and daughter represented (without going hunting). Next year will be a great chance to take on the terrorist for a cause if you are in northwest Arkansas. And, you can do your part to help this deadly and dangerous scourge!