Born in the more rural, mountain regions of America, Vincent Farrell was raised with principles of self-reliance and rugged individualism from the very start. Skill sets that have been lost through generations of technological development were part of his every day. He had an early introduction to firearms, led by the hand of his father, formerly a Marine in Force Recon who had retired with a medical discharge.
Over the past few years, Vincent has made a bit of a name for himself in firearms competitions. The cash flow got him on the move, building up his collection of arms and gear, more as a hobby at first. As to what got him into the whole hero'ing biz, it's hard to tell. It wasn't his father's death by natural causes, nor his brother going off to "be all that he can be." If asked, he would say he's simply fulfilling a citizen's duty, armed and sanctioned by the 2nd Amendment that qualifies him as member of the unofficial militia. A vigilante? Hardly. Vincent is fully registered for his duties, goes through the proper channels for assignments, and refuses to wear make-up or a black trenchcoat.
I have a bad case of gas. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
Varies heavily based on whether or not he's wearing his encounter suit. And of course, given mission parameters, he may gear more heavily in some areas than others.
- Sidearms - Utilitarian .40, pretty flexible in acceptance of varied ammunition. Often carried on the ankle or concealed inside the waistband when not wearing his duty gear. Full kit generally consists of twin machine pistol variants.
- SMG - Originally chambered in 10mm, can accept the differing profiles of .40 and .357 Sig, as well as the aforementioned caseless ammunition.
- Mid-length AR - Perhaps based on the SCAR design, a unique piston system and bolt group allows some variation in loads and cartridges. Easily at home in close-quarters battle with an 18 inch barrel, and the 1-in-8 twist rate accomdates a range of high-accuracy ammunition if he needs to reach out and touch a target. Upgraded: accepting of rifle caliber caseless and a host of conventional rounds; the barrel is fluted with magnetic coils that follow the rifling externally, used primarily to ensure round stability and accuracy.
- Sniper Rifle(s) - Chosen as the situation dictates. Whether it's a Designated Marksman Rifle set for semi-auto, a bolt-operated long gun, the choice depends on the mission briefing. Options also determine the cartridge of choice. Ex: DMR chambered in .308 or similar for urban environments, or a .50 BMG in open country.
- Shotgun - seldom, if ever, used in operations. Relegated to point defense, or home protection. The most flexible firearm in terms of ammunition, bar none.
- Pink Knife - A villain by the name of Trigger Happy "rescued" him in New Orleans when an investigation went south. He'd left behind a kendrium knife with a pink handle, inscribed with "Happy-Happy Joy-Joy," for Counterstrike to free himself while making a getaway.
- Load-Bearing Equipment
Ballistic vest, adorned with pouches as well as the combat belt. Often carries a few grenades (concussion, flashbang, frag, smoke) along with the bulk of ammunition. Miscellaneous gear such as a fixed knife, flashlight, lock picks, etc. As with most things, the kit is often determined by the mission.
- Obfuscation and Misdirection/Countermeasures
- Grenades, sniper blinds, an array of gillie suits. Whatever it takes to keep his hide in tact. There are a few specifics.
- Smoke grenades Also release a haze of slow-burning magnesium chaff, adds opacity to the smoke to confound natural vision, but also blinds thermal imaging and other visual modes--especially those relying on the enhancement of ambient light.
- Gillie suits Varied in pattern per environment, the fabric also masks his heat signature.
- Claymores When you absolutely, positively have to cover your own ass? Accept no substitute. Generally holds a high explosive payload behind packed, hardened steel shot, set off via trip wire or similar triggering device. Similar effect with less lethal consequence can be achieved with a flashbang, set such that the pin is removed but the 'spoon' is held in place until tripped.
- Micro Charges For best weight to blast yield ratio, small charges the size of playing cards--and almost as thin--comprised of Fordite can easily be carried without taking up too much of his LBE space. Great for making an entrance when no point of ingress is available, or setting up inconspicuous traps.
- The Goggles and Wrist Computer Provide a suite of programming to the tune of Identify Friend or Foe (IFF), ballistics calculations and targeting solutions, communications, visual enhancements and sensory arrays; the usual jazz. Commands are entered manually or by voice recognition.
- Adrenaline Junkie The wrist computer introduces bolluses of adrenaline and related neurotransmitters, either to increase or relax response. This is obviously a dual-edged sword, as it pushes the limits of an entirely human body and forces unnatural physical responses.
- The Suit Outer skin composed of ballistic/ripstop synthweaves, with high density padding of same around vulnerable areas. Laminated Regor plastics compose the trauma plates wherever they are least likely to hinder movement. The layered 'soft' portion, while not the most stellar in damage mitigation, is rated for a broad spectrum of hostile environments, terrestial or otherwise. Pigmentation is such that full use of even the most conventional smoke grenades and countermeasures will be that much more effective. Use of regulated dead space mutes or eliminates ambient heat signatures.
- Drones Semi-autonomous support drones, providing anything from recon, ballistics trajectory support, and repairs to The Suit. Cost cuts limit field use.
- Stealth Module The usual light bending and sound dampening contrivances.
- Gauntlet Recent addition to his general kits. Fires at least two kinds of darts: explosive, and those packing capsules of a sort of expanding foam. The latter, once impacting, tends to stick, cling, and bog down if not completely secure whatever it spills over. Somewhat larger ordnance options are available, though at the cost of what variety of dart ammunition may be stored alongside it.
- A dark history never forgotten; only misconception remains
The Second Amendment is hugely misunderstood by many perspectives. A quick run-down: "necessary for the security of a free State" is the justification clause. In long hand, the defense of the nation and the people, from whatever threats may be to the security or safety thereof. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," is the rights clause; pretty cut and dry. Unfortunately, does not restrict states from imposing regulations to magazine capacity, fire rate, and other functions. "A well-regulated militia," is the most misinterpreted portion. Well-regulated, back when these rights were being penned, means "well-behaved" and "well-trained." As to the militia pertaining to what we now call the National Guard? The Militia Act of 1903 distinguishes the National Guard as the official militia (reporting to a State Governor), and the citizens as the unofficial militia.