Returning to the Brannigan’s Blackhearts series once more, it’s time for the traditional guns post. There’s slightly less variety this time around, but it’s a more contained sort of story, too.

Once the Blackhearts get aboard the ship they’ve been hired to protect from an advanced group of pirates, they get issued weapons by the client. That means all the same primaries, namely SIG MCX Virtus carbines in 5.56×45.

The sidearms are all issued, as well. The client’s security coordinator goes for the basics, with Glock 19s.

Initially, that’s all they get, to Kevin Curtis’s fury. However, once things start to get kinetic, it turns out that the client was slightly more prepared for the well-equipped, well-trained pirates than it appeared. With money to burn, too. Curtis and Bianco both end up wielding FN EVOLYS ultralight machineguns, also in 5.56.

The pirates are a little more black market. Their primary weapons are South African Vektor R4s in 5.56.

For machineguns, they have a few Vektor Mini-SS 5.56 belt-feds, presumably from the same shipment the R4s came from.

Pistols are a little bit more eclectic among the pirates. We don’t necessarily get to see many of them, but the pirate chief, Cain, carries a SIG P226.

His right hand, the underworld mercenary known only as “El Salvaje,” carries a Star M-43 in 9mm.


Brannigan’s Blackhearts #11 – Marque and Reprisal comes out on Kindle and Paperback on July 18.

The Guns of Marque and Reprisal

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Since he got out, he's been writing, authoring many articles and 24 books, mostly Action/Adventure and Military Thrillers, with some excursions into Paranormal Fantasy and Science Fiction.

One thought on “The Guns of Marque and Reprisal

  • June 22, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Ready to trade a Knights SR15 for a sig virtus carbine. Also like the looks of the M5 big mcx the Army and Corp may be getting….


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