Todd Palin eased off the helicopter skid and rappelled in a near free fall to a point about 10 feet above the factory roof before he was lowered along with his partner Laila Ali. The team did not hang out very long in mid air. Palin, Ali, and the rest of the team were on a search-and-destroy mission to raise money for military and first responder charities. Once on the roof, Palin swung into action immediately taking out the fuel tanks with his Barrett REC7. Then, Palin and Ali got on their ropes and rappelled eight stories down the side of the building into the bed of a waiting pickup truck to engage more targets. Palin took out three, all with one-shot kills. Once the shooting was finished, the squad returned to the truck, which blasted through the rear entrance as another target exploded behind them and the mission was accomplished.
Though Palin had taken most of his targets out with one-shot kills in the Amphibious Assault, he was not satisfied with “most.” His goal was 100% single-shot kills and he achieved it in this mission, which took 6:26 to complete.
These dramatic frame grabs and video bring to life today’s living Rambo. The segment featuring Palin begins at 11:27 and concludes at 19:09 in the video.
Todd Palin practices on close targets with the REC7.
From the right: Todd Palin practices on close targets with the REC7. Look closely. The bolt is halfway open – the shot has been fired and this frame grab caught the rifle in mid-cycle.
From the left: Todd Palin practices on close targets with the REC7.
Another from the right: Todd Palin practices on close targets with the REC7. Look closely again. Now the bolt is almost closed chambering a fresh round.
Todd Palin does a final check on his ropes….
Todd Palin with one foot on the skid, and the other “over the edge”….
Down he goes in a near free-fall….
Hanging Out…The Palin Way…
Todd Palin acquires, recognizes, and identifies his target…
…in a billowing fireball…
…that developed into a mushroom cloud…They don’t call it “Search and Destroy” for nothing.
Todd Palin “over the edge” – again…
Seven stories to go…
In the truck….
Running to engage targets….
Todd Palin draws his bead….
Next target eliminated….
Todd Palin draws his final bead….
Last target eliminated….
Back in the truck….
Barrett General Facts
Barrett is best known for its venerable M82 and M107 .50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun) semi-auto sniper rifles which our soldiers use in combat. These rifles are available to civilians, but with prices ranging from $8,750 to nearly $15,000, they are high-rollers’ guns. While Stars Earn Stripes, Amphibious Assault featured FN Herstal USA products, this episode featured two Barrett products, which the manufacturer discussed in a press release.
The Barrett REC7 is a gas-piston operated select-fire flattop AR type rifle available in both 5.56 x 45 NATO (which means .223 can be fired through it as well) and 6.8 SPC. The latter round is undergoing tests by various military services, who are seeking a round more powerful than the 5.56 x 45, but without the recoil of the 7.62 x 51.
The REC7 comes with a collapsible stock and includes a full-length top Picatinny M-1913 rail with rails on all sides of the forearm and backup iron sights (BUIS) that can co-witness with certain optics. Three of the forearm rails are partially covered to protect the shooter’s hand.
The REC7 is available to civilians in a semi-auto only model, but at $1,950 MSRP for the base model and prices ranging up to $2,650, it is a rather expensive (but very well-built) AR.
The MRAD is a .338 Lapua Magnum bolt action sniper rifle and has been featured in all Stars Earn Stripes episodes thus far, being the final weapon used by contestants facing dismissal in the elimination shoot house. Like its .50 BMG counterpart, the MRAD is available to civilians, but with prices ranging from $6,000 to nearly $8,000, this too is a high-roller’s gun. Civilian owners of either .50 BMG or .338 Lapua Magnum rifles often joke that they chamber not ammunition but $10 bills. The .338 Lapua Magnum is particularly expensive to shoot with a box of 20 rounds costing up to $120, because of simple economy of scale. This is not a round you’re going to get in the local sporting goods store. The .50 BMG is more prolific and actually cheaper to shoot. Civilian shooters often reload fired brass to cut shooting costs.
The .338 Lapua Magnum is perfect for targets 1,000 yards away and has a maximum effective range of 1,500 yards, though some snipers have shot it at distances of over a mile. YouTube is replete with videos of shooters claiming targets hit at distances exceeding 2,000 yards. The .338 Lapua Magnum is more than twice as powerful as the 7.62 x 51 / .308 rounds and the .50 BMG is more than twice as powerful as the .338 Lapua Magnum.
The .338 Lapua Magnum is in a completely different class from the .338 that Todd Palin uses on his moose hunts. A reader noted that his moose hunting round it is more likely the .338 Winchester than the .338 Federal I surmised it could be in the Amphibious Assault article. Hopefully, we will get to see Todd Palin use the MRAD in a mission.