Kim recently brought up the idea of modern-day privateering and I think it’s a good one. It’s high time.
Col. Cooper recommended a 30 caliber machinegun for the purpose. I tend to think he was right, but a machinegun is a necessarily heavy piece and not easily moved. Two of those mounted, say, one bow and one stern, or one starboard and one port amidships, would be a good deterrent. I’d think you’d also want some hand-held rifles (M4s or Kalashnikovs, etc) for portability.
For clearing a whole deck of pirates in a hurry, nothing would beat a modern Gatling gun. My son and I came up with the idea of a 10 gauge or 8 gauge smooth bore Minigun, firing heavy loads of 000 buckshot at 6K RPM. Yeah, that should about do it. If there is armor involved, Ma Duce would be a good choice, and she’s excellent at punching holes in engines and transmissions.
Now where do we get our licenses and tags?