In the day, the suppressed weapon of choice for surreptitious sentry takeout, or quietly killing a guard in attempt to gain deeper access into a target subject, was the 9 x 19mm Heckler and Koch MP-5SD (pictured below).

A 9mm MP5 SD3 Heckler and Koch submarine gun.
A 9mm MP5 SD3 Heckler and Koch submachine gun.

Not good enough for the rogue Sam. He preferred the superior stopping power of the American-made .45 caliber Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) cartridge fired through a suppressed M-3 “Grease Gun” submachine gun. I admit, I had never heard of it, and the first time I saw it appear in Delta was when Sam came a-totin’ it into the team room reciting a planning rhyme taken from the film “The Dirty Dozen”: “One, two, the guards are through!”

“What are you going to do with that, Sam? Plant potatoes?”

The first live use of the ‘potato planter’ was in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Fayetteville Police Department identified several crack houses in a rundown hood that we would use as training targets before they were demolished.