Well, we’re back.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (a rather benign title for the state law enforcement arm from whence derives the Texas Rangers) has acquired six armored 34-foot gunboats, powered by 3x300-hp outboards. Their main armament will be three M240B 7.62mm machine guns (paired forward, single aft, though they have an option for three twin mounts). They passed up an option for Dillon M134 Gatling-type miniguns due to the cost of the ammunition (2000 – 6000 rounds per minute). Crew will be carrying M82 .50-calibre Barrett guns, M4 5.56mm carbines, 9mm submachine guns (perhaps the H&K MP5) and service pistols (officially the SIG Sauer P226 chambered for .357-calibre SIG round, but some still carry the M1911).
They will be able to operate in very shallow water as the draft is about two feet. As for speed, that hasn’t been listed, but a combined 900 hp pushing a 34-foot boat is probably comparable to the 25-ft Boston Whalers with twin 155 hp outboards (also well equipped with firepower) that were operated by the Coast Guard during the First Gulf War – I enjoyed a few excursions on them early on, and they clocked out at about 35 knots.
They will be deployed primarily on the border lakes of Lake Amistad and Lake Falcon, as well as sections of the Rio Grande and the Intracoastal Waterway.
And Texas does nothing half way. The crews will be trained by a US Navy Special Warfare SWCC unit out of Mississippi (perhaps the same one seen recently in Act of Valor, lighting up a string of nacro-terrorist trucks).
Don't mess with Texas.