The armies of every nation depend on the infantry for the capture and defense of territory, and the infantry is armed with a variety of weapons for this purpose. Given the great number of such weapons in existence, only the more common weapons are shown here.
- 1 Firearms (Slugthrowers)
- 1.1 Longarms
- 1.1.1 B-11 K-Bolt Assault Rifle
- 1.1.2 Bu Qiang-98 Battle Rifle and Derivatives
- 1.1.3 Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-17 Peacebringer Sniper Rifle
- 1.1.4 Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-18 Nightstalker Anti-Materiel Rifle
- 1.1.5 Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-23 Deathcaster Assault Rifle
- 1.1.6 Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-25 Decimator Battle Rifle
- 1.1.7 HAR-152 Hypervelocity Assault Rifle
- 1.1.8 M18 Gauss Submachine Gun
- 1.1.9 M66 Automatic Gauss Rifle
- 1.1.10 M74 Combat Shotgun
- 1.1.11 M101 Combat Shotgun
- 1.1.12 M110 Anti-Materiel Gauss Rifle
- 1.1.13 Maibatsu USAS-3112
- 1.1.14 Maximilian Munitions Abnormal Ammunition Acceptance Accelerator
- 1.1.15 Mirakarm Planetary FGB-193A Individual Combat Weapon
- 1.1.16 Mirakarm Planetary BGB-193B Individual Support Weapon
- 1.1.17 RA-10 Assault Rifle
- 1.1.18 RA-10L Assault Rifle
- 1.1.19 RA-12 Assault Rifle
- 1.1.20 RAE-5 Assault Rifle
- 1.1.21 Seburo DTM Series Shotgun
- 1.1.22 Stitchkyn APS
- 1.1.23 SVB Designated Marksbear Rifle
- 1.2 Sidearms
- 1.1 Longarms
- 2 Energy-based Small Arms
- 2.1 AB-185 Assault Blaster
- 2.2 BP-267 Blaster Pistol
- 2.3 B-11 Chamarran Beam Rifle
- 2.4 The Bastard
- 2.5 Dawkins/Tsien Militech DX-03 Lightning Shield Disruption Rifle
- 2.6 Designation CLXVIII Suppression Rifle, Imperial Class
- 2.7 M11 Diamondback High Standard Plasma Pistol
- 2.8 M25 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle and Derivatives
- 2.9 M36 Plasma Pistol
- 2.10 M48 Phased Plasma Assault Rifle
- 2.11 M61 Ion Rifle
- 2.12 M63 Laser Rifle
- 2.13 M116 Phased Plasma Assault Rifle
- 2.14 M198 Hotback Laser Rifle
- 2.15 M281 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle
- 2.16 Maximillian Munitions Maximum Magnum
- 2.17 Omer Science Plasma Pulse Emitters
- 2.18 SIG Saucer P22Z Psi-Gun
- 3 Infantry Support Weapons
- 3.1 Amaterasu Armaments IM-1000 Millenium Automortar
- 3.2 Amaterasu Armaments GX-2 Kanabo Gravitic Repulsor
- 3.3 B-35 Precision Cannon
- 3.4 B-NET K-cannon
- 3.5 Banyong Liudan Qiang-01 Automatic Grenade Launcher
- 3.6 Big Borscht HIM
- 3.7 GPRB-109 General Purpose Repeating Blaster
- 3.8 M78 Phased Plasma Infantry Gun
- 3.9 M79 Gauss Cannon
- 3.10 M97 Stonecleaver Infantry Grenade Launcher
- 3.11 M358 GP Gauss Machine Gun
- 3.12 M412 Grenade Launcher
- 3.13 M430 Grenade Launcher
- 3.14 M570 Automatic Grenade Launcher
- 3.15 M597 Heavy Gauss Machine Gun
- 3.16 M621 Grenade Launcher
- 3.17 M6046 Chemical Projector
- 3.18 Nuclear Flamethrowers
- 3.19 Tongyong Ji Qiang-95 GPMG
- 3.20 VX-27 Scythe Tri-Barrel
- 3.21 VX-28 Reaper Heavy Tri-Barrel
- 3.22 VX-30 Vindicator Century Level Weapon
- 4 Anti-Vehicle Weapons
- 5 Anti-Aircraft Weapons
- 6 Melee Weapons
- 6.1 Atomic Broadsword
- 6.2 Barbarian Shockaxe
- 6.3 Beamsaber
- 6.4 Byzantine Power Weapons
- 6.5 Combat Beating Stick
- 6.6 Dadao
- 6.7 Dawkins/Tsien Militech ccw51 Surge Bayonet
- 6.8 Klavostani Battleaxe
- 6.9 M13 Lancer Chainsaw Bayonet
- 6.10 M41 "Excalibolg" Combat Baton
- 6.11 M86 Saber
- 6.12 Maibatsu Laserwhip
- 6.13 Mk.1 SHEPMOD Combat Knife
- 6.14 Rainy Dayer
- 6.15 Type 1/Type 2 Assault Spike
- 6.16 Umerian Spaceaxe
- 7 Mines, Grenades, and Other Explosives
- 7.1 Blacksun Defense Technologies sdN20 Moray Rapid Deployment Mine
- 7.2 Blacksun Defense Technologies TDH1 Tactical Deterrent Harness
- 7.3 The Blue Bragcock
- 7.4 Bragulan Stick Grenades
- 7.5 C4
- 7.6 M27 Jiang Shi Anti-Personnel Mine
- 7.7 M29 Nodachi Anti-Personnel Mine
- 7.8 M167 Standard Grenade
- 7.9 Snitch, Model II
- 7.10 Type 1102 Plas-Frag Grenade
- 8 Non/Less-Lethal Weapons
- 9 Other
- 10 Notes and References
B-11 K-Bolt Assault Rifle
For the last five hundred years, the standard Bragulan infantry weapon has been the B-11 K-bolt assault rifle (KAR), a gauss gun that shoots out hypersonic 14mm bragsteel slugs coated in a vegemite derivative that upon ignition transmutes into highly corrosive and radioactive K-residue. While the KAR is an anti-infantry weapon, the size and acidity of its rounds also makes it effective against light vehicles. As a gauss weapon, it can also chamber sub-caliber rounds when K-bolts are unavailable.
The KAR is a very rugged design; many of those used in the Bragulan Legions are decades or even centuries old, often outliving their users and reused by the next batch of troops. The standard firing is 1000 rounds per minute though it can be adjusted for cubs or non-Bragulans. The maximum effective range is 2km but for conscripts using simple iron sights, the range is markedly lesser. For elite troops, modular passive-aggressive sensors, active gamma/X-ray arrays, macroperitelescopes, reflex-radiating sights, and other add-ons can be bolted on to significantly increase range and accuracy. The B-11 has a retractable bayonet and can mount an underbarrel microgrenade launcher.
By human standards, the typical KAR is as large as a heavy machine gun, while atypical ones come in several sizes, including more human-portable Cub Scout variants. Older KARs are predominantly composed of stamped bragsteel with lumber handguards and folding stocks, while newer versions replace the lumber with more metal. Typical magazines come in 50-round boxes, 100-round scythes, and 250-round drums. Centuries of continuous production have resulted in an enormous surplus of KARs to sell to the galactic market, making the K-bolter among Bragule's best-selling export products, ubiquitous amongst the revolutionaries, terrorists and criminal syndicates of the galaxy. The B-11 KAR sets the standard for cheap, reliable and mass produceable firepower.
Bu Qiang-98 Battle Rifle and Derivatives
The Bu Qiang 98 is a particularly compact bullpup rifle, with the magazine only one inch in front of the butt plate in order to achieve maximum barrel length. The additional barrel length provides both longer barrel life and greater velocity, as the barrel is stressed less and is able to more efficiently utilize the power supplied. The BQ-98 has an integrated grenade launcher, which feeds from a 5-round detachable box magazine fitted immediately in front of the slugthrower magazine. It fires 25mm grenades and is capable of accepting both lethal and less-lethal ammunition. The pistol grip/trigger module is adjustable to account for differing length of pull requirements of different soldiers. A bipod, flashlight and forward grip are optional accessories. It is most remarkable for its extraordinarily short overall length of 24 inches.
The BQ-98C rifle is similar to the basic BQ-98 but deletes the grenade launcher, saving both weight and volume. It is typically issued to vehicle crews.
The BQ-03 rifle is similar to the BQ-98C but features a lengthened barrel. Various other changes, such as the addition of a bipod, make it suitable for the designated marksman/sniper role. It is also used for ceremonial duties, where the additional length is desired.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-17 Peacebringer Sniper Rifle
The VX-17 Peacebringer is the main marksman's rifle of the Commonwealth armed forces; it has been in service for some 230 years, constantly being updated and improved (the most common model in service is the VX-17e/2, while the newest is the VX-17f/1) but never quite superceded by other designs. The Peacebringer is a semiautomatic bullpup rifle that feeds from a 16-round helical or 34 round duel helix magazine and fires 10mm ammunition (the same ammo used by the Decimator) at 8.6 km/s (10.4 km/s in the case of the VX-17f/1), requiring considerable inertial dampening to control recoil. Its maximum effective range is about 5,000 meters. It is equipped with a sophisticated optical suite, has a laser designator, can accept a bipod, and (like all other Dawkins/Tsien products) comes with an integrated anti-theft device. The entire weapons system weighs 6.82 kilograms, can be quickly broken down, and is fairly compact, with a reputation for reliability that ensures its place on the galactic arms market. Its main competitor is the Morita Firearms M110.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-18 Nightstalker Anti-Materiel Rifle
The VX-18 Nightstalker is a heavier sniper weapon designed to crack hard targets, such as heavy powersuits, armored cars, and APCs. This beast weighs in at 22.75 kilograms (empty) and is 1.4 meters long; it feeds from a 5-round magazine and fires 30mm projectiles at 15 km/s (18 km/s in the case of the newly updated version). While it can be used effectively by conventional soldiers from prone position (though generally requiring multiple personnel to move it about), its use is typically limited to posthuman infantry. Against infantry, its HEAP rounds have been known to take out several soldiers in close proximity. The Nightstalker has achieved some success on the export market, though it faces extremely stiff competition from the Bragulan SVB.
One General Hrogonov of the Imperial Bragulan Army, after examining several VX-18s that had been recovered from a sniper's position (which had claimed several Chornyb pacifiers and Wvojtyek half-tracks before it was taken out), supposedly said that "[T]hese Humans were finally getting it."
Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-23 Deathcaster Assault Rifle
The Deathcaster Assault Rifle is the standard service rifle of the Commonwealth military, a flexible bullpup rail rifle typically fitted with a 76-round top-mounted horizontal magazine; a 300-round dual-helix magazine is also available, but it is rarely used due to weight and ergonomic concerns. An evolutionary descendant of the Tau rail rifle, it fires 4.5mm explosive armor-piercing rounds at 4.8 km/s, using miniaturized inertial dampeners to handle the weapon's recoil. An updated version has been devised which increases the muzzle velocity to 5.8 km/s due to improvements in power systems, rail assembly design, and recoil management. It has three modes of fire: Semi-automatic, variable burst, and full-auto (850 rounds per minute). Standard features include a HUD linkup scope and fingerprint/identification tag-based anti-theft systems, either passive (the weapon will not function for an unauthorized user, transmit a radio beacon, and announce unauthorized use via audio) or active (in addition to passive anti-theft functions, the weapon will dump a 15,000 volt charge into the hand of an unauthorized user). A reasonably popular export item, it has been compared to the ubiquitous B-11 K-bolter in terms of reliability while weighing less and being easier for the novice to use, if about 2.5 times as expensive to purchase. Other attachments are available, such as smart-form grips for maximum user comfort, underslung flechette and grenade launchers, small scale psi-jammers, and sonic stunners. A more compact variant, the VX-24 Eradicator carbine, exists for urban combat use.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-25 Decimator Battle Rifle
Similar in appearance and mechanisms to the Deathcaster (if upscaled), the VX-25 Decimator is designed for use by heavy posthuman soldiers to effectively combat opponents using power armor. It fires 10mm ammunition at 6.5 km/s (7.6 km/s in the case of the updated version) at a rate of 850 rounds per minute. It can accept a variety of additional modules such as grenade launchers. It is fed by a more conventional bullpup vertical feed system which can typically accept a 40 round box or 120 round drum magazine, though it can also be modified to use a belt feed. Its effective range is rated at around 5,000 meters in the steady mechanical grip of a Cougar Combat Form on single shot. Due to its weight (14.3 kilograms) and its recoil even with considerable inertial dampening, it is in no way practical for regular soldiers to wield it as a rifle. That said, a specialized variant is used as a machine gun.
HAR-152 Hypervelocity Assault Rifle
While the Centrality is well known for its energy-based weapons, it does manufacture projectile-based weaponry, the HAR-152 being one example. The rifle fires specially sped up bullets, faster than ordinary rifles, hence the term "Hypervelocity." It has ammo cartridges with different colors that denote function: Yellow is Armor-Piercing, Blue is Shield Penetrator, Red is Incendiary, Purple is Poison, Grey is Anti-Personnel, and Orange is High-Explosive. The most common is Grey, the most rare is Orange, and the others are somewhere in between. The HAR-152 is the weapon of choice for the Black Berets, one of the elite units in the Centrality, though others have been known to use the rifle. The HAR-152 is nowhere near as common as the AB-185, though it has been produced and exported in respectable quantities.
M18 Gauss Submachine Gun
The M18 (formally Gauss Submachine Gun, Caliber 4.6 mm, M18) is a relatively common personal defense weapon issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Morita as part of its line of gauss weaponry, it is a bullpup weapon that fires 4.6mm high explosive armor-piercing slugs at 4.2 km/s, using a system of miniaturized inertial dampeners in order to help control recoil; even with the dampeners, though, its recoil on full-auto can be quite considerable for an inexperienced user. The weapon has a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, and full-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 rounds, while full-auto fire is adjustable by the user (minimum is 600 rpm, factory-rated maximum is 900 rpm, default is 750 rpm). The standard magazine issued for the M18 is a 72-round horizontal box mounted on the left side of the weapon. It is most notable for its highly compact size (47 cm long with stock retracted and 63 cm with stock fully extended), which makes it popular with vehicle crews and special operations forces. The deployable vertical foregrip further aids in the weapon's maneuverability, making it easier to point, aim, and control on full-auto.
M66 Automatic Gauss Rifle
The M66 (formally Gauss Rifle Caliber 8.6 mm, M66) is a common assault rifle issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. It is a bullpup weapon manufactured by Morita Firearms and fires 8.6mm high explosive armor-piercing rounds at 5.6 km/s, using a system of miniaturized inertial dampeners in order to help control recoil. The weapon has a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, and full-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 rounds, while full-auto fire is adjustable by the user (minimum is 600 rpm, factory-rated maximum is 800 rpm, default is 700 rpm). The standard magazine issued for the M66 is a 36-round box, though a 72-round quad-column "casket" and 108-round drum are also available. Its maximum effective range is 2,000 meters, which can easily be accomplished with the integrated optics suite. The M66 is compatible with a wide range of accessories and attachments, such as the M412 underslung grenade launcher, a modified version of the M74 shotgun, and even a bayonet.
The M66 is a popular slugthrower on the galactic arms market, comparable to the B-11 K-bolter across a variety of metrics and generally viewed as an excellent (if relatively more expensive) alternative to the ubiquitous Bragulan weapon. Compared to the Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-23, the M66 has superior range, superior penetration and stopping power per individual round, and is less expensive, though it is a heavier weapon that lacks the VX-23's anti-theft mechanism and has inferior ammunition capacity when fitted with the standard 36-round box.
M74 Combat Shotgun
The M74 (formally Shotgun, Caliber 20 mm, M74) is the standard combat shotgun of the SOS Imperial Guard; despite the fact that the SOS Imperial Marine Corps have adopted the M101 as their standard shotgun, considerable numbers of M74s still remain in their inventories. A derivative of Seburo's best-selling DTM series shotgun, it is a dual-mode (semi-automatic and pump-action) shotgun that fires a variety of 20mm shells and slugs; the standard round is a shot shell using quadruple-ought (0000) depleted uranium buckshot, though other types of ammunition are available. The weapon feeds from an integrated six-round tube magazine and is capable of accepting a variety of accessories, such as close-range optics and a bayonet. A cut-down and highly modified variant is used as an underslung attachment on various SOS Imperial Armed Forces rifles.
M101 Combat Shotgun
The M101 (formally Shotgun, Caliber 20 mm, M101) is a semi-automatic combat shotgun used almost exclusively by the SOS Imperial Marine Corps, though some have also been issued to the more elite units of the SOS Imperial Guard. Built by Seburo, it is largely a streamlined and simplified version of the M74, the most significant difference being that the M101 is semi-automatic only.
M110 Anti-Materiel Gauss Rifle
The M110 (formally Gauss Rifle, Caliber 14 mm, M110) is the standard anti-personnel sniper rifle issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Morita as part of its line of gauss weaponry, it employs a "conventional" layout (magazine in front of the trigger group) and fires a variety of 14mm slugs at 10 km/s; the standard military round is a high explosive armor-piercing incendiary slug, though it can also accept other types of ammunition, such as regular high explosive armor-piercing, hypervelocity kinetic penetrator (trinium, tungsten carbide, or depleted uranium), solid metal, and even standard K-bolts as used in the B-11 K-bolter. While the weapon is equipped with inertial dampeners, its recoil can still be quite considerable, especially when fired from an unsupported position without power assistance. It has a two-position (safe, semi-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector. The weapon typically feeds from a 7-round detachable box magazine, though 10- and 14-round extended boxes and 20-round quad-column caskets are also available. Other standard features include a bipod and a highly sophisticated targeting suite that is compatible with both SOS Imperial Armed Forces and USMC weapons interfaces. While the M110's factory-stated maximum effective range is 5,000 meters, it has been known to exceed that figure in the field.
The M110's main competitor on the galactic arms market is the Dawkins/Tsien Militech VX-17 Peacekeeper. Many weapons experts tend to classify the M110 as an intermediate between the lighter VX-17 and heavier anti-materiel weapons like the SVB and the VX-18 Nightstalker.
The United Solarian Automatic Shotgun, Model 3112 is a fully automatic shotgun designed by the fledgling Maibatsu megacorp during the First Bragulan War. Designed to be used during boarding actions where Solarian marines were expected to go up to Bragulan naval infantry in close quarters combat, the overriding concern during the design phase of the Model 3112 was stopping power. This is why Maibatsu designed it around a 20mm depleted uranium buckshot cartridge capable of putting down a lightly armored Bragulan with a single shot. Passingly familiar with Bragulan rushing tactics, Maibatsu then made the 3112 capable of fully automatic fire, enabling the weapon to fill a corridor, hab-space, or cargo bay with a storm of hypervelocity shrapnel in a matter of microseconds. The USAS-3112 was a smash hit amongst Marine raiders and has long since proliferated to all kinds of Wild Space outfits who love the weapon for its rugged simplicity and unconscionable overkill. The Maibatsu USAS-3112 accepts detachable 20-round box magazines or 100-round drum magazines. Its basic design has not changed in several hundred years, and it is still marketed with the same slogan: "Makes gutting Bragulans easy!"
Maximilian Munitions Abnormal Ammunition Acceptance Accelerator
The Abnormal Ammunition Acceptance Accelerator (Quad A for short) is a distinct rifle-scale weapon by Maximillian Munitions. Large and bulky, weighing in at ten kilograms and with a technical caliber of 30mm, the Quad A is a mass accelerator based around a set of miniaturized graviton coils instead of more traditional electromagnetic arrays. This set-up is considerably more costly but is necessary to facilitate the weapon's most unique feature: It can accept and fire nearly any solid matter as ammunition, from small arms rounds to gravel, shrapnel, dust, coins, food, or even feces. Masses of material of up to 85 cubic centimeters in volume are launched at 5km/s, at which speed they can do considerable damage. An automated sorting system measures out each shot. Quad A magazines are large cylindrical affairs which can be opened at one end for quick refills. Its effective range is limited to about two hundred meters due to ballistics reasons and the fact that its ammunition will often disintegrate en route. The Quad A is surprisingly reliable, though prohibitively expensive; as such, it is mostly used by the more daring varieties of big game hunters and collectors, as well as a few well-funded special forces units and mercenary groups who operate well away from supply lines.
Mirakarm Planetary FGB-193A Individual Combat Weapon
Standard assault rifle issued to Union mandatory service members. Effective against light infantry. Otherwise unremarkable.
Mirakarm Planetary BGB-193B Individual Support Weapon
Standard automatic rifle issued to Union mandatory service members. Effective for suppressing light infantry. Otherwise unremarkable.
RA-10 Assault Rifle
The predecessor to the RA-12, the RA-10 resembles the RA-12 in aesthetics and general performance, though it is slightly inferior across a variety of metrics. The bulk of remaining RA-10s in the Humanist Union have been relegated to reserves, far-flung Civil Defense and police units, endorsed militias, and to the heavily-regulated civilian market; new-build RA-10s are generally produced for export purposes. A widely-dispersed design popular due to its low cost and relative lack of technical complication, it can be found in the hands of socialist guerillas galaxy-wide, to whom the Union is willing to provide weapons at a bargain with fairly few questions asked.
RA-10L Assault Rifle
The RA-10L is an assault rifle derived from the original RA-10 and designed for non-power-assisted infantry. The RA-10L has considerably less recoil and heft than the RA-12 or the original RA-10, though this comes at the expense of noticably inferior firepower. The RA-10L is mostly designed for use by and against infantry using non-assist or light hybrid armor and is very effective in this capacity, though it faces some difficulties against the powered armor of the Federal Army or foreign states. A relatively uncomplicated rifle, the RA-10L is a major product of many backwaters without highly sophisticated industrial infastructure and is sold galaxy-wide to most customers, much like the heavier RA-10. Within the Humanist Union, it is most freqently seen in the hands of Civil Defense and police forces.
RA-12 Assault Rifle
The standard-issue military rifle in the Humanist Union, the RA-12 is a rugged, high-power assault rifle known mostly for its stopping power and durability. The RA-12's primary disadvantage is in its recoil, which is considerable for a user without powered assistance, and its weight. Easy and cheap to manufacture, the RA-12 can function long after other personal infantry weapons have failed under extreme combat conditions. The RA-12 serves as a base for several other designs, including the RAb-12 bullpup rifle and the RAm-12 SAW.
RAE-5 Assault Rifle
The RAE-5 is an automatic mass driver designed for use by the Humanist Union's elite Special Operations units. Compared to the RA-12, the RAE-5 is more complicated and expensive, but much more lethal. Its low recoil compensates for its firing rate. Equipped with a more complicated version of the integrated targeting gear found in the standard RA-12 and the older RA-10, the RAE-5 is lethally accurate even at extreme ranges. Unfortunately, the RAE-5 is heavy and unwieldly, making it impractical as a main rifle for light or no-assist infantry troopers.
Seburo DTM Series Shotgun
The Seburo DTM series shotgun holds the distinction of being one of the oldest human firearms in continuous production, with the first models seeing use around the time of the Imperium-Tau War; since then, the DTM series has never missed out on any war in the galaxy, thanks to numerous progressive improvements to its basic design that allow it to remain competitive on the galactic arms market, even alongside its militarized cousins the M74 and M101. One particular model, the DTM/Law Enforcement (DTM/LE for short), holds another distinction as Seburo's all-time best-selling product and is indeed one of the most common human firearms in the greater galaxy.
All models of the DTM are 20mm pump-action shotguns capable of firing a wide variety of shells and slugs; the Maibatsu-developed quadruple-ought (0000) depleted uranium buckshot shell in particular has been a favorite of soldiers ever since the days of the First Bragulan War. Magazine sizes vary depending on the specific model; the DTM/LE is fitted with a six-round magazine, for instance.
Colloquially known as the "Bragulan Needler," the Avtoneedelchyeskiyi Pyistolyet Stitchkyna is a personal defense weapon noted for its high rate of fire and compact size, roughly analogous to modern submachine guns. It rapid-fires monomolecular-edged trinium needles designed to shear through unprotected targets and perforate light body armor; explosive armor-piercing flechettes are also available for better-protected targets. The weapon emits a sharp hissing sound when fired, which can be easily suppressed. Silenced Stitchkyns are a choice weapon for Bragulan special forces in dealing with soft targets, preferring the weapon's simplicity, extremely low recoil, and small size. The Stitchkyn comes with a shoulder stock and has three firing settings: Single shot, twelve-round burst, and full automatic.
SVB Designated Marksbear Rifle
The Snaypyeriskaya Vyintkovka Bragunova is designed for long range precision fire. The SVB is issued to a squad's designated sharpshooters for long-distance disruption and suppressive fire, and in eliminating valuable targets such as enemy officers, comms operators, exposed tank commanders, enemy marksmen and snipers, heavy weapons teams, anti-tank warfare teams, surveillance drones, power armor, light vehicles, etc.
The Bragunov is a gauss rifle that can fire 3.5 centimeter rounds at a standard range of five kilometers, though jet-assisted projectiles can extend this range considerably. It can use a variety of rounds, from the usual high explosive armor-piercing darts and repleted uranium penetrators to non-luminescent K-bolts and target-seeking projectiles. Specialist rounds for elite Storm Snipers include exotic Karlack toxin needles, bottled bioplasma, and hi-rad micronukes. The Bragunov uses a Bragalaika macro-monocular optical sight capable of extreme magnification, with image intensification and EM spectrum-filtered multiple vision modes. The system is entirely passive, as standard radiological aggressive-sensors can give away the shooter's location, something undesirable for concealed snipers. SVBs also come with noise-canceling, flash-concealing suppressors.
Bragnum Service Revolver
For eight hundred years, the Bragnum Service Revolver has been the standard sidearm of the Bragulan armed forces, used by arbitrators to dispense the Imperator's law, commissars to administer field executions, and officers to lead trench charges. Conscripts are not issued service revolvers, unlike professional volunteers and Shock Troops. The Bragnum is a break-open design with a six-round cylinder and a magnetically rifled bragsteel barrel originally chambered for 30mm rounds, though with the advent of modern armor the caliber has been upgraded to 44mm for superior stopping power. By human standards, the Bragnum is practically a grenade launcher, and the recoil from the explosively propelled rounds is enough to break an unaugmented human's wrists. The standard round is the 44mm focused high explosive; other common rounds include armor-piercing sabots, uranium buckshot, flechettes, K-bolts, and good old-fashioned full bragsteel jacket.
Colt M2411 and Derivatives
The Colt M2411 is a direct evolutionary descendant of the truly ancient M1911 and was built by Colt to commemorate one of its most popular designs. The company went through great pains to make the 2411 the finest weapon in the galaxy, with accuracy and stopping power that would make it even better than the handheld energy pistols of its time.
Even though the original M2411 is largely considered an antique in this day and age, its accuracy and stopping power are still quite considerable, met or exceeded only by high-powered sidearms such as the M17, Morita Model 27, Rybynk, SQ-16, and M11 Diamondback. Just as it was with the original M1911, numerous manufacturers have made their own copies of the M2411. The quality of M2411 copies varies widely, ranging from highly unreliable "garage" copies made by cottage gunsmiths in impoverished places like Cananaan and the Feelipeens to factory-produced reproductions by companies like DeBarros, Maibatsu, Morita, and Seburo that are as good as the original. Copies are considerably more numerous than original M2411s, which are considered highly valuable collectors' items.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech DS-37 Viper Sidearm
The DS-37 Viper is the main sidearm of the Commonwealth military. Designed to provide an effective fallback weapon in case of attack by either large numbers of poorly equipped enemies or more durable ones, the DS-37 sports a modular design. The basic weapon fires regular 6.5mm explosive AP rounds at 2.5 km/s and feeds from a 23-round magazine (36 round extended magazines are also available); it can accept an underslung "magnum" attachment that fires 13.5mm rounds at 3.7 km/s and feeds from a separate 7-round magazine. This attachment can be loaded with a variety of ammunition, including grenade, armor-piercing, and incinerite-based incendiary (these can do considerable damage to armor, ignigting into a patch of high intensity flame on impact); while Commonwealth military models are limited to official-issue ammo, various third-party firms have developed a variety of aftermarket rounds for export models. The Magnum attachment is set to a rate of fire of 30 rpm for reasons of accuracy and controllability, while the basic weapon can be comfortably fired on full automatic. Minaturized inertial dampeners reduce the recoil of each shot for both components. Both components have a maximum range of about 100 meters. In its standard configuration with the magnum attachment, the DS-37 weighs 1.5 kg; without the magnum attachment, it weighs only 1.05 kg. Like the VX-23 Deathcaster, it is equipped with either an active or a passive anti-theft device and can accept a number of other modifications. The DS-37 is very well-regarded for its flexibility and has become relatively popular on the export market.
A specialized variant of the Magnum attachment was designed with the cooperation of Morita Firearms for export to Koprulu Zone users, firing the 11.5mm Morita round and feeding from standard M17 magazines.
M17 Gauss Pistol
The M17 (formally Gauss Pistol, Caliber 11.5 mm, M17) is the standard sidearm issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. It is a semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Morita Firearms that fires a variety of 11.5mm slugs at 3.3 km/s; the standard military and law enforcement round is a high explosive armor-piercing slug, though it can also fire solid metal, high explosive armor-piercing incendiary, hypervelocity kinetic penetrator (trinium, tungsten carbide, or depleted uranium), and high explosive fragmentation rounds. Miniaturized inertial dampeners help reduce the pistol's recoil. It is typically issued with a 12-round box magazine, though 16- and 20-round extended magazines are also available for military and law enforcement users. The M17 can also be fitted with optics, a laser aiming module, a detachable stock, an extended barrel, and a suppressor.
The M17 is one of the most popular pistols on the galactic arms market, with sales figures comparable to those of the Solarian M11 Diamondback. Koprulu Zone users in particular like to refer to it as the "Baby Bragnum," as its capabilities are quite similar to a downsized version of the Bragulan revolver; in any case, it is certainly more user-friendly than the full-size Bragnum by human standards. Its main competitor is the Rybynk mini bragpistol (the other "Baby Bragnum").
Morita Firearms Model 27 Habu
While the original Dawkins/Tsien Militech DS-37 Viper was well received on the export market due to its flexible design, much of its draw came from the "magnum" attachment that came standard with the weapon; many customers were disappointed to find out that Dawkins/Tsien did not offer the magnum as a stand-alone weapon. Morita Firearms, one of several firms that produced 13.5mm ammunition for export users of the DS-37, chose to capitalize on this golden opportunity and approached Dawkins/Tsien to design a stand-alone weapon based on the Nova Atlantean 13.5mm magnum round. The resulting product, the Model 27 Habu, is heavily based on Morita's tried and proven M17 gauss pistol design, to the point where many parts are interchangeable between the two weapons.
The Model 27 fires the 13.5mm round at 3.9 km/s and accepts all Commonwealth milspec and third-party civilian ammunition (including Morita's own line of 13.5mm ammo). It is designed to feed from the DS-37 magnum's standard 7-round box magazine, though it can also accept a 9-round extended magazine; the extended magazine is also compatible with the original DS-37 magnum. Like the M17, the Model 27 can be fitted with optics, a laser aiming module, a detachable stock, an extended barrel, and a suppressor; models produced for the Nova Atlantean market also feature a dual-mode passive/aggressive anti-theft system.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech also produces the Model 27, marketing it as the DS-38 Bushmaster Heavy Sidearm. While the Model 27/DS-38 has not been adopted by either the Commonwealth military or the SOS Imperial Armed Forces, it is still a highly popular item on the galactic arms market; Koprulu Zone users call it the "3B" (Big Baby Bragnum) due to its increased firepower compared to the original M17. Like the original M17, the Model 27 also faces stiff competition from the Rybynk mini bragpistol.
Rybynk Mini Bragpistol
Rybynk translates to "child" in Bragulan, and accordingly the bragpistol is designed to be an easily concealable and extremely small-caliber (for Brag-standards at least) handgun for personal defense purposes, mass civilian and cub scout use, and as a derringer-type weapon for IBGV operatives. It is a highly compact semi-automatic design that can be chambered for a wide variety of small rounds, ranging from 15mm slugs for practice shooting and dealing with smaller sewer toximutoid varieties up to 25mm anti-personnel shells similar to larger Bragnum bullets. The variant favored by IBGV operatives includes a magnetic barrel lining, which allows for the use of a wide variety of other Brag and non-Brag rounds without rechambering the weapon, and integrated suppression systems to conceal the flash and silence the weapon.
The Rybynk's size makes it usable (if still large) for humans, and Bragulan construction makes it much more rugged and durable compared to many of the more "advanced" designs from other nations, and together with its respectable firepower these make it popular in the galactic small arms market. Conspiracy theorists, and rival gun companies, also accuse the Bragulans of deliberately saturating the market with Rybynks to make tracing IBGV assassins--and blaming them for any Wild Space politicians sporting curious Rybynk-sized holes in their faces--much more difficult than it would be if the weapon was less widespread amongst the scum of the galaxy.
Shou Qiang-16 Service Pistol
The Shou Qiang-16 pistol is relatively unique amongst contemporary service slugthrowers in that the projectile is stripped off the magazine backwards; that is, the initial motion of the projectile is to the rear before being pushed forward into the barrel. This arrangement maximizes barrel length, giving a full inch longer of a barrel, resulting in reduced stress on the gravitic accelerator and increased barrel life. The SQ-16 can have a collapsible stock attached, allowing full-auto fire and increased stability. Laser sights, as well as video remote and reflex sights, can be attached for additional functionality. Pistols are commonly issued to rear area troops, vehicle crews, and machinegunners. It utilizes the same ammunition as the standard BQ-98 rifle, but at a reduced velocity due to the decreased barrel length and for controllability purposes. It generates approximately 50% of the BQ-98's velocity without a stock and 75% of the BQ-98's velocity with stock attached and extended.
Energy-based Small Arms
AB-185 Assault Blaster
The AB-185 Assault Blaster is to the Centrality what the K-Bolter is to the Bragulans. While a bit less ubiquitous than the infamous Bragulan slugthrower, the AB is still the most common energy weapon in existence, with hundreds of billions estimated to currently be in circulation. The first AB model entered service with the Central Army in 3027, and since then has seen many upgrades to its design. The basic variant of the weapon has three standard fire settings (automatic, semi-auto, and pulse-fire) and can accept a variety of attachments and other accessories. The AB's firepower is variable, has a stun feature, a very large ammo capacity (the average gas cartridge has a total of 600 shots, depending on the firepower setting), and has a very high rate of fire for a weapon of its class.
BP-267 Blaster Pistol
The BP-267 Blaster Pistol is the standard energy-based sidearm utilized by nearly all members of the Central Armed Forces. At high power settings, it is strong enough to blast chunks off masonry at the cost of greater energy usage. It entered service in 3039, after complaints that the "slugpistols" used at the time were lacking in lethality. Easy to manufacture and upgrade, it has been quite successful in the international arms market.
B-11 Chamarran Beam Rifle
The B-11 is both the standard infantry weapon of the Chamarran armed forces and a weapon widely used by mercenaries and other fringe groups in and around the Hierarchy's borders. The firepower of the beam rifle, combined with the protective abilities of Chamarran personal forcefields, places the user on par with most standard power armor packages. The beam rifle's strength is largely due to its high-powered double-shot firing mode, which discharges the twin emitters simultaneously and packs enough of a punch to pierce most power armor and even some light vehicles. For lighter anti-personnel use, the weapon can be switched to a faster cycling alternating fire mode, where its blasts prove as adept at shearing through flesh as they are at piercing armor.
While an undoubtedly powerful personal weapon, the B-11 beam rifle does have some flaws. Its primary flaw is that it is incapable of truly rapid fire on par with other energy-based assault weapons like the AB-185, M48, and M116; its power management systems are highly simplified compared to other energy weapons, and its power requirements are such that it consumes power cartridges at an exceptional rate.
The Bastard was the name applied to a family of weapons produced under the Barbarian regime. Barbarian forces up until about 2565 were armed mostly with a mish-mash of whatever they could get their hands on; even after the conquest of New Colombia, the existing New Colombian arms industry was small and its products were of low quality. One of Forester's vassals, calling himself the Dread General Ramaseshan, gathered up as many engineers as he could after the fall of New Colombia and forced them to come up with a cheap and effective weapon, stipulating that they could steal design elements and components from any number of weapons he provided them (hence the name). The end result was the Mark-1 Bastard, which was created in 2563. Forester was impressed by this weapon and its effectiveness and declared that the Bastard would be the main rifle of his forces. Ramaseshan was given a considerable amount of land and resources, as well as hundreds of thousands of subjects, as a reward for his efforts.
The Bastard was cheap and easy to produce even with fairly rudimentary equipment. The Barbarians produced billions of these weapons during their reign, which were used by pirate warriors, mercenaries, dragooned conscripts, volunteers seeking escape from the harsh work quotas or some status, penal brigades, and janissaries; however, quite a few Barbarian warlords gave their men other weapons whenever possible, and their Bastards eventually found homes across the galaxy, usually among criminals and other low-life scum. Bastards had three settings: Safety, automatic fire fixed at 500 pulses a minute, and semi-automatic, firing a single pulse six times as powerful as those on automatic. Each standard power cell was good for about 55 automatic or 9 semi-automatic shots, although a variety of larger conventional and backpack power cells were developed. When compared to modern energy weapons, a Barbarian Bastard's automatic pulse is lackluster in terms of intensity (and by extension penetration) and raw firepower, although the semi-automatic pulse is still quite capable of posing a threat to modern body armor.
Despite its kitbashed nature, the Bastard was actually quite reliable, save for the matter of overheating; prolonged continuous usage (especially on semi-automatic) would lead to the entire weapon heating up fairly quickly. This was dealt with in a variety of ways, the most common solution being good old-fashioned water cooling. On the whole, the Bastard was a bulky weapon, usually weighing about five and a half kilograms fully loaded. Dozens of Bastard variants were produced, such as light machine guns, carbines, heavier versions used by the ramshackle power armored forces the Barbarians managed to make, and enhanced variants with superior optics and/or cooling systems. Part of the reason for the proliferation of Bastard variants was constant competition between various Barbarian warlords jockeying for prominence. Various attachments such as shotguns and grenade launchers were also made.
The Bastard's design managed to survive the ultimate defeat of the Barbarians. Many Barbarian warlords who survived the defeat of Forester still retained enough equipment on hand to turn out these weapons both for their own men and for sale to others. Militias (some of which traced their roots back to the Barbarians) with limited resources also turned to making Bastards, as did criminal organizations whenever it was deemed too costly or risky to import weapons from elsewhere. While other weapons such as the B-11 K-bolter, the M25 pulse rifle, and the AB-185 Assault Blaster would come to overtake the Bastard in subsequent centuries, its descendants still occasionally crop up along the fringes. In recent times, the majority of Bastard derivatives are produced out of small-scale garage gunshops in the former Outlander Commissions, generally using power cells and other components from the AB-185 and M25. Actual Barbarian War-era Bastards are prized collectors' items.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech DX-03 Lightning Shield Disruption Rifle
The rise of personal shields has been of some concern to the Commonwealth's military, and projects were approved to devise effective man-portable anti-shield weapons in the 3360s. While specialized shield-penetrating ammunition for weapons such as the Deathcaster and Viper has had some success, one of the most effective produced under these programs was the purpose-built DX-03 Lighting Shield Disruption Rifle. An anomaly among Nova Atlantean small arms with its wide variety of rail and gauss weapons, the DX-03 is a charged particle weapon, the beam of which is on average three to five times as effective per watt against personal level shields than most other energy or projectile weapons. However, against physical armor, it is very much lacking in terms of penetration, and all but the lightest vehicle-strength shielding is more than enough to negate its effects. As such, it is generally only issued in instances in which large numbers of shielded individuals are anticipated. It has a variable power setting and uses a power cell with 50-300 shots, depending on the level of output. It has the anti-theft measures that are typical to a Nova Atlantean rifle. A specialized varient of the Lightning exists, an underslung attachment to the Eradicator Battle Rifle. While not a big ticket item like the Deathcaster or the Viper, it has found its niche on the galactic arms market.
Designation CLXVIII Suppression Rifle, Imperial Class
The primary infantry weapon of the Pfhor Armed Forces is the Imperial Armory Designation CLXVIII Suppression Rifle, Imperial Class, commonly referred to by frontline troops as the D-168I Shock Rifle. The rifle makes use of the Pfhor’s unique shock weapon technology, and all models and variations are capable of both stunning and killing enemy combatants. The D-168I fires approximately 30mm shock bolts at a maximum rate of 700 rounds per minute in either kill or stun mode; a standard size charge pack provides enough energy for roughly 150 shots. Due to the shock effect, the D-168I is extremely effective against unarmored targets, but field troops have noted that its performance against heavily armored and shielded targets leaves something to be desired.
The D-168 is produced in several different classes, the most common of which is the Imperial Class, intended for frontline and reserve use by the Army and Navy, and reserve use by the Marines. The Guard Class, which offers the user more control over the composition and power level of each shot, is in frontline use with the Marines. The Militia Class is for use by private security forces and armies within the Pfhor Empire itself, and the Export Class is for sale to entities outside the Empire; both of these are less powerful and flexible than the Imperial Class, though the Export Class often has altered ergonomics to better suit whichever species has placed the order.
M11 Diamondback High Standard Plasma Pistol
The M11 Diamondback High Standard Plasma Pistol is a semi-automatic plasma pistol that fires 8mm bolts in the 40 watt range. The Diamondback is the standard sidearm for USMC troops. Highly compact, it is loaded with self-cooling cartridges each containing 40 rounds, and is equipped with an integral flash suppressor, a LED ammo counter, and an auto-targeting module with built-in IFF function. A best-selling DeBarros product, the M11 Diamondback is colloquially referred to as "an M116 in a can" due to the handgun featuring similar stopping power in a much smaller and lighter frame. Marines, mercenaries, and private citizens alike appreciate the lightweight handgun's penetrating power, accuracy, and balance.
M25 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle and Derivatives
The M25 (formally Phased Plasma Pulse Rifle, Caliber 11.5 mm, M25) was the standard service rifle of the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps at the time of the Imperium-Tau War, though full adoption of the rifle was not accomplished until well during the Great Crusade. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, it is a conventional-layout rifle that fires 11.5mm bolts in the 40 watt range. The M25 has a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, and full-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 shots, while full-automatic rate of fire is fixed at 750 rpm. Maximum effective range of the M25 is 1,600 meters. Many attachments designed for more modern SOS Imperial Armed Forces rifles are also backwards-compatible with the M25. A short-barreled carbine variant, the M27, was also produced; the M27's full-automatic rate of fire is increased slightly to 800 rpm, while its maximum effective range drops to 1,400 meters.
The original M25 and M27 were to the Holy Empire what the AB-185 Assault Blaster was to the Centrality or the B-11 K-bolter was to the Bragulans. Indeed, they were perhaps the most common energy weapons in existence before the AB-185 claimed that title for its own. Large numbers of M25s and M27s were given out as free military aid to states friendly to the Holy Empire, most notably the fledgling United Solarian Sovereignty during the First Bragulan War; these M25s and M27s were later passed on to yet other users when the Sovereignty and other recipients of Haruhiist aid replaced them with newer weapons. In Imperial service, the M25 and M27 were both officially replaced by the M281 pulse rifle after the pacification of the Risea Sector in 3157, though some SOS Imperial Guard units still used both rifles as late as the 33rd century. The original M25 and M27 are largely considered antiques in this day and age, though they can still be encountered with some frequency with law enforcement agencies and planetary militias in the Holy Empire, as well as in the arsenals of various criminal groups and minor nations all over known space.
While the original M25 and M27 ended production long ago, Seburo Firearms still produces civilian and law enforcement derivatives of both rifles, respectively designated the M11A and M13A. Unlike the original M25 and M27, the M11A and M13A are both limited to semi-automatic fire only, though they can be converted to full-auto fire with some effort. The M11A and M13A's relatively simple, no-frills designs also allow for a great deal of customization. M11A and M13A derivatives are also produced by several other companies, such as Dawkins-Tsien Militech and DeBarros General Products.
M36 Plasma Pistol
The M36 plasma pistol is one of the more unusual weapons issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, its general design is markedly different from most of its other products, as it was initially adapted from a similar sidearm used by the Kroot, Vespids, and other Tau auxiliaries during the Imperium-Tau War; the weapon has seen numerous progressive refinements and improvements over the centuries in order to keep it competitive with other designs such as the M11 Diamondback.
The M36 in its current form is a highly compact semi-automatic plasma pistol with a three-position (safe, semi-automatic, overcharge) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector. In its standard semi-auto fire setting, it fires 6.8mm bolts in the 32 watt range. In the overcharge setting, it fires a 12.7mm bolt in the 48 watt range, though it produces truly large amounts of waste heat per individual shot and requires a delay in order to cool off, which lowers its effective firing rate. A standard-capacity magazine holds enough power for 100 shots on semi-auto or 10 shots on overcharge mode. The weapon is fitted with an LED ammo counter/temperature gauge; military models are compatible with an auto-targeting module with integrated IFF.
Despite its decidedly unorthodox design, the M36 is still a relatively popular weapon on the galactic arms market. Koprulu Zone users in particular refer to it as the "Baby Diamondback" due to its small size and the "Canned PIG" due to the surprisingly large punch it packs when fired in overcharge mode; a favorite tactic against heavily-armored foes is to dual-wield the M36 and M11, using the M36's overcharge mode to blast a hole in the target's defenses before following up with the M11.
M48 Phased Plasma Assault Rifle
The M48 (more formally Phased Plasma Pulse Rifle, Caliber 8.6 mm, M48) is the most common rifle issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. It is a bullpup weapon manufactured by Seburo Firearms and fires 8.6mm darts of superheated hydrogen plasma in the 32.5-37.5 watt range (adjustable by the user; default power setting is 35 watts) that produces cauterizing and vaporizing effects comparable to those of the M116. The M48 has a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, and full-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 shots, while full-automatic rate of fire is dependent on power setting (1,050 rpm at 32.5 watts, 900 rpm at 35 watts, or 750 rpm at 37.5 watts). Ammunition capacity varies depending on power setting; a standard-capacity magazine carries enough power for 600 shots at 32.5 watts, 450 shots at 35 watts, or 300 shots at 37.5 watts. Maximum effective range of the M48 is also dependent on power setting (1,200 meters at 32.5 watts, 1,350 meters at 35 watts, or 1,500 meters at 37.5 watts). The M48's interfacing electronics and integrated targeting suite have been upgraded steadily over the years; the latest variant in service, the M48A4, has targeting capabilities comparable to those of the latest models of the M116. The M48 is also compatible with a wide range of attachments and accessories; the M412 underslung grenade launcher and a modified version of the M74 shotgun are the most common attachments seen on rifles in Haruhiist service.
M61 Ion Rifle
The M61 ion rifle is one of the more unusually-designed weapons issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, its general design is markedly different from most of its other products, as it was initially adapted from a similar rifle used by the Kroot and other Tau auxiliaries during the Imperium-Tau War; a similar weapon was likewise adapted into the M63 laser rifle. The M61 has seen numerous progressive refinements and improvements over the centuries in order to keep it competitive with other designs such as the M198 Hotback.
The M61 in its current form is a compact charged particle beam rifle with a two-position (safe, semi-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; the weapon is capable of variable power output capability. As it is an ion weapon, it is of particular effectiveness against power-armored infantry, robots, cyborgs, and even light vehicles due to its disruptive effects on electronics. A standard-capacity magazine provides enough power for 18 shots on standard power settings; it can also feed from a belt-mounted power pack or even a battlesuit's integrated power cell if necessary. Its integrated sensor package has targeting capabilities comparable to those found on the M198 Hotback.
M63 Laser Rifle
The M63 laser rifle is another exotic weapon issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, its design is broadly similar to that of the M61, as both were derived from Kroot rifles used during the Imperium-Tau War; as with other weapons of its generation, the M63 has seen numerous progressive refinements and improvements over the centuries in order to keep it competitive with other designs such as the M198 Hotback.
The M63 in its current form is a compact select-fire laser rifle with a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, continuous) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; the weapon is capable of variable power output capability. Burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 pulses, while continuous fire projects a sustained laser beam capable of cutting through vehicle armor on its highest power setting. A standard-capacity magazine provides enough power for 18 pulses or 100 seconds of continuous fire on standard power settings; it can also feed from a belt-mounted power pack or even a battlesuit's integrated power cell if necessary. Its integrated sensor package has targeting capabilities comparable to those found on the M198 Hotback.
M116 Phased Plasma Assault Rifle
The M116 (more formally Phased Plasma Pulse Rifle, Caliber 10 mm, M116) is the primary assault rifle of the USMC. It is a bullpup weapon manufactured by DeBarros General Products' Planetary Warfare Division and rapid-fires 10mm darts of superheated hydrogen plasma in the 40 watt range that can produce massive cauterizing and vaporizing effects when the bolt impacts at high velocity. Maximum effective range of the M116 is 1,500 meters. The M116 is designed for use by combat armored troops and thus heavy, and the interfacing electronics and built-in passive electro-optic, broad-spectrum imaging, motion-tracking and laser rangefinding module make that rifles of the M116 family are more versatile, more powerful, but also more expensive than many available alternatives.
M198 Hotback Laser Rifle
The Solaris Cross Lasers Hotback 150 free electron combat laser system is the standard first line USMC marksman weapon. The Marine Corps decided to opt for a laser over its usual plasma weapons to maximize operational range and eliminate projectile lag. The adoption of a FEL and incorporation of a phase computer allows the marksman to automatically tune his weapon to the surrounding atmosphere, decreasing the weapon's thermal signature and increasing lethality at range.
The Hotback laser rifle fires laser pulses at single shot or in rapid bursts, and is capable of variable power output capability. The passive electromagnetic sensor array mounted above the barrel feeds data directly to the faceplate HUD of a battlesuit; it combines the functions of a high-resolution infrared sensor, low light television and passive millimetre radar. This sensor has a range of 10 km and a visual magnification of up to ×125. In addition the laser can operate in a target designation and LIDAR mode with a sensor range of 15 km. All weapon and sensor functions are powered by a standard photonic loop energy cell, but in a pinch the Hotback can also feed off a battlesuit's integral power cell or a belt mounted battery.
M281 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle
The M281 (formally Phased Plasma Pulse Rifle, Caliber 11.5 mm, M281) was once the primary service rifle of SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps before it was officially replaced by the M48 in the late 34rd century; however, large numbers of M281s still remain in SOS Imperial Armed Forces armories and are used for specialty roles in front-line service. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, it is a bullpup weapon that fires 11.5mm bolts in the 40 watt range. The M281 has a four-position (safe, semi-automatic, burst, and full-automatic) trigger group with an ambidextrous selector; burst fire can be set from 2 to 6 shots, while full-automatic rate of fire is adjustable by the user (minimum is 600 rpm, factory-rated maximum is 800 rpm, default is 700 rpm). Maximum effective range of the M281 is 1,600 meters. The M281's interfacing electronics and integrated targeting suite have been upgraded steadily over the years; M281s still in SOS Imperial Armed Forces service have targeting capabilities comparable to those of the latest models of the M116. The M281 is also compatible with a wide range of attachments and accessories; the M412 underslung grenade launcher, a modified version of the M74 shotgun, and several types of bayonet (including the infamous M13 Lancer) are the most common attachments seen on rifles remaining in Haruhiist service.
The M281 is particularly notable for its cosmetic resemblance to the M66 gauss rifle. At a distance, the M281 can most easily be distinguished from the M66 by its lack of carrying handle.
Maximillian Munitions Maximum Magnum
Maximillian Munitions is a firm created by maverick military engineer Maximillian Mitsukuri. The son of an unusual marriage between a Haruhiist father and a Nova Atlantean posthuman mother (born via exowomb), Maximillian is notable for his disregard for nationality and his mobile base of operations, based off of his factory ship Maximillian's Magnificient Manufactorium. Maximillian, with the aid of a broad spectum of engineers from across the galaxy and a large number of species, has come up with a variety of unusual weapons and other combat systems such as powersuits. Among the most popular of his firm's products is the Maximum Magnum plasma pistol.
True to its name, the Maximum Magnum is a huge weapon, weighing in at 2.67 kilograms unloaded. It has two modes of fire, standard and charged shot. The standard fire mode fires pulses 150% as powerful as those of the Seburo M36's overcharge mode semi-automatically at a maximum sustained rate of 50 rpm. The charged shot fires a pulse roughly three to four times as powerful as the standard shot depending on charge time, though doing so requires two separate trigger pulls (one to start the charging process, one to fire the pulse) in order to fire, and the weapon automatically discharges the bolt after charging for 16 seconds in order to prevent permanent damage to the weapon; the maximum sustained rate of fire for the charged shot is approximately 20 rpm. Charged shots can be a threat to many forms of powered armor. The standard magazine is good for 32 standard bolts or up to 9 charged bolts (less if bolts are charged for more than a couple of seconds), though high-capacity magazines are available which are good for 48 standard or up to 13 charged bolts.
Of course, the Maximum Magnum does have its flaws. It is bulky by human standards, prone to overheating after continuous use (which also makes it extremely easy to detect via IR sensors), and highly expensive. The overheating problem can be alleviated somewhat by the addition of a liquid-cooled jacket, though this adds another 200 grams to the weapon's already considerable weight. The Maximum Magnum is capable of accepting a large number of standard accessories, including HUD linked scopes, laser designators, power adapters, and a detachable stock, as well as custom modifications. Outside of a few of the more unconventional special forces and some eccentric high-ranking officers, the Maximum Magnum is not used by any of the galaxy's militaries, but it remains popular among civilians, criminal organizations, and anyone else who can afford its steep price tag.
Omer Science Plasma Pulse Emitters
FGB-364B Pulse Pistol
Derived from the Imperial Tau pulse pistol, the FGB-364B packs the power of an anti-materiel rifle into a package massing less than three kilograms. Although bulky and suffering from low magazine capacity, its effectiveness is unquestionable. That said, it is deemed much to large and heavy to be used as a sidearm by Union regulars. Some Dragoons swear by it, and Tau auxiliaries serving the Interstellar Union refuse to use anything else. Changes from the original Tau design are mostly cosmetic in nature, removing built-in Imperial Tau symbols and giving it a more regular shape for easier manufacturing. The new model also features a modular trigger assembly that can be swapped out for improved ergonomics with different species.
FGB-373B Pulse Rifle
Derived from the Imperial Tau pulse rifle, the FGB-373B puts fully automatic anti-materiel firepower into the hands of any soldier. Due to its relative cost and firepower, it is generally employed as a squad support weapon, though Tau auxiliaries serving the Interstellar Union continue to employ it as though it were an assault rifle. Changes from the original Tau design are mostly cosmetic in nature, removing built-in Imperial Tau symbols and giving it a more regular shape for easier manufacturing, but the new model features accessory rails, modular ergonomics enabling compatibility with human, Tau, and other species, and an integrated power source allowing for higher-capacity plasma magazines.
FGB-379B Pulse Carbine
The FGB-379B is basically a cut-down pulse rifle. While still large for a "carbine" (as it has been termed by Tau Earth caste engineers), it has proven far less unwieldy and bulky than its big brother, so it is sometimes employed by ISU Dragoon special forces as a high-powered alternative to a battle rifle for engaging heavy infantry like themselves.
SIG Saucer P22Z Psi-Gun
The P22Z is a unique weapon made by Selindil Iiirthuu Gesellschaft Saucer, an Apexai arms manufacturer from Zedath-Kalesh. It is a hyper-compact autolaser with an exotic (and very classified) power unit and an intricate microcryosystem that current Solarian technology has been so far been unable to replicate. This unusually small package is capable of matching the devastating outputs of much larger phased plasma weapons and far surpasses them with its unerring accuracy, due to an Apexai mind-interface system.
Apexai crystals that harmonize with the user's thoughts are positioned in key parts of the P22Z. The user, almost always a CEID agent, is given the requisite psionic weapons training necessary to wield the P22Z effectively. Training involves connecting the mind to the Apexai crystals, allowing the weapon itself to "see" what the user sees, locking on to the targets the user wishes to strike with a thought. For radically increased accuracy, CEID agents can focus their minds to perceive in the sixth and seventh senses rather than the mere five, in a way similar to the weapon's original Apexai makers. The increased psionic harmony between user and weapon transforms the P22Z into more than just an extension of the user's body, making it into a true extension of his/her mind. With the P22Z's ability to fire off-axis in either rapid-fire pulses or in scything beams, it doesn't even have to be pointed directly at the target to kill.
An even deadlier P22Z variant exists for more potent CEID psions. Refined psionic crystals and a psycho-conducive polymetal grip allow the user to not only mentally aim the P22Z, but also channel psionic energy into it to dramatically increase the damage done by the autolaser or even refract the Apexai crystals to send the beams curving around obstacles to strike the enemy. The intense mental effort required is something the vast majority of psions are incapable of doing, which is why this enhanced P22Z is only issued to CEID's psion elites. The P22Z can be slowly recharged by the user's psychoplasm, a less intense process easier for ordinary psions.
In the past, psionic weapons much like the P22Z were the standard arms of the Apexai. Only a few of these weapons exist today, most made by SIG Saucer. The P22Z is made almost exclusively for CEID, though a few have fallen into the hands of extra-governmental entities like private Apexai citizens, very affluent psions, Cerberus Syndicate operatives, and other less savory characters. The most notable non-CEID user is Empress Haruhi Suzumiya, who owns a highly customized P22Z built by SIG Saucer to her own personal specifications.
Infantry Support Weapons
Amaterasu Armaments IM-1000 Millenium Automortar
The primary field mortar of the Commonwealth Army, the Millenium Mortar is a gauss-based launcher, weighing in at some 37.5 kilograms. The Millenium Mortar fires 75mm rounds and is loaded either in a conventional manner or through a belt feed with a maximum automatic rate of fire of 50 rounds per minute. Millenium Mortar shells have several variants, including fragmentation, incinerite, HEAT, high explosive, cluster munition, agent delivery, stun, Moray Mines, smoke, and nuclear (rarely used). Most of these shells have optional guidance systems, allowing a greater hit ratio and even the ability to dodge incoming point defense fire. Targeting is either done manually or by cybernetic interface. It has a maximum range of 12 kilometers. In addition to conventional vehicle mounts and conventional use by infantry, modified Millenium Mortars on special backpack mounts are used by Cougar combat forms. Like many products of the Commonwealth arms industry, the Millenium Mortar is well-established on the galactic arms market.
Amaterasu Armaments GX-2 Kanabo Gravitic Repulsor
The GX-2 gravitic repulsor is a specialized device used by the Nova Atlantean military that fills a roughly analogous role to the flamethrowers used by other nations. It is essentially a weaponized countergravity system, braced with considerable inertial dampening; it draws energy from a backpack-mounted power supply unit and weighs in at 26 kilograms total. When activated, it projects a cone-shaped gravitic pulse, up to 20 meters long and 2 meters wide at its widest point; anything within its area of effect will be pushed away with considerable force. The weapon itself is silent save for a slight humming, although the gravitic distortion causes highly visible disruptions in air currents. In general, heavier objects tend to be harder to repulse, though it can easily send average men flying even on its lowest setting. On higher settings, it is capable of flipping over light vehicles, demolishing lightly-built structures, and causing severe trauma to personnel due to the sudden acceleration involved, as well as force oncomming projectiles off their course. Due to its bulk, its use is usually limited to specialist units.
B-35 Precision Cannon
The B-35 Precision Cannon is a "smart" gun fielded by professional units and special forces in the Bragulan military. It is a computer-aimed, video-targeted automatic weapon attached to servohydraulic armor by a brace and a gyro-stabilized support arm - a revolver cannon mounted on sort of a steadicam that kills. The gyro-support arm is controlled by a computer linked to passive-aggressive sensors, a smart system that not only directs rounds to their targets but also detects structural vulnerabilities such as a building's support pillars or soft spots in enemy armor. When switched to aggressive-aggressive mode, the gamma/x-ray array can bathe targets in lethal amounts of radiation, a feature often used by off-duty Bragtroops to cook flocks of birds; in urban combat, it can be used to see through walls before shooting through them. The weapon has a range of nearly 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) and can fire K-bolts, repleted uranium spikes, bottled Karlack bioplasma, vegemite buckshot, HESH (High Explosive Smash Head), monomolecular fragmentation rounds, thermobarics, target-seeking micro-grenades and more.
B-36 Sniper Cannon
The B-36 is a semi-automatic extended range variant of the B-35, used by specialist snipers in the Bragulan special forces. The magnetic rails lining the lengthened barrel are supercharged, and can be configured to accept multiple calibers. The standard round is a variable-tipped 85mm micro-scramjet assisted projectile. The B-36 has twice the range of the original B-35, and sports a lightweight state-of-the-art computerized network-capable targeting system that weighs only fifty pounds. Storm Snipers can strike targets from beyond the horizon by interfacing with designated spotter systems. The B-36 is manually aimed, and does not require a gyro-stabilized support arm or servohydraulic armor assistance.
The Bragulan B-NET K-cannon is a heavy infantry weapon for anti-personnel and anti-vehicle use. It fires 30mm K-bolts at 800 rpm, with an effective range of 5.5 kilometers unassisted, while even larger B-NETs are chambered for 40mm K-bolts, with a firing rate of 330 rpm and a 7.5 kilometer unassisted range. B-NETs are usually issued to paired conscripts, one to lug the weapon and another to haul a drum full of ammo belts. Better-equipped troops forgo this and can carry the guns and ammo individually with servohydraulics to bear the weight and aid in targeting. Vehicle-mounted B-NETs are usually twin-linked, while Brag-portable ones have tripods with pneumatic stakes that drives themselves into the ground to brace the weapon from its recoil.
The B-NET K-cannon has far greater firepower than the B-11 as it shoots larger slugs at higher speeds, giving it excellent armor-piercing capability. Its rounds are cored with repleted uranium, a self-sharpening and pyrophoric substance; upon impacting a vehicle, the K-bolt not only spews acid residues but also radioactive particulates that catch fire, ignite ammunition and fuel, kill the crew, and possibly cause the vehicle to explode.
Banyong Liudan Qiang-01 Automatic Grenade Launcher
The Banyong Liudan Qiang-01 is a 25mm squad grenade launcher. It can be either belt-fed or magazine-fed, depending on mounting. For hand-held use, it is equipped with a stock and pistol grip and feeds from a 10-round magazine; it can also accept BQ-98 grenade magazines, and vice versa. A 30-round helical magazine can also be utilized, which is not compatible with the BQ-98. The BLQ-01 can also be fitted directly onto power armor, or mounted onto a tripod or pintle mount and fitted with spade grips. When belt-fed, a multi-feed option is available to allow selection of ammunition before firing, such as pinch warheads, conventional HE, armor-piercing, incendiary, or shotgun rounds.
Big Borscht HIM
Named for its propensity for turning enemies into soup, the Big Borscht Heavy Infantry Mortar is a telescreen-guided breech-loaded 320mm bear-portable artillery piece composed of a big bore magnetic accelerator tubule, a bragsteel base plate, and a hydraulic bipod. It can launch a wide variety of munitions at targets as far away as 9km. Rocket boosters and extended barrels for vehicle-mounted models can increase this range significantly. Typical rounds include HE, HEAT, HEAP, HEAD, HESH, cluster munitions, thermobarics, incendiary isotopes, biochemical weapons, signalling or laser/energy refracting smoke, vegemite chaff, radium flares, micro-nukes, neutron bombs, fragmentary "dirty bombs," and EMP warheads. To defeat point-defenses and CIWS, Borscht batteries can saturate areas with laser/energy refracting smoke and vegemite chaff before lobbing depressed angle rocket-assisted warheads. Due to its size, the mortar and its rounds are carried by whole fireteams.
GPRB-109 General Purpose Repeating Blaster
An energy-based analogue to the general purpose machine gun (GPMG), the GPRB-109 has been the standard fire support weapon of the Central Army and Marines since 3053. It is famous for its incredibly high rate of fire and ease of manufacture, though cooling can be a problem as far as continuous fire is concerned. It has variable power settings, enabling it to take on anything from infantry (armored or not) to light vehicles so long as the weapon remains active, though more power means more energy consumption.
M78 Phased Plasma Infantry Gun
The M78 PIG (Plasma Infantry Gun, formally Phased Plasma Assault Gun, Caliber 13 mm, M78, Flexible) is a (barely) man-portable weapon designed to be effective against heavy armor and power-armored infantry alike. Manufactured by DeBarros as part of a range of plasma assault weapons, it fires 13mm darts of plasma in the 50 watt range. The fast-discharge system powering the gun has a dialable firing cycle with a maximum rate of fire of 850 bolts per minute. In order to keep the gun from melting during sustained fire it is fitted with an advanced cryo-system. The penetrating power of the system is considerable, and it is claimed to be able to breach the flank armor of a Chornyb Urban Pacifier at 4,000 m. Although one of the oldest active weapons in the arsenal of the USMC, the marines continue to like the M78 for its penetrating power and extremely high rate of fire, the combination of which means it is utter overkill against most of the targets typically engaged with it.
M79 Gauss Cannon
The M79 (formally Gauss Autocannon, Caliber Variable, M79) is the standard autocannon utilized by the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Designed primarily as a light anti-vehicle weapon, it is also extremely effective against all types of infantry. Manufactured by Morita as part of its line of gauss weaponry, in its default configuration, it fires 20mm slugs at 16.5 km/s, either semi-automatically or on full automatic at a maximum rate of 350 rpm; it can also be fitted with a 30mm accelerator array to chamber and fire larger calibers, with a corresponding increase in muzzle velocity (18 km/s for a 30mm projectile). The M79 features a dual-feed system, allowing the user to switch between different types of ammunition at will; the standard round is a high explosive armor-piercing incendiary slug, though it can also fire regular high explosive armor-piercing slugs, high explosive fragmentation slugs, hypervelocity kinetic penetrators (trinium, tungsten carbide, or depleted uranium), and solid metal slugs. The factory-rated maximum effective range is 5.5 kilometers in its default configuration, increasing to 7 kilometers with the large-caliber accelerator array; it can easily exceed those figures with optics and/or computer-assisted aiming.
Unlike the M358 gauss GPMG, the M79 cannot be fired under any circumstance by individual soldiers without significant powered assistance. The gun itself weighs 38 kg when fully assembled with the standard 20mm accelerator array; the complete weapons system in its infantry configuration can weigh up to 58 kg depending on the mounting used. While it can be fitted directly to power armor, it is most often encountered as a fixed weapon, mounted either on a standard infantry tripod, a dual-purpose mount, various vehicle mounts (turret, pintle, or swing-arm), or a heavy anti-air mount. Standard SOS Imperial Armed Forces doctrine states that the M79 is to be issued to teams of at least two soldiers, one to operate the weapon and the others to carry parts, ammunition, and other supplies; a team of two soldiers without powered assistance can carry the gun and its standard tripod by themselves (disassembled, of course).
M97 Stonecleaver Infantry Grenade Launcher
The M97 Stonecleaver (formally Grenade Launcher, Caliber 60 mm, M97) is a heavy automatic grenade launcher with an effective range of 5 km, developed and manufactured by Solaris Advanced Weapons Corporation. The M97 was intended to significantly increase a small squad's firepower and fires a wide variety of programmable smart grenades from two dual-mounted 25-round box magazines. With the press of a button, the wielder can switch between magazines, allowing rapid shifting between different kinds of munitions. At 25 kg, the M97 can be carried and fired only by power-armored troops; the Stonecleaver is fitted with a ballistic computer that feeds targeting data directly into a combat suit's VHUD. The M97 suffers somewhat from being over-engineered; amongst marines the M97 is known as fussy, requiring careful maintenance to prevent loss of reliability. Like most Solarian weapons systems, the M97's numerical designation follows the unofficial USMC/SOS Classification System.
SAWco has developed a plethora of grenade types for the Stonecleaver: HE, HE Target Seeking, HEAT, High Explosive Flechette, Enhanced HE, HE Breaching, Concussion, Tangler Monowire, EMP, AMAG, Close Combat Flechette, Prism Smoke, Biotech Motion Restraint, Scrambler, Programmable Nanostat Swarm, and Gauss Field.
M358 GP Gauss Machine Gun
The M358 general purpose gauss machine gun (formally Gauss Machine Gun, Caliber 8.6 mm, M358) is the standard infantry support weapon of the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Manufactured by Morita as part of its line of gauss weaponry, it fires 8.6mm high explosive armor-piercing incendiary slugs at 6.3 km/s at a factory-rated maximum rate of fire of 900 rpm, though it can easily and safely be modified in the field to achieve muzzle velocities over 7.2 km/s and firing rates in excess of 1,200 rpm (albeit at the cost of significantly reduced component life); even though it is built with inertial dampeners in order to control recoil, it can still be considerable for an inexperienced user without powered assistance. While it is designed to feed from a belt, it can also accept magazines from the M66 gauss rifle if needed. Its maximum effective range is 4,000 meters with optics. While standard SOS Imperial Armed Forces doctrine states that the M358 is meant to be issued to teams of two soldiers, it can easily be operated and maintained by a single person in the field.
M412 Grenade Launcher
The M412 (formally Grenade Launcher, Caliber 40 mm, M412) is an underslung single-shot grenade launcher manufactured by Seburo Firearms. While it is designed to be attached to the M48, M66, and M281 rifles, the M412 can also be used as a stand-alone weapon simply by attaching a buttstock; Seburo also manufactures adaptors to fit the M412 to a wide variety of other weapons, such as the AB-185, M116, and VX-23. It is compatible with a wide range of lethal and less-lethal ammunition.
M430 Grenade Launcher
The M430 (formally Grenade Launcher, Caliber 40 mm, M430) is a pump-action grenade launcher manufactured by Seburo Firearms. While largely superceded by the semi-automatic M621, considerable numbers of these launchers still remain in SOS Imperial Armed Forces armories and are used for specialty roles in front-line service. The weapon feeds from a 3-round tube magazine and is compatible with a wide range of lethal and less-lethal ammunition; its suitability as a crowd-control weapon in particular has ensured its continued popularity with law enforcement agencies throughout the K-Zone and beyond.
M570 Automatic Grenade Launcher
The M570 (formally Grenade Launcher, Caliber 60 mm, M570) is an automatic grenade launcher used by the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Designed primarily as an anti-infantry weapon, it can also be used to great effect against lightly-armored vehicles. Manufactured by Seburo Firearms, it fires a variety of 60mm grenades from a belt feed; while primarily designed to fire "dumb" grenades, it also contains an integrated computer and datalink for programming "smart" grenades via battlesuit interface or directly from the weapon itself. The M570 features a dual-feed system, allowing the user to switch between different types of ammunition at will. It is compatible with the full range of munitions designed by SAWco for use with the M97 Stonecleaver, as well with Seburo's own proprietary rounds. Maximum effective range is 5 kilometers.
Unlike the M97 Stonecleaver, the M570 is primarily used as a crew-served weapon in vehicles and fixed positions, though it can be used as a man-portable weapon if necessary. The weapon itself weighs 32 kg when fully assembled and can be fitted to the same mountings used by the M79 and M597. As with other heavy crew-served weapons, standard SOS Imperial Armed Forces doctrine states that the M570 is to be issued to teams of at least two soldiers, one to operate the weapon and the others to carry parts, ammunition, and other supplies; a team of two soldiers without powered assistance can carry the gun and its standard tripod by themselves (disassembled, of course).
M597 Heavy Gauss Machine Gun
The M597 heavy gauss machine gun (formally Gauss Machine Gun, Caliber 14 mm, M597) is an infantry support weapon of the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps that fills the gap between the M358 gauss GPMG and the M79 gauss cannon. Another product of Morita Firearms, it fires a variety of 14mm slugs at 11.5 km/s; full-auto rate of fire is variable and can be set by the operator (minimum is 500 rpm, factory-rated maximum is 800 rpm, default is 650 rpm). The M597 features a dual-feed system, allowing the user to switch between different types of ammunition at will; the standard military round is a high explosive armor-piercing incendiary slug, though it can also accept other types of ammunition, such as regular high explosive armor-piercing, hypervelocity kinetic penetrator (trinium, tungsten carbide, or depleted uranium), solid metal, and even standard K-bolts as used in the B-11 K-bolter.
The M597 is not meant to be fired by individual soldiers without powered assistance; while stronger soldiers can move it around and even fire the weapon from the hip without assistance, accuracy is expectedly dismal at best. The gun weighs 25 kg fully assembled and can be fitted to the same mountings used by the M79 and M570; the complete weapons system weighs 41 kg when fitted to a standard infantry tripod. As with other heavy crew-served weapons, standard SOS Imperial Armed Forces doctrine states that the M597 is to be issued to teams of at least two soldiers, one to operate the weapon and the others to carry parts, ammunition, and other supplies; a team of two soldiers without powered assistance can carry the gun and its standard tripod by themselves (disassembled, of course).
M621 Grenade Launcher
The M621 (formally Grenade Launcher, Caliber 40 mm, M621) is a semi-automatic grenade launcher manufactured by Seburo Firearms. It is the current standard-issue infantry grenade launcher of the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps, replacing the pump-action M430 in most front-line use. In its standard configuration, it feeds from a 6-round cylindrical magazine, though it can also accept a high-capacity 12-round magazine. The weapon is primarily intended for use with lethal ammunition, though it is perfectly capable of firing less-lethal rounds.
M6046 Chemical Projector
The M6046 is a flamethrower (somewhat euphemistically designated as a "chemical projector") utilized by certain units of the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. It is a direct evolutionary descendant of the previous M1414 chemical projector, which was in turn adapted from a Byzantine design during the Imperium-Tau War era. The weapon is designed to use promethium as its fuel, though it can easily be adapted to use a wide variety of other fuel sources, such as rubiconium derivatives (inspired by the example of the Bragulan "double-V" flamethrower), pressurized chlorine trifluoride, a triethylaluminum/triethylborane mixture, or even standard napalm mixed with white phosphorous; experimental promethium/rubiconium fuel mixtures have shown much promise in combat trials, capable of burning at much hotter temperatures than pure promethium. A specially modified version of the M6046 used by the SOS Imperial Marine Corps can also be used to disperse grey goo, programmable via a standard battlesuit interface.
Nuclear flamethrowers use incendiary isotopes to incinerate, irradiate, and immolate those deserving Byzonic burnination and are typically used in urban pacification and close-quarters combat. There are three general kinds fielded by Bragulan troops, differentiated by the fuel they use. Unleaded-plutonium fossil fuel flamers use the distilled fuels of Bragulan ground vehicles minus releading, as plutonium-spiked diesel is releaded to decrease the radioactivity of its fumes, and have the advantage of readily available fuel sources as all one needs is a distiller and easy access to the motor pool, while the disadvantage is that it is practically just napalm mixed with a dirty radiation bomb. Double V flamers use vegemite-saturated vespene gas for a similar but more intense effect, as vegemite is significantly more radioactive than plutonium-spiked diesel and vespene burns at plasmatic temperatures, while the disadvantage is that vegemite-vespene is not as accessible. Liquid thorium flamers are almost only used by Bragulan naval infantry, who use weaponized coolant hoses in boarding actions.
Tongyong Ji Qiang-95 GPMG
The Tongyong Ji Qiang-95 GPMG is the standard support weapon of the Lujun. A belt-fed weapon, it fires the same ammunition and uses the same sight module as the BQ-98 rifle in order to simplify training. The TJQ-95 can be fitted directly to power armor, mounted on a tripod or pintle mount with spade grips, or carried with a pistol grip and bipod.
VX-27 Scythe Tri-Barrel
The VX-27 is an infantry support gauss weapon with (as the name indicates) three accelerator assemblies. It fires 4.5mm ammunition at 5.25 km/s and can mantain a variable rate of fire of up to 6500 rounds per minute. The Sycthe is usually belt-fed. Weighing 17.8 kilograms, it is easily man-portable and can be operated effectively by one person, even to a limited degree while standing, although doing so under combat conditions is usually not practical due to massive recoil and high ammunition consumption. Even so, Scythes in the hands of posthuman soldiers using backpack-mounted ammo feeds can quickly dispatch large numbers of non-power-armored enemies and bring down more durable ones under an unending storm of fire. Personnel in Cougar combat forms carrying Scythes are typically refered to around RAR! space as "Combines," after the agricultural vehicle.
VX-28 Reaper Heavy Tri-Barrel
The VX-28 Reaper is essentially an upscaled version of the Scythe in terms of appearance and internal mechanisms, firing 10mm ammunition at 7.5 km/s. Even heavy power armor can be cut down by continuous fire from a Reaper. Weighing in at 42.2 kilograms, the weapon can be carried by a couple of personnel, but its mobility is limited by ammunition to fixed locations and vehicle mounts. To make it easier to transport and deploy, a countergravity harness for the weapon and its ammunition hopper has been developed and introduced.
VX-30 Vindicator Century Level Weapon
The VX-30 is a dual-purpose linear accelerator weapon able to reconfigure itself to serve two distinct purposes. The first mode is that of a standard anti-personnel heavy machine gun, firing 10mm rounds at 6.5 km/s (7.6 km/s after the latest upgrades) at a rate of 1,000 rpm. The secondary mode has the accelerator array widen, allowing it to fire 30mm AP rounds at 15 km/s (increased to 18 km/s with the latest models) at a mechanically restricted rate of 30 rpm semi-automatically. In either configuration, its maximum effective range is about 7 kilometers. Its secondary fire mode makes it very useful against power-armored soldiers and light vehicles including many APCs, although the weapon masses some 36 kilograms, making it hard to move by hand by non-augmented soldiers. It is typically carried by specialized infantry teams or mounted on light vehicles such as Iceskinks, though one variant (the VX-30/c) is used by Cougar combat forms, generally with a magazine feed for the 30mm heavy projectiles.
Amaterasu Armaments SRLg-10 Zweihander Rocket Launcher
Designed by Yamato-based Amaterasu Armaments, the Zweihander is the main infantry rocket launcher used by the Commonwealth military. Firing 10.5cm rockets, the system has several unique features. While it can be fired like a conventional rocket launcher, it is normally mounted on a shoulder-mounted assisted platform controllable by either a joystick or a direct cybernetic interface. The launcher also uses a low-power gauss accelerator to jettison the rocket before firing the motor, eliminating backblast. The Zweihander is dual-purpose, capable of firing both anti-tank and anti-air missiles. Ammunition includes HEAT, HEAD, agent delivery (with several different payloads, ranging from DollDust(TM) to nerve agents), fragmentation, guided anti-aircraft, anti-shield, and low-yield nuclear warhead (the last is rarely issued). Its sensor suite is fairly sophisticated by most standards. For reasons of logistics and marketability (mostly marketability), the Zweihander includes a variable-geometry loading chamber, which allows it to accept a variety of non-Commonwealth ammunition, including that used by the DD-359, M52, M83 SADAR, ML-101, RL-87, and THOR, albeit at significantly reduced accuracy; despite this drawback, the Zweihander is still a reasonably profitable export item. The Zweihander is typically issued at the Strike Group level or to specialized anti-armor squads at the Cohort or Maniple level.
The Bragulan Infantry Fission missile is a micronuclear weapon with a variable yield ranging from sub-kiloton to double-digit kilotons. Standard BIFs are unguided dumbfire rockets similar to Space RPGs but with far deadlier warheads. Advanced models, such as the BIFG, used by better-equipped army units, special forces, and the Emerald Guard, have more sophisticated guidance systems to defeat modern defenses. In the Legion, BIFs are normally issued at the platoon level and conscripts only use them when authorized by their superiors, but favored professional volunteer and Shock units can be issued BIFs by squad. BIFs are used against ground vehicles, aircraft, and most often as bear-portable artillery support to indiscriminately level entire areas or as emergency weapons against Astartes or FORCE Marines. Commissars also favor the BIF to quickly deal with mass mutinies.
DD-214 Guang Incendiary Missile
The DD-214 Guang was developed in response to a requirement for the ability to set things on fire from a distance. Earlier iterations of the weapon utilized a triethylaluminum/triethylborane mixture, a strong pyrophoric (burns spontaneously in air) that was effective against most targets in a oxygen-based environment. However, the Lujun's leaders were unhappy, because the weapon was of limited effectiveness against targets in non-habitable atmospheres or hard vacuum; also, it was possible to fight the fire.
For the next iteration of the DD-214, the next brilliant idea was to load the missile with a oxidizer for the warhead instead of a fuel. The Lujun turned to the strongest liquid oxidizer it could find, called CPF. CPF is hypergolic with essentially every known solid substance, with no ignition delay measurable; materials it is known to react with include sand, stone, armor plate, and for that matter, Lujun researchers. Conventional methods of firefighting largely fail, as it will react with most firefighting agents, including water and carbon dioxide; smothering the fire also fails, as CPF is its own oxidizer and considers nearly everything to be fuel. Typical combustion products of CPF include a mix of some of the strongest acids known to man. The best methods of fighting a CPF fire are venting the atmosphere, or failing that, a good pair of running shoes.
DD-359 Zhen Quadrole Missile
The DD-359 Zhen quad-role missile comes in two variants: Slow and fast. Targets can include vehicles (including heavy armor), aircraft, bunkers, and personnel. The fast variant is more suited to attacking aircraft, while the slow model can fire over the horizon or over obstacles. The fast variant is a KE impactor with Cochrane generator, allowing exceptional velocity, while the slow variant substitutes a pinch warhead with directional capability. Both models are fired out of a sealed no-maintenance container. A standard MJ-95 sight module is utilized for aiming and targeting, usually the same one fitted onto the user's BQ-98.
A design by DeBarros General Products, the Hellstorm is a specialized anti-infantry weapons system that discharges so-called "cargo" rockets. Each rocket is in fact a cluster of active-homing micro-missiles fitted with high explosive armor-piercing incendiary warheads. These smart missiles are supremely agile, capable of navigating even narrow corridors for prolonged periods of time without hitting the walls, and can coordinate their attacks, jointly engaging one or more targets within a 2km radius. Ideal for city-clearing or operations in target-rich environments, the Hellstorm is the marines' preferred weapon when clearing out Karlack infestations.
M17 Bisento Rocket Launcher
The M17 Bisento (formally Rocket Launcher, Caliber 102 mm, M17) was the standard anti-armor weapon issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps at the time of the Directorate War and Great Crusade. Though quickly retired by the SOS Imperial Armed Forces shortly after the end of the Great Crusade in favor of newer anti-armor weapons such as the M26 Zanbato and M42 Nagamaki rocket launchers, the M17 was produced in such large numbers that original launchers dating back to the Great Crusade era can still be encountered with great frequency throughout the Koprulu Zone and beyond; its simple design also makes it easy to reproduce in places with otherwise-limited manufacturing capabilities, like the average Wild Space colony world.
The M17's most notable characteristic is its relatively large size compared to other weapons in its class, which makes it somewhat awkward for use by the average human, particularly in urban combat situations. Despite this shortcoming, it could accomodate a much larger warhead than other weapons of its class and generation could; while further advances in technology made it possible to accomodate the Bisento's payload in more compact packages like the M26, M42, and M52 rocket launchers, its cheapness, power, and reliability still make it a weapon of choice for the budget-conscious mercenary or insurgent.
M52 Naginata Rocket Launcher
The M52 Naginata (formally Rocket Launcher, Caliber 102 mm, M52) is the standard anti-armor weapon issued to the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Designed as a replacement for previous anti-armor weapons in SOS Imperial Armed Forces service such as the M26 Zanbato and M42 Nagamaki, it represents a radical departure from previous designs. The M52 fires 102mm rockets from a pair of preloaded, disposable barrels that can quickly be detached from the launcher and replaced once both are exhausted. While the standard projectile is an unguided tandem-charge high explosive anti-armor rocket, the M52 is a highly versatile weapon capable of firing a variety of other munitions, such as high explosive dual-purpose, tandem-charge high explosive armor-piercing incendiary, tandem-charge anti-fortification, high explosive fragmentation, flechette, thermobaric, hypervelocity kinetic penetrator (regular or high explosive with delayed-fuse fragmentation), smoke, illumination, and EMP rockets; it can also be adapted to fire guided rockets, which allows it to be used as a fire-and-forget weapon. While optimized for use against ground targets, the M52 can also be used to engage low-flying aircraft, though it is generally not as effective in that role as the FGM/FIM-262 Meteor missile. The launcher is fitted with an integrated targeting suite that includes optics, IR sensors, a laser designator, and battlefield networking gear. The launcher is built by Seburo, while the rockets are built by Anaheim Electronics and Kyoto Aerospace.
Designed by Solaris Advanced Weapons Corporation, the SADAR (Standard Active-Homing Direct Attack Rocket) is the premier anti-armor weapon available to a USMC light platoon. Alternatively shoulder-fired or fitted in box launchers, the SADAR is a fire-and-forget weapon designed to engage tanks, gunships and aircraft alike. It has a long range and a reasonable firing rate, especially considering the damage the weapon can inflict.
Originally fitted with a two-stage anti-fortification warhead, it soon became clear that even though the shaped-charge warhead design was effective against armor, Bragulan infantry could survive close proximity to a SADAR rocket detonation. SAWco therefore redesigned the rocket warhead to ensure maximum destruction of both hardened and soft targets. The new SADAR AMAG (Aerosol MAGnesum) penetrates heavy armor and discharges multiple megathermal payloads in its interior, delivering a high impact detonation that exposes the target to blast furnace temperatures high enough to flash-broil a Bragulan, thus ensuring a satisfactory degree of lethality.
SADAR launchers, like most Solarian weapons, can be remote-linked over a battle network through a Fire Control Unit. The FCU is an intelligent computer system which receives data from the local sensor matrix, including motion trackers, IR scanners, LIDAR, RADAR, robotic sentries or even visual feeds from helmet-mounted cameras. The FCU can be linked to command-wide units such as surveillance drones, forward observers, or satellites. It analyses all available sensor data and upon positively identifying a threat, it will lock on with one or more missiles and prepare to launch.
RL-87 Rocket Launcher
The RL-87 is the Centralite armed forces' primary anti-vehicle weapon, utilized to take down a wide range of vehicles from trucks to tanks and even low-flying aircraft.
FGM/FIM-262 Meteor Dual-Purpose Missile
The FGM/FIM-262 Meteor is a dual-purpose guided missile manufactured by Anaheim Electronics and Kyoto Aerospace and used by the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. Several different launchers exist for the missile; the most common are a man-portable single-shot launcher and an eight-shot pod for use in fixed positions and on aircraft. The missile itself can be reconfigured with several different warheads, such as tandem-charge high explosive anti-armor, blast fragmentation (proximity or impact detonation), hypervelocity high explosive kinetic penetrator with delayed-fuse fragmentation, regular hypervelocity kinetic penetrator (trinium, tungsten carbide, or depleted uranium), and EMP.
ML-101 Anti-Air Missile Launcher
The ML-101 is a Centralite shoulder-launched man-portable air defense system designed to destroy enemy aircraft from rotorcraft to fast-movers.
Manufactured in the early 3350s by Schrom Corp for the United Solarian Marine Corps, the Tactical Homing Objective Radar-Guided missile (THOR) is a fire-and-forget man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) composed of a launcher tube, targeters, and missile feed rack. Initially, the missiles had a simple sensor suite with an active electronic scanned array (AESA) radar and infrared search and track (IRST) system, but later upgrades included LIDAR and improved battle networking systems to better counter Bragulan nuclear jamming. Though it has been superceded by more modern weapons in USMC service, the THOR is still used by many planetary defense forces; it is also a popular export item that somehow always ends up in the hands of anti-Byzonist insurgencies. The THOR can launch a variety of warheads, such as standard high explosives, phased plasma pulse-producing detonators, EMP, nano-sharpened target-seeking fragmenters, brilliant surface-to-air submunitions, and kinetic penetrators.
An ancient Bragulan weapon forged by swordmasters in the oriental planets of bragspace, the Atomic Broadsword is made out of nuclear fuel rods that are sharpened to a molecule and subjected to a secret folding technique to greatly strengthen the blade. The result is a very sharp, very radioactive weapon that glows with atomic energy. Such is its potency that its sheath is actually a cylinder containing exotic neutron inhibitors and coolants, and to safely wield the weapon, swordsbears must also don power armor lined with lead - or even gold, for truly great warriors - to block the radioactivity. Today, the art of crafting atomic swords is almost lost, with only the true masters living in the most remote shrine worlds remembering the ancient techniques. The swords made by counterfeiters are of poorer quality and prone to exploding.
True Atomic Broadswords are only in the possession of the Imperator, and those who he deems worthy of wielding the blade, or those who he consigns to take their own lives with honor. Ritualistic suicide by broadsword involves making the blade go critical and initiate. Lesser atomic swords are wielded by some ceremonial swordsbears, but only few truly know the warrior's way of the radioactive sword.
The Barbarians were no strangers to close combat, considering their origins as pirates who fought in tight coridors where weapons fire could end up damaging important systems, and many of their leaders took this to heart. A plethora of improvised maces, machetes, cutlasses, and other such weapons were often found in the possession of Barbarian soldiers. Joel Forester himself was not particularly interested in melee combat, but allowed it on the grounds that forbidding such praticies would be more trouble than it was worth. Eventually, one weapon emerged as dominant, the Shockaxe.
The Shockaxe was popularized by Commodore Lima, a vassal who was in charge of a shipyard in orbit of New Colombia. He managed to refine some improvised designs his crew made to create the first production Shockaxes in 2561, which he sold to other warlords after demonstrations; many of the warlords who had purchased Shockaxes from Commodore Lima promptly began reproducing the design on their own. The typical Barbarian Shockaxe was about 60-80cm long, double headed with a spike coming out of the top and ran off a pair of power cells. When it struck while active, it would dump around 100,000-500,000 volts into its target, depending on how much charge was left in the power cells and whether the power systems were functioning properly. Teflon coating was often applied to the blade to increase cutting power, even when inactive. Quality varied from basic steel axes with unreliable power systems used by regular soldiers to monomolecular blades made from hardened penetrator-grade metal used by higher-ranking Barbarians. The design itself was gradually refined and made more reliable. Shockaxes were successfuly used in urban combat, but this did not make up for other shortcomings in Barbarian tactics when allied forces began liberating Barbarian-held territory. Like the Bastard, the Shockaxe survived the defeat of the Barbarians, and its descendants are still visible in minor lawless areas, particularly in and around RAR! Space.
- An elegant weapon from a more civilized age, not as clumsy or as random as a bolter.
Initially invented by the Dorei during their period of independence, the beamsaber is a weapon that consists of a physical handle containing a power source and focusing crystals which project an energy blade between 1 to 2 meters in length. The beamsaber can cut through most substances with ease, save for high-grade armors and extremely dense materials. It can cauterize flesh, deflect energy weapons, and block other beamsaber blades. This versatility has made it the favored weapon of many ESPer organizations, most notably the Order of the Silver Moon, whose members can wield beamsabers to maximum effect thanks to their gifts. Limited precognition enables wielders to deflect incoming energy weapon rounds, and intense training allows them to wield the weapon with unparalleled grace and mastery. Surprisingly, in the ESPer-controlled Centrality, beamsabers are considered status symbols and a sign of a powerful and influential ESPer; by contrast, in the similarly ESPer-dominated Holy Empire of Haruhi Suzumiya, beamsabers are highly restricted weapons, limited only to military and law enforcement use.
Byzantine Power Weapons
Byzantine power weapons come in various forms (swords, hammers, gauntlets, et cetera), but operate on the same principles. Each weapon contains a warp field generator that draws power from either a built-in rift or plasma power source or directly from the user if he/she is wearing a energy interface gauntlet. In the case of a power sword, the warp field generator produces a field around the monomolecular blade, thus enhancing its sharpness and gives it the power to cleave open the strongest inter-molecular bonds. In the case of a thunderhammer or a power fist, the hammer or gauntlet delivers a powerful warp field burst upon impact that shatters inter-molecular bonds utterly. These are among the most powerful melee weapons in existence, and they have proven themselves in combat repeatedly.
Combat Beating Stick
The officers of the Imperial Bragulan Commissariat are issued with beating sticks, but the extraordinary responsibilities entrusted to commissars in the military means that they must likewise wield extraordinary sticks to administer extraordinary beatings. The Combat Beating Stick is no mere simple bragsteel club; it is in fact a very sophisticated bragsteel club.
The jagged stick-edges of Bragulan steel at the fore of the weapon can emit resonating nucleo-magnelectronic fields capable of smashing through armor, like the helmets of powered infantry. The settings are variable and the effects range from the explosive decapitation of unarmored heads to merely severe electrocution. The former setting is for close combat against the enemy, while the latter can be used for enforcing morale, performing interrogations, or administering defibrillations in first-aid medical stick-beating. Standard morale beatings on Bragulan subordinates are usually administered by inert beating-sticks to conserve their atomic batteries. Other features include (among others) a grappling hook launcher, an encrypted communicator, a voice amplifying macrophone, an iridium irradiator/illuminator, a radio-frequency identificator with commissarial override, and a bayonet lug. Beating sticks also contain surveillance devices to record all stick-beatings for posterity and evidence for Commissariat ideological reviews.
A secret use of the beating stick is that of an anti-memetic by administering conductive electroconvulsive shock therapy directly to Bragulan neural cortexes to override any harmful ideo-neurologic influences and reset proper Byzonic brain functions.
The Tianguo Dadao is definitely not elegant, nor could the adjective "finesse" be applied to the wielder of one. Instead, they are brutal chopping weapons, with a blade perhaps 1 meter long, and a handle 60-100cm or so in length. They normally mass around 4 kilos. Made of advanced metal alloys, they have comparable strength to armor plate. They are, in fact, known for being able to chop clean through power armor...assuming, of course, that the wielder is enhanced to be able to do so himself.
The Dadao has largely passed out of front-line use and is typically encountered in the modern day as one of several ceremonial weapons utilized by the Lujun. In the hands of a Goujia Moshushi, however, it can be a fearsome weapon indeed, as their magical enhancements allow them to avoid or shrug off rifle fire and wield the sword with inhuman strength. They normally are handcrafted for their intended user, and so have significant variations in size, weight, and specific design.
Dawkins/Tsien Militech ccw51 Surge Bayonet
On the surface, the ccw51 appears to be little more than a typical ceramic combat knife/bayonet with a 20 cm blade, but there is more to this device than its outward appearance would indicate. The ccw51 has a built-in miniaturized shield generator system that activates when the blade is brought into sharp contact with something while it is held, as well as having a repulsion effect on similar weapons, such as Byzantine warp weaponry. In its default setting, the shield generator allows the blade to cut through most materials with relative ease; it can also be set to dump a considerable electric charge of around 250,000 volts into its target. These weapons are cheap and easy to produce and are standard issue to Commonwealth soldiers on the ground, as well as being sold abroad. While they are often at a disavantage when put up against larger melee weaponry, there are still plenty of times in which compact size offers an advatage. Dawkins/Tsien Militech also manufactures a range of swords operating on this concept based around historical European and Oriental bladed weapons for export. A prototype sword for military purposes (the gladius-patterned ccw55) was also developed for the Commonwealth's military; although it was initially rejected due to weight concerns, a limited production run of the weapon was recently approved for usage in scenarios were close combat is to be expected.
Even before Mankind left its twin cradles, melee weapons had become increasingly insignificant in an age of machine guns and worse. As Mankind took to both the stars and a dizzying variety of newer small-arms, it seemed like the age of the melee weapon was over. Still, in the close confines of a starship being boarded, such weapons have their place... but the Orkish love of - and success with - their Choppa is "just ridiculous," as many a shellshocked Klavostani veteran had reported long ago, when the latest small-arms and weight-of-fire tactics were alone simply insufficient to overcome a tidal wave of blood-mad Orks. The modern-day Janissary Power Armor provides an incredible strength-assist for the soldier inside, and when combined with the latest starship armor-grade unobtanium-alloy battleaxe, it is the very most direct manifestation of the Sultanate's will and ability to meet the Ork head-on and counterattack.
M13 Lancer Chainsaw Bayonet
Inspired by the example of the Byzantine chainsword, the M13 Lancer chainsaw bayonet is one of the more curious weapons employed by the SOS Imperial Armed Forces. First employed during the height of the Great Crusade as an attachment for the M25 family of pulse rifles, the M13 gained notoriety for its horrific effects against exposed Tau, Kroot, and Vespid flesh. While most effective against unarmored or lightly armored targets, the M13 can still perform quite well against heavy personal armor, thanks to its starship-grade alloy teeth; it is also useful as a cutting tool in densely forested areas. While initially designed for use with the M25 pulse rifle, the M13 can also be attached to the M48, M66, and M281 rifles, though like the Umerian spaceaxe, the Lancer is now largely considered a specialist tool for assault units in this day and age.
M41 "Excalibolg" Combat Baton
Nicknamed after the weapon of the main character of a popular holovid series in the Holy Empire, the M41 baton is one of the few melee weapons issued on a regular basis to SOS Imperial Armed Forces soldiers. Designed seemingly as a response to the Bragulan combat beating stick, the Excalibolg operates on similar principles. Constructed from titanium alloy with an insulated handle, the Excalibolg's primary distinguishing feature is its retractable tungsten carbide spikes, which can be deployed to improve its destructive capabilities against flesh and armor alike. The basic M41 is equipped with a variable-setting shock emitter, which can emit an electrical discharge of around 250,000-1,000,000 volts depending on setting; the M41A1 variant, which is issued exclusively to the SOS Imperial Marine Corps, also features a warp field generator, allowing it to replicate the effects of a Byzantine thunderhammer (albeit on a much smaller scale).
The M86 saber is one of the oldest weapons in the SOS Imperial Armed Forces inventory, with its basic design dating back all the way to the Imperium-Tau War era. However, even though it has seen many progressive improvements to its design, it has largely passed out of most front-line use, and it is most commonly encountered today as both a cutting tool (particularly in forested areas) and as a ceremonial weapon. On the few occasions when the M86 has actually been brought into combat, though, it has proven itself to be an exceptionally reliable and deadly weapon.
The M86 somewhat resembles a hybrid between a cutlass and a traditional Japanese katana, particularly in the design of its hilt. The blade is slightly curved, single-edged, and optimized for slashing attacks, though it can also be used as a thrusting weapon if necessary; constructed from high-strength starship-grade alloys, it is more than capable of handling the rigors of close combat and can even slice clean through armor plating with a sufficiently powerful enough swing. The standard M86 features a variable-setting shock emitter that can emit an electrical discharge of around 250,000-1,000,000 volts, depending on setting; some models also feature a warp field generator, turning them into power weapons.
M86s with engraved blades and other ornate decorations are used as ceremonial weapons by the SOS Imperial Armed Forces and are also popular gifts for foreign dignitaries visiting the Holy Empire. Despite their appearance, these ceremonial variants are every bit as lethal as the standard military-issue blades.
The laserwhip, also known as a lightwhip, is a weapon designed and used by assassins for the Maibatsu megacorporation. Not actually a laser weapon, the whip is a line of buckycarbon monowire along which a powerful electric charge is directed. Usually contained in a spindle of diamondoid or some other material capable of holding monowire without being cut, the laserwhip when activated is practically weightless, able to cut through almost any material cleanly and easily concealed, making it an ideal assassin's tool in close quarters. However, it is also extremely dangerous to its wielder; one wrong move might result in the would-be assassin cutting his own limbs off. For this reason Maibatsu operatives equipped with a laserwhip are fitted with implants and wetware to compute and control the movement of the whip during use.
Mk.1 SHEPMOD Combat Knife
The standard combat knife for Shepistani Republic armed forces, it can be affixed to most service rifles models to be used as a bayonet, or can be used by hand as a knife for either killing folk or for utility purposes. With its polymer scabbard it can be used as a wire cutter, as a tool for mine sweeping, as a can opener and many other utilitarian functions. The blade itself is serrated, which is most useful for sawing through both living tissue and materials such as wood. A most peculiar trait of later SHEPMOD combat knives is the Incendiary Stabbing Function, wherein with a press of a button, the scabbard can coat the surface of the knife in white phosphorus, drastically increasing its lethality when used against living people. The knife's handle is hollow and can be used to store a survival packet which includes a multipurpose serrated chord that can be used to either saw through wood, or as a fishing line, or as garrote wire.
The Rainy Dayer is an Anglian speciality weapon developed by the good men and women of the ISS. It outwardly resembles a normal umbrella, but when the shaft is twisted and pulled in a special way, the user can draw the attached rapier blade out of the umbrella's shaft, and the umbrella itself is coated with a special fabric that offers limited protection against most handheld lasers and other energy weapons. The Rainy Dayer is typically fitted with a mono-edged blade, but Axelthorpe Weaponsmiths of Caledonia are known to manufacture a beamsaber version. As with all Axelthorpe weapons, however, these mastercrafted weapons are manufactured by hand, and though of exquisite quality are also excruciatingly expensive. A cane variant of the Rainy Dayer exists, and is rumored to be very popular amongst the Anglian diplomatic corps.
Type 1/Type 2 Assault Spike
Most mundane melee weapons have no place on the modern battlefield, least of all on one where power armor is in use. Nonetheless, situations occur in combat where firearms are not at hand, and the Union's Federal Army was pressed to develop a tool that would always be at hand and not require ammunition. The solution was the "assault spike," a compact attachment connected to the forearm utility jack of a powersuit. When engaged, the assault spike rapidly shoots from its housing under high power, punching holes in an enemy's protection to injure him directly. Most effective against natural weak points in suits.
The Umerian spaceaxe is broadly analogous in many respects to the Klavostani battleaxe, but developed for different reasons and now (largely) out of use as a combat weapon. During the mid-to-late
Chrome Golden Age, development of high-density power supplies caused personal ray-shielding technology to temporarily outrun personal energy weapon technology and material science. Personal shielding became the main line of defense for advanced body armor, and was easily capable of repelling fire from all but the heaviest semi-portable beam weapons and slugthrowers.
Until advances in weaponry caught up, use of a variety of low-velocity specialist weapons for fighting enemies in high-end shielded armor became a necessity in Umeria and its immediate surroundings. These ranged from refined and specialized devices like the hypertaser, thermic lance, and bomb-onna-stick to the crude, brutal, but surprisingly effective spaceaxe, a simple tool designed for use with the period's power armor.
One Golden Age writer, in one of his more overwrought moments, described the weapon as:
- "A dire weapon indeed, the space-axe. A combination of and sublimation of battle-axe, mace, bludgeon, and lumberman’s picaroon; thirty pounds of hard, tough, space-tempered alloy; a weapon of potentialities limited only by the physical strength and bodily agility of its wielder."
More reusable than the bomb-onna-stick, cheaper than the hypertaser, and more versatile than the thermic lance, the spaceaxe also became popular among the Umerian Stellar Patrol as a demolition tool, for much the same reasons that fire axes remain in use among firefighters.
Improvements in other fields of technology made the spaceaxe largely obsolete as a primary combat weapon within a century or so, but its association with the height of the iconic Chrome Age gives it a symbolic role in Umerian culture, comparable with that of the sword in many other societies. Even today, there is a government-issue spaceaxe enhanced with dureum inlays and designed for Umerian power-armor units, classed as "Demolition Pry-bar, Heavy, Mk. XXVII." However, this is a specialist tool for assault units, carried at a level of one per squad or less, and is not used in serious combat under any but the most improbable conditions.
Mines, Grenades, and Other Explosives
Blacksun Defense Technologies sdN20 Moray Rapid Deployment Mine
The sdN20 is a specialized area-denial mine utilized by the Commonwealth military. It is a cylindrical 7.5cm projectile fired from a variety of launchers, such as heavy belt-fed cannons, mortars, and handheld semi-disposable low-grade accelerators. It is mechanically set to be fired at comparitively low velocities. Once fired, the Moray does not explode on impact; instead, it either settles down where it lands or clings to walls by boring in and begins to sweep using its scanners. The mine casing is prefragmented with a number of penetrating flechettes. The Moray's integrated scanners sweep the surrounding environment for enemy soldiers; the scanners also include an IFF system capable of distinguishing between Nova Atlantean soldiers, hostile soldiers, and noncombatants. Once enemy soldiers are detected within its blast radius, it detonates; at close range (15 meters) it is devastating against non-power-armored soldiers. Blacksun Defense Technologies has not exported the Moray to the general market.
Blacksun Defense Technologies TDH1 Tactical Deterrent Harness
A device specially created for the Unconventional Warfare Corps and later marketed to consumers well outside the Commonwealth's borders, the TDH1 series is a category of specialized defensive ordinance. Also known as the "MAD Vest," the TDH1, when inactive, resembles a bulletproof vest with a pair of compact speakers mounted on its back. The vest contains a set of highly redundant medical scanners, identification systems, and internal gauges and is layered with a set of visual textiles. When active, the TDH1 (if worn by its owner, which it is permanently keyed to) will display a highly noticeable and bright pattern and broadcast customizable slogans. Should the wearer be killed or the vest be removed while still active, the vest will detonate a set of explosive devices; if the vest is tampered with by someone other than the owner, the speakers will also broadcast a verbal warning stating the presence of armed explosives in order to deter would-be assassins from attempting to remove the vest. The standard loadout is a set of anti-personnel mines, although it can also accept a number of "unofficial" explosive payloads. The TDH1 is custom-made for each user, and a small number of devices are produced each year for both UWC personnel and non-Commonwealth customers. Officially, the device has only been used by UWC personnel a total of three times so far.
Despite its rarity, the TDH1 has appeared in a surprising amount of fiction over the years, both inside and out of the Commonwealth.
The Blue Bragcock
Built by the Peoples's Ministry of Medium Machine Building of Bragule, the Blue Bragcock originated as a civilian atomic charge used for demolishing starscrapers and plowing bragricultural ditches; however, it was swiftly adopted by the Imperial Legion Corps of Engineers and later circulated to other services. The modern Bragcock is a compact device, barely 50 kilograms in weight and roughly the size of a small fridge. It sports sensitive seismographs to detect enemy troop movements and a microcomputer to determine the optimum time of initiation. It uses a similar warhead to the BIF-5 and can be salted with vegemite derivatives or Cobalt Thorium G to increase fallout.
Bragulan Stick Grenades
Standard Bragulan grenades come in many varieties. The most common is the simple brag frag, an enhanced explosive wrapped in a bragsteel casing that fragments into monomolecular-edged shrapnel to perforate the weak spots of modern power suits or utterly masticate lighter armor. Another bragtime favorite is the K-grenade, which blasts molecular acid for dozens of meters, outright melting those in its radius or weakening armor enough for a follow-up brag frag attack to work its magic. Thermobarics are standard fare for Bragulan counter-terrorists and hostage rescues, along with caustic nerve agents. Radiological grenades use fission byproducts and are exceptionally dirty bombs. Plasma grenades use harvested Karlack bioplasma and vespene to create a highly adhesive superheated substance that sticks like superglue and burns hotter than the surface of a sun. Many grenades are non-metallic (some are even made out of lumber) and can be used as hard-to-detect mines or braggy-traps. The stick shape of Brag grenades also means they can be used as makeshift clubs.
An old favorite that is still used by many nations despite the existence of newer types of explosives.
M27 Jiang Shi Anti-Personnel Mine
The M27 Jiang Shi is a bounding anti-personnel mine fielded by the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. A modern descendant of the ancient "Bouncing Betty" once used on Old Earth and Nova Terra, the M27 is little changed from its ancestor in terms of general concept. In its basic form, the M27 consists of a small composite cylinder with the triggering mechanism mounted on top. While the mine is normally triggered by a pressure fuse, it can be modified to be triggered via tripwire or remote detonator; the standard pressure fuse is designed to activate if depressed by a weight of roughly 7 kilograms or greater. Internally, the main charge is surrounded by 360 depleted uranium balls or tungsten carbide rods, depending on the mine's construction; the mine can also be wrapped in a metal casing that fragments upon detonation, improving its effectiveness but making it more prone to detection.
When activated, the M27 Jiang Shi fires itself roughly 1-1.5m into the air with a small propellant charge before detonating, spraying shrapnel at high velocities. The main fuse of the mine is designed to trigger the propellant charge 4 seconds after initial triggering. The M27 is guaranteed lethal within 20m and can reliably cause injuries within 100m; SOS Imperial Armed Forces training manuals note that the mine can cause casualties as far as 140m. In practice, the M27 is often planted alongside an armed fragmentation grenade, with the mine resting against the grenade's safety lever; if the mine is triggered or if an enemy attempts to disarm the mine, the grenade goes off, inflicting additional casualties.
M29 Nodachi Anti-Personnel Mine
The M29 Nodachi is a directional anti-personnel mine fielded by the SOS Imperial Guard and Marine Corps. A modern descendant of the ancient M18 Claymore once used on Old Earth and Nova Terra, the M29 is little changed from its ancestor in terms of appearance and general concept. The weapon consists of a horizontally convex composite case with an open sight for aiming, two pairs of scissor legs to support the mine and allow it to stand up, and fuse wells set at 45° on both sides of the sight; the front surface of the case has the words "FRONT TOWARDS ENEMY" embossed on it in both English and Japanese. Internally, the mine consists of a layer of explosive behind a matrix of approximately seven hundred 4mm depleted uranium balls set into an epoxy resin. When detonated, the mine disperses the balls at extremely high velocity into a 60° fan-shaped pattern that is 2m high and 50m wide at the mine's optimal effective range of 50m; however, the DU fragments are still effective as far as 250m. While primarily an anti-personnel weapon, the M29 can also be used against unarmored and lightly armored vehicles.
The M29 Nodachi can be detonated by any mechanism that sets off the blasting cap. Controlled detonation can be accomplished with either a command wire or radio control firing device; physically wiring several mines together or keying their receivers to accept a single signal can allow several mines to be detonated simultaneously. Tripwires and timers can also be used.
M167 Standard Grenade
The M167 standard grenade is, as the name suggests, the common grenade used by the USMC. It has a candle-shape "cargo" body that can be loaded with a stunning variety of different warloads. The M167 is digitally fused and has three modes: Contact, time, and proximity. These are chosen through a simple interface on the top of the grenade, but for full access to the M167's versatilty and functionality, a battlesuit interface is required. The default mode hardwired into the fuse is the time delayed mode.
In contact/time mode, the weapon will go off upon landing or after a set time delay (set at 5 seconds from release, but alterable to up to 24 hours or instant for booby traps). An activated M167 is set to detonate after 24 hours if not triggered to lessen the problem of fratricide and clearing of unexploded ordnance.
The proximity mode waits a pre-set time (generally a minute) after the "pin" is pulled and then waits until a target approaches. The trigger setting is variable, and this mode is frequently used during retreats: A grenade on proximity is flung into the trench the soldiers are abandoning in order to kill the first enemy to enter it. It is also common in urban operations as a quickly set-up booby trap. The proximity mode also has an IFF receiver which will prevent detonation of the grenade should the correct code be transmitted to it.
M167 variants currently in use by the Marine Corps are:
- HE: The most common variant, a HE frag grenade with a 15m primary burst radius.
- HE Target Seeking: A modernized version of the standard HE, the HETS variant developed by Maibatsu is fitted with a set of microthrusters and a rudimentary motion seeker, allowing it limited independent targeting whilst airborne. Commonly used in urban combat situations.
- Enhanced HE: This grenade foregoes the standard explosive charge in favor of a specially stablized QCW-derived ceramic enhanced explosive. Upon detonation, the grenade has a 25m primary burst radius and causes a shockwave of displaced air that is dangerous to unarmored humans up to 35m. It is therefore unadvisable to use this grenade type without either power-assisted throwing or some form of protective armor.
- HE Breaching: Fitted with an area explosive designed to increase penetration at close range but lose speed rapidly, breaching grenades are usually used as door openers or removers, as they will blow a 2m hole in light surfaces.
- HEAT: Directed-charge "smart" grenade used against combat armored troops and light armored vehicles. A sensor mated to an atomic gyroscope inside the grenade directs it toward the target and judges optimal distance before detonating, creating a very high-velocity stream of metal in a state of superplasticity powerful enough to breach most light combat armors.
- High Explosive Flechette: Another Maibatsu special designed for use against soft targets, HEF grenades discharge a tight cluster of 12 flechettes made of a brittle ceramic with an explosive core. The flechettes avoid over-penetrating by exploding inside their targets.
- Close Combat Flechette: CCF grenades pepper a target with a pre-programmable burst of flechettes that, thanks to memory plastics, upon penetration expand and compress to roughty the shape and size of a quarter, dealing terrible damage to organic targets. Because CCF grenades cannot penetrate standard USMC battle-armors they are favored for close combat situations.
- Stun: A less-lethal grenade type designed to temporarily neutralize the combat effectiveness of enemies by overloading their senses. Generates a bright flash of light and an extremely loud blast.
- Tangler Monowire: Contains a spooler of buckycarbon monowire that is very thin, very strong, very sharp, and nearly impossible to spot with the unaugmented eye. Upon detonation, the grenade will disperse threads of monowire across a 20m area. Against unprotected targets unfortunate enough to walk into it, the monowire will penetrate quickly and deeply, causing serious injury.
- EMP: Creates a burst of intense electromagnetic radiation that will damage any unprotected electronics caught in its area of effect.
- AMAG: Canister containing an aerosol magnesium incendiary payload. AMAG grenades produce heat intense enough to burn through almost anything. Because the substance carries its own oxidizer, it will burn almost anywhere too, even in the vacuum of space.
- Prism Smoke: Disperses a dense tailored smoke agent that inhibits infra-red, motion tracking, and some lasers.
- Biotech Motion Restraint: Another less-lethal type, BMR grenades disperse a foam-like substance that quickly hardens into a semisolid muck nearly impossible to escape from without power-assisted movement.
- Scrambler: Highly specialized grenade type that produces a brief flash of visible light and a complex burst of radio- and hyperwave signals on most commonly used frequencies. The Scrambler grenade fills these frequencies with a militarized cognomemetic message that, in unprepared targets, induces a mix of inconsistent beliefs and mistaken perceptions that cause the cerebral cortext to shut down.
- Programmable Nanostat Swarm: Usable only with a battlesuit interface, the PNS grenade disperses a payload of grey goo to a target area. These multi-purpose nanites can then perform a variety of functions, from assassination of unfriendly targets to the construction of a short-range surveillance network.
- Gauss Field: Creates a brief burst of intense gravitomagnetic distortion that will disrupt anti-gravity fields and magnetically attract metallic objects.
Snitch, Model II
One of the many baroque contraptions manufactured by Pan-Empyrean Positronics, the Snitch Model II is a small golden ball approximately the size of a walnut. It levitates and moves about on a miniature suspensor field (the vibrating "wings" on either side of the Snitch are in fact fractal radiators) and kills its targets by generating an unstable Heim vortex that for a fraction of a second displaces a perfectly globular volume into a higher-dimensional space, instantly killing whomever happens to find themselves inside said orb. The Snitch finds its targets by means of a genetic sniffer, the so-called "flesh memory," which can be programmed to home on a species, sub-species, or even one specific individual by providing it with a single DNA sample. Like all devices dreamt up by the extravagant Pan-Empyrean labs, the Snitch is extremely impractical cost-wise, as would-be assassins have to shell out the price of small starship for each of these tools. However, the Snitch isn't intended as an everyman's death-dealing device; using such a flamboyant means to dispatch an opponent is a statement all by itself.
Type 1102 Plas-Frag Grenade
The Type 1102 is a plasma fragmentation grenade used by Centralite infantry.
Blacksun Defense Technologies MA-50 Triceratops Non-Lethal Infantry Weapon
The MA-50 Triceratops is a multi-purpose non-lethal weapon. Due to fairly restrictive personal firearms laws within the Nova Atlantean Commonwealth, there is a thriving market for effective non-lethal weaponry. Colloquially referred to as "Sarah," the MA-50 is is configured like a typical assault rifle and sports three different weapons systems. The first weapon fires a calibrated electro-particle beam specially designed to overload the target's nervous system, typically rendering the target unconscious; the electro-particle beam has an effective range of 500 meters. The second weapon is a sonic pulser that unleashes a blast of intense ultrasonic sound, much like a Solarian sonic-electronic ball-breaker; while the sonic pulser has a lower effective range than the stun beam (about 50 meters), it can affect multiple targets due to its conical area of effect. The third weapon is a 20mm low-velocity launcher with a 8-round magazine designed to deploy DollDust(TM) canisters and other non-lethal ordinance, including various types of airborne and contact riot control and incapacitating agents.
The MA-50 is generally well-regarded for its flexibility and utility and is another popular item on the export market, though it does face competition from various other weapons systems, such as the Cobra pistol. As is typical for Nova Atlantean infantry weapons, it can be outfitted with a variety of anti-theft devices (both passive and active), with the active ones designed specifically to incapacitate. Blacksun also markets two sidearm-sized weapons based around the electro-particle beam (designated the MA-51 Wasp) and sonic pulser (the MA-52 Bison).
The Brown Gun is a non-lethal acoustic weapon that does not incapacitate through conventional sub-aural methods (like in sonic-electronic ball breakers). It emits focused low-frequency sound, Brown Noise, that stimulates the human pyloric sphincter, causing those unfortunate enough to be in the affected area to develop severe bowel movements resulting in an unsightly and undignified... mess. The Brown Gun has become rather notorious with criminals, and the mere sight and smell of it is enough to cause many sense-offenders to surrender. There have been occasions where the felons, and even the rescued hostages, have sued police for the undignified use of Brown Guns.
Brown Guns are meant to be used by police to incapacitate and/or disorient hostiles in situations like riots, hostage takings, and prolonged sieges. Specialized soundproofed vehicles can mount large Brown Guns because the riot control variants are designed to affect wide areas and large groups, not just individuals. Hand-held Brown Guns are used on individuals and small groups to demonstrate that civil disobedience is still disobedience.
It is customary for the police to bring sanitation specialists whenever Brown Guns are employed. The most memorable use of the Brown Gun was during the underhive riots of the Solarian Mega Cities during 3393, when the Meg used the device on thousands of unruly demonstrators and protesters. The resultant crowd-dispersal left such a mess that it took city sanitation services several days to clear and a whole week to deodorize.
The Control Gun is a pistol-sized weapon used by CSB agents and Party Overseers that utilizes an EM field that disrupts the target's higher mental functions, leaving the victim temporarily incapable of resisting any order. Though the Centrality heavily restricts its export, a suprising number of these weapons have been encountered on the black market, much to the chagrin and embarassment of the CSB.
Maximillian Munitions Sexual Assault RIfle
The Sexual Assault Rifle is decidedly one of the most unusual non-lethal weapons in the galaxy. Its firing mechanism is based on a mass of neural tissue cultivated from psionically-included individuals from various species. While these cells do not interact in a way which causes a personality (or any form of intelligence) to form, they can generate a simple but intense directional psionic pulse when stimulated, which induces a sensation of arousal and sexual pleasure strong enough to overwhelm the senses for a short amount of time in most sapient species; in some cases, inhibition is also lowered to the point where the targets will turn on any and all surrounding individuals to satisfy their urges. Side effects of continuous usage over a short period of time include headaches.
The Sexual Assault Rifle's psionic pulse has a short range of only 40-60 meters; the weapon itself, like many other products manufactured by Maximillian Munitions, is prohibitively expensive and mostly exists only as a novelty. That said, it does have an advantage in that it can often bypass body armor, although standard anti-ESPer countermeasures can reduce or negate its effects. It is most effective against low-end ESPers; high-end ESPers can resist or outright shrug off its effects, while it is completely ineffective against machines and those without psionic potential (Nova Atlantean Posthumans, Tau, et cetera).
Opinions regarding the Sexual Assault Rifle tend to be dismissive. Apexai scientists have called it a tellingly crude human weapon, while the Byzantine Orthodox Church has declared it to be an unholy abomination due to the fact that alien tissues are used in its construction.
Union pain rays are used in a variety of nonlethal applications from police pursuit to battlefield suppression. MADNESS Planetary Systems was largely responsible for their development as a means of area denial against light infantry. The Expeditionary Planetary Forces make liberal use of high-power variants, frequently mounting them on armoured vehicles.
The pain ray is used extensively by Civil Protection Forces to nonlethally pacify fleeing and/or threatening individuals. Modern examples are fitted with systems to record when, where, and for how long the pain ray was activated (up to and including the orientation of the device during its use), and transmit this data back to local oversight units, in realtime, for immediate review. These systems can be removed through tampering, but due to obvious potential abuses, the possession of an 'unchained' pain ray is highly illegal and carries extreme penalties.
Pfhor Shock Weapons
The most famous of Pfhor technologies is the shock weapon, so named because one of their effects is the inducing of incredible pain in any biological entity that they strike through a vaguely electrical effect that stimulates pain receptors and the regions of the brain responsible for processing pain. The electrical effect is also heavily disruptive to electronics, creating a similar disabling effect in unshielded robotics.
The electric effect has been described by those unfortunate enough to be attacked by a shock weapon to progress in several stages:
- The first is intense pain at the point of contact with the shock "bolt," in the case of a projectile shock weapon, or a shock "field" otherwise. This sensation has been compared to that of a white-hot iron, or highly caustic acid.
- The above stage seems to last for several moments to the victim, the pain often described as "hanging" at the contact point, before proceeding to the next stage. In reality, this transition occurs almost instantaneously, but something about the effect seems to vastly slow down the target's perception of time at this stage.
- The pain then instantly "shoots" throughout the victim's entire body, as the electric effect simulates all of the target's pain receptors and the regions of the brain responsible for processing pain. Occasionally, this stage triggers involuntary muscle spasms and, curiously enough, "blinking" visual/auditory hallucinations in the victim. Any hallucinations triggered are almost always incredibly unpleasant for the victim.
- The intense pain caused by this second stage generally lasts for thirty seconds to a minute, if the shock weapon was set to kill. Setting the shock weapon to stun results in the pain lasting much longer. Any hallucinations triggered generally only last for roughly ten to fifteen seconds, regardless of the setting of the weapon.
- After the intense pain recedes, the victim feels a duller pain in a large region around the contact point, describes as a hot "throbbing" or "simmering" sensation. Moving the affected area induces sharp shooting pains in both the affected area and the brain, and if the region struck is a limb, it is generally unusable for the duration of this stage, one to three hours regardless of the setting of the weapon.
- After the third stage ends, the victim feels aches and pains throughout his body, most intense at the point of contact. This stage, however, is unique in that it can be treated with conventional painkillers, which the previous three stages cannot. This stage generally lasts from one to three days, depending on the individual, and repeated exposure to the shock effect most dramatically reduces the duration and intensity of this stage.
While conventional painkillers and anesthetics are ineffective against the shock effect, there exist specialized and fairly inexpensive drugs that will negate the shock effect completely if administered prior to exposure and quickly negate the pain caused by the shock effect if administered after exposure. Any personnel expecting to enter combat with shock-armed opponents are highly advised to bring and use these drugs. The protection offered by a single dose of these drugs typically lasts around half an hour, depending on the manufacturer and individual.
The shock effect, while electrical in nature, does not travel through known electrical conductors, only live or recently-live biological tissues. If a shock bolt does not penetrate any armor worn by a target, the shock effect will simply not be felt.
In addition to the shock effect, ranged shock weapons set to kill also have substantial kinetic and slight thermal effects on their targets, making them capable of damage even if the shock effect is negated. If the shock effect is negated, they are generally slightly less effective than the average galactic weapon of a similar class.
Shock weapons form the mainstay of the Pfhor military's small arms, being produced in sizes and classes ranging from small pistols and batons all the way to heavy machine-guns, at which point the technology begins to scale very badly. Large numbers of shock weapons have also found their way onto the wider galactic arms market.
RN/L-2 Crowd Control Rifle
The RN/L-2, more commonly known by the slang terms of "heat ray" and "microwave gun," is a crowd control weapon manufactured primarily in the Humanist Union for use by police and military units in crowd control situations. The RN/L-2 is a nonlethal weapon that utilizes an intense beam of electromagnetic radiation to disrupt and debilitate targets through pain without leaving any long-lasting injury or disfigurement. The RN/L-2 is used sparingly whenever possible, typically only when protests turn violent. While compact in size, the RN/L-2 is a fairly hefty tool. Its rugged construction makes it unintentionally useful as a cudgel in melee situations, and critics of the Humanist Union have been known to claim that one is just as likely to be hit in the face with an RN/L-2 as to be shot with one. The RN/L-2 is occasionally utilized as a torture device, though the Humanist Union does not officially consider the weapon useful in the capacity of an interrogative tool and punishes abuse of the weapon quite severely.
After the dismal failure of the Brown Gun during the 3393 civil unrest, MaxTac ditched its contract with SchromKorp in favour of a more practical weapon developed by Pan-Empyrean Positronics. The Sonic Shotgun (officially the Sonic Concussion Rifle) looks roughly like a sawed-off shotgun but discharges concussive waves of sound with enough force to knock targets down in close quarters. A secondary mode produces ultrasonic pulses that cause extreme, incapacitating inconvenience in the form of the equivalent of an instant migraine. Although use of the Sonic Shotgun, especially in its primary "blasting mode," has a greater risk of causing bodily harm than the now-obsolete Brown Gun, it has been universally adopted by Solarian law enforcement as a replacement, mainly because of widespread complaints by city sanitation services.
Zigonian Cobra Pistol
Manufactured by Zhaoermia-i-Gallimimus (ZiG), the Cobra pistol (called such due to its serpentine form) is a smart-aiming neuro-neutralizer. Its targeter tracks nervous system functions, allowing it to discriminate susceptible biological targets from incapacitated victims or inanimate objects. It fires a coherent beam that temporarily scrambles the somatic nervous system while debilitating higher brain functions. The effect is extremely painful and disabling, and the sophisticated targeting system ensures that a target is only hit once with a bio-calibrated pulse. Repeated hits can be lethal, inducing cardiac arrest or even permanent brain death. The Cobra pistol is one of the few less-lethal weapons that is as effective against cyborgs as it is against organics. Its primary competitors on the galactic arms market are the Nova Atlantean MA-50 Triceratops and the Pfhor's wide variety of shock weapons.
A version for the Nova Atlantean market was jointly developed with Dawkins/Tsien Militech. This Cobra features a three-tier firing system when fired in rapid succession against the same target; the first shot stuns, the second is lethal, and the third is even more permanently fatal. It also has a single-mode "active" anti-theft system; when wielded by an unauthorized user, the weapon's aperture turns and discharges once (often directly in the user's face) before a built-in communicator alerts a medical response team. This modified Cobra was ultimately rejected in the Commonwealth, ostensibly due to numerous "safety concerns"; these concerns were questioned, as the modified Cobra's anti-theft system was hardly any different from the popular thousands-volt electrocution systems of other Nova Atlantean weapons like the VX-23 Deathcaster, and ZiG suspected that the rejection was more due to Nova Atlantean trade protectionism than legitimate consumer safety issues. ZiG later adapted some of the modified Cobra's features (except for the anti-theft system) in a more refined form for other variants.
The Unitary Gravity Device is a specialist area interdiction/demolitions tool built by Pan-Empyrean Positronics and used by the United Solarian Marine Corps. It consists of a self-contained artificial gravity generator with integrated power source and TISS-optimized interface mounted in a ruggedized container, and can be carried by two marines in powered armor. When active, the Pancaker generates a dialable bubble of artificial gravity; gravity enhancement within this bubble can range from a semi-permanent zone of several additional gravities to complicate enemy movement within its area of effect, to the generation of a "pulse" of hundreds of additional gravities for demolitions work, to an overcharge setting in which the device collapses itself into an unstable miniature black hole which, after rudely upsetting local gravitic conditions for a very brief while, will evaporate in a devastating burst of Hawking radiation.
Their highly precise nature makes Pancakers ideally suited for quickly and surgically demolishing very large obstacles with a negligible amount of fallout or collateral damage. However, the Pancaker's most destructive functions are code-locked with a permissive action link, due to its potential for use as a WMD and because use of these functions tends to cause the loss of the fairly costly device itself, either by outright destruction through gravitic stress or indirectly by causing the collapse of structures surrounding it.
Notes and References
- The white phosphorus function was added due to the suggestion of a young BLAND Corporation researcher by the name of Bart Blade and was explained away to the liberals of the Jimmy Crater administration as a survivalist firestarting tool.