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Approved Tech Chalacta anti-matériel rifle

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A Chalacta

OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

PRODUCTION INFORMATION
  • Manufacturer: Ringovinda Systems
  • Model: Chalacta anti-matériel rifle
  • Affiliation: Open-Market
  • Modularity: Yes; can change the scope
  • Production: Mass-Produced
  • Material: Durasteel, blaster components, ostrine
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • Classification: Electromagnetic plasma anti-matériel Rifle
  • Size: Very large (1.7m long)
  • Weight: Very heavy (15 kg)
  • Ammunition Type: Power cell, gas canister
  • Ammunition Capacity: 25
  • Reload Speed: Low
  • Effective Range: Battlefield (3km)
  • Rate of Fire: Low
  • Stopping Power: Very High
  • Recoil: Average
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Free-floating barrel
  • Recoil buffer (microrepulsors)
  • Collapsible bipod
  • Detachable 360-degree scope
  • Advanced cooling system
  • Battlefield range
  • Very accurate
Strengths:
  • Great penetration power (can penetrate up to 200mm of reinforced duracrete, or equivalent, while more heavily armored vehicles would have a dent into their armor)
  • Explosive firepower
  • Cannot be redirected by lightsabers
  • Accurate up to battlefield ranges
Weaknesses :
  • Slow rate of fire
  • Slow reload rate
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Very easy to detect using thermal and EM sensors
  • Large amount of recoil
  • Cannot be used in a close-quarters firefight
DESCRIPTION
The free-floating barrel is a feature that allows the recoil to be reduced at a manageable level, while the barrel and the stock do not touch along any point along the barrel length, even though it is attached to the trigger assembly, called the receiver. In addition, a recoil buffer mounted into the stock, made up of micro-repulsors, allows the shooter to reduce the recoil felt to a more manageable level, while the collapsible bipod helps stabilize the weapon while fired. The great weight of the Chalacta, while somewhat helpful against the recoil, is also a weakness, especially given its great size. Also, around the barrel are actually extruded durasteel heat pipes with internal zirconium coating, and the inside filled with ostrine, with the contact area maximized so as to maximize the outward flow of heat from the weapon to the outside environment.

The Chalacta anti-matériel rifle is borne from the realization that, in a ground ambush, infantry is often preferred to vehicles over many types of terrain, which was made clear on Barataria. The use of miniaturized electromagnetic plasma cannon technology was chosen due to the various advantages of electromagnetic plasma, especially when used against lightsaber-wielders: if a lightsaber-wielder tries to block a shot fired from a Chalacta with a lightsaber, the contact of the round against the lightsaber would cause an explosion that would release the plasma contained inside the lightsaber back onto the wielder. Which, given the nature of electromagnetic plasma weapons, would likely result in the vaporization of the areas hit by the plasma explosion, potentially reducing the targets into molten slag or possibly causing severe burns. Heavily armored targets would get holes punched into the armor, creating weak spots through which a second shot may be fired and penetrate the same spot. However, such miniaturization comes at the cost of lowered rate of fire and lowered reload rate in battle: it only fires about eight rounds per minute in a sustained rate, and a shooter would need one full post to reload the weapon, during which it is vulnerable.

Of course, such heat makes a Chalacta very easy to detect on thermal sensors upon firing, while the very nature of electromagnetic plasma makes it very easy to detect on EM sensors. Nevertheless, as with its predecessor, it can penetrate up to 200 mm of reinforced duracrete, making it a good weapon to use in ambushes and other types of surprise attacks against several kinds of targets: vehicles, fortified positions, lightsaber-wielders, tightly-packed infantry, to name a few.
 
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