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Intent: To Create an advanced weapon system for the Imperial and Graug militaries
Development Thread: No
Manufacturer: Graug Forgers
Affiliation: Graug and Imperial Militaries
Production: Mass Produced
The Harbinger Anti-Material Rifle is the first step in the Graug attempts to modernize their military after their increased cooperation with the Imperial forces. This rifle is one of the most advanced pieces of military hardware to come out of the Gratos, and it is thanks to the knowledge of Imperial weapon works that have been brought back by Krag. The rifle is classified as a railgun that utilizes 3 inch by 3 inch Durasteel rods with a with several tiny ultrachrome rods, surrounding a depleted baraidum core, encased within the durasteel.
The rifle can only be loaded with a single round per-shot and has a charge pack, able to be loaded into a round container on the stock of the weapon, that is able to be used for 15 shots. After the charging has been completed, the rods are launched from the barrel at nearly 1000 meters a second. Upon impact with a target, the kinetic energy activates the detonator for the deplete Baraidum within. Once the Baradium is activated, the core explodes outwards and sends the dozens of tiny 2 inch Ultrachrome rods and the durasteel frame splintering in nearly every direction.
The theory behind the weapon is that the sheer kinetic force is enough to break through nearly any material and if it is not, the explosive energy is. The rifles main purpose is to destroy enemy cover and kill anybody who lies beyond and also to serve as an anti-vehicle weapon. It is not the best weapon against shielded vehicles, but the explosive and Kinetic force is still a freighting enemy regardless. While the weapon has an unmatched punch in the world of rifles and its range maximum range of 15 Kilometers is excellent (although a scope with such range is unheard of), the loading time, magazine capacity, recoil and charge time between shot are major downfalls. The recoil of the weapon is mostly seen in the form of a rumbling from side to side and not a kick to the shoulder, but it is still enough to throw off ones aim. This fact, combined with the one shot capacity, means that a shooter will usually only have a single chance to hit a moving target in most scenarios. Another downfall is the weapons weight of 60 pounds, making it a daunting task for non-Graug to carry both the weapon and its ammo.
Status: Illegal (due to Gratos embargos and Imperial Military Status)
Length: 110.8 centimeters (64 inches)
Weight: 28 kilograms (60 pounds)
Ammunition Type: Explosive Slug rounds
Ammunition Capacity: 1 round
Effective Range: 5 Kilometers (effective) 15 (Max)