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The XLW-01 Laser Pistol is the first of X-Corps' newly developed portable laser weaponry. Despite the fact that heavier conventional weaponry offers both greater accuracy and damage capacity than the laser pistol, the XLW-01 should not be discounted as a sidearm. Field tests indicate that the Laser Pistol's primary advantages over our current standard firearm are its extremely fast auto-fire speed, its increased damage potential, and its almost unlimited firing capacity. Unlike conventional pistols, which require soldiers to keep track of their remaining ammunition, this weapon can last the duration of a sustained firefight on a single charge. Preliminary field trials demonstrate the high combat effectiveness of the Laser Pistol, and we recommend that standard issue handguns be replaced by it.
The Laser Pistol can be broken down into four main components: the primary capacitor, located in the handle; the laser core, located in the anterior half of the barrel; the firing mechanism, located behind the core and includes the trigger and secondary capacitor; and the cooling system, encasing both the secondary capacitor and the laser core and extending into the heat exhanger along the underside of the barrel.
Early rate of fire issues were solved by the addition of the secondary capacitor. This addition enhances the safety of the Laser Pistol, buffering the user in case of accidental discharge of the primary capacitor, which acts as the magazine-equivalent for the XLW-01, holding the full power charge. The secondary capacitor functions similarly to the chamber of a mundane pistol, only charging when the weapon is about to be fired. This secondary charging occurs when the shooter's finger rests on the trigger. Full compression of the trigger is still required to activate the pistol, and the secondary charge will dissipate a short while after the finger is removed from the trigger.
Despite being able to achieve a maximum rate of fire nearly twice that of a standard Pistol, the Laser Pistol cannot sustain this a rate of fire indefinitely due to inadequate heat dissipation of the core. Tests have shown that extreme temperatures can result in severe degradation of core material, reducing both the effectiveness and the life span of the laser core by as much as eighty percent, and in some cases, causing the catastrophic failure of the primary capacitor. As a result, the XLW-01 has been limited to three shots in this rapid fire mode, after which an automatic safety mechanism will prevent further firing until the laser core has sufficiently cooled.
Agents MUST be warned that attempts to override the three shot limitation or bypass the secondary capacitor are likely to result in severe injury or even death.
"We'd been sweeping through a disheveled group of Greys from a downed Recon UFO for a minute or two. We were down to the last few bugs; we had them pinpointed and were closing fast. After a brief firefight, there was only one left, firing out of some bushes. We hadn't taken any casualties yet, so I was feeling pretty good. I let the soldiers exchange fire with the last Alien, figuring we had better cover and could outlast it. Unfortunately, one of my soldiers, Ensign Sam "Grizzly" Mugalla, got tired of being shot at, and, you know, had a little shell shock going. He bolted straight at the target with a nice, steady grip on the trigger of his Laser Pistol, something R&D had just cooked up. Unfortunately, those things overload pretty easily, especially when you strip the safety catch.
He scared that little bug-eyed freak to death, and then shot it some more just for good measure. I kept calling him back to formation, but I figured he'd shoot until he was good and ready to come back. Then the pistol overloaded right in his hand. That put him in the medical bay for a few weeks. Now they have a tamper-proof, fully-integrated safety mechanism. They call it the Grizzly Circuit."
- Captain Sandra Campori
"TORCH" LASER RIFLE
The Laser Rifle, nicknamed as the "Torch", is a revolutionary weapon capable of dealing with a majority of known Alien species with greater effectiveness than our conventional weaponry. It features the firepower to pierce tough Alien hide and a significantly higher ammunition capacity than standard firearms.
"Your new "Torch" Laser Rifle is a powerful weapon, and like a well-bred pet, it requires very little attention to keep it out of trouble. All you have to do is wipe the weapon’s external heat sinks before use; the rest of the rifle is sealed airtight and requires no maintenance. What could be simpler? Keep your "Torch" happy and it will keep you alive!" –"The Care and Feeding of Energy Weapons", excerpt from the X-Corps Training Manual.
The "Torch" is the second generation of laser weaponry and a definite step up from the earlier pistol design. Its main advantages over the laser pistol are vastly increased damage, accuracy and maximum effective range. It is our first genuinely adequate tool for engaging Aliens in prolonged medium-range ground combat situations.
The laser core runs along the length of the rifle's barrel. Its increased barrel length has allowed us to fit in a larger semiconductive diamond core, consequently multiplying the laser’s intensity. When the Laser Rifle's trigger is pressed, a bank of high density capacitors discharge an electrical impulse within the laser core, where the energy is transformed into photons, amplified virtually instantaneously, and released in short and intense laser pulses. As soon as the Laser Rifle fires, its banks of capacitors begin recharging and the laser core disperses the heat generated, resulting in a moderately fast, sustainable rate of fire.
Due to its lack of moving parts, the Laser Rifle requires little field maintenance. In fact, if the weapon’s case remains sealed, the weapon's estimated lifespan is 2 years of sustained use before needing a laser core replacement.
Overall, the Laser Rifle has proven itself admirably, and should be issued as a replacement to our standard rifles despite its greater cost. Its increased damage and range may allow our troops to gain the edge with the Aliens.
"When I saw this baby in action, I knew I had to get one. Our old rifles could barely penetrate even the thin hides of the little bug-eye Aliens; this 'Laser' rifle cuts through just about anything instantly. When I first tested this weapon, we set up an Alien dummy, you know, one of the grey ones. I fired a single shot, and it burned a hole clean through the dummy and half-way though the reinforced wall behind it. I can’t wait to zap a Grey with it!" -Cpl. Alex Dupont