-Well, thanks for the compliment and thanks for the "tearing." I like the new first paragraph, and the rest are now addressed...I think. Let me know if I'm wrong.
Very nice Kika. Sry for "tearing" it apart... a bit . What do you think?
X-Net://Pegasus.Net/Weapons/Alien Weapons/Stun Launcher
The Stun Launcher is a new technology that fulfils both human and alien objectives alike. It provides our soldiers an alternative method of capturing living Aliens at range, effectively eliminating the melee requirements of the Stun Baton. Additionally, due to its wide area-of-effect, it can be used to incapacitate a group of Aliens. The effect is greater the closer the organism is to the site of impact. Due to dissimilar environmental conditions and individual physiologies, different organisms of even the same species may be affected in a different manner if attacked with a Stun Bomb.
Inside the Stun Launcher are various components to house the Stun Bomb, designed to prevent accidental discharge. One such component is the chamber itself, which is housed in a gelatinous substance that acts to dampen vibration. We have not been able to reproduce this substance, but we found out that it is structurally very similar to ballistics gel. As such, it can easily be replicated without any side effects.
The Stun Launcher is reloaded through a flap on the top of the weapon. Judging by its shape, it appears as though a protective shell or coating is automatically removed from the loaded bomb. Apparently, once this protective layer is removed, the projectile becomes volatile. The interior of the weapon shows a marked contrast between pre- and post-removal. All protective measures (vibration dampening, carefully polished tubing, etc.) begin at the point the casing is removed.
The actual firing mechanism appears to be gravitational. Unlike Terran weaponry, no propellant of any type is used. The result of this firing scheme is an incredibly smooth acceleration with minimal impulse applied to the projectile. In addition, since the force is applied, effectively, from inside the projectile itself, firing will not trigger the Stun Bomb to release its contents. The launch produces no muzzle flash or other visible sign. Apparently, the substance known as Xenium is critical to the procedure. Initial tests have confirmed that if a faux projectile that does not contain Xenium is loaded into the weapon, the weapon will not fire.
As the Stun Launcher has no magazine, X-Corps operatives should take care to avoid situations where more than one or two shots are required. Reloading, while not prohibitively cumbersome or lengthy, is best done outside of the heat of battle.
“It was an accidental stun bomb discharge’ has become one of the most common explanations from the scientists I've caught sleeping on the job. In the beginning, I believed them, but when I hear them snore from outside the room, I get my doubts...
~ Joan De Melan, X-Corps inner-relations.