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The [plasma pistol] is the most compact of the Aliens’ handheld weaponry. It weapon in the Aliens' arsenal. Even so, it
is more powerful than the X-Corps’ standard light rifle, and it also has more accuracy in in both
long range combat situations
due to its light weight and ease the ease and speed
The plasma pistol’s design features consists of
four main pieces components
: the plasma generation chamber, barrel, magneto-dynamic
prongs, and clip.
The plasma generation chamber is easily the most complex area part
of the weapon;,
it is thermally isolated from the outside environment, an obvious necessity since even the smallest of leakages breach could result in would melt the user’s hand and inflict
severe burns on other areas for the user
. This thermal isolation is achieved primarily through several vacuum chambers interspersed with a
reflective material taken isolated
from Alien Composites. The plasma itself
is magnetically levitated in the center of the chamber to prevent it from damaging to the weapon itself, regardless of orientation of the weapon The center of the chamber is always the center of the chamber, regardless of the orientation of the weapon
. Points of entry Designed apertures
are precisely equipped with valves and heat sinks, ensuring that any escaping heat is properly
dissipated away from the user. Judging by the quality of design and manufacture, it would
that the Aliens have gone to great pains to avoid unnecessary injury to their soldiers.
The barrel uses both
magnetic and electric fields to guide the plasma out of the chamber, as well as beginning to and partially
collimate the beam. It would not normally be mentioned, apart from the elegance and complexity of the design on such a small scale.
magneto-dynamic prongs on the front of the weapon that
are the hallmark of Alien plasma technology complete the collimation
. They are used to
manipulate the magnetic fields produced by the barrel, ensuring that the plasma blast fired from the weapon stays focused and accurate. In this model of plasma weaponry only Though only
two prongs are present in the [plasma pistol], it is theorized that more. This is theorized to be a compromise. More
prongs would increase the collimation of the beam and therefore range and
accuracy, but would require considerably more power while a longer barrel could propel the plasma to even greater distances
. As the amount of plasma generated by this weapon dissipates after a reasonably short distance, As this weapon is devoid of any advanced targeting devices,
it would appear that it is intended for use only the [plasma pistol] was designed for either
short range situations or as a for
backup weapon purposes; a decision considered wise as other Alien designs are more powerful and can be replicated more easily than modified. As far as I know, no plasma weapon has targeting devices.
The clip itself is of a relatively
simple design, but analysis of its contents will require separate research. The clip is known appears
to contain two different solutions, and preliminary
analysis suggests the presence of Xenium in one container, most likely used to power the weapon’s prongs
.The maximum rate of fire of the [plasma pistol] is roughly equivalent to that of our [light rifle] due to the time it takes to generate the plasma and accelerate it to useful velocities. The destructive potential of plasma suggests that plasma-based weaponry might be the evolutionary next step for our weapons research. However, since we are unable to synthesize Xenium in our facilities, attempts to fully incorporate plasma weapons into our arsenal might not yet be feasible. Due to the peculiarities of firing plasma, the rate of fire is limited to the equivalent of the light rifle on burst mode. Though the barrel and prongs could operate much faster, time is necessary to allow proper mixture of fuel in between shots. The fact that this pistol is capable of sustained fire with such a small generation chamber is a testament to Alien manufacture and design.Removed mention of things that can "operate much faster"- I feel it unnecessarily complicates the issue.
”Rule 3: Plasma pistols may not be used to heat my morning coffee.”
- Excerpt from ‘100 things Tommy can’t do in X-Corps’ Fluff subject to change.
Edited by Astyanax, 11 March 2005 - 12:21 PM.