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- 1 Overview
- 2 Lasgun Variants
- 3 Lasgun Ammunition
- 4 Known Lasgun Patterns
- 4.1 M35 M-Galaxy Short Pattern
- 4.2 Kantrael Pattern M36 Lasrifle
- 4.3 Kantrael MG 'Short' Pattern
- 4.4 Mk 4 Lascarbine
- 4.5 Lucius no.98 Pattern[3b]
- 4.6 Mars Pattern Lasgun
- 4.7 Mars Pattern Mk.II Lasgun
- 4.8 Mars Pattern Mk. III Short Lasgun
- 4.9 Voss Pattern Lasgun
- 4.10 Accatran Pattern MkIV
- 4.11 Accatran Pattern MkIVe
- 4.12 Vostroya Pattern Lasgun
- 4.13 Ryza Pattern Lasgun
- 4.14 Triplex Phall M-Galaxy Pattern
- 4.15 Merovech Pattern Aassault Lasgun
- 4.16 Locke-Pattern Lascarbine
- 4.17 Kalibrax V-1 Pattern Lasrifle
- 4.18 Necromunda Pattern Lasgun
- 4.19 Integrated Lathe-Lasrifle
- 4.20 Fractrix Pattern Assault Laser
- 4.21 Sollex Pattern-IX “Death Light” Lasgun
- 4.22 Drusus Prime Pattern
- 4.23 Minerva-Aegis Las Carbine
- 4.24 Roth Pattern Lightning Lasgun
- 4.25 Stormfront Lasgun
- 4.26 Lasburst Twin Lasgun
- 4.27 MK III Lascarbine
- 4.28 Merovech Model 481 "Persuader" Lasgun
- 4.29 Armageddon Pattern Lasgun
- 5 Famous Users
- 6 Similar weapons
- 7 See also
- 8 Sources
Lasguns are reliable, easy to maintain and produce, and are readily available on most Imperial worlds. They have longer range and higher ammunition capacity than a Laspistol (the laspistol power packs having roughly 80 shots before depletion, compared to roughly 150 shots for a lasgun), but are nowhere near as powerful as a Lascannon. They also lack the rapid-fire quality of the Multi-laser or the Hellgun.
The lasgun uses the same basic technology and operates along the same lines as other laser weapons, emitting a beam of focused light. The high amount of energy in the beam causes the immediate surface area of a target to be vaporized in a small explosion. It is a relatively unimpressive weapon when compared to other weapons in the Imperium, but is still capable of cleanly severing limbs or piercing the power armour of a Space Marine (but only through a vulnerable spot in the armour). Most designs have iron sights mounted along the top of the weapon. It is powered by a small, rechargeable power pack located beneath the weapon, in front of the trigger guard.
A lighter, cut-down version of the Lasgun that is easier to carry and aim, but has fewer shots and shorter range.
A sniper variation of the Lasgun with a much longer barrel for increased range and accuracy, but increased difficultly to use in close quarters.
An enhanced version of the standard Lasgun with superior armor-penetrating capabilities
An illegal modification of a standard lasgun popular amongst the techwrights and armour-mongers of Footfall, the ‘shotlas’ is rigged to discharge more energy per shot, at the cost of beam coherence, with shots swiftly losing power and becoming ineffective at longer ranges.
Lasgun ammunition, called "Power Packs", are what provide the weapon's laser emitters with energy. They come in several types and sizes. Types include: short, long, sickle-pattern, box-form, drum, and backpack. Sizes range from 1 to 5. Weapons designed for a particular size cannot use other standard sizes. "Hotshot" packs, of the same size, provide more powerful but less numerous shots. Power packs store vast amounts of energy via the use of liquid metal cores. The pack can be recharged in many ways, including sunlight or even being left slightly inside of a camp fire (although this method will damage the power pack, shortening its lifespan and increase its failure rate). It can also be "overcharged," a trick used by Guard veterans that causes the pack to explode, turning the weapon into a makeshift grenade. This tactic is only used in last-ditch situations, as it results in the destruction of the weapon. The resultant explosion, however, is powerful enough to crack open the frontal armor of a Chaos Dreadnought.[3a]
Known Lasgun Patterns
M35 M-Galaxy Short Pattern
The M35 M-Galaxy Short pattern is the standard variant of lasgun
- Weight: 2.3 kg
- Length: 900 millimetres
- Magazine Type: 19 megathule range (rechargable)
- Type of Fire: Single shot or fully automatic
- Rate of Fire (cyclic): 220 shots per minute
- Shot Intensity: low to high
- Sights: adjustable, back and front sights with optional laser sight/integral optics
Kantrael Pattern M36 Lasrifle
Kantrael pattern M36 lasrifle with bayonet attached.
Kantrael MG 'Short' Pattern
A Cadian trooper with a Kantrael MG 'Short' Pattern Lasgun
Mk 4 Lascarbine
Mk 4 lascarbine
The signature weapon of the Death Korps of Krieg, the Lucius-pattern lasgun operates in the 21 megathoule range, but is designed to draw from a standard Munitorum-issue power pack. Consequently, the Lucius lasgun discharges a more powerful shot, but drains the power pack at a correspondingly increased rate. This also puts a great strain on the weapon, limiting the rate of fire and requiring such features as additional heat sink rings lining the exterior of the barrel. Even with such considerations, an over-taxed Lucius lasgun can quickly overheat. The added danger of the weapon overheating does not perturb the famously stoic Krieg.
A Death Korps of Krieg trooper with a Lucius Pattern no. 98 Lasrifle[3b]
Mars Pattern Lasgun
A Tallarn Desert Raider with a scoped Mars Pattern Lasgun
Mars Pattern Mk.II Lasgun
Mars Pattern Mk. III Short Lasgun
Standard issue for many Imperial Guard regiments across the Imperium since M.36, the blocky MK III lasgun is a remarkably robust and easy to use weapon. Legendarily able to stand up to any amount of abuse and keep firing, the “Guardsman’s Friend” as the Uplifting Primer calls it, is respected over more powerful shoulder arms for its practicality and extreme reliability in almost any condition. The Mars pattern is produced in great numbers on Scintilla and Malfi and is the standard armament of most Calixian Guard regiments.[31b]
Voss Pattern Lasgun
Accatran Pattern MkIV
Often employed by Elysian Drop Troop regiments, the Accatran MkIV is a bullpup-style lasgun with an integrated lamp pack. The lamp pack is powered by the same power cell that provides the lasgun’s ammunition, but the power draw is so small as to be negligible. The compact design of the weapon is due in part to the power cell’s location in the stock. The smaller profile of the Accatran MkIV is perfectly suited to the drop missions Elysian regiments often undertake, easily manoeuvred at short range or fired from the hip. Further, its lighter design allows wielders to carry other equipment in place of the extra bulk, which can be particularly vital for regiments that favour grav-chutes as a means of deployment.
Accatran Pattern MkIVe
The Accatran Pattern MkIVe is used by the Elysian Drop Troops. It is identical to the standard MkIV, but with the addition of an underslung krak grenade launcher.
Vostroya Pattern Lasgun
A Vostroyan First Born with a Vostroya Pattern Lasgun
Ryza Pattern Lasgun
Triplex Phall M-Galaxy Pattern
Valhallen Ice Warrior with a Triplex Phall M-Galaxy Pattern Lasgun[31a]
Merovech Pattern Aassault Lasgun
Designed purely for close range assaults, this gun is heavily reinforced and has a bayonet built into its short and heavy frame. Slots for two power packs are included so the gun can switch to a fresh pack with no reloading. Since the firefights it’s designed for are typically over long before two packs are exhausted, it serves its design perfectly.
A lighter, cut down version of the lasgun, the lascarbine has fewer shots and a shorter range but is easier to carry and aim, often coming with a folding stock.
Kalibrax V-1 Pattern Lasrifle
The Kalibrax V-1 Pattern Lasrifle was the standard weapon of Imperial Army Solar Auxilia during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy. Of a higher quality than standard Lasguns or Lascarbines, its notable for its heavily reinforced energy transfer capacitors, overall durability, and superior heat dissipation qualities.
Solar Auxilia trooper with V-1 Pattern Lasrifle
Necromunda Pattern Lasgun
Mass-produced from hard-wearing metals and plastics, the Necromunda pattern of lasgun is recognisable by its inelegant rectangular edges and folding stock. It is popular amongst the Planetary Defence Forces of hive worlds (of which Necromunda is an archetypical example), since its short range is not so much of a limitation in the cramped confines of an urban warzone, while its semi-automatic capabilities become much more important at such close quarters.[12a][12b]
Away from worlds where the Necromunda Pattern is standard military issue, it is rare to find examples of them in civilian usage, and indeed many worlds restrict them because of the high rate of fire that makes them so prized by the combat units that use them.
Escher gang member with a Necromunda Pattern Lasgun
Originally derived from an ancient archeotech design, the integrated Lathe-Lasrifle packs a greater punch than regular Lasguns. Standard rifle of the Crimson Guard, Lathe-Lasrifles are fast becoming a more and more common sight throughout the Calix Sector.
Fractrix Pattern Assault Laser
The Fractrix pattern assault laser is produced by Forge World Fractrix. Capable of firing five shots per second it uses twin power packs allowing for fifteen seconds of continuous fire. It is also fitted with a multiple target designation range-finder able to detect heat patterns and a safety located above the trigger guard which controls power to the gun and optical array. While the weapon is very reliable its focus prism requires replacement after every thousand shots, a process which requires a Tech-priest to perform and greatly limits its utility during extended firefights. Adept Gudmanz of the 13th Penal Legion once oversaw the assembly lines which produced these weapons until his conviction.
Sollex Pattern-IX “Death Light” Lasgun
Made to the requirements of the Magnagorsk guilds by the Mechanicus sect of Sollex, the Death Light is an extremely powerful compact lasgun with a folding stock designed to fire high-energy blasts. These blasts, considerably stronger than a normal lasgun discharge, can easily burn through the thick insulation suits worn throughout Magnagorsk hive. Their power hungry nature, however, means Sollex guns are far less efficient than most las weapons and dangerous if overcharged.[31a]
Drusus Prime Pattern
Made in large numbers for Calixis PDF use, the Drusus Prime is in fact a local copy of the ubiquitous Ryza-M pattern lasgun made by numerous forges and manufactorums. All weapons of this type made in the Calixis Sector are named in honour of the warrior saint and bear a crude stamp of his profile on their casing. A simple charge repeater lasgun, the Drusus Prime is perhaps the most widely produced long arm in the sector, and the sheer numbers stolen from armouries and legitimately traded over the centuries make it the most likely of its type to be found in the hands of gangers, criminals and low-grade guns for hire from Scintilla to Baraspine.[31a]
Minerva-Aegis Las Carbine
Popular with the more notable mercenary companies and private guild armsmen, the Minerva-Aegis is a sophisticated las carbine that unusually features a high cycle-charge chamber allowing it a rapid pulse mode comparable to fully automatic fire. Fruit of the Aegis Fragment and currently produced under title to the Takara Fane of Gunmetal, the high-grade materials needed for its construction mean its cost is significantly more than more commonplace lasguns. It is an undoubted sign of discerning professionalism in a hired scummer (or aptitude in stealing from their betters), for them to be wielding a Minerva-Aegis.[31a]
Roth Pattern Lightning Lasgun
An unusual pattern, the Roth “Lightning” has its ammunition plug set behind the trigger grip, allowing for a extended collimation barrel which provides greater ranges without increasing the overall size. Owing to their relative rarity, these weapons are often restricted to “sharpshooter” light infantry regiments and many are further modified into long las sniper rifles.[31b]
The use of this local variant of the standard Kantrael Pattern lasgun by the widely renowned Brontian regiments has secured this weapon’s “cold steel” reputation in Calixian military circles. The Stormfront lasgun features an integral bayonet and a wooden stock as part of its solid construction, and the rifle is balanced for the close-quarters fighting at which the Brontians excel. The Stormfront counts as a spear when used in melee.[31b]
Lasburst Twin Lasgun
Considered old even among the ancient nature of most Imperial weapons, twin lasguns are a rare sight on the battlefield. First produced millennia ago, their design was never perfected as other patterns soon superseded the Lasburst’s unreliable nature. Still some appear on battlefields, either as ancient devices or low-grade versions manufactured in lesser munitions factories. While not as dependable as a regular lasgun, Lasbursts offer a much stronger fire rate by literally doubling the normal firepower.[31b]
MK III Lascarbine
The MK III Lascarbine is the standard issue rifle of the Tanith First and Only regiment. Made by the armourers of Tanith Magn, these rifles had furniture made of Tanith's local Nal tree wood. They used size 3 power packs.
Merovech Model 481 "Persuader" Lasgun
Designed for close combat assaults, trench fighting, and urban warfare, the Model 481 "Persuader" Lasgun is a pulsing laser weapon capable of a tremendous rate of fire. Though intended for use by planetary militias and the Imperial Guard, the Persuader has also carved a niche for itself among underworld figures looking for an edge in sheer firepower. The compact size of the Persuader, combined with its high volume of fire, makes it an excellent all-around choice for most combat situations, though its relatively short range can be a liability on an open battlefield. For most, however, its shortcomings are far outweighed by the Persuader’s utility, especially when paired with an oversized "drum" power pack that nearly doubles the weapon's capacity.
Armageddon Pattern Lasgun
The Armageddon Pattern Lasgun is a common, mass produced version of the lasgun.
|Portable||Las Gauntlets • Laspistol • Lasgun • Long-Las • Hellpistol • Hellgun|
|Heavy||Multi-laser • Lascannon • Laser Destroyer • Volcano cannon • Turbo-laser Destructor|
|Eldar||Mandiblaster • Lasblaster • Laser Lance • Scatter Laser • Bright Lance • Pulsar|
|Ork||Deffgun • Zzappas • Gaze of Mork|
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|Melee Weapons||Chainsword • Combat Knife • Hunting Lance • Power Weapon|
|One-Handed Weapons||Bolt Pistol • Laspistol • Hellpistol/Hotshot Laspistol • Plasma Pistol|
|Two-Handed Weapons||Lasgun • Flamer • Grenade Launcher • Hellgun/Hotshot Lasgun • Lascarbine • Long-Las • Meltagun • Plasma Gun • Shotgun • Sniper Rifle|
|Heavy Weapons||Autocannon • Heavy Bolter • Heavy Flamer • Heavy Stubber • Lascannon • Hotshot Volley Gun • Missile Launcher • Mortar • Ripper Gun • Grenadier Gauntlet|
|Grenades||Frag Grenade • Krak Grenade • Melta Bomb|