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Lasgun[22]

The Lasgun is an energy based weapon, and is the most common and widely used type of laser weapon in the Imperium. It is standard issue for all Imperial Guard infantry and most lower-ranked officers.

Overview

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)[4], 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[1]. 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.[1]

Lasgun Variants

Lascarbine

Lascarbine[4]

A lighter, cut-down version of the Lasgun that is easier to carry and aim, but has fewer shots and shorter range.[11]



Long-Las

Long-Las[11]

A sniper variation of the Lasgun with a much longer barrel for increased range and accuracy, but increased difficultly to use in close quarters.[11]


Hellgun

Hellgun[11]

An enhanced version of the standard Lasgun with superior armor-penetrating capabilities[11]




Shotlas

Shotlas[28]

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.[28]




Lasgun Ammunition

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.[33] "Hotshot" packs, of the same size, provide more powerful but less numerous shots.[1] 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).[37] 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

M35 Galaxy Lasgun components[5]

The M35 M-Galaxy Short pattern is the standard variant of lasgun[5]

  • 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[16a]

The M36 Kantrael Pattern Lasrifle is the standard variant for the Cadian Shock Troopers and the Severan Dominate.[3a][38]

Kantrael MG 'Short' Pattern

Kantrael MG 'Short' pattern lasgun[17]

The Kantrael MG 'Short' pattern was the standard variant issued to Cadian Shock Troopers deployed to Betalis III[17]



Mk 4 Lascarbine

Mk 4 lascarbine[11]

The Mk 4 lascarbine is the standard variant for the Catachan Jungle Fighters.[2]

Lucius no.98 Pattern[3b]

Lucius pattern no. 98 lasgun[3b]

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.[32]



Mars Pattern Lasgun

Mars pattern lasgun[13]

The Mars pattern is used by the Tallarn Desert Raiders.[13]

Mars Pattern Mk.II Lasgun

The standard weapon of the Imperial Army during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.[26]

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

Voss pattern lasgun[12c]

The Voss pattern is the standard variant for the Armageddon Steel Legion.[23]

Accatran Pattern MkIV

Accatran pattern MkIV lasgun[20]

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.[32]

Accatran Pattern MkIVe

Accatran pattern MkIVe lasgun[20]

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

Vostroya Pattern Lasgun[24]

The Vostroyan Pattern Lasgun is used by the Vostroyan Firstborn. The weapons are known for their fine hand-crafted detail.[24] These lasguns are also often passed down as prized heirlooms.[36]

Ryza Pattern Lasgun

Ryza pattern lasgun[18]

This pattern is produced on Ryza Forge World.

Triplex Phall M-Galaxy Pattern

Triplex Phall M-Galaxy pattern lasgun[16b]

This pattern is produced on Triplex Phall Forge World. This pattern is finely crafted, offering superior accuracy and alternative firing modes.[31a]

Merovech Pattern Aassault Lasgun

Merovech Pattern 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.




Locke-Pattern Lascarbine

Locke-pattern lascarbine[11]

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.[11]




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.[26]

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.

Integrated Lathe-Lasrifle

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.[34]

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.[25]

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]

Stormfront Lasgun

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.[33]

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.[35]

Armageddon Pattern Lasgun

The Armageddon Pattern Lasgun is a common, mass produced version of the lasgun.[36]

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