The Pulse Rifle is the standard weaponry of Tau Fire Warriors and their Shas'ui leaders. While about the size of an Imperial Lasgun, it is far more powerful. In the tabletop game, its firepower matches that of a Space Marine bolter. It fires a plasma pulse, which is generated when an induction field accelerates a particle which breaks down as it leaves the barrel.[1a] The small circular device near the end of the barrel is a housing for a gyroscope that is part of an aim-stabilization system that allows the rifle to remain steady on target and angled for optimal firing at distance, regardless of factors like shaking hands. This helps to give pulse rifles a greater effective range than many other infantry weapons.
Longshot Pulse Rifle
The Longshot Pulse Rifle is a sniper variant of the standard Pulse Rifle.
- 1: Codex: Tau
- 2: Codex: Tau Empire, pg. 29
- 3: Rogue Trader: Into the Storm, pg. 121
- 4: Games Workshop Official Site
- 5: Codex: Tau Empire (6th Edition) pg.66
|One-Handed Weapons||Honour Blade • Pulse Pistol|
|Two-Handed Weapons||Pulse Rifle • Pulse Carbine • Rail Rifle • Ion Rifle • Longshot Pulse Rifle|
|Battlesuit Weapons||Airbursting Fragmentation Projector • Burst Cannon • Cyclic Ion Blaster • Flamer • Fusion Blaster|
|Other Vehicle Weapons||Ion Cannon • Railgun • Seeker Missile • Smart Missile System • Quad Ion Turret|
|Auxiliary Weapons||Kroot Hunting Rifle • Kroot Gun • Kroot Rifle • Neutron Blaster|
|Grenades||EMP Grenade • Photon Grenade|