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. 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. The powercell from which it draws energy must be replaced after fifty shots. Pulse Rifles can also be used by Kroot Shapers.
The Pulse Rifle was developed early in the Tau Empire's history, shortly after the end of the Mont'au. It was introduced during the Campaign of Scouring against the Orks, where it proved essential to victory.
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
- 6: Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign pg.80
- 7: Codex: Tau Empire (7th Edition) - Relentless Expansion
|One-Handed Weapons||Honour Blade • Pulse Pistol|
|Two-Handed Weapons||Pulse Rifle • Pulse Carbine • Pulse Blaster • Rail Rifle • Ion Rifle • Longshot Pulse Rifle • Equalisers|
|Battlesuit Weapons||Airbursting Fragmentation Projector • Burst Cannon • Cyclic Ion Blaster • Cyclic Ion Raker • Flamer • Fusion Blaster • Fusion Cascade • Fusion Collider • Fusion Eradicator • Ion Accelerator • Missile Pod • Phased Ion Gun • Plasma Rifle • Pulse Submunitions Rifle • Heavy Rail Rifle • Heavy Burst Cannon • Pulse Submunition Cannon • EMP Discharge Cannon • Pulse Ordnance Multi-Driver • Pulse Driver Cannon • Pulse ARC Cannon • Destroyer Missiles • Cluster Rockets|
|Other Vehicle Weapons||Ion Cannon • Plasma Bomb • 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|