Deffguns are heavy Ork weapons, fine examples of the Mek's craft that are made from all kinds of materials, mainly scavenged heavy weaponry of other races. Deffguns are so large they must be mounted on a special firing rig strapped to to an Ork's broad shoulders. No man could hope to fit into a Deffgun's rig without heavy augmetics or thick slabs of vat-grown muscle. This cumbersome rig is needed to absorb bone-breaking recoil each time the Deffgun is fired.
They fire dakka of extremely high calibre, rounds which easily smash bikes and reliably penetrate transports' armour. Given their variable origins they may vary tremendously in properties and appearance, but a typical Deffgun is similar to an Imperial Autocannon, although much less predictable.
Meks often make some adjustments to the weapon during its construction - from viewfinders to recoil compensators or attached Rokkits and searchlights so no two Deffguns look the same, but two things are certain - it will surely deafen its owner and spell a violent death to anyone in its crosshairs.[2a]
Two known variants (or rather classification groups) of Deffgun are the Shooty Deffgun, which has an extremely high rate of fire and is mainly used against infantry; and the Beamy Deffgun, an energy weapon often made from a scavenged lascannon and very effective against armoured targets, although countless other variants like Plasma Deffgun are also known to exist. Deffguns are mainly used in battle by Lootas, who can gather enough heavy weapons so that Meks can make it for them, but they can also be mounted on Ork Warkoptas.[2b]
- 1: Codex: Orks (4th Edition), pg. 43
- 2: Imperial Armour Volume Eight - Raid on Kastorel-Novem
- 3: GW Website Ork Lootas & Burna Boyz
- 4: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution
- 5: Rogue Trader: Into the Storm, pg. 142
- 6: Warhammer 40,000: Wargear (2nd Edition), pg. 37
- 7: 'Ere We Go: Orks in Warhammer 40,000, pg. 103
- 8: Eternal Crusade website - Rogue Trader store