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Hand Cannon[1]

A heavier version of the stub gun, hand cannons are popular with those who have the arm strength to wield them. They fire massive slugs that can turn unfortunates into chunks of meat, but generally have a low rate of fire and small ammo capacity. These deadly weapons kick with a strong recoil and are mostly used by enforcers or bounty hunters who aren't picky on the state of their quarry.[1][2]

Known Patterns

'Judgeslayer' Handcannon[3]

'Judgeslayer' Handcannon

"Judgeslayer" designs are used by miscreants and lawbreakers fearing their nefarious activities coming to the attention of either Arbites or local Enforcers. Searching for a weapon capable of stopping a carapace-armoured Arbitrator in his tracks they often seek out Hereteks or backstreet killsmiths for 'Judgeslayer' Handcannon. These designs are characterised by a crazed disregard for the safety of the user, as all the normal precautions in pistol design are thrown away to allow the creation of a weapon equally lethal to its user and the victim.[3]

.54 Tranter Hand Cannon

These massive gas-operated stub automatics are often plagued with mechanical problems and notoriously prone to jamming. Despite their drawbacks they are undoubtedly powerful, very menacing and capable to take a man’s head clean off in one shot. They are sometimes referred to as a “poor man’s bolter”.[4a]

Westingkrup Carnodon Pattern Precision Hand Cannon

Resembling an Imperial bolt pistol and in fact distinctly based on its internal mechanism and layout, the Carnodon is a finely made and well-balanced weapon, both powerful and extremely accurate in skilled hands. A high priced and exclusive item, this weapon is found in the armouries of the Adeptus Arbites and sometimes in criminal gangs, where it is considered a mark of high status.[4b]

Fykos Forge “Flametongue” Howdah Pistol

Produced in the Fykos Forge of Gunmetal, this simple and reliable weapon is a compact twin-barrelled hand cannon, chambered to fire huge, custom-made soft alloy rounds that break apart on impact to cause horrific wounds. Intended as a powerful last line of defence should a hunter be ambushed or have the tables turned on him, Flametongue is powerful enough to bring down anything a hunter might have as a prey.[4b]

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