This is something I crossed the first time I read the EP core manual. The firearms classification, falls under (light, medium and heavy) pistol. Submachinegun Assault rifle Sniper rifle Machine gun. I propose to cut this by. Pistol Automatic pistol Assault rifle Combat rifle And then you might ask... whyyyy? Well, first the submachinegun category shouldn't be really there. Why? Because it doesn't have any role that an assault rifle can't cover. The submachine gun idea was born't after the 1ww because inside the trenches people had problems using weapons with half the size of a person, from a start they used firing lines to solve this but to form a firing line is trully hard and requires a lot of discipline so in the end the combat in close quarters became hand-to-hand(or wathever you had in your hand to attack except what was supposed to be your main weapon... the rifle). So the submachine gun was bornt as an assault weapon, it used a different caliber from the common rifle, it was MUCH much more sorter and lighter but you shouldn't use it to hit something beyond 200 meters. With the pass of time and the cold war the submachine HAD his position in the world, the world still used as main weapons combat rifles with automatic capability and submachine gun for urban combat. But, when we hit today you realise of one thing. How many new submachine guns do you see? Not trully many... thats because today assault rifles are made of plastic which makes them much more lighter and theyr overall length is trully shorter to the point that if we classified weapons under their lenght the assault rifle would be a submachine gun. And the caliber is becoming more and more standarized under the NATO standard. Thats because today wars are usually delivered in short range, beyond that you have a squadmate with a combat rifle for medium and "maybe" long engagement. So my point is, that the submachine gun is about to dissapear because you can have the advantages of the submachine gun with the caliber and power of the assault rilfe(and if we talk about bullpups there is simply no discussion). So, second, why only two categories of pistols? Well, it should only be one because the pistol is a defensive weapon you're not going to really assault anything with a pistol, but still you should make a distinction between firepower but not on the power of the shot... because its stated that in EP all weapons have the same type of ammo the only difference is how modified is that ammo. So you should have a pistol with high muzzle speed and less rate of fire to extend the effective range of the gun, and for purely defensive purposes. It has mostly a legal role, because in the PC people aren't trully forbbiden to have a gun you only need a reason to own one(if you're a martian isolated worker exploring dangerous zones you might need one). But, an automatic pistol has an higher magazine and a higher rate of fire. Its role would be less defensive and more offensive because its still a pistol but it occupy the role of delivering a lot of firepower in the less possible time and run, perfect for operatives and guerrilla tactics that depends on surprise and compact weapons that you can easily hide(a role that the assault rifle its more inefficient to offer). Third, the combat rifle occupies the sniper rifle capabilities why? Because in EP combat distances are very close between each other(maybe a moon its a exception to this), you're not really going to use a sniper rifle but you might still need to deploy a high range weapon. So the combat rifle will occupy that role as high range, high precisition weapon with the capabilities of the assault rifle, this shouldn't be a problem... early snipers used combat rifles adapted to hit target at high distances and by doing this the sniper can still adapt to his squadmates if the distances gets shorter(which is the most probable thing if the engagement last more than 2 minutes). And before you ask, no the barret is not a sniper rifle. You hear that right, no the barret its an anti-matter rifle which is an ADAPTATION from the anti-tank rifles of the second world war, so it would fall under the category of seeker rifles for its firepower and his size... its more like high precisition anti-personal artillery against high protected target or where you really really need to hit something beyond the combat or precistion rifle. And five, why not machine guns? Thats because a machine gun has a role of delivering high psicological impact on the enemy or offer more firepower for short bursts. And how do you do that?, with high capacity magazines(or belt fed weapons) and a heavier barrel. But today, you can transform your G36C to a MG36 in the field or your STG77 to a HBAR... all because the designs are modular and easily exchangeable, so in the end your assault rifle can be equiped on the field with a high capacity magazine and a heavier barrell and you have occupied the rol of the machine gun with your assault rifle with a cheaper kit and versatile kit. Now, whay about the minigun? A multibarrel weapon falls out of the machine gun as itself, you will need to belt-fed id to deal with its rate of fire(or keep the RoF low but then why use it instead of the assault rifle?)and to bring it to an engagement so such high powered weapons are more fitted for vehiculed monted weapons not infantry weapons, and more for support. And what about the MG42 or the 12,7 antiaircraft machine gun? The MG42 in EP has a role that can be occupied by the modified assault rifle... why? Because you can only use it on full power if you belt-fed it and put it under a tripod, otherwise you are going to have something like the M60 or the M249 but only a bit overpowered for the 1500 rpm(which is argueably good to waste that quatintiy of ammo if you're on a squad). And if you have a machine gun to deal against super flexbot, aircrafts or a fenrir it falls under other category for seekers, and where we put the anti-matter rifles and the multibarreled weapons which are after all heavy weapons for hard situations and not small arms for standard purposes.
About small arms and eclipse phase.
Sun, 2014-08-24 09:09#1
About small arms and eclipse phase.