Known more commonly as the Lacerator, the Type 223 Rail Rifle is an Irken semi-automatic weapon designed to hurl superheated magnetic ordinance at very high velocities downrange, commonly at targets. Usually wielded by Irken Specialists, it's spawned a few different variants over it's years of service, including the Heavy and Carbine variants.
Among the variations upon the Lacerator, most share the same internal structure and tech, more or less.
Magnetic Accelerators and the Chamber
Normally possessing a relatively long barrel lined with small magnetic accelerators, the magnetic ammunition (commonly ferrofluids or shards of metal) is superheated within a loading chamber behind the barrel, and below the scope mounting. To the sides of the chamber, the primary magnetic components and accelerators are located, holding the ammunition within in a magnetic field as it is heated.
Upon reaching sufficient temperature, the fields can be altered to shave off user-specified amounts of the ordinance and the magnetic fields will activate, flinging the material out downrange at commonly high, but also user-specified velocities.
Cooldown between shots depends on efficiency and available power of the primary accelerators, as well as the heat capacity of each Rifle. Recoil is commonly high in atmospheric conditions due to the force the munitions exert while traveling, despite the standard-issue barrels normally taking most of it. However, some specialized barrels are much more capable of handling most of it for the user.
To load the chamber, one must notably utilize the break-action nature of the weapon to insert munitions, with hidden hinges located right behind the main chamber between it and the stock.
Atop the chamber usually rests a scope capable of various magnifications and vision spectrums. The most common scopes are simple, capable of handling only two user-configured magnifications at a time due to memory constraints, but are highly modifiable nonetheless, and are seen commonly on the rifles of normal marksmen and Elites alike. Advanced scopes, capable of being requisitioned personally, have much more versatility despite their price, however, with some notable variants being capable of adjusting magnetic fields within the weapon to assist in direct hits.
Some users have come forward with complaints regarding the normally green light emitted by the scope, though it is capable of being shut off at the cost of decreased screen clarity.
Designed to be held with two hands, most Lacerators are rather heavy and are commonly used by Marksmen and Specialists as a varying-range precision weapon, and more rarely as a devastating anti-armor weapon.
Found more rarely on worlds without military purpose, and an uncommon sight on military facilities, the Lacerator is Irken-Designed and Irken-Made.
It's designer-given purpose is, as quoted, is 'to make you die screaming'. Accurate, fast, and relatively quiet, it's normal output of metal needles measure about the size of an Irken Fist. Coupled with their superheated nature and often excessive velocities preferred by many marksmen, they often did make their victims die screaming. Wounds caused by the standard ammunition were large and horrendous, exceedingly challenging to treat, and limbs went missing.
Indeed, many limbs would go missing, in the hands of a competent marksman or specialist. However, if one were to utilize ferrofluids (magnetic substances that are liquid at room temperature) as ammunition in place of normal shards of metal, the super-high-velocity streams made a marksman capable of spearing targets hidden within feet of armor.
Thus transforming a precision anti-infantry weapon into an ultra-precise lobotomizing tool, capable of punching through some of the thickest armor.
'Heavy' Lacerator (Lacerator-H)
Issued by personal request, the Lacerator-H possesses very heavy but hard-hitting primary accelerators, as well as an enlarged power cell within the large handgrip below the barrel. It is, as it's name states, heavy. Both in weight and in power.
Has the smallest delay between shots out of the standard variations.
Type 223 Stock (Base Version)
What the label on the tin says. The Type 233 Stock variant is the base model of the Lacerator.
Standard Issue to Marksmen. Shoots metal spikes, magnetic liquid at an average speed compared to other standard variations.
Average delay between shots.
Lacerator Carbine (Lacerator-C)
Standard Issue to Irken Specialists, the standard Lacerator Carbine possesses much lighter accelerators, a much shorter barrel, and a lower heat tolerance.
Capable of shooting metal spikes at (by comparison) low velocities and with vastly reduced power with ferrofluids, the Lacerator Carbine packs the least punch out of the standard variations. However, it's also the cheapest.
Has the most delay between shots out of other standard variations, but is very light in comparison, losing little in ways of accuracy as well.
Notable Users and Variants
- Averii - Lacerator-C/R | 'Orbitbreaker'
- Upgraded with a prototype 'Repeater' upgrade, allowing the Carbine's firerate to match that of a Lacerator-H. Hence Lacerator-C/R (Carbine/Repeater). Courtesy of a weapons research study years ago.
- Features shot auto-adjustment software.
- Has an extended munitions tank.
- Lek - Lacerator-H
- Cravitus made the model for the weapon in about an hour on 3-24-2015. He later actually drew it on 7-13-2015.
- Lurk provided the basic idea as to what the weapon would shoot: metal spikes.
- Halo's Covenant Carbine was the primary inspiration for the shape of the barrel and large handgrip.
- The 'designer-given purpose' is actually a quote of a Halo character's remark in regards to Halo's Spike Grenade.
- Firearm was given a redesign on 7-23-2016.