I know I've been away from forums for a while, but it's mainly because my schoolwork has needed a lot of catching up the past few days. I'm going to start with a weapon that we all should know, the C-14 Gauss rifle. The lore is sort of written like a wikipedia page, and it's my tribute to my favorite information gathering sites of all time. C-14 Gauss Rifle The C-14 Gauss Rifle is a Class C electromagnetically powered automatic infantry rifle. Firing at a rate of 30 rounds a second, with 14 rounds per ammunition point, the Gauss Rifle is the standard UGC army issued rifle. Suitable for most security encounters, the Gauss rifle is nevertheless surpassed by higher grade rifles such as the M5 Pulse Rifle and the HK Assault Rifle. History With the advent of the integrated ammunition system in 2050, a new form of bullet propulsion became required in order to maximum ammunition conservation. Early development of whole bullet firing weapons were modeled after the tank mounted railgun systems, but their size and slow firing rate, as well as the large amount of energy consumption meant that they were very inefficient in battle. The discovery of the Boltzman effect (the magnification of magnetic power by using superconducting ferrofluids) started the development of coilguns (Gauss Guns) as a military weapon. Though Gauss Guns have been in development since the 21st century, military interests have developed new guns using the Boltzman effect that are capable of accelerating the projectiles to weaponry levels. By 2075, the first semiautomatic classes C Gauss Rifles were being used by marines as long range weaponry. In the year 2080, development of Marine Power Armor meant that electrically powered weaponry could now be directly connected to the Power Armor supply. This resulted in the development of smaller sets of Gauss Rifles as their power supplies could now be directly connected to the armor rather than being a separate unit. This freed up room for more magnetic coil systems within the rifle, meaning that Gauss Rifle projectiles can now be launched with much more regularity, turning the class C Gauss Rifle into a midrange combat rifle. Further advent of the Power Armor in the 2090s boosted the fire rate of the rifle to its present levels, 30 rounds a second. When the C-10 Gauss Rifle was manufactured, the UGC adopted it as the standard marine infantry rifle (security forces still prefer the Gauss Pistols). Further development on the Moon created the C-14 Gauss Rifles of today. Function The C-14 Gauss Rifle reliance upon electric propulsion over combustion meant that they were particularly well suited to the airless environments of the Moon and Mars. The Gauss Rifle targeting system was designed to maximize splash against small targets, creating a spread about 1.5 meters from the primary target. The splash is much more concentrated around massive targets, dealing additional damage. In addition, the armor piercing ammunition designed for the Gauss Rifle series allows for additional damage to armor, though the system is not designed for objects with a significant amount of armor. The Boltzman effect utilized in the Gauss Rifle series allows for large linear acceleration of projectiles through the replacement of previously solid magnets with a superconducting ferrofluids, essentially liquid magnets with almost no resistance. A sophisticated mixture of nano bots to delay the charge passing through the fluid has been incorporated, allowing for the magnetic charge to travel just ahead of the bullet, and also eliminating the need for multiple coils. According to the Boltzman effect, this will mean that, depending on the power of the ferrofluid in question, the coils' acceleration becomes up to 10 000 times stronger than that of conventional solid coil acceleration. This means that a projectile launched from a Gauss Rifle has significant momentum (Momentum being defined as the product of mass and velocity) allowing for actual penetration of lightly armored targets, though minimal effects have been observed on thick vehicle and biological plating. The 20 gram projectile travels at speeds of up to 100 meters per second, therefore having 100 000 J of kinetic energy as it travels through the air. In comparison, standard handguns from the beginning of the 21st century have less than 1000 joules of kinetic energy. The system is operating with 90% efficiency and can run off of the marine's suits of Power Armor. Usage Gauss Rifles have seen usage whenever military conflicts arise, whether it is in the colonist rebellions or in the Bio wars of the 22nd century. The Gauss Rifle requires little maintenance due to the enclosed nature of the propulsion system, and has been known to operate even in the acidic environment of Venus. Its manufacturers claim that the Gauss Rifle will work "long after the operator does" and reclaimed Gauss Rifles do seem to support the statement. Variations After the Gauss Rifle was produced, a series of more specialized rifles were developed, though none of them had the widespread usage of the Gauss Rifle. The specifically antiarmor HK Assault Rifle fires similar bullets to a Gauss Rifle, but at higher velocities allowing for deeper impact into armor, while the class M M5 Pulse Rifle abandons the projectile acceleration system of the Gauss Rifle altogether, instead relying only on the Boltzman magnetic amplification effect to firing pulses of magnetic energy designed for lightly armored foes. Heavier firearms have also been developed. The HMG was designed for heavier classes of marines, such as the Juggernaut Project Assault Class (JPAC) marines to use, as they can fully utilize the power of the extremely heavy weapon. Despite these variations and improvements, no weapon can really surpass the versatility and inexpensiveness of the Gauss Rifle, the rifle that really made the integrated weapons system possible the way it is today.