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Considering the hitting power of electrothermal enhancement, it was inevitable that Militech would modify its standard Mk IV assault rifle to use the new technology. It took some doing—the ammunition feeds and firing mechanisms had to be completely changed—but Militech's boffins succeeded! The corporation now has the world's most powerful assault rifle.

There were (and still are) problems, though. The rifle is a lot more complex than the original Mk IV, and the slower cyclic rate of the electrothermal ignition process practically made the rifle into a semiauto. When combined with the necessity for providing special ammo and the powerpack, these factors have relegated the Mark V to use with Militech's special forces instead of going into general issue.[1]

Reference[]

  1. ACKERMAN GREY, D. Firestorm Shockwave. 1st ed. Berkeley CA; R. Talsorian Games Inc, 1997. (pg.33)
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