Marksman Rifle

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In game terms, this weapon can be considered a medium-long range weapon.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
Marksman Rifle 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 3 N Suppressive Fire


The Marksman Rifle is considered the mid step between the Combi Rifle and the Sniper Rifle. Although the primacy of the Combi Rifle as the main weapon of the Infantry soldier is undisputed, its range—limited only to short-medium distance— sometimes is not enough for the job at hand. Conflicts in places like the arctic environments of Svalarheima, the mountain areas of Tien Shan, or the Ariadnan steppes have highlighted the need to increase the range of the engagement capability of Infantry formations. For such situations, the Marksman Rifle has been specifically designed to engage targets located at long distance. However, this also means an increase of the weight and length of the weapon, which is difficult to use in Close Quarters Battle conditions. Placed between the Rifle and the Sniper Rifle, this weapon provides rate of fire at a range longer than usual for an infantry soldier, without the requirement of a sniper's specific training. Even although it is not supposed to be regular equipment, but a light support weapon, some units have been entirely equipped with Marksman Rifles. Usually, these are units dedicated to combat support tasks, or units deployed in areas where this weapon would be of optimal use.


Variants

AP Marksman Rifle

A variant of the Marksman Rifle that shoots AP Special Ammunition.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
AP Marksman Rifle 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 3 AP Suppressive Fire


The armor piercing variant of the Marksman rifle was born from the need to give the regular infantry units better platoon accurate anti-armor capabilities. The adaptation of this weapon for anti-armor ammunition has the advantages of requiring less logistics and weight for the unit on the field, contrary to what happens with heavy armor piercing weaponry.


K1 Marksman Rifle

Third Offensive Content.

Variant of the Marksman Rifle that loads K1 Special Ammunition.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
K1 Marksman Rifle 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 12 3 K1 Anti-materiel, Suppressive Fire


The tactical versatility of the Marksman Rifle would quickly promote it as a perfect platform for the advanced K1 ammunition. The greater range of this type of rifle allows it to take greater advantage of the offensive qualities of the K1 ammunition in a lightweight caliber, adapted to the operational needs of a squadron.


MULTI Marksman Rifle

MULTI Marksman Rifles are variants of the Marksman Rifle that give their user the ability to choose between three different Shooting Modes on the fly.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
MULTI Marksman Rifle (Burst Mode) 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 3 AP/Shock Light MULTI, Suppressive Fire
MULTI Marksman Rifle (Anti-materiel Mode) 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 1 DA Anti-materiel, Light MULTI
MULTI Marksman Rifle (Stun Mode) 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 1 Stun Light MULTI, Non-Lethal


Even though the Marksman rifle is considered an infantry team weapon instead of a specialized weapon, it is so versatile that it becomes a very attractive option for special operations. Its capability of performing sustained and accurate fire on distances greater than of a conventional rifle make it and ideal weapon for independent agents that must face all types of operative situations without support. The variant capable of loading Shock ammo has been developed specially to grant the deadly and immediate capability of a sniper rifle.


Shock Marksman Rifle

This version of the Marksman Rifle is loaded with Shock Special Ammunition.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
Shock Marksman Rifle 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 3 Shock Suppressive Fire


T2 Marksman Rifle

Third Offensive Content.

Variant of the Marksman Rifle that loads T2 Special Ammunition.

Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
T2 Marksman Rifle 0-8" -3 8-24" +3 24-40" -3 40-48" -6 13 3 T2 Anti-materiel, Suppressive Fire


Few armies have such a tradition of extensive use of troops specialized in marksmanship firing and sniping tasks as the Ariadnan military forces. Probably, this peculiarity is due to the large number of people who practice hunting on planet Dawn. For this reason, the development of variants of the marksman rifle, a precision firing weapon commonly used at squadron level, with chambers adapted to T2 ammunition, was a natural decision for the Ariadnan High Command, despite the high cost of this ammunition.