Faces of the Kimera
C-14 Impaler Gauss Rifle, 1st Variant
In use by 2478, the C-14 fires hypersonic 8 mm armor-piercing metal “spikes” which can penetrate up to two inches of steel plating.
The Impaler is fully automatic with a fire rate of 30 rounds per second, although fully automatic fire is discouraged under most circumstances. A capacitor system is used to fire the weapon in short bursts, conserving ammunition and minimizing power requirements. Due to this, the C-14 rifle has high recoil; CMC armor is designed to suppress this. The armor can also supplement the rifle’s power supply.
Blast 7 (Autofire, Penetrating 2, PF: Improved Critical, Improved Range, Laser Sight, Targeting Scope, Flashlight)
The C-14 is capable of firing a wide variety of ammunition:
- Armor piercing: Used against heavily armored targets.
- Depleted uranium: Encompass U-238 shells/spikes. The most popular variant among marines given that they extend the rifle’s range up to 25%. (default above)
- Hollow point spread: Flatten and expand on impact for maximum wounding efficiency. Custom made by .
- Incendiary: Used against structures.
- Steel tipped: Used to maim rather than kill an enemy.
This variant was as used as far back as 2495 and remains the core variant. It features a torch function, a retractable bayonet and can be used in conjunction with a M98 Ballistic Alloy Combat Shield. It carries at least 200 rounds per magazine.
The C-14 has been used as automatic base defense weapon, mounted on a tower.
The C-14 should not be confused with the AGR-14 Rifle. Both are referred to as “assault rifles” but the latter may be a scaled down version of the former.
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