Early Grenade Launcher

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Generic Early Grenade Launcher
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Generic Early Grenade Launcher
Group: Ranged Weapon
Tech Level TL–7
Size 750.0 mm
Weight 3,000.0 grams
Cost Cr200
Ammo 40mm grenade, x1 round
Manufacturer Various
Generic Early Grenade Launcher

An Early Grenade Launcher (3,000.00 grams loaded; Cr200; TL-7) functions on a high/low pressure propulsion system and it fires a 40mm grenade to ranges of 500 yards. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

"Early Grenade Launcher:" The early grenade launcher resembles a break-open shotgun, carrying only one round in the weapon. Reloading requires about a minute, during which a skilled operator can still evade enemy fire. Early grenade launchers fire only HE rounds, using the semi-automatic fire benefits of the RAM grenade causing significant damage. They are incapable of reaching to extreme range (i.e. beyond 500 meters). [2]

Weapon Characteristics[edit]

Length: 750.0 mm. Weight, unloaded: 3,000.0 grams (40mm grenade weighs 200 grams). Base price: Cr200 (10 round grenade bandolier costs Cr50). Tech level 7. [3]

"Note:" At tech level 6, 7, and 8 a variety of specialized anti-tank grenades and rocket launchers are also in use, ranging from one-shot disposable grenade launchers to tube launched rockets. [4]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Explosive weapons are developed as early as the TL:1-3 epoch. In the Terran tradition, some of the earliest wielders of such explosives were known as grenadiers, as in soldiers employing grenades or explosive bombs. Specialized grenadiers were often known as sappers. Some ingenious explosive weapons have been invented by primitive TL:1-3 civilizations including napalm-like pyrotechnics.

By the industrial epoch of TL:4-6, hand grenades have grown common, but suffer from the limitations of being thrown by a sophont’s manipulatory limbs. Rifle Grenades typically appear as one of the solutions to range limitations with early hand grenades.

Typically by the TL:7-9 epoch, sophonts have begun to work around the limitations of thrown weapons by using kinetic projectors or special launchers for such weapons. Grenade Launchers are some of these solutions to firing grenades at farther ranges. [5]

Selected Early Grenade Launcher Models[edit]

  1. TL-6 Early Grenade Launcher
  2. TL-7 Early Grenade Launcher
  3. TL-7 One-shot Disposable Grenade Launcher [6]
  4. TL-8 Early Grenade Launcher

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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