ZenithTech ASP-1 Plasma Autopistol

Between rifles and pistols there had always been a gap in plasma weapon designs that found a balance of firepower and compactness. A design between the two had long been considered by all of the major weapons manufacturers but it was ZenithTech that brought the Experimental Sub-assault Plasma or XSP-1 to the table before any others had even started development.

At its conception in 3380, the XSP-1 was beyond what anyone could have expected from such a small weapons platform. Nearly twice the size of any plasma pistol around it was still far smaller and lighter than any rifle used in the Terran military. The stopping power left something to be desired, however, this was made up for in fire rate and the weapon's allowing of not one but two energy cells for power.

An update to the design in 3387 that added variable charge settings, increased efficiency, and an even more compact design led to the military finally signing a contract with ZenithTech for full production to begin under the weapon designation ASP-1, standing for Automatic Sub-assault Plasma, model 1. The very intricate design of the weapon became both its greatest asset and weakness at the same time. Reliable under most conditions it has a flaw that causes almost immediate failure when exposed to temperatures below 230K and physical damage from dropping the weapon is often times unrepairable if it is too severe. These issues aside, it has not been replaced for 800 years and constant improvements will keep it on the gun rack of every Terran force in the foreseeable future.

Class: Light Infantry or Security
Caliber: 20mm high-velocity plasma sphere
Power Source: ME-88, ME-90 (x2 of either)
Capacity: Standard: 90 (ME-88), 100 (ME-90); Heavy: 45 (ME-88), 50 (ME-90)
Rate of Fire: 240 rpm
Max Range: 150m
Effective Range: 120m
Armor Penetration: medium
Shield Penetration: high
Damage per round: medium
Blast Radius: Standard: 15cm, Heavy: 30cm
Velocity: 240 m/s

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