ZenithTech LIRA Light Railgun

While the railgun for the longest time has been at most a standard infantry weapon, and barely light enough to be one at that, ZenithTech set out to accomplish the impossible - create a railgun small enough to work in close quarters combat. Development of the Light Infantry Rail Assault weapon began in early 2440 TSC and by the end of 2441 the first working model was ready. It was a major success and adoption into the Terran military was almost instantaneous.

The key to the design began with with foregoing the traditional magazine style placed somewhere under the gun body to one that slots just under the barrel and above the lower body of the frame. While this limits the strength of the LIRA without a magazine in it, it uses a space on most weapons that tend to go unused. In order for the weapon to have a reasonable supply of ammunition it was decided to use the smallest railgun round available, the .27x10mm. This was also intended to reduce energy consumption as well as weapon recoil that the shorter design would have trouble with.

The magazine positioning and light ammunition also allowed the LIRA to skip using a complicated reloading system in favor of one that could work with very limited space. Because of this, the barrel is able to start a mere 3cm from the butt plate of the LIRA which gives it an exceptional compactness for having a 40cm long barrel. This makes the weapon so short that a front end extension is used to provide a forward grip that can collapse into the frame when not in use. This short of a barrel also means that the velocity of each round is somewhat decreased from most other railguns but still remains effective.

Class: Light Infantry or Security
Caliber: .27 x 10mm rail slug
Energy Source: CE-100; .27mm slugs loaded in 500 round magazines
Capacity: CE-100: 500
Rate of Fire: 660 RPM
Max Range: 17000m (round burnout)
Effective Range: 300m
Armor Penetration: Medium
Shield Penetration: Medium
Damage per round: Low
Velocity: 16,000 m/s

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