Strasse Weapons Systems has been the primary center for electro-thermal weapons technology research on Gralyn. The project has been funded by both company investment and by Gralyn Union research grants. The first product of this research to leave their labs is a pistol currently being evaluated by the Gralyn Union military services. It is being considered for suitability as a potential new service sidearm. The SP-9X (Strasse Pistol, Model 9, Experimental) uses a 9x20mm ETC round. It's modular design with two different length barrels, an optional stock and additional, extended magazines.
Evaluation models have been given to the Navy, Marine and Army and the Gralyn Union Exploration and Survey Service. The CEO of Strasse Weapons Systems has provided GUESS with a dozen SP-9Xs, complete units with all options, for field test by GUESS exploratory personnel.
TL 9 9x20mm ETC Selective Fire Pistol
Round Stats: Diameter=9mm Casing Length=20mm Total Round Length=29mm Mass=10g Ea=1323 Price: Cr0.4 Ball; Cr0.8 DS, HE, Tranq; Cr1.2 HEAP TL-8 Selective-Fire Machine Pistol Length Mass Cr 23cm Light Barrel (E=2183) 23 0.5 100 Light, Self Loading Reciever Selective Fire (SA/3/5) ETC 16.5 1 500 Hollow Pistol Grip 0.1 25 8cm Muzzle Brake (8) 0.4 200 8cm Flash Suppressor 8 0.08 8 totals 47.5 899 weight unloaded 2.08 14 rounds 0.14 2.8 Grip Magazine, 14 rounds 0.5 75 weight loaded 2.72 Options: Removable Carbine Stock stock weight 0.7 Kg, length 25 cm, cost Cr20 20 round magazine (extends below grip) magazine weight 0.68 Kg (unloaded), cost Cr106.8 32 round magazine (extends below grip) magazine weight 1.0 Kg (unloaded), cost Cr170 9cm barrel + 4 cm muzzle break reduces pistol weight by 0.7 Kg, cost Cr136 23cm barrel (+8cm muzzle brake and flash hider) Damage Pen Range w/Stock Cost/round Ball 3 2-Nil 37 120 0.2 HE 4 Nil 28 90 0.4 DS 3 1-2-Nil 44 144 0.4 HEAP 4 2-2-2 28 90 0.6 Tranq -1 Nil 22 30 0.4 bulk: 3 Recoil SS 3B 5B 1 2 3 9cm barrel (+4cm muzzle brake) Damage Pen Range Cost/round Ball 2 1-Nil 15 0.2 HE 3 Nil 11 0.4 DS 2 1-2-Nil 18 0.4 HEAP 3 2-2-2 11 0.6 Tranq -1 Nil 9 0.4 bulk=1 Recoil SS 3B 5B 2 3 5
The SP-9X is an attempt to provide a weapon that, in a pinch could serve as a pistol, a carbine or a submachine gun. It doesn't serve any of functions as well as a seperate weapon designed for each function. It does, hoever, perform well as a general-purpose weapon for non-front line troops. Given the non-military function of GUESS, such a weapon may fit for a lot of an exploratory ship's crew.
SP-9X Design Notes
The design inspiration for this weapon was the long-barreled 9mm Luger pistols issued to German submarine and artillery troops during WWII. These weapons had a barrel that was just under a foot (30.5cm) long. The 9x20mm ETC round has a average barrel length of 10cm. Fire, Fusion and Steel rules allows a maximum barrel length of 23cm, so 8cm of muzzle brake and flash suppressor were added for a total barrel length of 31cm.
The longer barrel nearly doubled the muzzle energy. This more than doubled the range and brought the damage up to 3. This barrel has a plastic grip attached to the bottom of the barrel, along the back two thirds. This allows the firer to steady the weapon without burning his or her hand. Such action is usually taken only when the detachable carbine stock is attached. This stock more than triples the range. Also like the long-barreled Luger, 20 and 32 round magazines were designed, which would extend out the bottom of the grip. These come in handy when firing in 3 or 5 round burst mode.
Of course, various sighting options can be added as well, although the WWII weapon had no such enhancements available for it.
If adopted, the weapon will be issued as a heavy pistol with the 9cm barrel and 4cm muzzle brake. The 31cm barrel/MB/FS combination, stock and extra long magazines would be availabe to GUESS starship crew memebers on exploratory missions at the decretion of the mission commander.
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