HEAVY PISTOLS

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HEAVY PISTOLS

Heavy pistols in Mass Effect are a class of semi-automatic weapons, which have a fairly low rate of fire and limited ammunition, but do relatively high damage per shot. They are an invaluable backup weapon, effective against armor and highly accurate at mid ranges.

M-3 PREDATOR

Gun m3 predator

DAMAGE: 2 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 0 BULK: 0
COST: 1
NOTES: Aspect: Weak versus Shields/Barriers

This is a reliable, accurate sidearm; effective versus armor, but weak versus shields and biotic barriers. Manufactured by Elanus Risk Control, the Predator is valued as a powerful, deadly, and relatively inexpensive weapon. While it is not generally deployed in the military, due to commonality of kinetic barriers, it’s still very popular in the Terminus Systems where these defenses are less common.

M-5 PHALANX

Gun m5 phalanx

DAMAGE: 3 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 0 BULK: 0
COST: 3
NOTES:

The M-5 Phalanx is the product of the Alliance’s Offensive Handgun Project, a shorter ranged weapon to be used with no loss of stopping power in comparison with a soldier’s assault rifle. The Phalanx enjoys a ballistics advantage over most heavy pistols. Civilian variants are often purchased by colonists on planets that have particularly dangerous big-game animals.

M-6 CARNIFEX

Gun m6 carnifax

DAMAGE: 4 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 1 BULK: 1
COST: 4
NOTES:

A highly accurate and lethal pistol. The Carnifex is a favored sidearm of mercenary leaders and Eclipse mercenary tech specialists. An expensive but powerful weapon, its marketing materials feature a charging krogan with the slogan “Don’t you wish Carnifex was at your side?”

M-77 PALADIN

Gun m77 paladin

DAMAGE: 4 RANGE: 0-2
PENETRATION:0 BULK: 0
COST: 4
NOTES: Concealable (pg. 129).

The Paladin is a reliable, durable weapon developed by law enforcement looking for a high-powered but easily concealed sidearm for undercover agents. Surprisingly small for its hitting power, the Paladin is a variant on the Carnifex pistol. While it has a smaller clip than the Carnifex and isn’t as effective at range, its shots are unquestionably more powerful.

N-7 EAGLE

Gun n7 eagle

DAMAGE: 3 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 0 BULK: 0
COST: 4
NOTES: Autofire.

When the Alliance’s Offensive Handgun Project received funding to update one of its designs, its engineers chose to redesign the already impressive Phalanx pistol. Like its predecessor, the Eagle is a compact, fully automatic pistol that delivers unprecedented accuracy and punch with a rapid firing rate. The Eagle is named after the Desert Eagle, a classic handgun which gained a romantic reputation among gun collectors, thanks to its popularity in 20th and 21st-century Earth action movies.

EXECUTIONER PISTOL

Gun executioner

DAMAGE: 4 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 2 BULK: 1
COST: 4
NOTES: Awkward Reload

Invented by Blood Pack weapons experts, the first Executioner was improvised using spare parts and scrap metal during an Omega territory dispute. The result was a hand-held cannon able to fire high-impact armor-piercing slugs, although only one at a time due to its limited heatsink. Many Blood Pack mercs carry an Executioner as backup in case they get pinned down, but some enthusiasts prefer it as their primary gun, sticking to the one-shot-one-kill approach.

ARC PISTOL

Gun arc pistol

DAMAGE: 2 (4 Charged) RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: 0 BULK: 0
COST: 3
NOTES: Charged: Double Damage but it takes time to charge the weapon up which is simulated by Awkward Reload when used.

An innovation of the Quarian Admiral Daro’Xen, the Arc Pistol is a scaled-down Arc Projector that only requires thermal clips, to solve its power problems. The Arc Pistol uses a nonvisible laser to ionize the air and create a path for a high-ampere electric shock. For a more damaging blast, it can be charged up.

ACOLYTE PISTOL

Gun acolyte

DAMAGE: 3 RANGE: 0-3
PENETRATION: -1 BULK: 0
COST: 3
NOTES: Aspect: Devastating Against Shields and Barriers.

Designed for asari resistance, the Acolyte’s barrels fire advanced ammunition similar to that of an impact-triggered resonant warp bomb, which has a devastating effect on shields and biotic barriers. The specialized nature of the warp field means it does not pierce armor as effectively, but the shooter’s biotics are expected to make up for this shortcoming.

M358 TALON

Gun m358 talon

DAMAGE: 4 RANGE: 0-2
PENETRATION: -1 BULK: 0
COST: 3
NOTES: Scattershot (Bulldogs! pg. 129).

The Talon is a close-range pistol favored by Cerberus Guardians. Firing heavy-gauge shotgun pellets, it delivers massive trauma to unarmored targets. Its waste heat is sufficiently excessive that it carries six separate ammunition blocks, rotating like a twentieth-century revolver to prevent shaver jam or misfire due to premature melting of the shot.

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