The LSGA Rifle

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The LSGA Rifle

Postby achillain » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:48 pm

After the Borg incidents of the late 24th Century, Starfleet decided that they needed new weapons that would be able to assist in defeating enemies armed with Energy Absorption fields, such as the Borg. One of the ideas that came out of the development teams was the Linear Subspace Gravimetric Acceleration Rifle. This weapon was designed to use recent advances in Linear Accelerators for Particle weapons, but instead of accelerating a particle stream, they would accelerate a single projectile.

The LSGA-R1 was the first weapon to be built under these specifications.

Weapon Name: Linear Subspace Gravimetric Accelerator Rifle Mk1
Abbreviated name: LSGA-R1

Length: 1.2m
Weight: 2.4Kg
Ammunition Type: Projectile
Ammunition Count: Standard magazine: 5 projectiles. Advanced magazine: ~40 Projectiles.
Rate of fire: 3 rounds per second.
Muzzle velocity in Atmosphere: Variable, limited to maximum of 7.5 Km/s.
Muzzle velocity in Vacuum: Variable, theoretical maximum of 10x Speed of Light.
Power system: Type XXII Contained Plasma unit

The LSGA-R1 uses a combination of Subspace fields and Gravitational effects to accelerate a projectile down the length of the barrel towards it's target. Each projectile uses a miniaturised Subspace field manipulator to reduce the effective mass of the projectile as it travels. The interaction of the Barrel's subspace fields causes a gravitational shift around the projectile. Then a series of Gravitational pulses accelerate the projectile down the barrel. As the projectile moves, it passes through additional subspace fields which increase or decrease the projectiles velocity as required.

The initial interaction of the Subspace fields within the barrel cause a gravitational wake to form in front of the projectile. This causes molecules that would otherwise slow down the projectile to move out of the projectiles path, allowing for a much smoother acceleration. As the Projectile exits the barrel, the gravitational wake dissipates and the subspace field projected by the projectile then alters to a more aerodynamically stable field shape.

As the projectile approaches it's target, the subspace field begins to rapidly shift, causing stresses within the projectile. This causes the projectile to become more fragile and have an unstable mass. When the projectile impacts against the target, the projectile shatters and fragments, dispersing more energy into the target. This prevents the over-penetration effect that was often a down-side to many Linear Accelerator weapons.

The standard LSGA-R1 projectile is a hollow Titanium-Dilithium compound containing a Dilithium matrix and subspace field manipulator. The subspace field manipulator is powered by a brief charge from the LSGA-R1's plasma power supply. it is also fed distance, velocity and other information from the on-board sensing units of the LSGA-R1. This allows for rapid alteration of projectiles as the weapon fires.

As mentioned, the LSGA-R1 incorporates a sensing unit. This allows for projectiles to be modified and also velocities of projectiles to be altered as is required. The user is also able to override any of these details if they wish to do so.

Each firing of the LSGA-R1 drains the Plasma supply slowly, depending on the amount of force required to accelerate the projectile. A much more powerful shot drains more fo the power supply than a low-velocity shot. As such, it has not yet been possible to test the actual upper limit of the LSGA-R1 as to reach the theoretical maximum velocity of Warp 2 in a vacuum would require more energy than can currently be supplied by Starfleet power supply units.

When firing a FTL-speed shot, the Subspace field manipulator within the projectile creates a standing warp field around the shell, allowing it to achieve FTL speeds.

The LSGA-R1 can be enhanced with several additional modules. These include improved sensing and sighting suites, Transporter emitters, subpsace fold fields and Advanced magazine units.

The transporter emitter unit works on a similar method to that used by the TR-116 rifle. However, it can only be used in certain situations, such as where Transport capabilities are unhindered.

Subspace fold manipulators shift the projectile into the subspace barrier, allowing for much faster projectile speeds. however, this can only be done in the presence of pre-established Warp-capable subspace fields.

The advanced magazine incorporates an additional power supply unit and a micro-replication unit. This allows for more ammunition to be created as well as custom rounds that are required to be used by the user. These can include Hypo-spray units, electro-incapacitation units and more besides.
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