Light Repeating Blaster
Description: Rapid fire long barrel repeating blaster, two handed
use, high power scope, multiple power and firing rate settings,
Approx 50 shots per power pack with standard A400 series power packs, approx 250 with
specialist power packs
The A-460 is directly developed from the A-440
used by Lynx Commando. Seeing a gap in capabilties between the standard blaster rifle carried
by infantrymen and heavier support weapons like the E-WEB,
Blastech developed the A-460 Light Repeating Blaster. Designed to provide a high volume of
fire for extended periods, or a very high rate for short spells, the A-460 shares more than 60%
common parts with the A-440 and A-450 blaster rifles.
This approach allowed a very fast development and cheap production, as the rear of the weapon is
practically identical to the existing 400 series weapons, and the long barrel and bipod from
the A-450 are reused, albeit slightly modified.
The A-460 is designed to provide fire support in situations where the larger support weapons
like the E-WEB are inappropriate. Most importantly, the weapon is designed to be portable
and usable by a single team-member, unlike the 2-3 required to carry and use the E-WEB
As with all blaster weapons, heat generated
while firing can be a problem, and is, along with the problem of ammunition, a limiting factor
in the rate of fire of the weapon. Specialised weapons like Solo's
Rapid Fire Blaster rely on a small ammunition supply and extensive cooling to be
usable, while the E-WEB's external cryo/power pack provides both ammunition and cooling required
for extended rapid-firing. Both of these methods greatly increase the size and weight of the
weapon, so the BlasTech engineers came up with a simpler solution - get rid of the heat by
getting rid of the barrel. As the weapon is rapid-fired, the barrel tends to heat up, as expected.
The limited cooling system, identical to that which allows the A-440 and A-450 to be fired
semi-automatically without significant trouble, handles the heat for a short while before the
entire unit begins to heat up, degrading power and accuracy. At this point, the operator removes
the barrel module and replaces it with a new one, leaving the old one to cool down. The operator
can continue to rapid fire as long as he or she has barrels to replace the hot ones, and as long
as the ammunition supply holds out. This second problem is largely tackled with the new power pack,
containing power for around 250 shots, although their specialised nature makes them scarce.
Standard practice is to recover expended packs for recharge, and use standard A-440/A-450/Carbine
power packs if necessary.
With slight modifications from the
A-450, the longer barrel houses an improved Galven Circuitry array for greater accuracy
and range, while the added light bipod allows the shooter greater
stability when firing.
The scope/handle combination is taken
straight from the A-440, although with the 400 series' modular design, there is no reason
why the larger scope/smaller handle combination standard to the A-450 could not be
fitted. Likewise, the folding stock could be replaced by the more solid (but heavier) stock
from the sniper rifle.