Merr-Sonn SX-451 Heavy Sniper Rifle

The Merr-Sonn SX-451 Heavy Sniper Rifle is one of the premier heavy sniper rifles on the market today. It is closer to a piece of light artilery than it is to a personal weapon. The mission of the SX-451 is to destroy material, vehicles and crew-served weapons from a distance, usually outside of the enemy's perimeter. It is also being used by law enforcement authorities to neutralize armed criminals who are hiding behind cover capable of stopping a lesser shot, to destroy explosive devices where they lay and to disable a felon's escape vehicle.

Having the range and power of the famous BlasTech E-Web heavy repeating blaster, the SX-451 is not a small weapon. It is nearly two meters long and 15 kilograms in weight, making it unsuitable for all but a few specialized missions.

For transportability, the rifle breaks down into four pieces (barrel and scope, bipod, action and stock) and packs into a case or a specially-built packframe. Reassembly takes about a minute, with no special tools (just a credit chip, screwdriver or other similar tool). The scope is built under license from BlasTech, as it utilizes the thermal, ultraviolet and passive light enhancement composite image systems normally found on such weapons as the Sharpshooter V and the AT-1 rifles, while improving on the haze and smoke filters. Unfortunately, due to the power, the capacitors in the trigger group must be quite powerful, but compact for portability. The trade off with this is a 20 second recharge time on the firing mechanism.

Cost: 4,000
Damage: 5d8
Critical: 19-20
Range Increment: 50 meters
Weight: 15.0 kg
Stun Damage/Fort DC: n/a
Type: Energy
Multifire/Autofire: -
Size: Large
Group: Blaster rifles

Bibliography
"Character Equipment: Blasters" - http://rivendell.fortunecity.com/dark/791/blasters.htm