Thad’s .38 has a five-round cylinder, is shown to be fully loaded, and is discharged four times over the course of The Dualist. The weapon may or may not have been brought aboard the Sabrosa.
The unbranded four-chamber .50 caliber revolver is a handgun favored by Ornix. It fits his minimum requirements of being ridiculously high powered and man-portable. Ammunition capacity is not a consideration.
Unlike Thad, Ornix is shown to handle the weapon with a degree of skill.
The .50 caliber revolver is completely discharged over the course of The Dualist, and may or may not have been brought aboard the Sabrosa.
Deflection Blades are knives designed to facilitate and direct ricochet. In the hands of a properly outfitted combat cyborg they can be an extremely effective means of self defense and counter-attack.
Addicaine G-14 Greg Auriga has the brain implants required to use deflection blades with maximum efficiency, and the structural enhancements required to keep his bones from cracking or snapping in the process.
Grenade launchers are single-shot projectile weapons that lob explosives over a moderate distance. The model depicted in The Dualist appears to be an unsighted variant of the M-79, whereas the wire-stocked variant shown in Dead City Radio has no parallel antecedent.
It does, however, make a distinctive THOOB! when fired.
Called the “Thumper” due to the sound of the airburst rounds and its frequent use as a bludgeon by downed pilots, the Barghosa Multi-function Compact Assault Rifle model 78 is a rugged Bullpup styled rifle that fires caseless ammunition. Three of these weapons were either loaded aboard the Hemera U-238 or were part of the U-238 survival kit.
The MCAR-78 features a laser sight, iron sights mounted on top of the electronics package, and dual-function triggers. The weapon is capable of firing a variety of rounds – explosive (programmable air-burst or touched off by the second trigger), reconnaissance (wee little cameras, primary use of the display screen after ammunition count), armor-piercing and anti-personnel. Caseless ammunition gives the MCAR-78 high long-range accuracy and stopping power at the expense of a rate of fire much lower than comparable hardware.
Though not used to its full capacity in Dead City Radio, the weapon is equivalent to a lower caliber US Army XM25. The MCAR-78 is durable, well-built and designed for a long shelf life followed by frequent, abusive use without cleaning or maintenance.
The 4′ long 1/2″ thick Rattan Cane is a walking stick and sometimes-weapon favored by Thad, who also uses it as a focus for harnessing and projecting his psychic will. Dyluck uses the weapon as a foci in a similar fashion, to a much greater effect.
Greymalkin apparently recognized its intended use, insisting that Ornix carry it aboard the Daedalus.
The Barghosa Submachine Gun (Disposable, Model 12) is just that. Disposable. Made of cheap ultra-lightweight plastics and polymers with an absolute minimum of metal parts, the weapon is designed to fire a few hundred rounds with low to middling accuracy. Typically used for suppression fire, the SGD-12 persists in space security and related fields for two very simple reasons – first, it’s less than half the weight of the lightest equivalent durable SMG, and second, the low weight and poor build quality come with an equivalent price.
Weapons of this type are typically carried by long endurance spacecraft, where the low mass and long shelf life are considered key selling points.
While the Sabrosa has real guns in its armory, Grij orders the troops deployed to Earth equipped with the lowest quality kit on board – he expects casualties, and doesn’t want the good stuff falling into the hands of a less advanced civilization.