Even with the new munitions given in Tanks a Lot!, people with Gyrojet skill are
looking at a slim weapon selection compared to the Projectile and Beam weapons lists.
Gyrojet Recoiless weapons are descendants of such experimental guns as the Gyrojet
rifles and pistols developed on Terra during the mid 20th Century. The Ammunition consists
of small, spin-stabilized rocket rounds which gather speed as they accelerate away from the
muzzle of the weapon.
Recoiless weapons have the advantage of no recoil, while the slugs themselves will
attain very high velocities and deliver excellent hitting power once they have reached full
velocity (two to three times the damage of a 5.56mm round). Also they can be fired under
water (50% range). Recoiless small arms have enjoyed popularity as they are unaffected
by smoke and aerosols (which attenuate laser fire), and they do not drop off in velocity
like conventional munitions, as their rockets fire throughout their flight.
Gyrojet Weapons continue to be in use in some regular forces, numerous militias, and
training units. Civilian use is widespread in some areas. Long arm gyrojet weapons are
sometimes referred to as "Cone Rifles" because of the generally conical shape of the
The .58 Magnum Recoiless is the largest production revolver on the Frontier, and
is the standard sidearm for the plainclothes Police units on the HellHound's Concourse and
the cliched favorite of Private Investigators Frontier-wide. Chambered for a gyrojet round
slightly modified from the Gyrojet Pistol, the Magnum Recoiless enjoys a more versatile
ammo-load than most other revolvers in modern service.
The Gyrojet Carbine fires slightly larger munitions than the Gyrojet Pistol, but
is designed in a short rifle / Sub MachineGun configuration that is concealable under long
clothing or in a briefcase.
The Cone Rifle fires a much larger (18mm) gyrojet munition than the standard
gyrojet rifle over similar ranges. It is popular as a solid assault rifle that can hold its
own on the battlefield.
Zeus' Lightning is a Cone Rifle built to sniper specifications that comes equipped
with a nightvision scope.
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