Heavy machine gun (Tome of tech supplement)

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gau 8
Two-Handed Projectile
Era modern
Type firearm
Critical: X4
Range Increment: 120
Type: "3/4 piercing and 1/4 bludgeoning"
Hardness: 10
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * * 2
Diminutive * * 5
Tiny * * 10
Small 1500 gp 1d10 70 20
Medium 1500 gp 2d8 140 40
Large 1600 gp 2d10 280 80
Huge * * 160
Gargantuan * * 320
Colossal * * 640
  1. The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any other supplied values are the author's best determination.

special: automatic

charge: 250

Usage: 1

lab: explosive

This heavy machine gun uses 7.62.54mm ammunition in 250-round belts. Although a single person can fire a heavy machine gun, it typically has a two-person crew: the gunner, and a loader who assists with feeding the ammunition belt into the weapon. As a full-round action, the loader can use a special aid another action to grant the gunner a +2 bonus on his next attack roll. Because of its size and heavy weight, this gun is often either mounted on a wheeled chassis with a gun shield for trench defensive use, or on the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Assuming a user can even lift the weapon, firing a heavy machine gun machine gun that is not mounted imparts a –4 penalty on attack rolls and the recoil knocks the wielder prone. The machine gun is automatic-fire only. The armored shield provides cover when firing the weapon from the prone position.


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