Sure Shot

(With thanks to Peter Bogdasarian for his comments, criticism and corrections)

With General Armaments considered to be going nowhere and expected to be bought out by FEN, there have been a number of defections from the company over the course of 900 SD and 901 SD. Many have gone to work for the many other arms companies that feed the World of Progress’ constant demand for weapons. Others still, have started their own company. One of these is ‘Sure Shot’, a brand new soft company that apparently has the backing of SLA Industries and which will have its first products out by mid 902 SD.

Sure Shot is headed by three individuals, all them former employees of GA assigned to the Multi-Rounds project. Derek Snyder was the executive overseeing the project who felt that it was fatally flawed since sales in GA guns had been falling for years and this one idea would not get the company out of the rut. When he resigned he took two weapons designers with him. Ernst and Bonni Krake are graduates of the Accelerated Weapons Design Training Programme at Meny (where they married), class of 899 SD, who wanted to develop a whole new range of weapons based on their own ideas. They knew that this would never be possible at GA until it was too late, or even at FEN where their ideas would not be their own.

Although no weapons have shipped yet, around fifty of each model has been handed out to selected SLA Operatives with a view to sponsoring those with the best results from the field testing programme. Not all of those testing the new guns are well known, but as per Department of Firearms Regulation regulations, they are of Security Clearance 9 or better. It is suspected that the Department is also providing the financial backing for Sure Shot, though this knowledge has not been made public.

The company’s first gun is a 10mm revolver, the SS H-1a, aimed at the market between the GA-47 and FEN-603 pistols. Heavily built, the difference between this and the Blitzer, is that the cylinder revolves around a second central barrel chambered for the 12.7mm round. This barrel holds only one round and along with the main cylinder, is accessed by breaking open the gun. Whole cylinders can be removed and replaced with fresh rounds. Sure Shot have recognised that the beginning operative rarely has the resources to purchase the larger calibre guns, but might have the funds for one or two rounds of the ammunition. This might allow them to penetrate armours that 10mm cannot. Writing in 902’s Spring issue of ‘Hardware’, Gun Bunny said, "This is a Stop Gap gun. It’s the stop gap between some fng’s last round and their running away."

Instead of complicating the operation of the weapon with two triggers, there is only one. Once the last 10mm round has been fired, the hammer pivots slightly and locks in place so that it rests ready to strike the 12.7mm round. The hammer is reset to strike the 10mm rounds by either firing the central round or by breaking open the breech. Reloading both a new cylinder and a 12.7mm round each takes a separate action. The SS H-1a comes ready to fit sights, laser painter and recoil baffling.

 

CLIP

CAL

ROF

RCL

RANGE

COST

SS H-1a

9

10mm

1

2

11m

110c

 

1

12.7mm

1

11

5m

 

Weight:

1.25kg

         

The SS H-1a is a far from perfect design. The 12.7mm round is the problem. The second central barrel upsets the the firing balance of the weapon, leading to a highly shortened range for the weapon, as well as hideous recoil. This could be offset by the use of a fitted stock, but no stock has been yet designed to fit this handgun.

Sure Shot’s aim is innovation, and whilst critics have said that the SS H-1a is far from that, the company is pinning its hopes on a new ammunition calibre, the 7.5mm round. This is designed to create a slightly lighter round that inflects less tissue damage, but has a slightly greater armour penetration factor. Two designs have been created around the new round, a high capacity machine pistol, the SS MP-1, and a dual capacity rifle, the SS DAR-01.

7.5mm Pistol

PENETRATION

ARMOUR DAMAGE

DAMAGE

COST

Standard

6

1

4

1

Hollow Point

1

1

8

2

Armour Piercing

9

1

1

3

HEAP

8

2

6

4

HESH

1

3

9

5

The SS MP-1 is either a cut down SMG or an oversized pistol, depending upon how you look at it. Unlike similar weapons like the FEN 204 ‘Gunhead’ or CAF Cold Shadow SMGs, the MP-1 is capable of just single shots or fully automatic fire. It does not have a setting for 3 round bursts. Sure Shot have offset this huge capacity to eat ammunition by fitting it with a 120 round helical magazine mounted on top of the gun. The user actually puts their hand through this magazine to reach the pistol grip. A fitted stock also slides out through this hole as well. This makes the weapon awkward to reload, taking two actions (one on a successful Dex-4 roll). The helical magazines, which cost 12c each, do not fit other 7.5mm weapons, though the 24 round clip from the DAR-01 will fit it. The MP-1 can be fitted with a laser painter and recoil baffling, but cannot be fitted with a standard scope of any kind as the barrel is below level of the magazine - it comes with one empty magazine. Instead scoped magazines can be purchased for 20c each. The scope is only rated as x4 magnification and is designed with a wide aperture lens not for range, but for quick target acquisition. The scope is fitted inside the magazine, above the stock. When the MP-1 is being used with a scoped magazine and the stock extended, the user’s Dex is at +1 for initiative purposes only when changing targets.

 

CLIP

CAL

ROF

RCL

RANGE

COST

SS MP-1

120

7.5mm

1 / 15

1 / 8

16m

395c

Weight:

2. 5kg

         

 

7.5mm Rifle

PENETRATION

ARMOUR DAMAGE

DAMAGE

COST

Standard

7

1

6

1

Hollow Point

4

1

10

2

Armour Piercing

10

1

2

3

HEAP

9

2

8

4

HESH

2

3

12

5

With the DAR-01 ‘Alternator’ (Dual Ammunition Rifle), the Krake’s have taken the idea behind the H-1a one step further. Instead of just the one round as a back-up, this design substitutes a whole magazine as an alternative and allows the firer to switch between the two. The rifle is built with three magazine ports, one on the bottom of the rifle and one each on the left and right sides. A magazine is inserted into the bottom port as normal and also into one of the other two. The third is closed off. A fourth port on top of the rifle ejects the spent casings at a 45 angle above and away from the firer. This configuration allows the weapon to be used by both the right and left handed. A simple switch and locking system enables the changing between magazines, though it is prone to jamming and takes time to clear as both magazines have to be stripped out (one action, or instant on a successful Dex-4 roll to switch, jams on a natural roll of 2 or 3, takes 5 actions to clear). The Alternator is solidly built and fairly heavy. It can be fitted with all of the usual accessories.

 

CLIP

CAL

ROF

RCL

RANGE

COST

SS DAR-01

24 / 24

7.5mm

1 / 3

2 / 4

29m

650c

Weight:

3.75kg

         

As part of an initial promotional drive, Sure Shot are selling each model with extras as part of an introductory package. The SS H-1a comes with two cylinders of standard ammunition, one HEAP and one HESH round, plus a laser painter for 140c. The MP-1 package costs 500c and comes with an extra magazine loaded with standard ammunition and laser painter. For the DAR-01, the package also includes the laser painter and two magazines, one of standard and the other of AP ammunition, and a 1000m IR scope. This costs 750c. The first one hundred of each model has been given a blue alloy finish, comes in a similar presentation case and is expected to sell well to collectors.

DarkNight is thought to have put out a bounty on obtaining any examples of Sure Shot’s guns. This has included targeting all those in the field testing programme, a full list of which they have. Bonnie Krake is secretly a DarkNight sympathiser and passed the list on to her contacts.