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19th May '17 9:59:58 AM SkArcher
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*** Actually strongly averted in the case of Caldari Missiles. If you look at the parts list it becomes clear that what the Caldari are shooting at you isn't a Kinetic Impactor, but an artificial Black Hole Generator.
18th May '17 2:05:33 AM buckmana
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** For ground combat, it is possible to obtain the TR-116b via crafting. It's a field ready model of the TR-116 prototype (without the micro transporter). The primary benefit of having one is to fight the Borg, because their remodulating shields won't protect them from tritanium bullets.
** There is also the Zefram Cochrane Shotgun, which is hard to obtain, but also fires conventional bullets.
16th May '17 4:10:15 PM Caps-luna
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* Its worth mentioning that though there is a large driver to develop a man portable anti personnel laser based-weapon, its for the sake of practicality rather than superior damage. Lasers only feature moving parts in their cooling system and have no need to expose their internal workings to the outside world like guns need to when reloading. But you would need a wickedly powerful one to punch through armor or even large amounts of airborn dust. Most lower powered weaponized lasers would also depend on [[CruelAndUnusualDeath setting the enemies flesh on fire and then letting them burn to death]], not great for PR. So while its possible laser rifles will be fielded in the near future, it will take a much longer time before they can truly replace conventional firearms.
13th May '17 10:58:37 AM tracer
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* As of 2016, Russia has started testing a new type of ICBM warhead codenamed "object 4202." It's designed to dive through the atmosphere at mach 15 and destroy its target entirely via kinetic impact. (c.f. [[http://www.newsweek.com/us-russia-nuclear-arms-race-over-and-russia-has-won-581704 this Newsweek article]])
5th May '17 6:08:04 AM Durison
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*** This is part of why the Covenant just started glassing human worlds instead of trying to conquer and hold them.
29th Apr '17 6:01:55 AM Medinoc
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** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has a linear progression of weapons where ballistics are weaker than lasers, which is weaker than plasma. However, the arguably best weapon in the game is the Alloy Launcher, a shotgun that launches shards of alien alloys (the stuff your endgame armor is made of) as pellets out of what's essentially a portable railgun. ''[[ExpansionPack Enemy Within]]'' adds the [[MiniMecha MEC Troopers]], whose Kinetic Punch ability will kill everything short of EliteMooks at full health, and even those only need to be softened up a little before it can OneHitKill them. Especially notorious when running up and punching the end-game psychic enemies that are nearly immune to everything and have the strongest psychic attacks is the best course of action in some cases.

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** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has a linear progression of weapons where ballistics are weaker than lasers, which is weaker than plasma. However, the arguably best weapon in the game is the Alloy Launcher, Cannon, a shotgun that launches shards of alien alloys (the stuff your endgame armor is made of) as pellets out of what's essentially a portable railgun. ''[[ExpansionPack Enemy Within]]'' adds the [[MiniMecha MEC Troopers]], whose Kinetic Punch Strike ability (a strong punch) will kill everything short of EliteMooks at full health, and even those only need to be softened up a little before it can OneHitKill them. Especially notorious when running up and punching the end-game psychic enemies that are nearly immune to everything and have the strongest psychic attacks is the best course of action in some cases.
17th Apr '17 7:52:30 AM Yukianesa
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** The standard weapon of the Space Marines during the Great Crusade was a weapon called the volkite charger, literally a Martian heat ray which could punch like Tau pulse weaponry and cut through thick armour like butter. As the Great Crusade wore on however, the legions expanded and the foundries couldn't keep up with demand for more volkite weapons. Bolters were antiquated, but cheaper and easier to manufacture, and they could accept different types of bolter shell for different situations. The bolters won out and volkite weapons were relegated to special weapon status, the kind of "one man per squad" deal that meltas and plasma guns have now. After the Horus Heresy, the know-how to create more volkite weapons was lost and nowadays only the Mechanicus have a few working examples, which they fervously cling to.
22nd Mar '17 4:47:04 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In the [[TabletopRPG RPGs]] ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' and ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'' the need to worry about logistics makes Lasguns some of the most popular weapons simply because the ammunition for them is much easier to acquire than bullets for other weapons (and empty power packs can be recharged).

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** In the [[TabletopRPG RPGs]] ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' and ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'' the need to worry about logistics makes Lasguns some of the most popular weapons simply because the ammunition for them is much easier to acquire than bullets for other weapons (and empty power packs can be recharged). They're also nearly impossible to jam, thanks to having very few moving parts.
17th Mar '17 8:20:31 AM SullenFrog
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', as the kinetic weapons are stronger than the lasers, but the lasers are much more accurate and have better range.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', as the kinetic weapons are stronger than the lasers, but the lasers are much more accurate and have better range. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that starships also have powerful shields that make lasers nearly worthless if they're not disabled first, while no such defense exists for kinetic weapons.
27th Feb '17 10:37:32 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WeAreLegionWeAreBob'': The Brazilian probes use explosive missiles, but Bob is worried about the substances exploding when built with his 3D printers. He considers using lasers, but dismisses them as inefficient due to power constraints, so he goes with guided non-explosive missiles called "busters" instead. They work by suicidally ramming the target at high speed.
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