Models and types of guns that saw little to no production in reality are more likely to show up in fiction. Sometimes, the number of appearances of a weapon in a given work can outnumber its actual production run.

This is mostly because some models of gun can [[RuleOfCool look incredibly cool]] or futuristic despite having real-life problems with their functionality or production that make them unpopular, uncommon, or dismal failures. Or it could be a case of a writer wanting to show they [[ShownTheirWork did their research]] by deliberately picking form over function without going completely into the realm of fiction. Of course, no one's supposed to care. Alternately, some authors may simply wish to avoid associating a fictional character or group with real-world products, and so choose abandoned concepts and rare weapons with fewer economic and political baggage.

Remember that this trope is ''not'' about rare guns that appear once or twice in a work of fiction, or are ''an'' available weapon in a game. It only applies to rare weapons that appear in much larger numbers than they should or did in the real world, or firearms that are prohibitively expensive, difficult to use, or otherwise impractical but yet appear in the hands of many characters. A common {{justifi|edTrope}}cation is that the wielder/orderer of these weapons has an [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney astounding amount of money]], is extremely skilled with it, or it has become increasingly successful.

This trope is common in {{anime}}, due to the [[SchematizedProp obsession many writers have with technical and historical details]]. They also have the advantage of being able to include anything they want without worrying about the inability to get their hands on a real example. Anything the artists can draw is fair game for inclusion, whereas in live-action productions either acquiring an example or building a convincing look-alike as a prop is necessary. For the same reason, rare guns are also a staple of gun-oriented video games.

See also ImproperlyPlacedFirearms, FamilyFriendlyFirearms, CoolGuns, RareVehicles, and ImprobableUseOfAWeapon. Compare SelectiveHistoricalArmoury, where firearms that should be present are absent. See also [[http://www.imfdb.org/ the Internet Movie Firearms Database]] site for more. [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ForgottenWeapons/videos This Youtube channel]], appropriately titled "WebVideo/ForgottenWeapons", also has plenty of footage of obscure firearms. Similarly, [[https://www.youtube.com/user/MiculekDotCom/videos champion shooter Jerry Miculek's Youtube channel]] includes a series of videos called "Unicorn Guns" in which [[CoolOldGuy Jerry]] profiles and sometimes gets to shoot rare guns, including some so rare as to be literally unique.

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!Examples
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* RareGuns/{{Handguns}}
* RareGuns/{{Revolvers}}
* RareGuns/SubmachineGuns
* RareGuns/AssaultRifles
* RareGuns/BattleRifles
* RareGuns/{{Shotguns}}
* RareGuns/MachineGuns
* RareGuns/RocketsMissilesAndGrenadeLaunchers
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!!Machine Pistols

[[folder: Heckler & Koch [=VP70=]]]
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The H&K ''Volkspistole'' (German for "people's pistol", though it's sometimes said to be ''Vollautomatische Pistole'', "fully automatic pistol", which would be somewhat of a misnomer) is a select-fire semi-automatic/burst-fire handgun firing 9x19mm Luger/Parabellum (9x21 IMI for Italian civilian customers, due to 9x19mm being restricted to military/law enforcement use), first produced in 1970. It was one of the first ([[http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg/rus/makarov-pm-pmm-e.html preceded only by a prototype Makarov called the TKB-023]]) pistols to use a polymer frame, predating the Glock 17 by twelve years and sported a still-impressive 18+1 round capacity. It is also unusual in that in order to fire the weapon on burst-fire, one has to fit a combination holster/stock (similar to the one found in Broomhandle C96 Mauser pistols) that contains the selector switch. Once mounted, this allows a shooter to fire a three-round burst at a staggering 2,200 RPM[[note]]Compare the burst fire rate of the AN-94 (1,800 RPM) and another machine pistol, the M93 Raffica (1,100 RPM)[[/note]]. It also has a rather hefty trigger pull (though Wolff Gunsprings offers a replacement striker spring to lighten the trigger pull), due to being double-action only. Overall it was mechanically very simple and field stripped into only four components (slide, recoil spring, magazine, and the frame) and rather rugged due to its other intended use as a simple weapon that civilian conscripts could be trained to opperate [[DirtyCommunists when the Reds came swarming]] [[UsefulNotes/BerlinWall over the wall]].

H&K produced two versions of this pistol, the [=VP70M=] or ''Militär'' (military) and the Z, ''Zivil'' (civilian). Naturally, the burst-fire capable "M" model is [[RuleofCool the one most frequently depicted]]. Unfortunately, while innovative and unusual, it never really took off; its hefty trigger pull, European magazine release (a lever at the base of the grip, as opposed to a button behind the trigger guard), push-button safety, and lack of a slidelock (meaning that when empty the slide cycles normally instead of locking to the back, so the slide needs to be racked again after the magazine is swapped during a reload) meant it never really stood a chance on the U.S. civilian market. Coupled with little interest from Law Enforcement and [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp it never serving its purpose as a tool of resistance against an East German invasion]], the [=VP70=] saw abysmal sales throughout its production life. Production ended for the M model just a few years after it was first produced, with the production of the Z series ending in 1989. It was yet another example of an innovative design that could not find a marketable niche [[note]] Or rather, it was ''too early'' for its time; the world was still unfamiliar with the polymer pistol concept when the [=VP70=] first entered the market[[/note]]. Despite its relative scarcity, lightly-used units still in their box can still be purchased inside the U.S. for around $450 (less than the price of most new name-brand handguns - other still-produced H&K pistols demand that much just for the H&K logo on the grip, nevermind the gun itself), making it a rare but affordable collectable.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* The handgun of choice for Claes in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', complete with shoulder stock.
* Being a series that is heavy on the GunPorn, it is probably little wonder that it would show up in ''Manga/GunsmithCats''. Used by Radinov, who goes GunsAkimbo with a [[MoreDakka Calico M950]].

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[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Appears as the sidearm for the Colonial Marines in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', seen used most prominently by Lieutenant Gorman. The film's armourers selected it due to its status as a rare gun and for its futuristic looks. According to the tech manual, the [=VP70=] used by the marines is based off of the M variant and fires a futuristic 9x19mm sabot round in place of conventional ammunition.
* It appears rather frequently in the first ''Film/StreetFighter'' film, used by Ken, Sagat and T. Hawk.
* One of [[TheMafiya Roman Bulkin's]] thugs uses a [=VP70=] to intimidate Sin [=LaSalle=] in ''Film/BeCool''.
* The WeaponOfChoice for [=49er One=] in ''Film/HalfPastDead''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Leon S. Kennedy's starting pistol in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' is a [=VP70M=]. You can find a stock for it in-game that turns it into a three-round burst pistol. He gets it back in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', this time called the "Wing Shooter".
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'', and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheMercenaries3D'', the [=VP70=] with stock and burst-fire capabilities is called "Matilda" as a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser'' sees Anne run across a few. It's capable of burst fire, despite not having the shoulder stock/fire selector attached. The burst-fire makes it one of the more accurate automatic weapons in the game, but it also means you have to track the number of bullets yourself, as Anne will note "nearly empty" at the 16th bullet without accounting for the fact that the 17th and 18th just went along with it.
* Simon runs across one with shoulder stock in ''VideoGame/CryOfFear''. It also fires in three round bursts and eats through ammo like there was no tomorrow. Which, given the situation, might not be entirely inaccurate.
* In a nod to the original ''Aliens'' film, the [=VP70=] appears as the "W-Y 88 [=MOD4=]" in ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines''. Lieutenant Gorman's pistol appears in the game as a special "legendary" version.
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!!Rifles

[[folder:De Lisle Carbine]]
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The De Lisle Carbine was designed in 1942 to be used by commandos to silence patrols and guard dogs during clandestine missions. The design for the weapon was based on the Lee-Enfield rifle, but with an integrated suppressor over a modified Thompson barrel, chambered for .45 ACP with a detachable magazine based on those of the M1911. Essentially, the end result was a Frankenstein's rifle. The weapon itself was shockingly quiet, comparable to the Welrod in the Pistols page, but with greater range (owing to its longer barrel) and durability[[note]]The Welrod's suppressor used fabric and rubber components, thus requiring replacement after only a few shots. The De Lisle, in comparison, could fire hundreds of rounds before cleaning was required[[/note]]; tests have shown it's even quieter than most modern suppressed weapons, usually by 30 to 60 decibels (it helps that .45 ACP is a subsonic cartridge). Most rifles has a solid stock like pictured, but there were also those with a folding stock similar to the later Sterling sub-machine gun. However, only 129 were built in total. Modern reproductions have been created in recent years, either [[http://www.valkyriearms.com/delisle.html full rifles]] or [[http://www.specialinterestarms.com/index.php?page=enfield_conversions conversion kits for SMLE's]], the latter coming with the bonus of being able to take unmodified M1911 magazines.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Corporal "Smiler" Dawson from ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}'''s "Convict Commandos" series uses this weapon, although [[KnifeNut knives]] are his weapon of choice.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault'' added this weapon in the ''Breakthrough'' expansion pack.
* ''VideoGame/MenOfWar'' featured the carbine exclusively wielded by Allied infantry specialist units like the US Paratroopers, British SAS or Commandos.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' featured one with an optional scope as the [[AKA47 "Hampton Carbine"]].
* ''VideoGame/DeathToSpies'' features it as an option for the player's loadout. How exactly a Russian operative got his hands on one during the war is unknown.
* One of the available weapons on ''VideoGame/EnemyFront''.
* The Carbine can be acquired through the Silenced Weapons Warfare DLC in ''VideoGame/SniperElite4''. Because of the caliber used, it sacrifices power and range in exchange for the suppressed shots with low recoil.
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[[folder: Ross Rifle]]
->The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was equipped with the Ross as they embarked for the Western Front in 1915. Exposing the Ross to the trenches of the western front made apparent that this rifle, which was otherwise an excellent and accurate rifle, was very much so unsuitable for trench warfare.
-->--'''Description''', ''VideoGame/{{Verdun}}''
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Agreed by many to be one of the worst weapons used in World War I, the Canadian Ross Rifle was issued to Canadian troops when the country was declined Lee-Enfields by the United Kingdom and in need of a service rifle, designed by Charles Ross as a target rifle in 1903. [[note]]By the time the British requested the Canadians to adopt the Enfield years later, the Canadians declined them due to a notion of the time that Canadians must have Canadian-made equipment.[[/note]] The rifle was a straight-pull bolt action, which allows for a quicker cycle time between rounds than even the famously-fast Enfield. The rifle can also be disassembled more easily. However, much of the infamy for this rifle became more apparent thanks to conditions of trench warfare, which made the Mk. III that was used in the war an unreliable weapon to use. The straight-pull bolt requires a complex system of cams and grooves, which makes the rifle jam with even the slightest hint of dirt; there are stories of soldiers having resorted to stomping on the handles of dirtied rifles and failing to budge them an inch. And even if you were to clean it, it's possible to reassemble the rifle with the bolt head facing the wrong direction. When reassembled like this, the bolt would close, but not lock - but the rifle could still be fired, sending the bolt backwards with great force, not actually throwing the bolt out of the rifle entirely as some stories claim but still [[EyeScream smashing something rather delicate]] along its path.[[note]]One variant of the rifle attempted to address this flaw by pinning the bolt in place, but this meant that [[DidntThinkThisThrough the very dirt-sensitive bolt couldn't be disassembled for cleaning]].[[/note]] Many of these flaws were due to the fact that it was adopted too close to the outbreak of the war to have a proper period of testing and addressing of its flaws, which is a much lengthier and complicated process in wartime. When it was time for the rifle to be replaced with the Lee-Enfield in 1916, many Canadians made the switch without any second thought. The Ross rifle nevertheless saw some service in World War II as well, though mostly in the Canadian Navy, British Home Guard, or any branch that wasn't directly on European soil. It was also the official rifle of Latvia, which saw usage during the Latvian War of Independence from 1918 to 1920, and the Soviet Union had acquired many of these rifles to use as target rifles.

Many Ross rifles after being replaced were issued as target rifles for training, where their flaws were less apparent and their use there freed up more battle-worthy rifles for the front lines. Despite how it was hated by the common soldier, snipers had taken a liking for this weapon, as, being designed as a target rifle rather than a military one, it was also a fair bit more accurate at range than the Lee-Enfield. The fact that many snipers were in more ideal conditions and better-trained in disassembly and cleaning meant they wouldn't have to worry about immediate combat or incorrectly reassembling the weapon that much, though the rifle would still jam at the drop of a hat if the rounds fed to it were less-than-perfectly clean. Even though the Ross did horribly as a military rifle, it was popular as a sporting and hunting rifle during peace time before and after the war with models chambered in the .280 Ross cartridge, the first practical cartridge to come close to reaching a muzzle velocity of 3,000 feet/910 meters per second.

Midway through the war, Joseph Alphonse Huot of Quebec's Dominion Rifle Factory had taken the liberty of designing a light machine gun from the leftover Ross rifles, simply called the [[https://www.forgottenweapons.com/huot-automatic-rifle/ Huot Automatic Rifle]]. The result was a rather decent and effective weapon, which had undergone many improvements. However, by the time it was ready, the war had already ended, and unlike the [[CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns Thompson SMG]], which overcame this exact same setback by simply entering the civilian market and making history, the Huot was forgotten by time. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen One can only wonder how well it would've performed if it got the chance to see combat.]]

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[[folder: Live-Action Films ]]

* Clint Eastwood's character in western film ''Joe Kidd'' used a customized Ross Rifle to escape from some bounty hunters.
* The 1931 Soviet film ''Sniper'' has [[ImproperlyPlacedFirearms Russian troops use this rifle for some reason]],[[note]]Several Ross M1910s were captured after the Russian Civil War and used for target practice in the USSR between the two World Wars[[/note]] alongside their Mosin-Nagants during World War One.
* A Canadian made for TV movie called ''A Bear Named Winnie'' had some soldiers training with the Ross rifle. One soldier voiced his complaints about the Ross' flaws before the General snaps, grabs the soldier's rifle, and madly proclaims the rifle the best in the world.
* One of the IRA soldiers in the "Easter Rising" scene of ''Film/MichaelCollins'' drops one of these while surrendering.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Ross Rifle is issued to Canadian troops in ''VideoGames/{{Verdun}}'''s ''Horrors of War'' expansion pack.
* ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' allows you to get your hands on the Huot Automatic Rifle. Despite only five of them ever ''existing'', and only used in experimenting.
* The Allied Forces Rifle DLC for ''VideoGame/SniperElite4'' allows you to get your hands on the Ross Rifle. Fortunately there are no muddy trenches for you to worry about.

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!!Sniper Rifles

[[folder:Walther [=WA2000=]]]
->''A new model of sniper rifle developed to withstand the rigors of Special Forces operations in a world where unconventional warfare is becoming the norm. The [=WA2000=] is heavy and extremely unwieldy, but compensates for this with low recoil, which gives it exceptional accuracy. Its scope has three levels of zoom to allow targeting at multiple distances, and armor-piercing ammunition makes it an effective weapon against heavily armored enemy troops even at long range. If long-range sniping battles are your thing, you can't go wrong with this gun.''
-->--'''Description''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''

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Designed from the ground up as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_WA_2000 target rifle]], this bullpup semi-auto is exceptionally rare. Estimates vary on how many were produced, but the number was only 170-250 in two versions with minor differences; this was largely due to extremely high costs killing demand. A WA 2000 in good condition is now easily worth $75,000 on the open market. Unfortunately, there ''aren't any'' even if you have this kind of money to spare; there are exactly fifteen [=WA2000=] rifles in the entire United States, with 11 owned by the President of Walther's American branch and the rest owned by another collector. Very, very popular in movies and videogames, since it has a nice mix of the unconventional (bullpup layout) and the traditional (wood furniture). Due to its obscene rarity, many [=WA2000 rifles=] seen in movies are actually [[http://www.imfdb.org/index.php/Image:SGside2.jpg Ironwood Designs SG2000 .22 rifles]] acting as stand-ins for the [=WA2000=]. If a work of fiction wants to get even ''more'' ridiculous about rarity, it'll specify that the [=WA2000=] in question is chambered in 7.62 NATO or even 7.5 Swiss instead of the standard .300 Winchester Magnum.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* Henrietta uses one in the anime of ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''.
* Also used by the stylish hitwoman of ''Geobreeders: Breakthrough''.
* Kurz Weber uses one against a Giant Mecha in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''.
* Rally Vincent from ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' uses one in one of the few scenes she uses something other than a pistol.
* Emiya Kiritsugu from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' uses one equipped with a dual-scope setup: night-vision, and thermal imaging. Presumably he was able to acquire it via his connections with the [[{{Fiction500}} ludicrously wealthy Einzbern family]].
* Major Motoko Kusanagi uses a very similar rifle in a WWIV flashback in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex 2nd gig''. Since the series is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and the rifle has some design changes and updates, it's likely that this is supposed to be a new model based on the vintage [=WA2000=].
** The same rifle is later seen in ''Solid State Society'', the made for TV movie of ''Stand Alone Complex'', being used by the same guy the Major had previously shot with it. [[UnreliableNarrator Allegedly.]]

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[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Used as a shotgun to kill dogs in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}''.
* Used by Creator/TimothyDalton as Franchise/JamesBond in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', equipped with a large night vision scope.
** Notably, they had an actual [=WA2000=] on hand for the close-ups, as the Walther logo is prominent in the close-ups of Bond's finger on the trigger. Probably part of the deal, considering the fact that Film/JamesBond is one of Walther's biggest film endorsers.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''[[Literature/TheExecutioner Able Team]]''. Carl Lyons finds a mercenary sniper team practising with this weapon to assassinate the President of Guatemala.
* Dieter Weber, the Rainbow Team 2 Sniper, uses this in ''Literature/RainbowSix''. Memorable usages include [[spoiler: shooting the submachine gun out of a terrorist's hands, allowing his partner to painfully send a bullet into said terrorist's liver for killing a child.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Agent 47 uses this weapon as his primary sniper rifle in the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series. In ''VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin'', there is a custom version of this gun, used by ninja. In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', it's customisable with a variety of GunAccessories, such as scopes, suppressors, an optional bolt action for greater accuracy, and three types of ammo.
** Notably, it ''is'' the single most expensive weapon in the game. And you can carry it in a briefcase. It's also not available until you reach Rotterdam, which is 3/4 of the way through the game (he uses a Blaser 93 until then).
* Appears in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' in the hands of an entire force of Russian snipers. How they afford it is anyone's guess.
** It's also an early-tier sniper rifle in multiplayer, superior to the Intervention because it's semi-auto and has a slightly larger magazine.
** Returns in Treyarch's game ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''. Which is set in the sixties, before the weapon's invention.
* Team sniper Dieter Weber uses this rifle in the sniping sections of the console versions of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Lockdown'' and as far back in the games as Rogue Spear.
* Used in ''VideoGame/{{Black}}'', shown as a straight-pull bolt-action rifle, and therefore presumably broken.
* Used in the ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' video game.
** Also appears in both versions of the ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|Wii}}'' remake; being a Walther gun, it is one of the few to [[AKA47 keep its real name]]. During the Severnaya Bunker mission in the Wii version, it is given a winter white finish.
* [[VideoGame/JaggedAlliance Now available from Bobby Ray's Guns and Things at the low, low price of $7940!!! Cash, major credit cards and conflict diamonds accepted!]]
* Again, found in ''Combat Arms'' as the [=WA2000=] and the [=WA2000=] Classic (which has a wooden handguard and stock).
* Anachronistically (as the game is set in 1974) appears in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker''.
* The Weyland-Yutani WY-102 sniper rifle in ''[[VideoGame/AliensVsPredator Aliens Versus Predator 2]]'' is basically a dressed-up [=WA2000=] with a strange rotating cylinder replacing the action.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Hitman's Heatmaker is a mix-and-match of this rifle and the VSS Vintorez. It can [[OffWithHisHead decapitate]] targets on headshots.
* The [=WA2000=] appears as the "Lebensauger .308" in the ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' Gage Ninja Pack DLC.
* A silenced variant with some sci-fi embellishments shows up as the standard sniper rifle in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used by WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} to take out some guards in "Placebo Effect", then never seen again (possibly because ISIS uses the H&K PSG-1).
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!! Misc Single Examples

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' contains a large amount of rare historical World War I-era guns, many of which are so rare that their inclusion in media is also rare (some are exclusive to just ''Battlefield 1''), making it impractical to create whole entries about them. One example that pushes this trope UpToEleven is the Standschütze Hellriegel M1915, which never went beyond the experimental phase, had no known examples that survived the war, and the only commonly available media showing it are a few photos, all of which only show the weapon's right side. Worse, its documentation is so sparse that little is known on how it is operated, or who the name stands for. It's a miracle that it is even in the game at all.
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