Sniper Rifles - Weapon Information

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Sniper Rifles - Weapon Information

Post by xshanex on Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:29 pm

Used for long-distance combat situations, sniper rifles are generally equipped with targeting scopes, sport longer barrels, and pack a higher damage per round than most other weapons but at the expense of reduced firing rates and overheat allowances.

Sniper rifles are slow and usually overheat after two shots in quick succession. However, they make up for this in range and damage - higher-level sniper rifles retain accuracy at incredible ranges, and they will often kill weaker enemies in one shot. Beware, though; close-range encounters are not recommended, due to the fact that you will more than likely miss many shots in close combat.

Sniper Models

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Black Widow
Manufacturer: Systems Alliance
Fire mode: Automatic
Default ammo: 3 shots per clip
The Alliance wanted to reduce the reload time of the original Widow rifle, without sacrificing its stopping power. The solution was to increase the number of shots the gun could fire before it needed a fresh thermal clip. Heavy for a sniper rifle, the Black Widow's firepower more than compensates for its encumbrance.

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Kishock Harpoon Gun
Manufacturer: Batarian
Fire mode: Charged Single Shot
Default ammo: 1 shot per clip
An Alliance captain on her fifth tour of the Terminus Systems once said that seeing a Kishock was the easiest way to tell if she was being attacked by batarian mercenaries or slavers, since "no bastard with a Kishock means to take you alive." This powerful sniper rifle fires a harpoon-like spike that causes massive internal bleeding, and its miniaturized disruptors will also destroy synthetics. The rifleā€™s biggest drawback is that it must be reloaded after every shot, but for those with steady aim and good timing, one shot is enough.

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Krysae Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer: Turian
Fire mode: Semi-Automatic
Default ammo: 3 shots per clip
The Krysae's scope uses a rangefinder that adjusts to keep the target in proper proportion to the shooter, which comes in useful when the sniper is forced into close range. Its specialized ammunition is both armor-piercing and explosive.

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M-13 Raptor
Manufacturer: Cerberus
Fire mode: Semi-Automatic
Default ammo: 15 shots per clip
The Raptor is a human version of a turian weapon developed for conflict on the low-gravity world Amar. Fighting at longer ranges than expected, the turians optimized a low-recoil, semi-automatic rifle with a scope, and issued it to their regular infantry, creating a hybrid weapon that was half-assault rifle and half-sniper weapon. Cerberus assigns the Raptor to Nemesis snipers.

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M-29 Incisor
Manufacturer: Unknown
Fire mode: Three-round Burst
Default ammo: 15 shots per clip
The Incisor is a sniper rifle designed to overload active defenses. Firing three rounds with each pull of the trigger, the Incisor was initially advertised as having negligible recoil, although under real combat conditions the second and third rounds frequently climb in difficulty. The noise of the burst is comparable to a single rifle shot in duration, making it no easier to locate the sniper by sound.

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M-90 Indra
Manufacturer: Unknown
Fire mode: Automatic
Default ammo: 25 shots per clip
The Indra's low-powered scope leaves it most effective at medium range, but many soldiers believe this limitation is offset by the gun's rapid rate of fire. The Indra is the first military-grade, fully automatic sniper rifle. It has an extremely efficient heat-sink system that allows a surprisingly large number of shots to be fired before the weapon ejects its thermal clip.

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M-92 Mantis
Manufacturer: Devlon Industries
Fire mode: Single Shot
Default ammo: 1 shot per clip
The Mantis is a powerful sniper rifle which is able to take out most targets in a single shot. It's incredibly accurate at long range, but rate of fire is slow. Manufactured by Devlon Industries, the Mantis is primarily used by police and planetary militia groups.

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M-97 Viper
Manufacturer: Rosenkov Materials
Fire mode: Semi-Automatic
Default ammo: 6 shots per clip
The Viper is a semi-automatic, rapid-fire sniper rifle manufactured by Rosenkov Materials. Rosenkov developed a patented automated-release system that assists with thermal-clip ejection, shortening the Viper's reload time. This rifle is popular with military snipers, who appreciate a long-range gun that can snap off multiple shots in the blink of an eye.

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M-98 Widow
Manufacturer: Unknown
Fire mode: Single Shot
Default ammo: 1 shot per clip
Several research firms spent a considerable fortune trying to redesign the Widow sniper rifle. Their goal was to retain the geth weapon's considerable firepower while reducing its recoil, so that the gun could be fired without breaking a nonsynthetic's arm. After much trial and error, one company finally produced a usable model rolled out to the galactic market.

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N7 Valiant
Manufacturer: Systems Alliance N7 Program
Fire mode: Semi-Automatic
Default ammo: 3 shots per clip
The Valiant is a sniper rifle tested by Alliance soldiers during a series of harsh survival exercises on the planet Kruljaven. This streamlined weapon employs a sophisticated fire-control system that improves accuracy by stabilizing the barrel during targeting. Although this comes at the cost of reduced capacity and rate of fire, most soldiers find the increase in precision and quick reloading time a worthy trade-off.
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