|From:||Paul Jonathan Adam <Paul@********.demon.co.uk>|
|Subject:||The Arms Bazaar - 2 of 3|
|Date:||Sat, 04 Nov 1995 10:10:55 GMT|
The Arms Bazaar - 2 of 3
A large number of weapons from the previous century still circulate in the
street arms trade. Statisics for them are attached below.
For those who don't see a particular personal favourite on my list, despair
not. I tried to stick to my idea of what would be available at street level
(rather than to a collector) in 2055, but I include conversion rules at the
end. Note that to qualify, a weapon needs to be in military use by one or
several nations, or by a large number of US police forces: this rules out
most light pistols, for instance. Others, listed in the writeup, are still
in production (a nod to sentiment here...) If the writeups on them seem
very positive, it's because these were the winners: the ones built and sold
in sufficient quantity to still be in wide circulation in the 2050s.
Note the absence of sniper rifles... with their precision machining and
tight tolerances, they don't survive as well as the "unbreakable" SMGs and
Aimed automatic fire is effective today (at least in reasonable bursts) and
so I have allocated recoil compensation and other accessories to many
weapons, as appears appropriate to their performance in service.
In addition, starting characters may only acquire these weapons at the GM's
discretion and typically can expect to pay double the listed price at
Conc. Damage Fire Modes Magazine Cost Weight Avail.
Makarov PSD 7 6L SA 8(c) 200 0.5 8/7 day
Beretta 92 / M-9 5 9M SA 15(c) 100 0.9 3/12 h
Browning High-Power 5 9M SA 13(c) 120 0.9 5/48 h
Colt M1911A1 5 9M SA 7(c) 70 1.2 3/24 h
Glock 17 5 9M SA 17(c) 150 0.75 3/24 h
Glock 19 6 9M SA 15(c) 200 0.7 5/72 h
Makarov PVD 6 8M SA 8(c) 50 0.7 6/72 h
S&W Chief's Special 7 7M SA 5(cyl) 50 0.5 3/24 h
S&W Model 10 6 8M SA 6(cyl) 50 0.8 3/24 h
S&W Model 19 5 9M SA 6(cyl) 60 1 4/24 h
SIG-Sauer P226 5 9M SA 15(c) 125 0.75 4/24 h
SIG-Sauer P228 6 9M SA 13(c) 170 0.7 6/72 h
Tula-Tokarev TT-33 5 10M SA 8(c) 40 0.8 8/7 day
AKR 4 7M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 150 3.5 6/7 d
Colt M-4 / CAR-15 4 7M SA/BF 30(c) 300 2.75 4/48 h
H&K MP-5A2 2 6M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 200 3 4/48 h
H&K MP-5A3 4 6M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 250 3.25 5/48 h
H&K MP-5K 5 6M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 400 2 8/7 d
IMI Mini-Uzi 5 6M SA/BF/FA 25(c) 200 3.25 6/7 d
IMI Uzi 4 6M SA/BF/FA 32(c) 300 3.75 5/48 h
M-1 Carbine 3 6M SA 30(c) 100 3 3/24 h
M-3 4 7M BF/FA 30(c) 75 4 3/24 h
PPSh-41 3 7M BF/FA 71(c) 80 3.5 4/48 h
Armscor Striker 3 9S SA 12(m) 300 3 8/7 d
Franchi SPAS-12 3 9S SA/BF 8(m) 350 4 5/48 h
Generic Sawn-Off 6 7S SA 2(brk) 50 2 2/6 h
Mossberg 500 2 9S SA 9(m) 250 3 3/24 h
Mossberg 500 Bullpup 4 9S SA 9(m) 300 3.25 5/48 h
Remington 870 4 9S SA 5(m) 270 2.5 3/24 h
AK-47/ AKM 2 7S SA/BF/FA 30(c) 200 3.75 4/24 h
AK-74 2 8M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 225 3.75 3/24 h
Colt M-16A1 3 8M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 250 3 4/24 h
Colt M-16A2 3 8M SA/BF 30(c) 275 3.5 3/12 h
FN FAL NA 9S SA/BF/FA 20(c) 220 4.5 5/48 h
L1A1 SLR NA 9S SA 20(c) 180 4.5 6/7 d
H&K G-3A3 2 9S SA/BF/FA 20(c) 200 4.5 5/48 h
Ruger Mini-14 2 8M SA 5(c) 300 3 3/24 h
Steyr AUG 3 8M SA/BF/FA 30(c) 350 4 8/7 d
FN M-249 NA 8M BF/FA Belt 1000 7.5 5/24 h
RPK NA 7S SA/BF/FA 40(c) 500 5 4/48 h
RPK-74 NA 8M SA/BF/FA 40(c) 700 4.5 4/48 h
M-240 / GPMG NA 9S FA Belt 2000 9.5 6/7 d
M-60 NA 9S FA Belt 1500 10.5 5/7 d
M-60E3 NA 9S FA Belt 1700 9 6/7 d
RPD NA 9S FA Belt 900 7.5 4/72 h
BG-15 -2 Special SS 1(brk) 500 1 10/14 d
M-203 -2 Special SS 1(brk) 1000 1 8/14 d
M-79 4 Special SS 1(brk) 700 2 6/7 d
All pistols accept top- and barrel- mounted accessories unless otherwise
stated. Small items (-1 concealability) may be under-barrel mounted unless
otherwise stated, most usually a laser sight.
Beretta 92 / M-9
A widely-used weapon throughout the former United States, this pistol was
used by police and issued to the military for nearly fifty years.
Effective, accurate, anonymous and reliable, firing easily-available 9mm
ammunition, the Beretta 92 is still in widespread use on the streets and in
some rural police departments. Compact variants exist, as does a (very
rare) burst-fire version, but both are almost impossible to find outside a
few collections. Chambered for 9mm x 19 Parabellum.
The sidearm of many Commonwealth countries, the High-Power was one of the
first high-capacity 9mm automatics: over a century on, it remains an
effective and useful combat weapon. The Max-Power and Ultra-Power are
direct developments of this superb pistol. Chambered for 9mm x 19
To many, the classic automatic pistol: John Browning's design, firing the
powerful .45ACP cartridge from a seven-round magazine. In civilian hands,
variants bred like wildfire: different calibres, compact frames, high-
capacity frames, and options galore: but the majority of survivors to the
present day are plain and simple ex-military weapons.
A revolution when it appeared in 1983, the Glock 17 transformed the concept
of pistol design. Using advanced plastics for most of the trigger mechanism
and the frame and a novel trigger action, the Glock eliminated the safety-
catch while remaining an inherently safe weapon to carry and use. Its low
price, high capacity, accuracy and reliability led to enormous and world-
wide success: the 9mm Glock 17 can be found almost anywhere. Several
siblings in different calibres and "compact" versions also existed,
although only the smaller Glock 19 is common. The short Glock 19 may not
mount items under its barrel. Chambered for 9mm x 19 Parabellum.
Smith and Wesson Model 10
A simple, sturdy and reliable .38 Special revolver, enormously popular with
both police and private shooters. Easily one of the most common weapons in
Smith and Wesson Model 19
A beefed-up and enlarged .38 revolver, this was issued to police officers
who wanted or needed more power than the .38: chambered for the .357 Magnum
cartridge, the Model 19 is an austere but effective weapon.
Smith and Wesson Chief's Special
One of the most widely-used weapons of the 20th Century, the snub-nosed
Chief's Special and the many similar weapons remain common and effective,
although its .38 Special ammunition is underpowered compared to 9mm or
other calibres. However, the simple, concealable and reliable weapon
very common at the low end of the street firearms market. Note: this weapon
Light Pistol ranges. The weapon may not accept top- or under-barrel-mounted
The replacement for the Tokarev, the Makarov is based on the Walther PP:
firing a moderately powerful 9mm round from an eight-shot magazine, the PVD
is simple and reliable: its double-action mechanism means it can be carried
safely in a ready-to-use manner. The compact PSD, firing a 5.45mm necked
round, was used by some undercover units. Neither weapon accepts
underbarrel accessories, and the PSD has no top mount. Chambered for 9mm x
A widely-used police weapon, also used by the FBI, the SIG P226 is a well-
designed and well-constructed double-action high-capacity 9mm automatic
pistol that remains in service in many less advanced nations. The compact
P228 is also common. Chambered for 9mm x 19 Parabellum.
An elderly weapon of considerable power, the Tokarev automatic is an
effective if somewhat quirky weapon (it has no safety catch, for instance).
Althohgh its calibre is only 7.62mm, it uses a bottlenecked cartridge case,
resulting in a high muzzle velocity and a powerful effect on any target.
Millions were produced during World War 2, and client states both received
large numbers and manufactured their own. Chambered for 7.62mm x 25mm
All SMGs accept top- and barrel-mounted accessories unless otherwise
stated. They also accept underbarrel accessories apart from grenade
launchers, again unless stated.
Weapons with shoulder stocks gain 1 point of recoil compensation when the
stock is used. Folding stocks subtract 2 from concealability when extended,
but must be extended to gain any recoil benefit.
A cut-down carbine version of the AK-74, the AKR (also known as the AKSU)
was widely used by KGB and Border Guards units throughout the Former Soviet
Union, and by most of its constituents after the break-up.
The weapon has a folding stock and one point of Gas Venting. Fires 5.45mm x
One of the most widely-used police shoulder weapons in the former USA and
worldwide, the MP-5 is almost unique among submachineguns for firing from a
closed bolt, giving it remarkable accuracy. Also used by military units
everywhere, for the same reason, the weapon is easily found. The HK-227
series is a direct development of this weapon: the compact version was
named "MP-5TX" in honour of the ancestor. Variants of the MP-5 include
fixed and folding-stock versions, the -SD variants with integral
suppressor, and the compact MP-5K.
The MP-5 and MP-5SD both have buttstocks (1pt recoil compensation) and
their internal mechanism provides the equivalent of 2 points of recoil
compensation. The MP-5K has 1 point of internal compensation, and no
underbarrel mount. The MP-5SD has an integral sound suppressor. All are
chambered for 9mm x 19 Parabellum.
This and the MP-5 are among the best-known SMGs of the late 20th century.
Simple in concept, the Uzi owes its relative compactness to nothing more
radical than an overhung bolt: firing from an open bolt, the weapon was one
of the first SMGs to incorporate effective safety features and acquired an
enviable reputation for reliability. The compact Mini-Uzi is similar, but
smaller (no underbarrel mount) but both have folding stocks. Chambered for
9mm x 19 Parabellum.
Millions of this weapon were produced during World War II, and it remained
a popular and reasonably effective weapon for some time thereafter, used by
several police forces and many foreign militaries. The folding-stock M1A1
and selective-fire M-2 versions are rather rarer: M-1 copiess are still
produced for nostalgic sports shooters. Although the 30-round magazine is
more usual, early production versions (before the selective-fire option)
had a 15-round clip.
The M-1A1 gains +2 concealability when its stock is folded. Fires the .30
The World War II "Grease Gun", the M-3 remained in US Army service until
the 1980s as a weapon for tank crew. Crude and cheap, it was nevertheless
effective, firing .45ACP ammunition from an open bolt.
The carbine version of the M-16, the M-4 shares the qualities of that
weapon in a more compact package. Has a telescoping stock and 2 points of
gas venting. Chambered for 5.56mm NATO ammunition.
An old, crude and almost unbreakable weapon, firing the same powerful
bottlenecked 7.62mm x 25 ammunition as the Tokarev from a 71-round drum
magazine, the PPSh is indelibly associated with the Red Army during the
Second World War. Manufactured in huge numbers in many countries and widely
exported, the PPSh-41 remains an effective weapon.
All shotguns have stocks (1pt recoil compensation) and accept all
accessories unless otherwise stated. All fire standard 12-gauge
ammunition. All shotguns have a Choke of 10 unless otherwise stated
or later modified.
One of the most distinctive shotguns ever made, the short Striker pump-
action with its twelve-round drum magazine enjoyed considerable success in
its native South Africa and abroad. Though somewhat eclipsed by modern
trends towards burst-fire scatterguns, the Striker remains a valid and
successful weapon. The Striker has a folding stock,
One of the first assault shotguns, the SPAS-12 (Special Purpose Automatic
Shotgun) introduced several new features, such as the ability to switch
between semi-automatic gas operation and pump action, and full-automatic
fire. Although somewhat dated compared to more modern weapons, the SPAS-12
is still in circulation. Versions with either fixed or folding stocks
exist. The weapon cannot accept underbarrel mounts,
One of the most common and simplest weapons: a shotgun with the butt and
most of the barrels cut away, producing a weapon useless at any range but
deadly up close. Treat firing both barrels as two separate attacks. No
stock, and no accessories can be fitted. The sawn-off has a Choke of 4,
which cannot be modified. Slug rounds may be fired.
A tough and reliable pump-action shotgun, widely used by police and
civilians. Has no underbarrel mount. Available in fixed or folding stock
(+2 to concealability when stock folded) versions.
Mossberg 500 Bullpup
The Mossberg action in a more compact bullpup stock, making it more
manageable in close quarters. Has no underbarrel mount.
Like the Mossberg 500, a simple, reliable and effective 12-gauge shotgun:
shorter than the Mossberg, the 870 trades magazine size for reduced bulk.
Although replaced in production by the 990, tens of thousands of 870s
remain in circulation. Folding stock versions (+2 when folded) available:
no underbarrel mount.
All rifles have shoulder stocks and accept all accessories, unless
otherwise stated. Folding stocks are indicated where applicable.
Still the most produced weapon in the world, with over thirty million
manufactured. Available almost anywhere, built with an agricultural
simplicity and robustness that defies even the most determined attempt to
break it, the AK series is still instantly recognisable and readily
available. The AKM is slightly lighter than the AK-47, and includes minor
changes to the design to make it easier to mass-produce. Relatively
inaccurate and lacking refinement, the AK-47 is nevertheless one of the
best infantry weapons ever produced. Available in folding-stock variants.
Chambered for the 7.62mm x 39 cartridge.
With the trend to smaller rifle calibres in the 1960s, the Russians
followed suit with the AK-74 firing the 5.45mm x 45 cartridge. Fitted with
an extremely efficient muzzle brake, but otherwise almost identical in
shape and function to its predecessor, the AK-74 was later modified to
produce the AK-97, which remains in production today. Has 3 points of gas
venting, but cannot accept barrel-mounted accessories. Fixed or folding
The first widely-used 5.56mm rifle, the M16A1 suffered a shaky start before
becoming accepted, and finally favoured, by the US military. Widespread
export success scattered it all over the globe. Has 2 points of gas
venting, but cannot use barrel-mounted accessories. Uses 5.56mm NATO ammo.
Differing only in details from the M-16A1, this weapon served the US for
decades. The main change was a somewhat more robust construction, and a
change from full-automatic to three-round burst fire. Has 3 points of gas
venting, but cannot accept barrel-mounted accessories.
FN FAL / L1A1 SLR
A widespread weapon, available in a variety of versions: while some (the
L1A1s) are capable only of semi-automatic fire, they also tend to be in the
best condition: most were once British Army weapons. Other variants have
selective-fire, folding stocks, heavy barrels, and so on. Robust, reliable
and popular, although the ammunition is somewhat overpowered for an
infantry rifle. Double recoil remaining after compensation. Equipped with 2
points of gas venting. Cannot use barrel-mounted accessories. Fires 7.62mm
x 51 ammo.
A simple, reliable, effective and widely-used weapon, the G-3 enjoyed
widespread popularity and worldwide use. Of the same generation as the FN
FAL, it shares the same overpowered ammunition. Double recoil remaining
after compensation. Equipped with 2 points of gas venting. Cannot use
barrel-mounted accessories. Chambered for the 7.62mm x 51 round.
Never a service military rifle, the Mini-14 family was nevertheless hugely
popular both with civilian shooters and with police departments: the
"conventional", wood-stocked appearance of the weapon apparently made it
more acceptable. Large numbers remain in circulation. Although folding-
stock and selective-fire versions were produced, they are rare and unusual
by comparison. 20- and 30-round magazines existed, but are scarce. Fires
the 5.56mm NATO round.
One of the most versatile and widely-used weapons of the late 20th/early
21st century, the AUG was only slightly modified to become the current AUG-
CSL weapon: many components are interchangeable. The weapon is highly
modular: although only the standard assault rifle is widely available,
barrels of different lengths can be found by the dedicated. The 9mm SMG
version is rather rarer, but was used by a number of police and some
special-forces units. Equipped with 2 points of gas venting and a Rating-2
optical sight. Cannot use top- or barrel-mounted accessories. Fires the
5.56mm NATO round.
LIGHT MACHINE GUNS
All LMGs come with stock and bipod as standard, and use all accessories
unless otherwise stated.
The standard light support weapon of the Soviet Union, the RPK is simply an
AK-47 with a longer, heavier barrel and bipod. Although rather mediocre as
a sustained-fire weapon, its light weight, reliability, and commonality
with the AK make it a usable and effective squad automatic weapon. Fires
the 7.62mm x 39 round.
The squad support weapon version of the AK-74: as the AK-74 is to the AKM,
so the RPK-74 is to the RPK. Has 3 points of gas venting, cannot use
barrel-mounted accessories. Fires the 5.45mm x 45 round.
FN M-249 "Minimi"
The standard squad automatic of the US Army for many years, the FN Minimi
is an excellent light automatic weapon. Accepting either belt feed or using
M-16 magazines, the M-249 acquired a reputation for reliability and
effectiveness. Equipped with 2 points of gas venting. Cannot use barrel-
mounted accessories. Uses the 5.56mm NATO cartridge.
MEDIUM MACHINE GUNS
The Russian belt-fed medium machine gun, this is a rather mediocre weapon,
its poor handling characteristics and several design flaws redeemed by
light weight and reliability. Its main virtue is its wide availability.
Fires belted 7.62mm x 54R ammo.
Nicknamed "the pig" by troops who carried it in Vietnam, the M-60 was never
an entirely successful weapon: Heavy, bulky and with several awkward design
features, the M-60 left service in the 1990s. However, many were still in
use by Reserve units during the Indian Campaigns, and remain available on
the street market. Fires belted 7.62mm x 51 ammo.
A modified M-60 which attempted to eliminate as many of the faults as
possible, the M60E3 was reasonably successful: however, some of the M-60's
flaws proved to be intractable. Fires belted 7.62mm x 51 ammo.
M-240 / GPMG
A simple, reliable and effective medium machine gun, the FN MAG was adopted
by the British Army for over fifty years: in the late 1990s the US armed
forces adopted it also, finally replacing the ill-starred M-60. The updated
and modernised FN MAG-5 remains in production. Fires belted 7.62mm x 51
A Russian weapon, a 30mm launcher designed to mount beneath an AK-74. Fires
a 30mm high explosive grenade.
A 40mm grenade launcher designed to mount underneath a M-16 rifle, but
adaptable to many other weapons. Fires 40mm grenades in a variety of
natures (HE, smoke, et cetera).
A single-shot 40mm grenade launcher, resembling nothing so much as a rather
bloated short-barreled shotgun. Although nominally retired from service by
the turn of the century, many were handed out to National Guard units or
stolen by SAIM during the Indian Campaigns. Fires the same ammunition as
The basic conversion requires the damage code to be assessed.
Weapon Calibre Damage
Pistol .22LR, .32/7.65mm 6L
Pistol .380, ,38 Special 8M
Pistol 9mm, .357Mag, .45ACP, 40cal 9M
Pistol 10mm, 7.62mmx25, .44Mag, .454 10M
SMG 9mm, .380 6M
SMG 5.56mm, 5.45mm, .45ACP, .40cal 7M
Assault Rifle/LMG 4.7mm, 5.56mm, 5.45mm 8M
Assault Rifle/LMG 7.62mm x 39, .30 Carbine 7S
Assault Rifle/MMG 7.62mmx51 9S
Sniper/Sporting Rifle 7.62mmx51, .300 Win. Mag. 9S
Sniper/Sporting Rifle .338 Lapua, .30-06 12S
Subtract 1 from the Power level for a significantly shorter barrel, e.g. a
CAR-15 as opposed to a M-16 or MP-5K as opposed to a MP-5A3. The break
point for handguns is a barrel length of three inches or less.
Note, these codes are intended to fit my perception of existing weapons
into the SR system. GMs who wish to change them are welcome to do so: this
is one reason I included these, so that changes could `ripple through' the
"When you have shot and killed a man, you have defined your attitude towards
him. You have offered a definite answer to a definite problem. For better
or for worse, you have acted decisively.
In fact, the next move is up to him." <R.A. Lafferty>
Paul J. Adam paul@********.demon.co.uk