Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Triple Wednesday

Since I didn't post anything on Monday about guns, and because I feel a bit guilty for phoning it in yesterday with "My Little Tyafelm," I now give you a threefer: a fun/funny post about a gun, and then Traveller stats for it.

So this is a Monday Gunday Tuesday Traveller Wednesday Night Wackiness post.

Some of you may remember that about three years ago I blogged about the Arsenal Firearms 2011, aka the double-barrel 1911.  If not, I shall quote myself:
At the Intersection of Awesome and Ridiculous...

.. lies this gun. 

I... I don't know what to say about it. This is like the Michael Bay (or possibly Rob Liefeld) of handguns: It's bulky, heavy, expensive, overblown, and prone to massive overkill.

On the other hand, I can't deny the effectiveness of firing two bullets at once; there's a reason that police learn the "double tap" method of shooting, and this gives an effective double tap with a single trigger pull.

English needs a word that adequately describes "possessing qualities both sublime and repugnant."

If you had forgotten about it, that's all right; I had forgotten about it, too until I saw this video on Jerry Miculek's Lederhosen page:

Traveller Stats:

Since .45 caliber is 11.43 millimeters, I shall use the stats for the 12mm Heavy Autopistol (Central Supply Catalog, p.65) as the baseline for a stock 1911:

Yes, that looks about right, although traditional 1911s have a magazine capacity of 7.

Extrapolating from that, the Traveller 2011 would look like this:

  • Recoil is derived from the notion that, since many of the components are fused, it's not quite as as strong as if you were shooting two pistols in the same hand. 
  • Cost is taken from MSRP and various auction sites
  • Mass is taken from the technical specs on the AF2011's page
  • Given that earlier in the CSC the price for 20-30 round magazines for all autopistols are listed as 25 Cr., this is a reasonable assumption for the 18-round 2011 magazine as well.
So for ten times the price, you can own a pistol that fires twice -- and if the first shot hits, the second shot gets between a +0 to a +2 bonus to hit.

More information about the 2011 can be found in this video.

Now players being players, they will likely ask "But can I get a double Desert Eagle in .50 AE  instead?"

Yes. Yes you can.

I predict that at least one of my players will want to buy one before the week is out.

No, scratch that; he'll want two, so he can dual-wield it like Jerry.

My use of Traveller setting and dress falls under
fair use guidelines for both Mongoose and Far Future Enterprises.

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