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Chekhov's Armoury Part I by wingsofwrath Chekhov's Armoury Part I by wingsofwrath
First part of a series on the small arms of the Inner Space world.

The weapon from up-world is a coil gun firing electro-plastic spherical pellets that deform into aerodynamically stable projectiles when passing down the barrel and also gain an electrical charge to deliver an incapacitating electroshock effect at the target. Muzzle velocity is variable on wherever the weapon is fired at an armoured or an anarmoured target and is controlled by an internal computer. Sighting and control is done either via wireless data connection to the shooter's retinal and cranial implants and helmet display, or alternatively, through controls on the actual weapon and pop-up iron sights.

The three down-world pistols are all civilian rather than government designs and thus come in two distinct calibres, both semi-caseless -the charge is situated inside the body of the projectile like the real world 9X24.5mm AUPO Benelli.

The two rifles are both Marbanians government designs set apart by several decades of weapon evolution, but both now thoroughly obsolete so present only on the civilian market - the top one is a second to last generation selfloading rifle with a box magazine using modern caseless ammunition, while the lower one is an early single shot breech-loader with "traditional" brass cartridge center-fire ammunition. Both use smokeless powder though.
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Duality-of-one Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Chekhov? Does that mean they show up somewhere in the background and have very little influence in the story, until the end? : p
Just kidding, they're all pretty cool looking, specially the Delin-Bec and the Type VI.
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UltimaWeapon13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful set of guns, I say.
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CaldwellB734 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student General Artist
These are so cool! I love them!
What did you draw them in?
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SkeeNLangly Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
verry interesting
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Willsormiston Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I'm glad you made something based on the beloved 'Broomhandle' Mauser. Is the front of no.5 based on the M1928 variant Thompson by any chance?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, it was based more on the barrel of the Czech ZB-26 Machinegun, used in WW2 by the Romanian and German armies and also the basis for the British Bren.
And yeah, I really love the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle".  I believe it was also Winston Churchill's favourite gun.
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I definitely recognized that "coil gun" as the Korobov TKB-022 assault rifle
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good eye! :D
It's obviously not an exact copy of the TKB-022PM since it needed to be adapted into a coilgun, but I tried to stay as close as possible to the source gun, because it has such a deliciously retro-futurist shape.
And you can rest assured the whole sci-fi part of the Inner Space arsenal will be featuring a lot of Korobov's designs, because I like to believe Vinarian and Letarian weapons designers have a sense of humour and a fondness for the distant past... 
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Why is the Coilgun Mk. IX a firearm from the 2040s, while the other fire arms are from the 1940s?
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, because the whole idea behind Inner Space is that there are two technologically dissimilar civilizations that come into contact and eventually conflict. One of them is technologically advanced - I call it conventionally "up-world" (you said "2040s", but it's technology level is closer to 2140s)- and the other is quite dieselpunk and I call it "down-world" (as you well remarked, 1940s technology level).
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