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The 4th edition pistol rules says you can shoot once at 12" or twice at 12" if you're stationary.
The inferno pistol's listed range is 6", but it is a pistol, and thus could benefit from the 4th edition's poor wording. I, of course, would just say it's 6" because it says as such, but I already know a friend of mine would be willing to exploit this logic.
Has GW corrected this problem yet?
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Just explain to him that Codex special rules override the stuff in the rulebook. How could it fire further than it's maximum range? If he actually insists inferno pistols fire 12", don't play him, because that's ridiculous.
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Umm, arn't bolt pistols with inferno bolts just regular bolt pistols that use a blast template? Unless there is a difference between inferno bolts and inferno pistols... man, GW must really be out of ideas if that's the case.
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Inferno pistols are like meltaguns, but in pistol form. Meltapistol, if you will.
Inferno bolts are extra-explosive bolts for regular bolt guns.
And yea, you still have to use the weapon-specific rules. Tau's Pulse Rifle is a Rapid Fire 32", I believe (well, I know it's RF and that it's range is a lot more than 24" at least) - using your friend's logic, the Tau would be crippled. The book is using the general rules - MOST pistols fire at 12", MOST RF fire at 24", etc, unless otherwise specified.
In the case of pulse rifles, the book says that they may fire up to 12" twice, and if they stay stationary they can fire once at maximum range. So that would be the 32". As for the pistol, the rule should be taken as: if moving, the user may fire once up to maximum range. If stationary, the user may fire twice up to maximum range. That's just the way I'd see it, you can do otherwise, although I think that is the most sensible option.
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