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Some sources portray them more as a laser, searing flesh and the like, while the Munitorum Manual says that the energy blasts they fire explode somehow.
I would go with that they're a bit less effective than the currently held red dot laser sight, as they're certainly not "Searing" flesh and the like, more "Mildly warming"
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They're not that bad. They're enough to drop orks with a couple of hits to the chest or one or two to the head in the books. When the benchmark weapon in the game fires .55 calibur exploding armor piercing bullets, things that are only moderately effective look weak.
what do you call as lasgun with a laser sight?
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In my reading Ive always come across lasguns as the energy type of weapon. The fire a small pulse of light which bursts on impact as the surrounding material drastically changes temperature, hence causing burns. As far as people saying lasguns are weak well tbh they arent. They are the same power as a souped up AK (thats what an autogun works out as).
As someone has already pointed out the standard gun is firing large calibre rocket propelled exploding ammunition so compared to that no btu thats like comparing an MP5 to a 50cal not very similar weapons really but both still deadly.
I treat lasgun shots as similar to the blasters from the Star Wars movies.
Against a benchmark of .55 Calibre, they must be pretty powerful as 50-cal weapons used in the world of the real are anti-material or sniping at extreme long range - say 2 kilometers.
How skimpy armor is able to withstand that? I have no idea. Just another illustration that 40K and Real-Life don't match.
Um so everybody knows. The average weapon isn't a .55 cal round. Instead it is a .75 sized shell, but indeed the old comparision of a MP5 vs a Barrett Light 50 is very accurate.
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The theory I'ver heard is lasguns are actual high intensity lasers. The amount of energy in the bolt superheats liquids causing them to vaporise and expand. Besides this the extreme heat burns materials. The overall effect is a mess, however the beam is shot for such a brief period it doesn't have the time to burn through armor, merely scorch it (it may leave a nice glowing spot too). My guess is that the lasguns fire so briefly as to not overheat and melt the barrel. They are equipped for automatic fire, which really is most likely suggested because the gun and the soldier are infinitely dispensable anyway. Then again they could have made the guns out of a highly heat resistant material so overheating wouldn't occur so often.
And yes, the Bolter is a .75 cal gyro-jet incendiary round. There isn't really anything in modern use that can compare to either weapon.
That makes sense then, the target exploding instead of the actual projectile.