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Has anyone noticed that not a single bolter is cocked back. The little thing on the side is always up, not back. Atleast the one im looking at right now is like that. Thats pretty wierd you would expect them to be cocked and ready to fire on the battle field.
It looks okay to me. I've got some experience with rifles, and it looks like it's cocked to me. The position it's in doesn't mean it's not made ready, and able to fire.
Edit: Gah.. you've just made me unsure of myself...
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Several options, it could fire from the closed bolt position with the charging handle forward, like an HK MP 5, the handle is always forward. Or a closed bolt position when the charging handle remains to the rear after chambering a round, like an AK. It could fire from the open bolt position like an Uzi and the handle could be either in the front or rear depending on the weapon design. So maybe they are charged and have a design with the handle forward.
However, I always thought the tab was modeled after a brass deflector, like on the M16A2, even though bolters are supposed to be caseless. It looks a lot more like a plate or protrusion than an actual charging handle.
So after thought, it could be a lot of things and the bolter could be charged. With caseless ammo, it could have electrically fired rounds and no charging handle at all, the rounds are fed through internal mechanisms and the user never has to charge the weapon (manipulate the bolt carrier assembly to put an initial round in the chamber).
I don't know about the mechanics of a bolter, but I do know that the hell fire rounds that a bolter fires are self propelled.
Come to think of it, yeah, in all the fluff I've read bolters shoot caseless mini-missles for lack of a better word. But in most of the art with bolters, there are shells coming out of the breach. Hmmm...
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i think wolf raider mentioned this, when you cock an smg or auto rifle, it goes back then forward usually, he also talked about closed bolt and other things, but i dont remember anything about that so i cant help on that part
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Bolters should have an ap of 3 to show that they are mini missles.
/I kid, I kid.
The draco trilogy frequently tells of how a bolter fires. If I remember correctly, the shells are fired out of the bolter (explaining the casings) then the mini rocket ignites and they speed up, they hit their target and penetrate deep inside before the explosive mini-warhead goes off. Result, a mess of a target.
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Well, it is 38,000 years in the future. Who knows what kind of technology would be in their weapons then? Out simple cocking system is too primitive for them, after all. :w
Yeah, have noticed.