List of fictional pulse rifles

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Pulse rifle and pulse pistol are often used to mean a raygun. The terms refer to various science fiction weapons:

  • M41A "Pulse Rifle", an assault rifle in the motion picture Aliens that uses 10 mm caseless ammunition and is fitted with a pump-action grenade launcher. In the film's original script, however, it was described as a plasma weapon.[1][2] This weapon, slightly modified, was also used in the Archer episode Space Race from Season 3.
  • Phased plasma rifle as described by Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in The Terminator
  • The pulse rifle and pulse pistol are the primary weapons used by the United Earth Oceans Organization and others on the television series seaQuest DSV[3]
  • Pulse rifles and "pulsers" are the standard-issue weapons in the Honorverse, although they fire an explosive dart via a gravitic coilgun rather than a pulse of plasma.
  • The Combine Overwatch Standard Issue Pulse Rifle is an assault rifle-esque directed-energy weapon using "Pulse shots" as ammunition in the game Half-Life 2 and it's sequels.
  • The Adept pulse rifle from the D.A.S.H. Project universe is a combined plasma/kinetic weapon that electromagnetically energizes and accelerates charged projectiles (commonly referred to by soldiers as brights) that deliver an intense electrical charge and explosion to the target.
  • In the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe, the pulse rifle, carbine, and pistol are standard infantry weapons for the Tau race[4]
  • The pulse rifle and pulse pistol are the primary weapons used by the Peacekeepers and others on the television show Farscape
  • The pulse rifle is a weapon in the Blade Runner video game
  • Pulse rifle is a weapon used by the geth in the Mass Effect series; it is a further (and exotic) development of "mass accelerator" weapons used by other races.
  • The M16 Mk. II Pulse Rifle is used by both the Global Defence Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod's Light Infantry in Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun.
  • In the EA game Dead Space the "SWS-Motorized Pulse Rifle" is a military-grade (the only true weapon in the whole game) rifle with high ammo capacity (up to 175 rounds per magazine) and a very high rate of fire, but inferior at dismemberment - the crucial in-game tactical tool. It is a kinetic weapon, and Dead Space 2 it has a grenade launcher mode.
  • In the Unreal universe, the Pulse Gun, later known as the Link Gun, is a plasma rifle of unknown origin that shoots plasma blasts, and also features a secondary firing mode, releasing a steady arc of plasma, similar to those released inside a Plasma Ball, but green in color, taking twice the ammunition per second, and inflicting half the damage.
  • Also in the Battlefield 2 mod "AIX2" the pulse rifle is an Easter egg weapon that you find in the map "damocles" it fires bullets and has a semi-auto shotgun attached.
  • In the free-to-play PC game Loadout, Pulse is one of the 4 basic gun chassis. In this game, however, the pulse shots are not energy-based by default, and instead resemble small, spiked cannonballs that travel at a slower speed than standard bullets.
  • In the game Destiny, pulse rifle is one of the primary weapons used on a character.

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