WARNING: This weapon is too powerful to be used by persons not in power armor.
While the HGR was a successful armor service rifle, it lacked the shooting stamina to properly provide squad support, unless fitted with the massively heavy 1,000 round magazine, which, combined with the overall length and weight of the rifle in and of itself, made it unwieldy, even for Powered Armor troops. In response to this, a project was started to reconfigure the HGR and optimize it for support functions, but also to update the weapon and enable customization so that a soldier could tailor it to their needs. On top of this, it was decided that the Coils were too exposed, and needed a covering to keep them safer. At the end of the modifications, an entirely new weapon emerged, sharing only the ammunition and magazine well of its predecessor, but with an overall different layout, size, and look.
The SSGR is a bullpup Gauss rifle, with a drum magazine placed behind the grip, which is placed on a boxy body casing. The top and bottom of the case have universal rails, which allow for the addition of accessories. The sides of this box have large heat vents to cool the Gauss coils, and the short bit of barrel sticking out of the end is capped with a small birdcage style flash suppressor.
The first round is loaded into the action by pulling back on the cocking handle. Further rounds are loaded by the cycling action during firing. Once rounds are loaded into the action, they are pushed forward by the bolt and into the barrel, where the charged coils propel the round down the four twisted rails, accelerating the round to high rates of speed while giving it a twist to allow for better ballistics.
Construction: The SSGR is created mainly out of composite materials such as carbon fiber and Carbon nanotubes, in an attempt to lower the weight while keeping the rifle fairly strong. The materials are reinforced to allow them greater strength and durability, meaning the gun is unlikely to break during battle without a considerable effort.
Field Maintenance Procedure: Wipe and clean after every mission, taking care to scrub the rails and all moving parts. Lubrication is optional. The outer casing must be removed to service the coils, and is removed by undoing four bolts in the gap between the stock and main body, allowing the casing to be slid off.
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