An upgrade from the older M2-W2705 Accelerated Plasma Rifle, this plasma rifle is designed to operate more effectively within an atmosphere. The powerful accelerator was dropped for a better projection system that tightens and focuses the plasma bolt, but still fires the weapon at speeds close to 0.8c. It also compacts the weapon to be about submachine gun sizes. The range of the weapon was boosted some at the expense of wider damage. The space kit version discards the projection system and replaces the barrel, adding about 25 centimeters in length, and allowing for faster rate of fire and better damage.
Date entered service: YE 29