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Lord M 11-05-2010 07:34 PM

Aliens M41A
Now i appreciate that the M41A pulse rifle is fictional. But i was wondering how it got the moniker of Pulse RIFLE, when it fires the 10x24mm round, which would technically make it a sub machine gun, since the 10x24 is a pistol cartridge.

BurtReynoldsMoustache 11-05-2010 07:38 PM

Somebody didn't do their research and went with a name that sounds cool, it's that simple. Doesn't matter anyway because it's a science fiction action movie. Try not to lose any sleep over it.

ShootingJames 11-05-2010 07:45 PM

It fires fictional ammo that is supposed to be a caseless rifle cartridge with a 10mm projectile.

Rifles firing pistol cartridges is nothing new though, been around since the 1800's.

Lord M 11-05-2010 07:53 PM

I take it you mean the HK 33/53 series

k9870 11-05-2010 09:25 PM

maybe it is 10mm rifle ammo thats beastly. You cant assume they used just existing ammo types.

MT2008 11-05-2010 10:13 PM

In the (semi) canonical "Aliens" novels, it was explained that the 10mm pulse rifle cartridges are longer, lighter, and higher-velocity than the 10mm pistol rounds fired by the Colonial Marines' sidearms, even though the projectile widths are the same. One of the books - I can't remember which - specifically said that the 10mm pulse rifle and pistol ammo were not interchangeable.

BurtReynoldsMoustache 11-06-2010 12:59 AM


Originally Posted by Lord M (Post 21734)
I take it you mean the HK 33/53 series

Spam? :confused:

Excalibur 11-06-2010 03:13 AM

Yeah, maybe it is spam. Who knows. Or maybe this guys doesn't know what an HK33/53 is

Swordfish941 11-06-2010 03:38 AM


Originally Posted by BurtReynoldsMoustache (Post 21761)
Spam? :confused:

That's not Spam, this is Spam:

Nyles 11-06-2010 03:45 AM

Don't forget, definitions change. In the 1870s .45 / 11mm black powder rifle cartridges like the .45-70 or .450 Martini-Henry were considered the new small caliber, high velocity wonder rounds.

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