Laser weapons in general work by the concept of "Charge and release". What that /means/ will be explained in these next few lines for tech-junkies.

Solid State Capacitor Array (SSCA): Is the primary charging and discharge part of the rifle. These arrays are installed as replaceable packs in the rifles and can be easily scavenged from other rifles. In layman's terms, this part is responsible for building up a significant charge of electricity to send to the laser. This is also the part makes high-energy laser weaponry possible. Also, aside from the laser, this is the second hottest (Heat wise) component on the weapon. Increasing the capacitor discharge amount (in kW) can increase weapon damage but also damage the laser.

Laser Emitter: A relatively simple, and delicate part. This is usually a small cylinder inside the core of the gun that's responsible for taking a large charge of electricity and focusing it into a laser. The focusing mirror responsible for this is on the end of the laser. Please don't touch the glass.

Discharge Coil: A thick copper coil wrapped around the laser emitter and a few other mechanical parts. Any excess electricity is discharged here. In addition, this part discharges electricity to the laser. This whole coil contracts when charged and is responsible for the recoil of the laser weapon. Dampeners and insulators are wrapped around these coils, as well as an aluminum box to prevent electrical interference with wireless devices. The aluminum box and everything inside of it is considered the core of the laser weapon.

Electrical Cell: This is a fancy term for a battery. Laser weapons take special batteries that are meant to charge the SSCA quickly. Because of the way the batteries are built, they cannot be easily recharged without being chemically rebalanced (Which takes a few days). One battery can take about four shots before being completely dead. Some people resort to carrying battery packs and plugging that directly into the gun. Battery packs can hold up to thirty shots or more depending on the gun.

Focusing Lenses: A small array of additional lenses are used to focus the beam into something able to properly heat and cut at a longer distance. Don't touch these. In addition these lenses are molded inside a vacuum sealed tube that is usually screwed into an aluminum laser box. If the vacuum seal to the tube is broken, the laser will be significantly less powerful

  • Laser Rifles
  • Laser Pistols
  • Long-Range Lasers (Similar to Sniper Rifles)
    • Use special 'phased arrays' to reduce atmospheric discharge, allowing the weapon to perform appropriate damage over long ranges. The barrels of these weapons are long, earning the Long-Ranged Laser Rifle its own classification as a 'Laser Sniper Rifle'. In addition to its primary use, of course. Fog, rain, and other weather severely impacts laser rifle use.
  • (Special) Electrolaser
    • (From Wikipedia) An electrolaser is a type of electroshock weapon which is also a directed-energy weapon. It uses lasers to form an electrically conductive Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC). A fraction of a second later, a powerful electric current is sent down this plasma channel and delivered to the target, thus functioning overall as a large-scale, high energy, long-distance version of the Taser electroshock gun.
    • The version of Electrolaser here is able to step up the voltage enough to give a person a significant shock.
    • The degradation of components and resources available make this a rare gun, however. In addition, the beam of electricity will not always go to the target. Power lines and other metal objects pose a threat to accurately hitting a target.
    • Yes. This gun shoots bolts of electricity.

Other Details:
Atmospheric Discharge
Occurs in fog and even in clear environments. Lasers, though they have good range, become significantly weaker as the distance between you and your target becomes larger. The cause of this is the plasma breakdown the occurs around the laser's beam and cannot be corrected without a phased array or significantly sized focusing mirror.

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