The assualt rifle:
One of the things I have read about the assualt rifle is that it will
also have a grenade launcher mounted on it. I believe Bungie has chosen
to set this up as a M-16 with M203 grenade launcher mounted underneath
the barrel. This is interesting since the new intergrated assault rifle
(the Objective Individual Combat Weapon) on the drawing boards for the US Military
has the grenade launcher located in the top slot.
The rear mag is for 20mm HE(high explosive) rounds that have a time fuze which is
set via laser rangefinder. The potential for that, if it works,
is astounding. It's meant to kill soldiers by exploding above
them in foxholes (term for that is "In trench line") or around corners.
Another neat thing is that the OICW is integral to the Army's FORCE XXI
vision, which involves availability of real-time battlefield intelligence to
every level of the maneuver and command forces. Even though night vision
devices look cool, FORCE XXI suggestions make them look pointless. The top
scope on the OICW is an IR camera that can be tapped to a display mounted on
the helmet over one of the soldier's eyes.
Current M-16/M-4's do sometimes have an IR sight, but rarely for
regular grunts. They're huge, and I still have yet to see a gun camera /
helmet link for real hwoever in the world of Halo potential for a HUD to be superimposed
on the Soldier's visors would allow for such a device...
It's also interesting to note that the Halo team opted for standard ammo as
opposed to caseless munitions.
Heckler and Koch designed a caseless assualt rifle in the late 80's called the G11.
Caseless ammo is lighter, more compact, more accurate and is less wasteful than conventional
bullets. I guess caseless weapon are slightly less Hollywood though than
most people's impressions of a gun fight...hell I even gotta confess to
turning on shell casings in Quake 3 as soon as that became an option ^_^
interesting article on the G-11 and caseless ammo systems.
It will be interesting to see if Bungie allows us to customize the type of rifle, grenade
ammo for different situations. SLAP* rounds for all out firefights and Green tips*
or flechettes for armor penetration specific targets...
Covenant armor seems to be a skin tight bio-mechanical suit or a
series of implants and cybernetically replaced limbs, it's pretty
hard to say for sure based on the images we've seen. Enemy armor
will play a big role in the importance of putting rounds into
vulnerable areas if they choose to do locale specific damage.
About the human soldiers, all I can deduce so far is they're certainly loaded for bear ^-^
Shoulder mounted lights, lots of body armor and bandoliers, should be interesting to
go for a drive in the country in that jeep too.
Speaking of the jeep I'm guessing that's a .50 caliber mounted on the back.
From some of the closeups on halo.bungie.com/
though I can't tell where the ammo feeds.
Any thoughts or further insights are welcome.
I'll delve into the sub-machine gun and pistol next...Sicne this game is guerilla warfare
it might be nice if they include some suppressors with some of the weapons ^-^
SLAP: Standard Light Anti-Personel
Green Tips: Rounds with a tungsten carbide penetrator at the tip.