The Sniper Rifle:
Well it has shown up on HaloPlayers.com. Now pictured below for your convenience.
The rifle looks basically like the Barrett
M82A1 .50 BMG used by most US Spec Ops. Although it fires a .50 caliber round I've seen these fired first hand and they have
almost no muzzle flash whatsoever, actually out of 20 rounds I saw fired at night I saw the flash for 1 and it was barely visible.
However it is loud as hell, a super sonic .50 caliber round is going to make some serious noise ^_^
In Bob Mayer's book "Eyes of the Hammer" now unfortunately out of
print, he describes a sniper rifle called the Accuracy Internaional
Model PM sniper rifle(made in the UK). The rifle is a single bolt
action with a high carbon steel receiver and free floating barrel. One
of the very cool features of this rifle is that it has an intergal
suppressor and when firing subsonic rounds it is still extremely
accurate but very quiet. It fires a 7.62 mm round and is accurate from
a far less range than the BMG but the silence is a real edge. However
perhaps the armor classes of the Covenant warrant something a little
more chunky like the aforementioned BMG.
I've seen a few people wonder if the laser would be spotted easily by
Covenant soldiers when it drew a bed on them. There are several
solutions to this problem. One is to use an alternate spectrum type
light so as to make the laser totally invisible to the naked eye and
only detectable via artificial enhancement.(of course this depends on
what spectrums register to the aliens in the Covenant to work
The other is to use a standard conventional laser. In the book
"Twilight Warriors" by Martin C. Arostegui, he describes an incident
at the Falkland Islands where an SAS observation post came under
attack by Argentine SpecOps teams. When the SAS drove the Argentine
back they came under sniper attack. The sniper, which took them all
night to weed out, was scoring very tough hits from an extreme
range. Turns out he had a standard laser on the rifle...yet no one
noticed this until they found the rifle.
One of the elements now introduced into the game will be one of crippling enemies
to draw their comrades into the open ala "Full Metal Jacket" or "Messiah". One also wonders
if we will be able to employ the machette to torture captured Covenant troops