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Kitbag #5, Close Assault Weapons


Close assault weapons are intended for use, as the name suggests, at very short ranges and

often in a confined space. They are excellent for room-to-room urban combat but may lack

the range to engage an opponent in more open terrain. In a close combat situation the ability

to put a lot of rounds into the target is often more important than long-range marksmanship,

so close assault weapons are generally built for firepower rather than accuracy.

Secondary considerations include lightness and general ‘handiness’, i.e. how fast a weapon

can be maneuvered in a confined space and brought to bear on a target. This can be very

significant when high-firepower weapons are being used at close quarters – often survival is a

matter of shooting first and shooting a lot.

Although urban combat is the commonest close-assault environment, it is by no means the

only one. Spacecraft and associated installations are another area where short-range

weapons are ideal – it is rare that a starship corridor is long enough that even a handgun

would lack the effective range to hit a target at the other end. Specialist low-gravity weapons

are manufactured for combat in space, since the recoil of a conventional weapon may

disorient a combatant and could in some cases send him spinning out of control in the middle

of a firefight. Close-assault weapons are also used in many security applications, not least

since security personnel tend to operate in fairly close terrain or inside buildings.

The close-assault environment is an area where specialist ammunition sees a lot of use,

sometimes to compensate for the low power of a weapon designed to have little recoil. Other

applications for specialist ammunition include less-lethal rounds, breaching charges and a

range of unique applications.

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Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
September 11th, 2013
Close assault weapons are used in situations where you need to get close up and personal with the opposition. Ranges are short and combat can be fierce. Whilst the classical close assault involves fighting your way through a building or within an urban [...]
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