M1A1 pulse rifle- fully automatic, fires armor-piercing bullets at a very high rate, and mounts a multipurpose luancher which can be loaded with everything from buckshot to poison gas grenades.
Automatic fire is actually bad, because you want to fire larger bullets at armor, but at a slower rate of fire.
As for the grenades, buckshot would have crappy range and gas would be a waste.
Smartgun- Fully automatic squad suppport weapon, can be fired from the prone position contrary to popular belief. Fires larger rounds than the pulse rifle, but they are AP as well. Tracks targets via infrared, motion, and other methods. Supposed to be extremely accurate, placing three round bursts into the same entrance wound. (ref. USCMC tech manual.)
Still fired from the hip, placing a hard upper limit on the recoil.
Incinerators- Well, a bath off hot napalm would probably kill a stormy, but since it only has a range of a couple of dozen meters, or less, it's probably moot.
Incinerators are clearly not baths of hot napalm. They appear to be gasoline (or similar)-based flamethrowers.
E-Web: HMG, requires team to set up, can't be fired from the prone position. Ridiculously powerful, with very long range.
You don't fire crew served weapons while prone. That's because they're on friggin tripods, not butted up against your shoulder
Do the stormies have a single-man portable LMG? I would bet they do.
They have several.
Marines have access to a number of useful technological tools (IR lenses, motion trackers, fully automatic sentry guns and the guided smartguns.) While their gear may not match Stormy gear for sophistication, it offers many of the same advantages.
Not really, no.
Additionally, it sould be noted that the USCMC carries chemical weapons at the platoon level. This strongly suggests that they have NBC equipment readily available, as well.
They'd better be damned quick to recognize chemical agents.
Marine armor is supposed to stop modern-day solid rifle bullets with ease (bullets are shattered by the external hard layer and are slowed, and stopped by the bulletproof plastic layer beneath and the internal hard layer.)
Will offer protection from shrapnel, but worthless against blaster bolts.
Their chests are the only areas that are armored, so shrapnel is going to get them regardless.
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