compiled overview of the 85 ton Gunslinger 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
invasion created some strange bedfellows.
The Federated Commonwealth
's and Draconis Combine
's mutual non-aggression pact
and intelligence sharing quickly evolved into a quasi-union of the two Great Houses. In the same spirit of cooperation, engineer
ing teams from both realms also traveled to help the Free Rasalhague Republic
relocate its single 'Mech
factory. These teams had already dealt with each other on previous occasions, creating an amicable working environment.
The Gunslinger BattleMech
was not something the teams planned to design when talk around the table turned to the Clans
and the weapons that would stop them. As an exercise, the two groups tabled their opinions and then justified them. After a few such informal sessions, the engineers gave life to the Gunslinger
. The Gunslinger
was designed as a mobile assault platform, capable of crippling a Clan OmniMech
at the extended ranges at which they fight.
delegation voiced their admiration of the Katana 'Mech
, and it's 85-ton weight class. After that chassis was agreed upon, it was time for the weapon load to be chosen. The first and only consideration for the Clan-smashing task at hand, was dual Gauss rifle
s. The Gauss rifle
being the only weapons that could equal ranges, and compare favorably in damage, to Clan equipment.
When secondary weapons were discussed, Kurita
engineers swore by the old Defiance B3M Medium Lasers that championed efficiency of design. A F-C
technician persuaded everyone to the use of medium pulse laser
s to protect the rear of the 'Mech
. The weapon spread was akin to a BattleMaster
, a favorite among all present.
had been consciously set at 32kph. To improve on terrain handling, massive jump jet
s were planned for the legs. The jump distance would be only 60 meters, but it would still let the 'Mech
bypass most dangerous terrain features.
The final blueprint
s were duplicated, and each group received a copy
before they returned home. It was a solemn parting
, as word had been received of the Clans
' attack on Luthien
. Each team promised to pursue
the production of plans as soon as possible.
The first Federated Commonwealth Gunslinger
walked off the East Wing BattleMech
line at Defiance Industries
on December 5, 3053. The Combine
had hoped to have their first Gunslinger 'Mech
s out the factory doors of Independence Weaponry
by the same time, but difficulties with the twin Gauss rifle
have kept the 'Mech
from receiving final clearance.
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