RECON: New Weapons

The following are new period-specific weapons for use with RECON. Some are based on stats found in Palladium’s “Compendium of Contemporary Weapons” book (which uses a different game system to RECON) while some are extrapolated from real-world data. In many cases, a combination of both achieved the most satisfying result. These stats shouldn’t be considered hard real-world facts, but they are as close as I could get to the limits of my knowledge for the sake of gameplay balance.

 

Pistols

Smith & Wesson Model 12, .38 Special Revolver
Damage: 2D10+5
ROF: 3
Weight: 1.16 lbs (524gms) / 1.12 lbs (508gms)
Length: 6.88 inches (1750mm) / 8.88 inches (2260mm)
Magazine: 6-round cylinder
MER: 246ft (75m) / 194ft (59m)
Notes: A snub-nosed, aluminum alloy version of the S&W Model 10, this double-action revolver is often given to Stateside helicopter pilots in Nam. First values are for the 4″ barrel version, second is for the 2″ barrel version.

High Standard Supermatic, .22 Automatic Pistol
Damage: 2D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 2.4 lbs (1088gms)
Length: 6.73 inches (171mm)
Magazine: 10-round box
MER: 476ft (45m)
Notes: A variant of the High Standard Victor pistol with a longer barrel.

 

Submachineguns

Ingram M-10, .45 Submachinegun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3 or 5
Weight: 6.26 lbs (2840gms)
Length: 10.6 inches (269mm) (stock retracted)
Magazine: 30-round box
MER: 656ft (200m)
Notes: Precursor to the M-11 and chambered for .45 calibre, meaning more power but less control. Features a retractable stock and can be fitted with a suppressor. Popular with the CIA in Nam.

Lithgow F1, 9x19mm Submachinegun
Damage: 3D10+5
ROF: 3 or 5
Weight: 7 lbs (3700gms)
Length: 28 inches (714mm)
Magazine: 34-round box
MER: 492ft (150m)
Notes: The submachinegun that replaces the Owen for Anzacs forces post-1963. Lighter, featuring a removable stock and capable of using the same magazines as the Sterling SMG, it nonetheless remains less popular with Anzac troops than the venerable Owen Gun.

Owen Gun, 9x19mm Submachinegun
Damage: 3D10+5
ROF: 3 or 5
Weight: 9.28 lbs (4240gms)
Length: 31.7 inches (806mm)
Magazine: 32-round box
MER: 656ft (200m)
Notes: Main submachinegun used by Anzac army troops in WWII and early Nam. Nicknamed the “Digger’s Darling” for its incredible reliability in the harshest environments, it is coveted by some Stateside troops over their own SMGs. Features a fixed stock and top-mounted magazine.

Sterling L2A3, 9x19mm Submachinegun
Damage: 3D10+5
ROF: 3 or 5
Weight: 7.15 lbs (3600gms)
Length: 27 inches (481mm)
Magazine: 34-round box
MER: 200ft (656m)
Notes: Primary submachinegun of the Commonwealth forces during WWII, this is now a common weapon among Anzac SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) personnel in Nam.

 

Shotguns

Ithaca Model 37 Riot, 12-Gauge Shotgun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 6.7 lbs (3060gms)
Barrel Length: 18 inches (457mm)
Magazine: 6-round tube
MER: 120ft (50m)
Notes: Banned by the Geneva Convention but still popular with Stateside Army troops, this pump-action weapon was the “unofficial” shotgun of Stateside Army forces in Nam and was often kept in stockpiles at firebases, to be used in case of being overrun.

Ithaca Model 37 Stakeout, 12-Gauge Shotgun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 5 lbs (2260gms)
Barrel Length: 13.2 inches (336mm)
Magazine: 5-round tube
MER: 100ft (30m)
Notes: A shortened version of the standard Model 37 pump-action shotgun, with the stock replaced by a pistol grip and featuring a greatly shortened barrel.

Ithaca Model 37 Trench, 12-Gauge Shotgun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 6.7 lbs (3060gms)
Barrel Length: 20.1 inches (511mm)
Magazine: 6-round tube
MER: 120ft (50m)
Notes: Though technically an “illegal weapon”, this pump-action is still popular with Stateside Army troops. The Trench model features a longer barrel and is able to mount an M7 bayonet and rifle sling.

Remington M870 Wingmaster, 12-Gauge Shotgun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 8 lbs (3600gms)
Length: 39.2 inches (995mm)
Magazine: 7-round tube
MER: 120ft (50m)
Notes: A civilian pump-action shotgun often acquired privately by Stateside personnel for use in the field, despite it being technically “illegal” to do so.

Remington M870 Mark 1, 12-Gauge Shotgun
Damage: 4D10
ROF: 3
Weight: 8 lbs (3600gms)
Length: 41.7 inches (1060mm)
Magazine: 8-round tube
MER: 120ft (50m)
Notes: The official shotgun of the Stateside Marine Corps forces. Pump action. The Mark 1 has a longer barrel and increased magazine capacity compared to civilian models, as well as the ability to mount an M7 bayonet and rifle sling.

 

Rifles

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I, .303 Rifle
Damage: 4D10+5
ROF: 2
Weight: 9.06 lbs (4110gms)
Length: 44.45 inches (1129mm)
Magazine: 10-round box
MER: 1650ft (503m)
Notes: A bolt-action rifle that was the primary weapon of Commonwealth (Blighty, Anzac, etc.) in WWII. This aging but reliable rifle is used as a sniper weapon by Anzac forces early on in Nam. When used as a marksman weapon in Nam, it will most likely be fitted with an ancient Pattern 1918 3x scope.

Lithgow L1A1 SLR, 7.62x51mm Battle Rifle
Damage: 4D10+10
ROF: 3
Weight: 12 lbs (5440gms)
Length: 42.9 inches (1090mm)
Magazine: 20-round box
MER: 1968ft (600m)
Notes: This semi-automatic rifle is the primary infantry weapon issued to Anzac forces in Nam. The L1A1 can be field-converted unofficially using L2A1 parts to enable fully-automatic fire (raises ROF to 5).

Parker Hale M82, 7.62x51mm Sniper Rifle
Damage: 4D10+10
ROF: 3
Weight: 10.6 lbs (4800gms)
Length: 49.7 inches (1262mm)
Magazine: 4-round internal
MER: 2165ft (660m)
Notes: A semi-automatic rifle, this is the weapon finally selected for sniper use by Anzac forces towards the end of the war in Nam (post-1973). Usually fitted with a 8x or 10x Leupold scope.

Winchester Model 70, .30-06 Rifle
Damage: 4D10+15
ROF: 2
Weight: 10.75 lbs (4876gms)
Length: 44.5 inches (1130mm)
Magazine: 5-round internal
MER: 1800ft (550m)
Notes: A civilian bolt-action rifle designed for hunting but very popular as an “unofficial” sniper rifle for Stateside Marine and Army sharpshooters in Nam.

 

Machineguns

Lithgow L2A1 AR, 7.62x51mm Light Machinegun
Damage: 4D10+10
ROF: 5
Weight: 15.21 lbs (6900gms)
Length: 42.9 inches (1090mm)
Magazine: 30-round box
MER: 2625ft (800m)
Notes: A fully automatic variant of the L1A1 SLR, this is the squad support (“Pigman”) weapon for Anzac army and SASR forces in Nam, when they’re not borrowing Stateside M60s. It differs from the L1A1 by being fully-automatic and having a heavy barrel, folding bipod and larger magazine (although it can use the same smaller magazines as the L1A1 if needed). A field-modified version features a cut-down barrel and the bipod replaced with an under-barrel XM148 40mm grenade launcher for added firepower.

Stoner 63A Mk23 Model 0, 5.56x45mm Light Machinegun
Damage: 4D10+5
ROF: 7
Weight: 17.71 lbs (8037gms)
Length: 40.2 inches (1020mm)
Magazine: 150-round drum or link belt
MER: 1100ft (608m)
Notes: A squad support machinegun, lighter and more portable than the M60, this was the favored weapon of Stateside Navy SEAL “Pigmen” in Nam, although it required constant care and maintenance in the jungle.

 

Grenade Launchers

Colt XM148 40x46mm Grenade Launcher, Underslung
Damage: varies
ROF: 1
Weight: 3 lbs (1360gms)
Length: 16.5 inches (mm)
Magazine: single shot
MER: 1150ft (400m)
Notes: A 40mm grenade launcher mounted under the barrel of a rifle such as the M16 or L1A1. Trialed in 1963, this experimental weapon is the precursor to the M203 grenade launcher (available in limited numbers to Nam Stateside forces during the 1970s). More complicated and fragile than the later design, the XM148 was nonetheless used in Nam by Anzac forces (particularly by the SASR) and Stateside Navy SEALs. Fires the same 40x46mm grenade rounds as the M203.

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