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Weapon & Equipment Information
General Details
Name:  Small Laser
Type (Category):  Weapon (Energy)
Technology:  Primitive, Inner Sphere
Available To:  BattleMechs
Reference:  TechManual (p. 227)

Description:
Compact and straightforward, standard laser weaponry managed to survive the depredations of the Succession Wars while their extended-range and pulse-style cousins were lost. Indeed, by the end of the Fourth Succession War, there remained almost fifty distinct standard laser models still in active production, with Martell’s medium laser line—considered by far the most efficient for the tonnage—manufactured on as many as six worlds.

As with their view on standard autocannon, the Clans apparently phased out standard laser production in favor of their more effective versions of the ER and pulse laser lines, but with so many aging models left in Clan stores, these “archaic” weapons—every bit as efficient as their Spheroid varieties—may still be found on vintage Clan-owned Star League units once in a while.

Game Rules:
Lasers may not be fired if the unit is shut down or if its pilot/crew is otherwise prevented from acting.

Construction Rules:
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Primitive/Inner Sphere Data
Prototype Date:  2290
Production Date:  ~2300
Extinction Date:  —
Recovery Date:  —

WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
Heat (Aero)
Damage (Aero)
Range (Aero)
Rating
Availability
Cost (C-bills)
Weight (Tons)
Criticals
Battle Value
Direct-Fire
Explosive
1 (1)
3 (3)
–/1/2/3 (Short)
C
B-B-B-B
11,250
0.5
1
9.000

Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
 May be equipped with a Laser Insulator
 May be equipped with a RISC Laser Pulse Module

RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
Start Year
End Year
Rules Level
2290
~2299
Experimental
~2300
Introductory

ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
Heat
Short
Medium
Long
Extreme
Special Abilities
1
0.3/0.315 *
* The value left of the slash indicates the weapon’s damage when employed without a Laser Pulse Module; the value right of the slash indicates the weapon’s damage when equipped with a Laser Pulse Module

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