|E9 series Rail Carbine|
|Physical and technical specifications|
|Usage and history|
The E9 rail carbine used electromagnetic rails to fire slugs at a rate of about 5 rounds per second on full auto. These could be a variety of round types, including explosive, hollowpoint, fragmenting, or standard penetration rounds. A standard magazine holds about 120 rounds, but the weapon can be connected to an ammo pack holding over two thousand rounds. These packs are bulky, as is the weapon itself, and the weapon if used in an enclosed space can overheat. Thus it is best in open-air battles, and best used in bursts of two or three rounds as opposed to full automatic fire. The E9's muzzle velocity can be adjusted, from subsonic to hypersonic, allowing great freedom in the tactical use of the weapon.
Its principal advantages lie in the EM rails which are silent save for the sonic signature of the bullet, and in the projectile nature of the weapon which means that unless the weapon is set to fire its maximum velocity the shell will not be easily visible. Disadvantages also stem from the rails; they produce a lot of heat, use a lot of power at higher muzzle velocities, and are bulky. This causes the weapon to be large (though not unwieldy), and the barrel is lined with radiator vanes and dotted with vent holes to cool it.