Thunderstroke Gauss Rifle


The Thunderstroke Gauss Rifle is a popular infantry-sized gauss rifle produced by Federated Arms. While ostensibly as large as a normal assault rifle, the Thunderstroke has a much longer barrel to contain the magnetic firing rails. It is fired from the hip with help from a shoulder strap, while ammo is held in a clip and fed into a top-loading port. Despite its size, the Thunderstroke is usable by almost anyone thanks to its simplicity of operation and light-weight construction.[1] The heavy steel darts fired by these rifles, propelled to more than twice the speed of sound, are capable of penetrating the weak-points of Elemental Battle Armor with a single shot, though a soldier might have to empty the entire magazine if trying to punch through its armoring.[2]



Item: Gauss Rifle (Thunderstroke)[3]
Equipment Rating: E/X-X-E/E
Armor Piercing/Base Damage: 5B/6
Range: 30/80/250/700 meters
Shots: 5; 2 Power Points per Shot
Cost/Reload: 2500/3
Affiliation: FS
Mass/Reload: 7kg/330g
Notes: Encumbering


  1. LosTech: The MechWarrior Equipment Guide, p. 32, "Thunderstroke Gauss Rifle"
  2. Sword and Fire, ch. 21
  3. A Time of War, p. 268, "Gauss Weapons - Table"