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UIAC MBR-66 F.O.B. Rifle by Coonass UIAC MBR-66 F.O.B. Rifle by Coonass
This is the f.o.b rifle, primary weapon of the Imperial Army and one of the earliest mainstays of the Black Age universe. The F.O.B. originated when I was in middle school, writing a juvenile science fiction short story that was basically set in the starcraft universe, but used different names for everything. The military units in the story used a laser rifle which I eventually named the F.O.B.

Well, since then, everything has changed except the name. This rifle is, in universe, the most current version of the F.O.B, which has been in service with the imperial army in one form or another for over 300 years. This one is the MBR-66, the last version, the MR-43, can be found here [link] .

The MBR-66 is an updated version of the MR-43, the new ignition system, while slightly less powerful than the 43, is much more controllable and efficient, allowing the average soldier to carry more ammunition, the weapon itself is also lighter, being slightly shorter and implementing several "usability comforts" such as a adjustable stock and pistol grip, better ergonomics, recoil absorbers, stabilizers, accessory rails, and ambidextrous operation. However, true to the Imperial tradition of mixing old technology with new, the 66 retains several features that might seem out of date, such as a transportation safety and as overzealous heat dissipation system. Nevertheless, the 66 is effective as a battle rifle and its long effective range as well as its incredible reliability make it popular with the troops that use it as well as a tactical asset for the generals that send those troops into battle.
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skullmaker66 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome looks like the grip angle is a bit severe
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CrazyManiacOmicida Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Cool. In my imagine world this is a tipical design for a weapon in 2100's. Great job!
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Ctrl-Alt-Elite Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
based off of a Fallschirmjager gewehr 42? looks similar...
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Nar4to Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
it looks like the rifle in District 9

i think they took your idea lmaos o.o
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Coonass Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
yeah, well the f.o.b. has been around since 2006, well before anyone even thought about district 9, copyright infringing bastards.
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Boxghost102 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Writer
Sue em. Looks better than D9 stuff anyway
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TehBlueMelon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
It looks like a Spas12 Shotgun. :thumbsup:
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Coonass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
well, I didn't see that one coming, but if you think so more power to you
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Nolo84 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Based off the FG-42 Type I, I presume?
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Coonass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
yeah
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TripcodeMel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
What *appears* to be a heat fin assembly on the reciever end of the barrel, I originally thought was a hand grip that had mysteriously been installed on the wrong side of the gun.

What looks to be the actual handgrip (the big block right behind it) seems a little too close to the actual grip to feel natural, although I might just be underestimating the side of the gun somehow.
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Coonass Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Well, in my defense the metal strip at the bottom of the barrel with all the holes isn't part of the barrel assembly, so even though the properties of metal means that it would heat up some, it wouldn't be enough to burn the operator, so technically you could hold the weapon by any portion of the barrel. In any case, ergonomics dictate that its actually more stable to grip the weapon closer to the trigger group (as an example, the broomstick on my M16A4 is about as far back on the barrel as I can put it, and when I use the A2 I find myself subconsciously grabbing the magazine to use as a fore grip)
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CrabTasterMan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
That trigger and grip (sry dunno correct terms, ain't a gun expert... I just meant that grip nex to the trigger) looks too weakly attached to the gun. But this gun doesnt fire live rounds so it doesnt have to worry about recoils so it can condone such easily breakable grip and triggers, i guess. But still, if it needs to be sturdy for who knows what unexpected combat situation...

In fact, the whole gun looks like something old and makeshift. That's the kind of look on your entire army anyway, so good job on that part.

Is 9.5 pounds light or heavy for such a large gun?
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Coonass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
On the trigger, being that I get to touch all manners of weaponry all the time now, I can safely say that the trigger won't fall off (did you know the m16a2 trigger is only held on the gun by one screw)

On weight, for reference, the M16 weighs about 7.5 pounds, while the m249 (a light machine gun) weighs about 12 pounds, for this one I was going for a m1 garand size range, which is basically a medium sized full caliber rifle.
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CrabTasterMan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
wow then you seem to be pretty much at home talking about guns.

can you help me with this? I wanna know what exactly makes this [link] gun impractical. Is it just the weight?
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Coonass Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Well, it looks like a bushmaster type 97s pistol [link] to me. Its a decent weapon, but its really too big and heavy to be a pistol, so its really a 556 submachinegun. the thing about it is that the barrel is too short for the cartridge, meaning that the barrel is not long enough for the gun to be accurate. the 100 round magazine thats attached would also off balance the weapon.
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Predator755 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
That weapon looks almost identical to the FG-42 weapon of the Germans in WWII!
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