Select fire rifles chambered for the 5.9x43mm cartridge
KP-60 assault rifle.
The idea of a selective-fire rifle utilizing a lighter intermediate powered cartridge has its genesis during the height of the anti-skryke campaign when a need was recognized for a fully automatic weapon that bridged the gap between the submachine gun and the older bolt action and self loading rifles in use at the time. The early KG-35 models developed toward the end of the war proved reliable and accurate but were nearly impossible to control on full auto and the fully automatic capability was abandoned on later production models. It was determined that smaller and less powerful round would be more effective in an automatic rifle. Although smaller caliber prototypes were developed by several firms during the conflict none proved satisfactory in the field and the automatic rifle concept never came to fruition during this period. The modified semiautomatic-only KG-35s meanwhile were adopted as standard issue by the Araean armed forces. The select-fire rifle concept was resurrected a decade later as hostilities between the New Hope government and the various separatist and militia forces began to escalate. This renewed interest eventually led to the Kirscher Design Bureau turning out the KP-55 automatic rifle, designed around a new shortened and lightened 5.9x43mm cartridge. The KP-55 would eventually be modified into the improved KP-60 series, which went on to become standard issue for the Araean armed forces (made up of the Army, Navy, Dirigible Corps.) mostly replacing the older 7.8mm KG-35s.
The KP-60 series has developed a reputation for being nearly unstoppable in dusty conditions. It is also cheap to produce and can continue to function with minimal cleaning and other maintenance however the KP-60 also has its detractors who claim its full auto capability leads to an overreliance on "spray" fire and a de-emphasis on individual marksmanship. It has also been criticized for several aspects of its design, such as stiff controls as well as its loose tolerances and crude sights, both of which are said to prevent the rifle from making the most of the 5.9x43mm cartridge's accuracy potential.
The 5.9 cartridge itself, with it's reduced range and power was initially viewed with skepticism, but was subsequently judged perefectly sufficient to prove lethal to a skryke or human target at the respective average engagement distances for each.
Despite some of the shortcomings the Armed Forces seem quite satisfied with the weapon overall.
It has earned popularity with police units as well. The weapon is commonly found in the hands of New Hope's paramilitary Metropolitan Policing Authority. The Wuestenpolizei have a number in circulation with its patrol units as well but given that a large part of the Wuestenpolizei's duties consist of putting down rogue dinosaurs, a task that the 5.9mm is not well suited for, the WuPos are more often seen carrying older, larger caliber weapons.
The newer ATR-90 was brought out by the Elango Munitionworks company based in Shasta to compete with the successful KP-60 series. By incorporating some new design elements and making the tolerances tighter EM was able to produce a weapon noticibly more accurate then it's competitor. Rather then design a new feed device EM simply exploited a legal loophole and adopted the already field proven KP-60 magazine, leading to claims of patent infringement by the Kirscher Design Bureau. Although the ATR was submitted to the be evaluated by the army as a potential service rifle and was praised for it's accuracy and controllability in fully automatic over the KP-60 the ATR-90 was found to require more attentive maintenance in order to keep functioning in dusty conditions. When properly cleaned and lubricated the ATR series are indeed very reliable weapons but the KP-60 had simply raised the bar too high when it came to durability and reliability in harsh conditions, despite the overall crudeness of the design. Even with the increase in accuracy the Araean armed forces were reluctant to adopt a more expensive rifle requiring more preventative maintenance in the field. Although no military contracts have been forthcoming the ATR-90 has found favor amongst some law-enforcement agencies, and the short carbine varients are often seen in use by the private security details of the wealthy. Although its high cost and relative scarcity make it uncommon in criminal hands members of the Airikkala Defense Force (The separatist militia disputing the Araean government's claim to Airikkala Island) are often seen with privately purchased examples.
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obviously i used Kalashnikov and German Sturmgewehr as my two main influences for the KP-60. another gun meant to look like it's from the 1950s or so, since thats about the technology level present in the project. no high tech tactical stuff on these things. Even the scoped police carbine is meant to look old, I've seen a lot of pics of optically sighted assault rifles from back in the days before picatinney rails and modern red dot sights, usually the weapons weren't design to accomodate optics in the first place and thus had some crappy low magnification scope attached as an afterthought in a way that precluded a decent cheekweld. so my police issue KP-60C is meant to recall that.