An assortment of weapons chambered for the common Araean military cartridge - the 7.8x56mm
The Richeleau Model 10 (R-10) bolt action rifle was the mainstay of the Araean Armed forces for years. However during the outbreak of organized hostilities against the skrykes the R-10 was found to be unwieldy in the kind of close quarters fighting in dense cover that typified engagements with skrykes. A shortened "carbine" version was widely issued as a stopgap measure. Shortened R-10s had already been issued to Araean cavalry units for some time and the design was adopted for infantry use as the R-10 "bush rifle" While the reduction in barrel length made the weapon more manuverable it did not solve the issues of low magazine capacity and slow manual operation - shortcomings that often proved fatal when facing a swift agile opponent like a skryke. Small arms standardization went out the window during the early part of the war. Commercial lever action carbines and police riot shotguns were rushed to frontline troops and several prototype semiautomatic rifles were fielded with varying levels of success. Though used in ever decreasing numbers as the conflict went on, the R-10 was not officially retired as standard issue until the adoption of the KG-35 battle rifle. The R-10 is still very common in surplus form, and it's rugged action has been the basis for many civilian sporting rifles in various calibers. The army continues to use scoped R-10s as sniper rifles and even recently developed a refined and accurized version as their latest issue precision weapon.
The KN-20 was an early attempt to field an autoloading rifle in large numbers, the weapon was actually designed prior to the skryke wars and was submitted for army trials but a lack of interest in semiautomatic rifles at the time resulted in the prototypes being placed in storage and largely forgotten. After the outbreak of organized hostilities and an urgent need for updated small arms was realized the KN-20 was resurrected and produced in moderate numbers in order to give troops more firepower. early production models were plagued with reliability problems likely stemming from the design being rushed into service without proper fine tuning. This prevented the KN-20 from becoming very popular in the field. Most Araean soldiers preferred to make due with Shortened R-10s or privately owned civilian weapons. Late war production models solved most of the function problems but the weapon had garnered a bad reputation by that point and the KN-20 never became a standard issue weapon in the Araean army, merely supplementing the older R-10 rather then replacing it. Military KN-20 production was halted altogether with the advent of the newer KG-35. Post war civilian sporting versions of the KN-20 design exhibit far greater reliability then their military counterparts and the weapon has found some favor amongst consumers.
The KG-35 is a 25 year old design, originally brought out during the latter part of the skryke wars as a replacement for the motley assortment of weapons then in use by the Araean Army. The KG-35 was one of the first attempts to produce a rifle capable of fully automatic fire. Prototype versions and very early production models were select fire, but the weapon was found to be exceedingly difficult to control on full auto due to the weapon's comparitively light weight and the recoil generated by the 7.8x56 cartridge and subsequent examples were semiautomatic only. There were two main versions issued, the standard rifle with a folding bipod, and a shortened more streamlined carbine varient issued mostly to dirigible crews. The KG-35 was the standard Araean service rifle for over a decade until it the newer, smaller caliber KP-60 was developed [link]
Though a hard hitting, accurate and reliable weapon the KG has now mostly been replaced by the KP-60 in Araean military service. The KP-60's lighter weight, lighter ammunition (allowing more to be carried) higher magazine capacity and controllability on full auto that was vastly improved over the KG proved appealing to the Araean military. The reduced range and power of the 5.9mm rifle was noted, but were not considered serious shortcomings when weighed against the benefits. The KP series would officially be adopted as the standard Araean military rifle a short time later. The majority of the KGs in Araean service were either mothballed in military warehouses or dumped onto the surplus market. A few have remained in service, fitted with optics and issued at the squad level as designated marksman's rifles. Though now uncommon in military use both the standard and short versions of the KG-35 have proven extremely popular with civilian buyers and in addition to inexpensive army surplus KGs the Kirscher Design Bureau continues to produce both standard and special accurized versions for the consumer market. The KG is also still issued by the Wuestenpolizei in the interior, who favor the older weapon for the greater range and punch of its 7.8mm round. Some metropolitan law enforcement agencies utilize the accurized varients as countersniper rifles. The KG's military heritage and popularity with militias such as the Airikkala Defense Force tends to further rankle urban politicians already deeply opposed to civilian firearms ownership. Thus Port Tarpan and New Hope both mention the KG-35 rifle and its variations by name in their rather extensive lists of weapons prohibited for civilian ownership inside city limits. A continent-wide ban on all military style weapons in civilian hands has been proposed but not seriously considered due to the logistical issues involved in enforcing such legislation.
The DRM-40 is the standard General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) in use by the Araean armed forces. The weapon is adaptable to multiple functions, including light machine gun, and vehicle mounted roles. Pictured is the DRM-40 in the Infantry Light Machine Gun or "L" configuration. The weapon has been in service for over two decades, and like its contemporary the KG-35 saw use in the latter years of the skryke wars where it replaced the older water cooled machine guns then in use. unlike the KG the DRM-40L has yet to be supplanted by a more modern weapon and it will likely see wide use for years to come.
So yes, more Araean small arms. The KG-35 was mostly inspired by the Swiss STGw-57 rifle and the DRM-40L is a mix of PKM, RPD and Vektor SS77 characteristics.
The KN-20 is kind of based off of the SKS, SVT, and Gewehr 43. the finished product also kind of reminds me of the hakim/rashid carbines, even though oddly enough, i didn't use them as references
The R-10 is pretty generic, a sort of Mauser 98/Mosin-Nagant/whatever hybrid.
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