Araea's native wildlife required the development of large caliber cartridges to hunt them with. although Araea's dinosaurian fauna have undergone a "size squeeze" during their evolution and are consequently smaller then their mesozoic counterparts many of them fall squarely into the size range of mammalian "big game" species.
Bolt action hunting rifles based on the R-10 action and chambered in any number of commercial hunting calibers, or lever actions like the .470 caliber Molina Model 200 pictured are sufficient for most species such as ornets, dune tyrants, serrat, and others. When it comes to hunting sauropods like the 8 ton marbled oriya, even more specialized munitions are required
C.R. Nordin Arms Company is a well regarded maker of high end sporting guns with a particular specialization in large caliber double rifles such as the .80 caliber example pictured. Not a weapon for the everyman, these rifles are extremely expensive and fire a round that generates a blast and recoil that can be punishing to the inexperienced. The advantages of the design is that a shooter can place two rounds in rapid succession into a game animal. When hunting oriya a shot to the heart/lung region is desirable since the animal's head is a small target carried high off of the ground. The double rifle's accuracy at long range is not stellar, but for the die-hard hunters who favor this weapon, part of the thrill is getting reasonably close to their dangerous quarry anyway.
The Molina model 200 is more or less a scaled up version of the popular Model 135. Chambered for the powerful .470 Molina cartridge, it is suited for taking a wide variety of Araean game species. This weapon is a particular favorite of many serrat hunters who appreciate the Model 200's close quarter's punch coupled with it's fast lever action operation.
The weapon is also popular amongst the Wuestenpolizei, with many officers opting to carry privately purchased Model 200s instead of the standard department issued weapons.
The Elango Munition-Works LRHV-2 is a somewhat new weapon, based around an .80 Mjolnir case necked down for a 16.5mm spitzer pointed bullet. This weapon is interesting because it was designed from the outset with both sporting and military applications in mind.
When used for hunting, the LRHV-2 can be used to take species such as oriya, gepanter and emperor saberdrak at long distances.
In a military role the rifle and it's cartridge have found special favor amongst Araea's Naval Coast Patrol, who utilize the weapon in maritime interdiction actions against non-compliant civilian vessels. The Araean army has purchased a small number for anti-vehicular use. A few of the weapons have been acquired by the Airrikkala Defense Force as well, leading to fears that Airrikkali agents will use the weapons to shoot down military dirigibles from the rooftops of buildings, disable trains, or to perform long range assassinations of government officials.