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Coolest Science Fiction Weapons

Science fiction thrives on badass hand-held weapons. Preferably ones firing energy, plasma, or explosive projectiles. See the coolest ones here.

Coolest Science Fiction Weapons

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Plasma Rifle - Halo

Plasma Rifle - Halo

The Covenant Plasma Rifle, or technically, the Type-25 Directed Energy Rifle, is the standard issue medium-range weapon Covenant Elite infantry. First introduced in the original Halo, the Plasma Rifle fires superheated ionized gas instead of projectiles. As a result, it doesn't have a magazine capacity, but it can overheat when fired too fast and becomes useless after its energy reserves are depleted. The Plasma Rifle causes damage by severe, flesh-cauterizing third-degree burns.

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Sonic Shotgun from Minority Report

Sonic Shotgun from Minority Report

Many may not remember, but the Sonic Shotgun from Minority Report featured some especially cool effects for a science fiction weapon. Tom Cruise, pursued by authorities in the film, use this sick little weapon against them. It fires a concussive wave of sound that throws its target up against a wall. The sonic sound effects are cool as is the its swirling reload motion.

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EM-1 - Eraser

EM-1 - Eraser

The EM-1 rail gun from Eraser was a cool science fiction weapon in the way that it fired. An aluminum round was shot at near the speed light, leaving a trail of wispy green smoke it is wake. Given its velocity, the EM-1 projectile could penetrate almost any obstacle, from steel walls to cars, leaving virtually no place to hide. The X-Ray scope, which allowed the shooter to see through walls, made the EM-1 as deadly a weapon as we've seen on the sliver screen.

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Auto 9 - Robocop

Auto 9 - Robocop

Who could forget Robocop's handy burst-firing sidearm, the Auto 9. The design is based on a modified Beretta m93R, with a re-engineered barrel and enlarged hand grip. The pistol holds 50 9mm rounds and fires at 60 rounds per minute in short, 3-round bursts, which makes this pistol so cool, that, and the calculating way Robocop puts it to use.

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M56 Smart Gun - Aliens

M56 Smart Gun - Aliens

The frightening large, hip-mounted M56 Smart Gun from Aliens is an iconic science fiction weapon design. Weighing over 40 pounds, carrying the M56 requires a servo-mounted harness, which doubles for aim-assist. The M56 fires 10mm caseless, explosive rounds at 1200 rpm. An computer-connected reticule attached to the soldier's helmet allows the M56 to automatically track moving targets, ideal for hunting down fast-moving xenomorphs.

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M41-A Pulse Rifle - Aliens

M41-A Pulse Rifle - Aliens

The M41-A Pulse Rifle from Aliens is a classic science fiction weapon. The M41-A is gas-powered and air-cooled rifle, firing 10x24mm explosive-tipped caseless rounds with a magazine capacity of 99. The attached underhand, pump-action grenade launcher holds 4 rounds. Although the M41-A is pretty much a conventional assault rifle, without much special effects or typical sci-fi awesomeness, what makes it cool is the realistic way in which Ripley and her troopers put it to use.

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M2019 Blaster - Bladerunner

M2019 Blaster - Bladerunner

Deckard's M2019 Blaster from Bladerunner is a relatively conventional look at how a police sidearm might look in 2019. It featured two triggers.

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Lawgiver - Judge Dredd

Lawgiver - Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd may have been an awful movie, but the Judge's sidearm had some redeeming value. The Lawgiver was genetically coded for use only by its owner, giving any unauthorized wielder an incapacitating shock. The Lawgivers also offered an number of different fire modes, including rapid fire and double-whammy, as well as a slew of ammunition types, including incendiary, heat-seeking, ricocheting, armor-piercing, and flare rounds. All that in a single pistol? How handy.

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ZF-1 - Fifth Element

ZF-1 - Fifth Element

The Zorg's ZF-1 from Fifth Element is the Swiss Army knife of science fiction weaponry. What does it include? Live fire, 3000 round capacity, replay button, rocket launcher, arrow launcher with explosive and poisonous gas heads, net launcher, flame thrower, and the frost thrower "icecube system". Oh, and let's not forget the all-important little red self-destruct button. The ZF-1 is the ultimate all-in-one weapon in a conveniently pod case.

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M8 Assault Rifle - Mass Effect

M8 Assault Rifle - Mass Effect

The M8 Avenger Assault Rifle from the popular Mass Effect space-RPG games, looks distinctively cool. When words aren't enough, the Avenger is the weapon of choice used by Shepard and friends to strong arm NPCs in Mass Effects' interactive cut-scenes. The M8 holds 40 rounds per clip and fires at a rate of 850 RPM.

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