Neoplast weapons fire a projectile with properties similar to both ballistic weapons and energy weapons. The name itself refers to the material used in the bullet casing (short for "neoplastic") which is designed to contain high-pressure materials while shattering easily upon impact with a target. The core of a neoplast bullet is a high-energy gas. When a neoplast bullet is loaded into the weapon, the weapon rapidly energizes the core gas in preparation for firing. The bullet casing keeps the gas contained as it is fired from the gun, and then shatters when it hits any target of sufficient mass, releasing the gas and its stored energy at once.
There are several benefits to neoplast weapons. First, because the bullet contains both stored energy and kinetic energy, it can be used in a wide range of situations. If used with a relatively low projectile speed, a neoplast gun becomes a good close-in antipersonnel weapon. If used with a high projectile speed, it can be used as a long-range sniper weapon. If the core gas is given a small charge, the bullet acts as a non-lethal stun bullet. If it is given an average charge, it becomes a lethal stopping bullet. If it is given a high charge, it becomes an explosive bullet.
The main downside to standard neoplast weapons is that they generally have poor bullet penetration, since the bullets are explicitly designed not to penetrate, letting the core gas do the damage instead. This can be overcome somewhat by increasing the core gas energy in order to attempt to cut through obstacles and armor so that subsequent bullets can reach where they can do more damage, but this is somewhat inefficient. Armor-piercing neoplast bullets are available, but just as with other types of armor-piercing bullets, they are less effective when used against soft targets, as the bullets have a tendency to pass right through them without detonating.
In practice, the amount of energy that can be stored in a neoplast bullet is limited by the energy characteristics of the gun, and the size and design of the bullet. Most standard-issue neoplast rifles and handguns are rated for stopping unarmored or armored personnel or unarmored vehicles only, and are not meant for use against armored vehicles. Larger neoplast weapons are available when greater destructive potential is needed, and there are even vehicle-mounted neoplast cannons for use in open field combat. However, there is a limit to how much energy a neoplast bullet of any size can contain while still exhibiting the characteristics of a neoplast bullet (i.e., shattering on impact), so there are no neoplast weapons designed for use as main guns on battle tanks or on starships.
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