The Fictional Data on the M41A1 Pulse Rifle
- Manufacturer: Armat Battlefield Systems
- Model: M41A1
- Type: Carbine
- Year Adopted: 2171
- Place of Origin: United States of America
- Length (inches): 27.36 (stock retracted) 33.07 (stock extended)
- Weight: 10.8lbs fully loaded
- Ammunition: 10x24mm caseless
- Variants: M41, M41E2, M41A/2, M41A1 Mk.2, M39 SMG
- Feeding System: 99-round detachable box magazine
- Fire Models and Rate: Four round burst and Full Auto at 900 RPM
- Operation: Rotating breech, electronic pulse action
- Grenade Launcher: Armat U1-GL 30x71mm
- Range: 2,100 meters (max.) 500 meters (effective)
- Used by: US Colonial Marines, US Army, and Weyland-Yutani PMC
The Fictional History of the M41A1 Pulse Rifle
The Known Variants of the M41A1 Pulse Rifle
The M39 SMG/PDW
The M41A MK. 2
In the 2013 Gearbox/Sega video game, ALIENS: Colonial Marines, the iconic pulse rifle returns as the main weapon of the rescue squad of marines onboard the USS Sephora. The change from the M41A1 to the M41A Mk.2 is a smaller frame, and smaller magazine, only housing 40 instead of 99, and attachment rail systems, allowing for all manner of goodies.
Here is one of my bitches with this gun, is why the frak did Gearbox and Sega add a variant of the M41A1 to this game and why the hell is it called the "mark 2"? Mk. 2 is not the right military terminology for this type of weapon, M41A2 would have more correct, and why did they just render the good old M41A1 into the game?
In the 1990 Earth War comic and the 1992 Earth Hive book, the new M41E was seemingly developed after the Xenomporh take over of Earth in 2190's. The "E" was more compact than the M41A1, with greater effective range, 500 meters, with a much hated shitty sight grenade launcher. More was made over this variant in the novelization than the shitty Dark Horse comic. Note: the M41E was badly drawn in the comic with little detail, and was parred with the ridiculous Duchamp Blaster in the comics. What a dark time for us ALIENS fans.
M41A E2 SAW
What Does the M41A1 Pulse Rifle Say about the Colonial Marines?
10mm explosive tip caseless. standard light-armor piercing round" also makes sense. All soldiers of 2179 would be wearing some sort of ballistic protection (nearly all do today), and the M309 round would be used as standard due to this fact. Overall, the pulse rifle seems to fit well within the fictional world of Colonial Marines and the conditions seen in 2179. This speaks to all of those involved with the design of the M41A1 pulse rifle for the 1986 film.
Cashing in on the Pulse Rifle's Popularity
The Historical Context of the M41A1 Pulse Rifle
The Story of the M41a1 Pulse Rifle
extreme", and it was even more noticeable when Sigourney Weaver used the flamethrower and the pulse rifle taped together, along with carrying Carrie (Newt) Henn out of the hive. During some scenes, a dummy or mock-up "diet" weight M41a1 was used. After the film ended, most of the M41a1 pulse rifles were broken down into their original components, save of one. When the pulse rifle was needed again for Alien 3 in 1991, Bapty & Co. used the remaining prop to forge vac-formed casing, and painted black per the request of the production crew. In 1993, the "ALIENS War Experience" was opened in London, allowing people to experience combat in colonial complex corridors of LV-426 with actors in Colonial Marine dress and armed with pulse rifles and pistols, completed with other actors in Xenomorph warrior suits. This was the last official use of the pulse rifle after the ALIENS War Experience closed in 1996 until a brief run in 2008 and 2009. Over the years, various official props of the pulse rifle have been sold or displayed, and one is in the achieves of Bapty & Co. In 2012, Profiles in History auction house sold one of the official pulse rifle props from ALIENS, with an estimated value of $40,000 to $60,000...more than my wife and I's cars put together!
The Prop of the M41A1
What Do Those Pulse Rifles Fire?
That Unique Sound Effect of the Pulse Rifle
Could You Make a Pulse Rifle in the Real World?
The Impact and Legacy of the M41A1 Pulse Rifle
Where Else Have We Seen the M41A1 Pulse Rifle?
ALIEN 3 (1992)
ALIENS: Colonial Marines Video Game (2013)
The Aliens vs. Predator Games (1994-2010)
The ALIENS: Extermination Arcade Game (2006)
Various Dark Horse ALIENS Comic Book Appearances (1989-Today)
The Running Man Poster (1987)
The G-Police: Weapons of Justice (1999)
Bubblegum Crisis and A.D. Police (1987)
In the dangerous streets of Neo-Toyko in the 2030's and 2040's, the normal police relay on a specialized unit of cops devoted to battle crimes committed by the synthetic lifeforms, called Boomers, build by the mega-corporation of Genom. One of the tools that the AD Police use is there standard small arm rifle, the Misaki Arms M42A1 short machine gun.
On page 128 of the official BGC RPG manual it lists the M42A1 firing 10mm "brass-cased" rounds from a boxed magazine holding 66 rounds and fires at 850 rounds per minute. Unlike the ALIENS pulse rifle, the M42A1 uses traditional ammunition (I was wrong in my caseless weapon blogpost from some months back...will correct it) and has an integrated laser-slight and an underslung shotgun. In the A.D. Police manga, the M42A1 is an bullpup weapon that fires cased rounds that eject from a top port on rear of the weapon.The gun would appear in various episodes of the original Bubblegum Crisis and in the A.D. Police anime series, and the A.D. Police manga.Overall, the AD Police M42A1 is a thinly veiled reference (or direct copy) of the iconic M41A1, and while it fits within the BGC universe, it is a little too close for comfort. There is little doubt that people behind BSG and A.D. Police are big ALIENS fans. From the "borrowed" mechanical sound effects of the doors and motors, to the M41A1 pulse rifle for the AD Police officers.
Real Buddy (2007?)
The Simpsons??? (2002)
Excel Saga (1999)
Archer "space Race Part 1" and Ben 10
Terminator: The Burning Earth (1990)
A Few Other Random Appearances That I Don't Want to Talk About...