Romanian semi-automatic rifle patterned after the AK platform but turned into a sniper rifle, or by Western standards a Designated Marksman’s Rifle. Chambered in 7.62x54R, the PSL was readily available from several U.S importers but importation seems to have ended. What used to be a $650 rifle is now commanded upwards of $1,200+. They are decently accurate for what they are but nothing near the performance of a quality precision rifle. The PSL is a must for a Romanian rifle trio collection, alongside the WASR-10 (AKM) and AES-10B (RPK). (GRH)
Made by the Manufacture d’Arme de Saint-Etienne in France c.1956-70′s - serial number G81988. 7,5x54mm MAS Mle1929C ten-round removable box magazine, direct impingement gas operated semi-automatic, Mle 1953 APX 806L scope mounted on a rail on the left side of the receiver, muzzle adapted to fire rifle grenades, with accompanying folding grenade sights. The 1956 modification shortened the barrel but also and most noticeably the foregrip of the rifle, making it a very compact and sturdy battle rifle.
Hey have you ever thought of a Royai Souleater AU? and if so what weapon is part of the pair?
Why yes, yes I have. Let’s go down in this rabbit hole, shall we? I would’ve answered this earlier today, but I got it while I was at work, so it gave me some time to think about it. (A LOT OF TIME. PREPARE.) I got really caught up in this AU, so it’s going to be more than just Royai. Let’s have it for a full-on FMA/Soul Eater AU.
Roy is a Meister and is known as the strongest Meister to have ever graduated from the DWMA. He’s a bit of a legend, known for having killed not just one but two witches when he was trying to turn his Death Weapon partner (Riza - because I am predictable if nothing else) into a Death Scythe. Everyone is kind of in awe of him. He’s one of the few Meisters that actually comes back to the DWMA often after graduating, as he works closely with Lord Death. He’s got a knack for politics and is often the one that helps coordinate missions around the world when the DWMA has to track down rogue souls, Kishin eggs, or witches.
When he was younger, he learned early on how to manipulate his soul wavelength and eventually others’ wavelengths, even to a certain ability if he’s not connected with them. He used the ability as a teenager to mess with his fellow classmates and persuade teachers to let him off easy. It also helps him have an easy way with women, whom he’s very popular with. Roy is, of course, a huge flirt and he’s incredibly charming, wavelength control ability aside – but then he never seems to be dating anyone either. With his ease to be compatible with most Demon Weapons, he likes to say that he’s merely a free spirit and doesn’t like the idea of being tied down. (He’s most definitely tied down.) His soul resembles a blue bonfire if seen through Soul Perception, which you know this asshat has.
Roy was happy to travel around the world after graduating, but he doesn’t like to admit that he missed his old Weapon partner. His first year and a half at DWMA, he went partnerless, working on his ability to manipulate his soul wavelength and even use it as a weapon a la Soul Menace (like, you guessed it, Stein), except instead of electric-like shocks, his comes out looking more like flames. He was compatible with most Weapons, but decided against a partnership every time. And then came along Riza. Some Demon Weapons are able to partially transform and attack on their own, but she was new and had difficulty controlling her ability to transform into a Weapon. When she was younger and first started at the DWMA, she was only able to transform into a high caliber rifle capable of shooting out soul wavelength blasts. She wasn’t compatible with anyone and things seemed rather hopeless.
Never one to back down for a challenge and considering his natural compatibility, Roy partnered up with her. It felt like fire the first time they resonated with one another. Roy had never met any Weapon with as much untapped power as Riza. She was shocked too since she thought Roy was just some arrogant snot. From that moment on though, they became partners and practically inseparable. As they got older, Riza learned that she was capable of transforming into different gun weapon forms, an ability passed down through her family. She’s able to turn into a handgun, semi-automatic rifle, sniper rifle, and even a damn rocket launcher. No matter who wields her, she is nearly always 100% accurate with her shots. To say that she and Roy were an exceptionally dangerous pair at the DWMA would’ve been an understatement.
Upon turning Riza into a “Death Scythe” and graduating from the DWMA, they parted ways, as most Meisters and Demon Weapons do. Neither of them wanted to, but they had separate jobs that they had taken and both were too stubborn and shy to admit that maybe they saw each other as more than just partners and best friends. Riza became the Death Scythe overlooking Oceania while Roy basically became the face of the DWMA and master of politics, jumping into battles as needed. He was compatible with any Weapon, so he didn’t need for it to be Riza. He just… well, he definitely missed her. Very few Weapons held a candle to Riza, in his opinion.
Cue years later. There are some particularly gifted yet troublesome students at the DWMA that Lord Death wants to keep an eye on and cultivated. Thinking it’s a good idea (and honestly, just for funsies, because Lord Death is ridiculous), he convinces Roy to take a position as a professor at the DWMA. He’s spent a lot of time traveling the world, but Roy misses Death City, so he decides to return. For the past two years or so, he’s been partnered up with a specific Demon Weapon, Maes Hughes, who can transform into a curved sword that is capable of being thrown and return back like a boomerang. At first, Hughes joins in, planning on probably bouncing back to Europe, when he meets the school nurse, Gracia, and falls absolutely head over heels. Roy has since then been forced to listen to Hughes who goes on and on about his stunning wife and adorable daughter.
Life was great. Death City was fun. His job was good. His best friend was annoying, but still his best friend, despite their differences. And then six months into his job teaching at the DWMA, the second part of Lord Death’s absurd plan came into motion. He decided to move some of the Death Scythes around. Hughes was taken on as Lord Death’s official “Death Scythe”, which left Roy without a full-time Weapon partner. Another Death Scythe wanted to take the Oceania position to be closer with their family, and so Roy came to the DWMA one day and ran right into Riza, who was transferred to Death City, both of them unknowing that she was to be his Weapon partner again. When questioned about why they weren’t told that they were going to be paired up once more, Lord Death claimed that he “forgot”. Of course. He’s old; his memory isn’t quite what it used to be. (But he knew damn well how amazing Roy and Riza were together as partners and even that they pined after one another.) As you might not know, Meisters and their Weapons typically live together, so Riza moved in with Roy shortly after. His place was the epitome of a bachelorpad. So many people wonder how she can stand living with him, what with all the females that he entertains, but she is one of the few people that knows that his foster mother owns ChupaCabra, a gentleman’s club, and that those women aren’t actually his dates. Hughes knows that Roy is head over heels for Riza and constantly makes jokes about them shacking up together and starting a family.
Oh - and those troublesome yet gifted students? You bet your ass one of them is Edward. He and his little brother Alphonse are unique in the fact that both of them are able to transform into Demon Weapon forms (both scythes, although Ed’s is sharper), but instead of being paired with other people, Ed took on the role of Meister while Al is his partner as a Weapon. Al is capable of wielding Ed in Weapon form (like the Thompson sisters) should something happen, but it’s obvious that Ed is best used as the Meister, considering his strong Anti-Demon wavelength ability. Winry is a Meister as well with Paninya as her Demon Weapon partner. Everyone is, of course, amused by the fact that Paninya turns into a wrench – that is until they get wacked over the head by her. Winry also has a talent in Soul Perception, although it’s much weaker than Roy’s since she’s so young and not used to it.
Ling Yao is also a Meister, partnered up with Lan Fan, who is able to transform into multiple ninja weapons (like Tsubaki). Ling and Edward often butt heads with one another, as Ling is older and taller and likes to tease Edward for being so short, but they often work together on missions and hang out a lot in and out of class. (Both of them have received detention multiple times for attempting to sneak into the kitchen after hours together.) May is a new Meister student at the DWMA. She and Ling generally stay away from each other, as they don’t like people knowing that they’re half siblings – but Ling is secretly and absurdly protective of her, to the point that he’ll find ways to attach himself to any mission she gets sent on if he deems it too dangerous. I’m still trying to figure out who her partner would be, although I’m thinking she doesn’t have one yet and is similar to Roy in the fact that she’s able to use her soul wavelength as an offensive weapon. Everyone is stunned at how powerful of a punch she packs, Roy included. She turns into a squeaking blushing mess whenever Alphonse compliments her skills and basically runs away.
Other notable people would be Olivier Mira Armstrong, one of the most feared Death Scythes. She was able to turn herself into a Death Scythe on her own, without the help of a Meister. (Apparently the ability is passed down through the Armstrong generation.) Needless to say, she’s a legend and people are properly scared of her. She often intimidates and scoffs at Roy, calling him useless without a Weapon (which he’s not). The two of them banter with each other all the time – though it’s never friendly. Roy enjoys getting a rise out of her. Hughes has learned to stay clear of the DWMA when Olivier is around because Roy will undoubtedly set her off. She has been known to say that Roy isn’t worthy of being Riza’s Meister.
I’ll think of where Team Mustang fits into this somehow. I like the idea of Havoc being a Demon Weapon, like a long range crossbow able to shoot out wavelength arrows, and maybe Rebecca is his Meister, something which confuses everyone because they always seem to be arguing, even in the middle of missions and on the battlefield. (It’s a good distraction technique obviously.) If you think of anyone else for this AU, let me know and I should be able to figure out a spot for them. As we all know, I am WEAK for AUs. (I believe Shay aka @the-flame-and-hawks-eye wrote a Royai Soul Eater AU one shot as well!)
Manufactured at the Ishevsk Arsenal c.1963-today - serial number 57350. 7,62x54mmR 10-rounds detachable box magazine, gas operated semi-automatic, PSO-1 scope. The SVD-63, or Dragunov rifle, was the USSR’s infantry sniper rifle and keeps serving in the Russian army to this day. It’s interesting to note the use of a self-loading rifle in that support role, while a lot of Western power prefer bolt action designs still.
Titanfall 2′s PVP is heavy built around customization, and so I’ve decided to make Overwatch themed loadouts to try and add some spice to the rather slow speed the game is going at overall atm. Today, we’re doing Widowmaker.
Primary Weapon: DMR; There are only three snipers in the game, so that leaves very little room for choice on this character. The DMR is a semi automatic sniper rifle, a two shot body shot and one shot headshot. I know it goes against that whole “One shot, One Kill” Motiff but I feel like this is quite generous considering most Widow mains can’t hit shots unless they’re spamming bullets like Oprah giving out cars. However if you feel like you’d do better by switching to the SUV launcher that is the Kraber go ahead cuz the DMR handles like corrugated asshole.
Anti-Titan Weapon: Charge Rifle; Its a big bulky laser beam that charges up a high-damage shot. It can really knock down a Titan’s health if you can hit the rather large critical points. You can use it against pilots if you run the attachment that lets you fire without charging, but I feel like that’s a level of overkill that is rather unnecessary unless you enjoy wasting precious anti-titan ammo.
Sidearm: RE 45; It’s a fully automatic pistol. Decent damage, good at close range. This will function as Widow’s rapid fire mode.
Ordinance: Electric Smoke; A smoke grenade that deals very quick Damage over Time, it can easily kill a group of pilots hunched together and is great for dealing with campers. Basically Widow’s widow mine. I’d say this is a war crime but hey the suffering lass less than 2 seconds so it’s not too bad, right?
Pilot Ability: Grapple Hook; Does this really need an explanation?
Burn Card: Map Hacks; It’s basically Widow’s ULT, all enemies show up on the radar and you can see them through walls.
Titan: Tone; There gonna be two types of ppl screaming at me, those who despise Tone and those who think Northstar is the real sniper Titan. Personally I feel like Northstar is more a Pharah rather than a Widowmaker. So, we’re using Tone. Semi auto tracker cannon with explosive rounds, and it’s built around constantly smashing your enemy with missiles. All around well built Titan, even after the nerf.
The success of the Spanish Mauser (Model 1893) design encouraged many other nations to get on the Mauser bandwagon. One nation was Sweden, who would adopt the Model 1893 Mauser and turn it into one of the best Mauser designs in the world. Whereas the the Model 1893 was chambered in 7x57, the Swedes chose to chamber their rifles in 6.5x55 Swede. While a much lighter round than the 7x57 Mauser and the 8x57 Mauser, the 6.5 Swede had a lighter recoil, achieved very high velocities, and was extremely accurate. Because of its accuracy it was no uncommon for Swedish military Mausers to be converted into high quality competition target rifles and hunting rifles. Swedish Mausers are also considered some of the finest quality of all Mauser produced.
At first the Swedish Mauser was produced by Deutsche Waffenfabrik in Germany. However in a short time the Carl Gustav factory and Husqvarna produced their own licensed copies. The first Swedish Mauser was the Model 94, which was a short carbine. Then came the Model 96. The Model 96 was a full rifle, and also the most common Swedish Mauser produced. Later, in 1938, a short rifle was produced comparable to the German K98k, as the growing trend in military arms was in the production of shorter and lighter rifles. Finally in 1941 the M/1941 and M/1941B was introduced, which were Model 96 rifles specially selected for their accuracy, which were outfitted with scopes and issued as sniper rifles.
Although Sweden never officially participated in any conflicts during the 20th century, the Swedish Mauser did see some action during World War II. Many were sold to Finland during the Winter War and Continuation War against the Soviet Union. In addition many Swedes volunteered to fight for Finland and brought their Mausers with them. The Swedes manufactured their Mausers between 1894 and 1944, producing around 750,000. After World War II the Swedish military transitioned to semi-automatic designs, but continued to used the Mauser as a sniper rifles until 1995.