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It Came From the 80s: Aliens Pulse Rifle

Updated on June 23, 2011

"I wanna introduce you to a personal friend of mine. This is an M41A pulse rifle. Ten millimeter with over-and-under thirty millimeter pump action grenade launcher." -- Hicks

In the sci-fi world, there are many easily recognizable artifacts. But not too many will cause awe more than the Aliens Pulse Rifle.

It has been over 20 years since the release of the movie and the M41A Pulse Rifle still looks awesome. It's powerful. In the proper hands, like Ripley's, it'll wreak havoc across the universe. Perhaps that's why it's the standard issue for the Colonial Marines.

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Ripley learning how to use the pulse rifle from Hicks in AliensM41A Replica from HCG.  There's a waiting list to buy this model.
Ripley learning how to use the pulse rifle from Hicks in Aliens
Ripley learning how to use the pulse rifle from Hicks in Aliens
M41A Replica from HCG.  There's a waiting list to buy this model.
M41A Replica from HCG. There's a waiting list to buy this model.

The M41A Pulse Rifle is enjoying a cult status among sci-fi fans. There's a whole backdrop to this fictional weapon. According to the AVP Wiki, the Aliens Pulse Rifle has the following specs:

  • Air cooled and gas-operated
  • Electronic-pulse firing mechanism
  • Primary ammunition uses 10x24 mm caseless cartridge (holds 99 rounds)
  • 30mm pump-action grenade launcher (holds 4 grenades)
  • LED ammo counter
  • Powered by a lithium battery (located in handle)
  • Made from lightweight alloys and plastic

The Pulse Rifle gets its name from the firing mechanism. Instead of a firing pin, ammos are fired with electronic pulses. This setup mitigates moving parts so that Colonial Marines have better control when firing.

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    • Glimmer515 profile image

      Glimmer515 7 years ago from Never Never Land

      Just read your reply! Take a look at my hub about the Alien Prequel, I have a bunch of insider info on it! :P

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      reagu 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for the info. I had been scouring IMDB yesterday for a new Alien movie, couldn't find anything, until I read your post. I googled Aliens+2011 and boom! Ridley Scott is involve. Yay!!

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      Glimmer515 7 years ago from Never Never Land

      Anything to do with ALIENS and u got my attention! Cant wait for the New movie to come out in 2011!!