Heavy blaster rifles were a larger and more powerful variant of the blaster rifle. They were often only distributed to one or two infantry members per squad, and inflicted more damage from greater distances than anything else used within a squad. With barrels that were often exceptionally long, heavy rifles tended to be very accurate. They could easily pierce plastoid and heavy combat armor, and could even pose a threat to lightly armored speeders.
Heavy blaster rifles employed a powerful, sometimes concentrated blaster gases, advanced XCiter technologies, upgraded Galven circuitry, and precision-ground focusing crystals to achieve their longer range, beam cohesion, and energy output. A key divider between standard rifles and heavy rifles was the option to make them fully automatic, however, over the course of galactic history, a number of semi-automatic weapons, often high-powered sniper rifles, were classified as heavy blaster rifles, and were regulated as such.
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