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Encyclopedia > M41A pulse rifle
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) being taught how to use the M41A pulse rifle by Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn).
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) being taught how to use the M41A pulse rifle by Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn).
This article refers to a fictional weapon featured in the Alien series.

The Armat M41A is a fictional weapon, a 10mm pulse-action air-cooled automatic assault rifle, which is the basic rifle of the U.S. Colonial Marine Corps and the U.S. Army in the Alien series of films. The standard service variant has an over-and-under configuration incorporating a PN 30mm pump-action grenade launcher. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File links PulseRifle. ... Image File history File links PulseRifle. ... Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley Ellen Ripley is a fictional character, the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Michael Biehn in The Terminator Michael Biehn (born Tuesday, July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American actor best known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), and The Rock (1996). ... Alien is a 1979 science fiction/horror film directed by Ridley Scott, from an original story by Dan OBannon and Ronald Shusett. ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... The AK-47 is the worlds most common assault rifle. ... (From left to right) USCM Pvt. ... It has been suggested that United States Army values be merged into this article or section. ... Alien is a 1979 science fiction/horror film directed by Ridley Scott, from an original story by Dan OBannon and Ronald Shusett. ... A pump-action rifle or shotgun is one in which the fore-end of the stock can be pumped back and forth in order to eject and chamber a round of ammunition. ... A grenade launcher is weapon that fires or launches a grenade to longer distances than a soldier could throw by hand. ...

Lightweight and rugged, the M41 is constructed largely from ultra-light alloy precision metal stampings. The outer casing is made from titanium aluminide alloy and many internal parts are molded from high-impact, temperature resistant plastics. Layout is conventional, and a spring loaded retractable stock allows the rifle to be used either in carbine format (with stock retraced) or as a rifle, with the "inline" stock extended for greater stability during automatic fire from the shoulder. Sighting is made down a groove in the carrying handle, with an adjustable tangent leaf backsight positioned in the rear slot. It has the option of mounting a rifle-sight. Titanium aluminide, TiAl, is an intermetallic chemical compound. ...



The M41A fires the standard US M309 10mm x24 round. This ammunition comprises a 210 grain (13.6 gram) projectile embedded within a rectangular caseless propellant block of Nitramine 50. The propellant content is small but highly efficient, generating muzzle velocities on the order of 840 meters per second. The round is steel jacketed and explosive tipped, with impact fusing which is preset during manufacture. The round is designed to penetrate armor, exploding just after impact to inflict lethal internal damage. The standard M41 magazine will hold up to 99 M309 rounds in a "U" bend conveyor, which feeds the rounds mechanically into the rotating mechanism. However, in practice the magazines are only filled to 95% capacity in order to reduce the auto loaders tendency to jam.

The M41A is the standard service rifle of the USCM, the name derives from the electronic pulse action the rifle uses to fire off rounds. It is built from lightweight metal stampings, the exterior is composed of a titanium aluminide alloy while internal parts are composed of high durability plastics. It is additionally protected against moisture, dirt, corrosion and background radiation while remaining easy to disassemble and maintain. There is also a larger version of the M41A; the M5 pulse rifle. The service rifle (also known as standard-issue rifle) of a given army or force is that which it issues as standard to its soldiers. ...

The M41 uses electronic pulse action to fire, controlled directly from the trigger. The internal mechanism, including the rotating breech, is mounted on freefloating rails within a carbon-fiber jacket. From the thumb selector, the weapon can be set to selective, four-round burst or fully automatic fire, the latter allowing a rate of fire up to the weapon's cyclic rate of 900rpm. A manual cocking handle is situated in the upper receiver allows the operator to clear the breech in the event of stoppage, or to check the chamber prior to stowage. An interrupted screw style breech plug in the M109 howitzer A breech-loading weapon, usually a gun or cannon, is one where the bullet or shell is inserted or loaded into the gun at the rear of the barrel, or breech; the opposite of muzzle-loading. ...

An LED display situated just below the receiver indicates the ammo remaining in the magazine. The display can be dimmed for night operations. Power is provided by a lithium battery located in the carrying handle. The battery is good for 10,000 rounds and can be recharged either from a rifle rack or a portable power clip. External links LEd Category: TeX ...

The underslung 30mm grenade launcher comprises a barrel, breech and a four round internal magazine which is charged by handloading individual grenade cartridges in to the mechanism. A pump action is used to load rounds into the breech and cock the firing mechanism. Once loaded, the launcher is primed to fire from a trigger positioned just in front of the magazine housing, which is used as a handgrip when firing a grenade.

The most commonly used round in the grenade launcher is the M40 High Explosive fragmentation round which is marked with a red plastic cap. It has a muzzle velocity of 78m/s, an effective range of 400m and an accurate range of around 180m. The cartridge has a rimmed, separating base, and launches a projectile with an explosive element comprised of a notched steel wire wrapped around a filler of composition B15. When the round explodes, it spreads more than 300 fragments over a casualty radius of five meters. The M40 can be employed as an ad hoc hand grenade flipping off its plastic cap and twisting the nose cap clockwise; this gives a five-second delay before the grenade explodes. Care must be taken not to strike or depress the nose cap, otherwise the grenade will go off immediately.

See the grenade table below for all grenades available.

Code Cap color Description Function
M40 Red High Explosive Fragmentation The most common grenade used in the M41A, it has an effective range of about 180 m, a muzzle velocity of 78 m/s and explodes with over 300 pieces of shrapnel. Should the need arise, the M40 can function as a hand grenade with a timed delay of five seconds by removing the plastic cap and twisting the nose clockwise
M38 Green High Explosive Armor Piercing Able to penetrate up to seven cm of homogeneous steel, with a casualty radius of about five meters.
M51A Blue Bounding Fragmentation This round does not detonate on impact, instead it launching itself upwards about two meters and airbursting
M108 Black Canister Buckshot A shotgun-type canister with an effective range of approximately thirty meters. It is very effective in close-quarters combat
M230 Unknown / none Baton A low velocity plastic round designed to incapacitate rather than kill. Primarily used during civil disturbances
M60 White White Phosphorus Incendiary Initially explodes, then creates a smoke-screen roughly 30 meters in diameter.
M72A1 Embossed "S" Starshell A flare is fired 200 meters into the air, releasing a small parachute and illuminating the surrounding area for roughly forty-five seconds

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  • Ammunition: M309
  • Overall length: 69.5 cm (84 cm with stock extended)
  • Barrel length: 24.7 cm
  • Weight: 4.9 kg (with loaded magazine)
  • Rate of fire: 900 rpm
  • Fire selection: Semi-automatic, four round burst and fully automatic
  • Capacity: 99 (usually filled to 95 to prevent jamming)
  • Effective range: 500 m
  • Muzzle velocity: 840 m/s

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A variation of this rifle is the M41AE2, which at the time of the movie Aliens was being introduced in limited numbers on a trial basis. The M41AE2 is designed as more of a light machine gun and has the following changes: The M249 SAW, one of the most popular 5. ...

  • Grenade launcher is removed
  • Barrel is lengthened by 8 cm and made easily replaceable
  • Folding bipod is added
  • Optional L-feed magazines containing 300 rounds can be used

Prop design

The M41A Pulse Rifle that was seen in the movie was built from the parts and components of three firearms. The rifle component utilised a World War II-era Thompson M1A1 submachine gun while the grenade launcher component was built around the action of a Remington 870 pump-action shotgun and the shotgun was encased inside the shroud and foregrip of a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. It was originally designed around a Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun but the MP5 is said not to have produced a muzzle flash as large as desired for the impression of a futuristic infantry rifle. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... A lance corporal of the East Surrey Regiment, British Army equipped with a Thompson M1928 submachine gun (drum magazine), 25 November 1940 The Thompson, also known as the Tommy Gun, was a family of American submachine guns that became infamous during the Prohibition era. ... Remington 870 Marine Magnum The Remington Model 870 is a U.S.-made pump-action shotgun. ... Pump action shotguns are a subclass of shotguns that are distinguished in the way in which spent shells are extracted and fresh ones are chambered. ... The SPAS-12 is a dual-mode 12 gauge combat shotgun manufactured by Italian firearm company Franchi S.p. ... A pump-action and two semi-automatic action Remington 1100 shotguns, 20 boxes of shotgun shells, a clay trap, and three boxes of clay pigeons. ... The Heckler & Koch MP5 is a family of submachine guns developed by German weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch (HK) in the 1960s. ...

The M41A Pulse Rifle looks (vaguely) like a miniature version of the USCM ship Sulaco; though the rifle was designed by James Cameron and the mother ship by Syd Mead. Image:Http://www2. ...

There is also a convertion kit to the Tokyo Marui M1A1 Thompson to make it into a M41A Pulse Rifle. Tokyo Marui (東京マルイ) is a Japanese airsoft gun manufacturer. ... Thompson can refer to: // Places In Canada: Thompson, Manitoba Thompson (Manitoba riding), an electoral district in the above location Thompson River, a river in British Columbia In Chile: Thompson Island, a small island in the south In England: Thompson, Norfolk In the United States of America: Thompson, Connecticut Thompson, Iowa...

Cameo appearances

  • The Pulse Rifle also makes an appearance in another James Cameron film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, being carried by members of John Connor's resistance force. They are not featured prominently, however. In Terminator 3 T-X's on-screen display also list the M-41
  • In an episode of The Simpsons entitled The Lastest Gun in the West, a black version of this gun appears.
  • The rifle is also mentioned in the movie Soldier.
  • It is also featured in a cyberpunk comic book Breakoff, where it's mentioned by a shopkeeper in a gunshop as a great choice for the main hero of the story.
  • The models of the Pulse Rifle are shown in the Sony PlayStation game G-Police used in a few FMV cutscenes.
  • Black Versions of the M41A Pulse Rifle have been featured in one episode of the Anime Excel Saga
  • The Pulse Rifle is the weapon held by the main character on the cover of D.E. White's book Jettison
  • The Pulse Rifle is a main weapon in the Half Life mod Desert Crisis
  • The Pulse Rifle made an appearance in South Park in the ending of the episode Go, God. Go! Part II
  • It is also used in the opening FMV sequence of the expansion pack Defiance of the game I-War (Independence War). Here it is seen used by a team of marines boarding an Indie ship.
  • The Pulse Rifle can be seen briefly in one episode of the anime Galaxy Angel
  • The Pulse Rifle is used at the end of series ten episode of South Park 'Go God Go' by the otters.

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See also

The M56 Smart Gun is a fictional squad automatic weapon used by the United States Colonial Marines in the movie Aliens. ... The fictional United States Colonial Marines, first depicted in the movie Aliens and later featured in related products, employ several weapons. ...


  • Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual

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