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by Nick Bradbeer
It was marketted to government and private salvage teams as a handy, relatively discreet close-quarters weapon with considerable firepower. Some compromises are made in the name of compactness, especially the use of small magazines. Longer magazines are available as optional extras although the long SMG magazine protrudes a fair way from the bottom of the pistol grip, and the extended GL magazine hangs down too far to allow firing in the stock-retracted configuration.
The weapon comprises a light 9x12mm selective-fire machine-pistol with a grip magazine with a 25x37mm LV automatic grenade launcher attached above it. The launcher hangs over the back of the pistol, with the grenade magazine butting up to the back of the pistol's mechanism. The weapon may be fired from a normal carbine stance, with the stock extended, right arm bent outward and left hand cupping right hand, or may be fired with the stock retracted. In the more compact configuration the weapon lies snug above the right forearm and has a grip for the left hand on top. Open sights are fitted, but most users prefer the integral laser sight for close-quarters work. All components are hard steel, except for a Light Alloy receiver.
It is possible to remove the grenade launcher assembly from the machine-pistol entirely, although the grenade launcher cannot then be fired and the pistol is no longer weatherproofed. The pistol alone has a mass of 0.85 grams loaded, and has a recoil of 4 for a single shot and 10 for a burst. It is recommended that the user brace with both hands. The pistol retains the laser sight.
Please note that the Thresher-II does not fire the pre-collapse 9x12mm caseless ammo and attempts to use such may have dangerous consequences. MID can take no responsibility for any users who attempt to use caseless ammunition.
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