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Fordorsia BR-23 by AirborneLeaf Fordorsia BR-23 by AirborneLeaf
Battle Rifle - Model 1923


Battle Rifle - Model 1923

Caliber: 8x60mm
Range: 550 yards
Rate of Fire: Semi Automatic
Magazine Capacity: 10


Battle Rifle - Model 1927

Caliber: 8x60mm
Range: 550 yards
Rate of Fire: 500 rounds per minute
Magazine Capacity: 15


Battle Rifle - Model 1933

Caliber: 8x60mm
Range: 550 yards
Rate of Fire: 500 rounds per minute
Magazine Capacity: 30


Battle Rifle - Model 1957

Caliber: 7.65x50mm
Range: 650 yards
Rate of Fire: 550 rounds per minute
Magazine Capacity: 20


Battle Rifle - Model 1960

Caliber: 7.65x50mm
Range: 900 yards
Rate of Fire: 550 rounds per minute
Magazine Capacity: 50


Designed in 1922, the BR-23 and it's later models would compete on several occasions to be used by the Fordorsian military. Despite exceptional performance in the field, military officials were not convinced that semi automatic rifles were unnecessary on the battlefield, as the preferred their troops to take care with each and every shot. After 1925, the same officials began to recognize the potential of semi automatic rifles, and gave Fordorsian weapon designers 3 years to create such a rifle suitable for their military.

The Model 1927 boasted a 15-round magazine with the capability of fully automatic fire. Several other rifles had the same or better features, and the Model 1927 failed to get adopted.

The Model 1933 was designed as more of a support weapon than a battle rifle. Featuring a 30-round magazine, a soldier could lay down suppressing fire for others. The rifle was tested and saw limited use along with the already in service Mk.1 SAR, but both were outmatched with the arrival of the Mk.2 SAR. Many of the rifles remain popular with civilians and private contractors.

After World War 2, many nations were looking for new weapons to equip their armies with. New ammunition and manufacturing techniques allowed for the introduction of the Model 1957. Using the new 7.65x50mm cartridge, the rifle was very effective and scored well in testing. Similar, lighter rifles stopped the Model 1957 from being adopted as standard, but it did and does see action in the hands of private contractors and special forces.

General purpose machine guns started to become more popular after 1960, especially since tension was still growing between East and West. The Model 1960, a GPMG, featured a 50-round drum magazine and bipod, meaning it could lay down good amount of support fire for friendly troops. The relative light weight meant that it could also be carried by a single man and be used with relative ease in urban areas. The Model 1960 scored well in testing and was adopted into the Fordorsian Military. It still sees service alongside the Mk.2 GPMG. The Model 1960 was the only BR-23 variant to be officially adopted into the Fordorsian Military.
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UltimaWeapon13 Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this entire family, especially the Model 1927 and 1960 models. It's truly monstrous, man!
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AirborneLeaf Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I like it so much I'm pissed that it was never standard issue!
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UltimaWeapon13 Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A damn shame indeed, for this is a true opis.
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DerVulf Apr 3, 2013   Artist
Mother of Fuck, that is some incredible weaponeering kamerad. The Model 1957 and 1960 really caught my eye.
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AirborneLeaf Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I really reckon it's one of my best. I'm particularly fond of the Model 1933.
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DerVulf Apr 3, 2013   Artist
Okay, ja, I agree with you there, all of em' are lovely. The 1960 is still in use, right?
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AirborneLeaf Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It still sees service with some regiments. The Mk.2 GPMG is superior in every way apart from maybe weight and versatility, so the Model 1960 is rather obsolete in Fordorsia's eyes. But, it ain't broke yet.
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DerVulf Apr 3, 2013   Artist
Maybe a modernized (dieselpunk/retropunk) version could come about for heavy infantry battalions?

I say this because this series of rifles is a testament to your talents mate, holy-fuck nuggering Jottnar on a pogo stick. It just SCREAMS potential.
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