Dusters (Particulate Matter Sprayers)
Dusters are particle spraying weapons. They are primarily used for close range crowd suppression system. Dusters work two ways: Stream or Spray. Because they use dry particulate matter, projected by one of three ways: EM acceleration, High Pressure or "Beam riding", they are also an excellent way to deliver nanotech payloads. Powdered diamond hard alloys in stream mode are outstanding cutting agents similar to "water saws", sand blasters and grinders.
- Linear EM acceleration gives a good range, but results in a very thin cone of high impact dust. The flow can be adjusted to be heavy enough to deliver an effective impact strong to knock down many targets, or destroy light metal and organic materials.
- High pressure Dusters operate by compressed gas or air.
- Beam riding dusters use an electron beam or other particle beam that creates an ionized channel for which particles can travel in a pencil thin line for quick bursts. These particles are moving fast enough that they can often sand away many harder minerals and metals. These are the most rare, and power consumptive of all Duster types.
Thin tight streams of dust can act like a saw or sandblaster. Often this particulate matter has excellent penetration of soft matter, but is less effective against harder, reinforced matter (read: armor), unless at extremely close range. In spray mode, the weapon vents a conical shaped blast that often clouds and strikes many targets in a short range. Less-lethal in this mode, it is used by police and other organizations desiring non-lethal deterrence.
The lethality of Dusters is almost completely determined by the particulate matter used. It can be as fine as microscpic particles, or as large as grains of sand. Ammunition for a Duster has the problem that that it is heavy and often quickly consumed.
Damage is rated at Stringtech 3 to 6 for high pressure, Stringtech 3 to 7 for EM and Stringtech 3 to 8 for beamrider dusters
Tech Level: Stringtech 4 for high pressure, Stringtech 5 for EM and Stringtech 6 for beamriding versions
Cost: Public Domain for high pressure, Low for EM and Moderate for beamriding dusters.
Descriptors: None for high pressure and EM, near-C for the beamriders. Ammunition can be auxonic, but not always.