The Keeper of Firearms & Artillery of the Royal Armouries, Jonathan Ferguson, analyses the System Shock weapons, including the Phaser-like Sparqbeam, the Skorpion submachine weapon, and the Mag-Pulse Rifle.

Written by Dave Jewitt and Adam Mason at 7:00 AM PDT on June 10, 2023

Keeper of Firearms and Artillery at the Royal Armouries and resident firearms expert Jonathan Ferguson dissects the weaponry of System Shock and evaluates their potential real-world analogues in the latest installment of the Firearm Expert Reacts series.

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