Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Regina, Sask, Canada
Bolter's are fictional weapon's in a fictional universe. Hence, they fire as fast or as slow as the author wants. All we can do as fans if make vague comparisons to modern weapons to get a standardized and mechanically feasible rate of fire. However, even in today's fire arm's most weapons firing rates are completely determined by the firing mechanisms design, so bolter's firing rates could vary drastically simply based on what pattern of bolter it is.
I will say this though, fully automatic bolters would be idiotic for a specialist force like the SM who rarly operate within reach of ammunition resupplies. Not to mention they are supposed to have target assists built into their armor, and religious amounts of fire arms training. So realistically I doubt they would ever resort to fully auto fire in the first place.
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