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Default Meltaguns, what's in a name?

I don't know why this is only dawning on me now, but doesn't the name "Melta" sound like something an ork would call the weapon? Was there ever any explanation of the naming convention for it? The earliest rulebook I had was 3rd edition so maybe this goes back to 2nd or RT. If anyone could shed some light on it that would be cool.

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I dunno, seems alright to me. I never found it odd at least. I think if an Ork named it, it would be Melty gun or supa heeta or something more silly like that. Not sure whatelse you'd name it since you've already got flamers/flamethrowers. Melt gun just doesnt flow as well haha.

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The name may come from the largest group of peoplw who used it when it was made, so I imagine that it would have been the soldiers of the Imperial Army, during the Great Crusade, who would have given it its common name. Soldiers are fairly direct when describing a weapon; unless they can be funny or rude instead! So 'melta' gets across with no quibbles what the damn thing does.
Besides, other names for it, also Guard-derived, are 'Cooker' and 'Sun Gun'.

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It's called a meltagun because "microwave oven gun" is retarded.

R/T book said, "the melta gun, melter or fusion gun is designed to melt its target..."

It melts its target so it got the name melta gun... simple stuff.

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It was indeed first called a fusion gun... along with the graviton gun, webber and needler they have passed into myth on the 40k battlefield...

The term became Melta gun not fusion however very quickly due to the inception of another weapon.... the MULTI MELTA... there was never a MULTI FUSION GUN. Damn though there should have been... along with a WAVE MOTION GUN... that saved the day every episode! Oh wait... different universe.

You can still find harlequin figures with Webbers in the RT range, and although it was never depicted to my knoweldge in metal... the graviton gun resembled the RT era flamer in some regards.
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If I was the guy in charge, I would have just named it "Dammit" because that's generally the end result whenever someone pulls one out on me.
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If I was the guy in charge, I would have just named it "Dammit" because that's generally the end result whenever someone pulls one out on me.
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