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 Soldier holding a
Soldier holding a Beamer

Certification Required Standard Assault
Empire Vanu Sovereignty
Primary Mode Standard Bolt
Secondary Mode Armor Piercing Bolt
Ammunition Energy Cells
Range 200m
Inventory Dimensions 3 x 3 (Pistol Holster)
Magazine Capacity 16
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The standard sidearm issued to all Vanu soldiers, the Beamer is the only sidearm with dual firing modes, although the secondary armor-piercing setting is fairly useless due to the relatively heavy protection of most armored targets.

The Beamer was the flagship of underpowered weaponry in Planetside for almost a year, during which time soldiers lovingly nicknamed it "Flashlight" due to its tendency to light a target up more than damage it.

Since then, the Beamer has been powered up considerably, giving it a respectable damage output coupled with a small cone of fire and low bloom. The armor-piercing mode has a slightly bigger Cone of Fire than the standard mode.

Shots to kill (Average on a close to medium range):

Standard Exo-Suit 6 shots
Agile Exo-Suit 7 shots
Reinforced Exo-Suit 9 shots
MAX 76 AP shots

(The above numbers are taken with 100 Health and full Armor; no MedKits, Implants or Empire Incentives applied)