Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

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Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby UnmarkedBoxcar » Mon May 18, 2015 1:40 pm

Currently using a Rail Gun for that subsystem sniping (landing a shot is ohh so satisfying) but I was wondering what the general preference is? Pros and Cons? I know projectile speed is certainly a big difference....
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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby UnmarkedBoxcar » Mon May 18, 2015 1:45 pm

Though I guess it should be noted that I can fit a large Plasma Accelerator, while there are no large Rail Guns...perhaps that answers my question...
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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby stummies » Mon May 18, 2015 1:57 pm

I'd give it a shot with part costs being 100% buyback. You're rail is getting a penalty due to it's size when used against larger ships I believe, the PA would be noticeably better, trick is just getting used to it.

Reference: https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=127951

"However if you want to attack larger ships you want the largest weapon you can fit so a higher class is better. There is no bonus for using a higher class weapon against smaller ships, just a penalty for smaller weapons attacking larger ships."
-Mike Evans (Designer)
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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby UnmarkedBoxcar » Mon May 18, 2015 2:54 pm

Yep. I'm sold. PA is AWESOME.

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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby Whiteneck » Mon May 18, 2015 3:47 pm

Plasma AC for sure. 100 magazine, and the best weapon in game ATM. Keep in mind that the AC is manually fired, so no gimbaled pew pew pew bullshit.

Its a mans weapon.

Unless your set on griefing new players in open, your a retard for not using it.

Then again, if you are not PVP, who gives a fuck. The NPC anacondas can be taken down with pulse lasers...so whatever...

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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby uvelius » Mon May 18, 2015 4:37 pm

Plasma!!
You have to aim, you have to calculate speeds, but if you do that ... very satisfying boom indeed.
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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby blazingmaniac » Mon May 18, 2015 7:52 pm

PA is the only viable and worthwhile Huge weapon and a very good Large one as well. Like others have said already, very satisfying when you land it in a fire fight.
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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby Cmdr Kharma » Mon May 18, 2015 8:53 pm

Yep PA.....

Had a huge one on my FDL (In the cross platform Beta)......

One shotted smaller ships.....

BUT you do have to learn how to use it......Up close and personal is best.....

I did get lucky and one shot a ship from 1.8 Km...That was a "YES" moment....Even did a little dance.....

Sad I know....

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Re: Plasma Accelerator or Rail Gun?

Postby StaticRadion » Tue May 19, 2015 5:43 am

I don't know how useful the hybrid thermic/kineticI weapons really are so I don't use them. On my Python I like two 2C/F Plasma and two 3C/F cannons with a single 3C/G Beam Laser for small stuff if I really want to get down. Otherwise like has been said before if i am just res hunting then 4 pulse lasers and a single cannon.

I have yet to take anything but a clipper into open for pvp so I cant speak to how fixed weapons perform on actual CMDRs. On the other hand turrets seem to make them panic when they just cant seem to shake me off or get me to stop the beam lasers of constant shield draining.
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