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Old April 10, 2021, 12:37 PM   #12
44 AMP
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12 rounds per minute is 5 seconds per shot. 15 rounds is 4 seconds per shot. This is a rate of fire that can be managed with manually operated repeaters, and I expect some skilled folks could manage it with a single shot breechloader.

Sustained rate of fire is just that, an arbitrarily chosen low rate of fire that can be sustained for minute after minute, until the mission requirement ends without overheating and wearing out the weapon. It is something normally used for artillery barrages and such things, where a steady slow rate of fire gets the job done.

And the military, being the military and having a military passion for having stndards has Sustained Fire rates for small arms, as well as the big guns. Very, very rarely used in small arms during combat. And, during combat, sometimes the sustained rate of fire for the big guns gets tossed aside, as well.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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