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Hand Weapons
Personal Protection Troubled times call for hefty personal protection. From personal shield generators to layered armour to powered exoskeletons, here are some methods to keep from getting killed. 
Beam Weapons Beam weapons produce a constant stream of energy as long as they are activated, until they are deactivated, run out of power, or overheat. The beam travels in a direct line at or near the speed of light. Beam weapons have the advantage that they can be fired first and aimed later, or purposely swept to obtain an area effect. They tend to rely on drawing and transferring power directly from a power source, which often limits their ability to deal damage or keep shooting through a prolonged firefight. The supply of power or overheating often become a constraint. Beam weapons, in general, are relatively quiet but often less damaging than bolt or projectile weapons.
Bolt Throwers Bolt throwers produce a high-energy projectile of a given size that travels directly towards a target and is propelled by the thrower itself. More often than not, bolt weapons initiate a physical reaction which is trapped in a containment field and hurled at a target. Bolt throwers are often capable of high rates of fire and generally run cool as the reaction generally never touches the weapon through the containment field. Bolt throwers often require fuel sources, which limit the number of shots that can be fired. If the fuel source is cumbersome, it is often impossible to carry a recharge into combat situations. Bolt throwers can be quite powerful as the damage they do is the result of a reaction in their fuel source, rather than a draw of directly stored power.
Handguns Guns fire unpowered, physical projectiles directly at the intended target. Electrically fired and with few mechanical parts, they are often reliable and have high rates of fire and often use small projectiles which can be carried in large quantities. The physical nature of their projectiles makes them more subject to variables like wind and gravity than their energy-based counterparts.
Launchers Launchers generally fire physical projectiles but distinguish themselves from handguns in a number of ways. Their projectiles may be powered, capable of indirect fire, or carry a payload for a specific purpose. Guns are generally handheld while launchers may be used from the shoulder or even placed on the ground and controlled remotely. Launchers are often more destructive and considered heavy weapons.
Special Weapons Generally either secretive and controlled by their manufacturers or of a highly specific and unusual nature, the special weapons are generally very high tech and hard to come by.