Rifle, Pattern 1898
Type: Bolt-action rifle
Place of origin: New Corda
In service: 1898-1923
Used by: New Corda
Wars: 1st War of Independence, Great War
Designer: Edward O'Toole, David O'Kanna
Number built: 8,000,000+
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Barrel length: 44 inches
Cartridge: 7x55mm Cordian T89 Standard Ball
Action: Bolt-action, cock-on-close
Feed system: 20-round integral drum magazine, loaded with 10-round charger clips
Sights: post front sight, adjustable volley U-notch rear sight.
In 1897, the Cordian Government opened a competition to replace the ageing O'Toole repeater with an ultra modern combat rifle fit for the industrial age. Having encountered the SMLE previously, and noted it's effectiveness, the Cordian military asked for a rifle capable of achieving or besting the SMLE's legendary rate of fire. Castle State Arsenal, alongside Cheyenne Armory, created a paired rifle and cartridge to fill the requirements. The rifle was based on the SMLE's action, but strengthened and modified to accept the higher pressure, rimless 7x55mm Cordian cartridges. What made it unique, however, was the feeding system; a 20 round integrated drum designed by O'Toole which could be loaded via individual cartridges or 10 round charger clips. This allowed Cordian troops to put out massive amounts of sustained firepower, and opponents often mistook Cordian rifle squads for machinegun emplacements. The original top charger mount was also left in place, allowing troops to either load the full drum from an open bolt, or top off the rifle from a closed bolt, retaining a cartridge in the chamber. The well-crafted and stringently quality-controlled rifle, coupled with the inherently accurate and flat-shooting 7mm Cordian cartridge quickly gained a reputation for accuracy and power, and continued to see service as a sniper rifle well into the Cold War. Discontinued as a mainline battle rifle in 1923 to be replaced by the RKN "Spooky" semiauto, the "Pattern '98" remains popular with civilians as a hunting rifle, and modernized versions are often in service with police snipers and some PMCs.