The Grappling Claw
PRICE: $ 8000.00
WEIGHT: 800 pounds
RANGE: Point-blank only
DAMAGE POINTS: 15
The grappling claw is an alternative to the ramplate for large vehicles such as
busses and tractor-trailers. It may only be mounted on the front or rear facing
of a vehicle. It is composed of vehicular-armour strength metals and plastics,
and can be made laser-reflective and/or fireproof as per the normal cost of such
modifications. An all-metal claw can be made, but its weight is 2300 pounds.
The heavy-duty claw suffers damage from ramming normally. It cannot be combined
with a ramplate. Once the two vehicles are close together, the gunner can use a
firing action to activate the grappling claw, which is an enormous heavy-duty pincer
set at bumper level. This claw inflicts 1d-2 damage on a successful hit, but more
importantly, it immobilizes the target vehicle (so long as it is of at least
subcompact size). The gunner may leave the claw engaged, and open fire with whatever
front-mounted ordinance he pleases. Disengaging the claw is a firing action.
The claw does not interfere with normal weapons fire or damage calculations,
but it is always the first object to take damage from ramming actions. The claw
may be linked to a bumper trigger for an instant grapple response, or smart-linked
to various front-mount weapons to fire on any trapped vehicles.
For an extra $ 500.00 and three spaces, the claw may be made retractible, folding
away into the front end of the vehicle so that it does not suffer from ramming damage
when not in use. No ramplate may be mounted. Extending or retracting the claw is
a firing action.