Neill Blomkamp has just posted a brand new picture on Instagram – this time instead of concept art from his new Alien movie, we get to see a prop of the Pulse Rifle! The M41A Pulse Rifle was, of course, the iconic weapon that the Colonial Marines used in James Cameron’s Aliens so it’s implied we’ll be seeing lots more of them in his yet untitled Alien sequel. Blomkamp’s caption reads: “We all knew there would be pulse rifles. Obviously. Now with added RIS.” RIS stands for Rail Interface System which is the term used for attaching accessories to weapons such tactical lights or scopes.
The Pulse Rifle is a lightweight pulse-action assault rifle firing 10x24mm rounds with a 30mm over-and-under pump action grenade launcher. We saw Ripley put it to good use when she rescued Newt from the Alien hive. The gun made another appearance in Alien 3 with the Weyland-Yutani mercenaries but by the time the events in Alien Resurrection happened 200 years later, the weapon was obsolete. You can read the full technical details of the weapon over on the AvP Wiki. Thanks to Ultramorph for the news.