The Steam Rifle was a very common weapon 1717 to 1718. The first blue prints were discovered close to the Steam Coil district and was quickly named after its origin of discovery.
Mid 1718 the Steam rifle was involved in several accidents which later resulted in its restriction within the city.
The rifle uses extreme high pressure when firing. This pressure is constantly building up with in the first pressure chamber. If the pressure is not regulated the rifle can build enough pressure to explode its chamber and most often the rifle, its user and a large portion of the city.
After 1718 the rifle is mostly used by the police and other officials. Only individuals that have gone through extensive training will be permitted to use a Steam Rifle.
Considering the extreme risk of using the rifle one would think that its usage would be band all together. But as most things, with high risk comes high reward.
The power and force the steam rifle is releasing when fired makes it one of the more power full guns to wield. With almost no kickback it can be fired with high accuracy on the move as well as long distances.
Manufacturing is done exclusively within the Engineering Ring. In its production the rifle is never deviating from its original drawings. Even if all the components are well documented the high risk of failure and the danger of unintended complications is something the city wants to avoid. Modifications to the rifle is strictly forbidden and is punishable with death.
Even so there is a large number of undocumented rouge variations of the gun in circulation within the city.
There is one deviation from the original designs that all Steam Rifles have however. All Steam Rifles are missing the over pressure valve. According to the blue prints, this valve automatically regulates the pressure within the pressure chamber and insures that the rifle can’t detonate when used. The drawings for this valve was found with the rifle and all its design is believed to be well understood. The valve has however never worked as described in the drawings. Tests is carried out monthly to solve what in the design the engineers have got wrong. But so far, the solutions are far from discovered.
Once the Steam rifle is equipped with the missing valve the gun will probably be a common weapon for anyone venturing into the city.