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Several weapons have been announced for Halo Reach, with several others having their presence tacitly acknowledged. Over the next several weeks, we'll take a look at some of them.
First up is the DMR. Here are some screenshots, specs, and other general information you will have no use for until the game actually releases.
Presenting, the DMR, or Designated Marksman Rifle. This is Bungie's answer to the need for a Battle-Rifle in Halo: Reach, while at the same time placating the super fans that would balk at the defiling of the Halo mythos. Hey, if you read the books, the Battle Rifle was introduced after the Battle of Reach had concluded.
The official Bungie explanation of the weapon:
The DMR (more formally the Designated Marksman Rifle, Caliber 7.62
mm, M392) is an air-cooled, gas-operated rifle firing 7.62x51mm
Although it saw more widespread use throughout all branches of the
UNSC prior to 2548, it has since been superseded in use by the BR55 in
all branches but the Army.
Fans will note that the BR55 is the official designation of the Battle Rifle, explaining why we don't see this weapon in other games.
This weapon has been described as a single-shot weapon. If you want a look as to see how it will handle during gameplay, just look at the original Halo 2 gameplay trailer. The Battle Rifle was single-shot in that appearance, and will will probably be more or less how the DMR handles.
The sound of the weapon firing and reloading can be found here http://www.bungie.net/images/games/reach/audio/DMR.mp3.
Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it?