Type-33 Light Anti-Armor Weapon


Official designation:               Type-33 LAAW

Length o/a:                             130.2 cm                 (51.26 in.)
Length (barrel):                       73.66 cm                 (29 in.)
Weight (empty):                     20.8 kg                    (46 lbs)
Weight (loaded):                    23.1 kg                    (51 lbs)
Cartridge:                                unknown1
Max. effective range:             165 meters             (541 ft)
Muzzle velocity:                      72 m/s                    (236 f/s)
Magazine capacity:                 5 rounds
Rate of fire:                            semi-automatic only
Unit Replacement cost:          N/A


This weapon is a man-portable support weapon. It appears to be recoil-operated. It fires 3.8cm explosive ballistic projectiles. It is commonly employed in both anti-personnel and anti-vehicle roles.


This weapon has changed very little since it was first encountered in 2531. The most obvious change has been the elimination of the “dead man’s switch” 2 which occurred late in 2552. Because of the weapon’s visibility it is just as effective as a psychological weapon. It is often the case that soldiers will ignore closer, more obvious targets in order to eliminate a Type-33 and its operator.


“Those things are scary as hell. Ya hear that weird “whump” sound and even if ya see it comin’ yer transfixed—these big green blobs flying at you throwin’ off sparks!”

 “It’s so weird. I don’t know who first called it a fuel rod gun, but it’s kind’a funny. I suppose the projectile is reminiscent of how you might expect to see a nuclear fuel rod depicted in a gee eh cartoon—all glowing green and throwing off sparks.”

“They’re pretty tricky to handle—first off you gotta get over the fact that there is this glowing, green explosive whatever right next to your head; and it’s not like you can req any more ammo for the damn thing—but you can lay down a whole lot’a hurt in a very short amount of time I’ll tell you what.”

“[The Type-33s] have more in common with the ballistic weapon on the Banshee than it does with the weapon that the Hunters carry around—well, not carry around, but you know what I mean.”

“I catch a glimpse of green out of the corner of my eye and then there’s this huge “whoomf” and the ‘hog goes end over end burning with Gaz still at the wheel. I was riding shotty with the em forty-one so I just unlatched and pushed off when we started going up into the air—and there went the ‘hog and Gaz and all our gear cart-wheeling into the ravine.”

“No sooner had I put the Grunt down than Fisk has got a hold of that bad boy and dumps the whole clip into the column—stickies and everything just cooking off—secondaries like mad! Fisk was a crazy bastard he was—wish he was still with us.”


1 Pending treaty negotiations with the Sangheili.

2 Although the existence of the “dead man’s switch”—a mechanism that sabotages the weapon if it is dropped without first engaging a safety—has only been theorized, it would be difficult to believe that every single Unggoy and Sangheili that was killed while using one fired the weapon right at their feet the moment they died.

HBO's Halo CE News Roundup 

Posted by urk at 6/24/2010 9:12 AM PDT

It's fully customizable!

Looks like HBO has their finger on the pulse of the latest Halo Custom Edition news. And yup, the heart's still beating. If you're still playing, or you're thinking about picking it up, you should hit the link below.

Massive Halo CE News Roundup

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Feast of Bones 

Posted by urk at 3/29/2010 1:55 PM PDT

Robt McLees speaks on behalf of the dead.

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Halo: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by urk at 10/22/2008 12:43 PM PDT

In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War...

Amazon.com has gone live with the back copy for Tobias Buckell's Halo: The Cole Protocol. Thanks to HBO for scaring up the link. Here's the copy from Tobias' blog:

"In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its Inner Colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation data that would reveal the location of Earth. Among them is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. Thrust back into action after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a top secret mission by ONI. One that will take him deep behind enemy lines, to a corner of the universe where nothing is as it seems.

Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, helped by a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous, yet ingenious, settlement known as the Rubble–and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar . . . yet somehow survived.

News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring sides. Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-man renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their best—an ambitious and ruthless Elite, whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality . . . and who will do anything to secure his Ascendancy and walk the Path."

Halo: The Cole Protocol is set to release on November 25th, 2008.

Bungie Day: 7/7/08 

Posted by lukems at 7/7/2008 12:04 PM PDT

Bungie Day is upon you. Here's some stuff to do while you should be working or doing chores. Tell your mother we say "Hello."

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The Next Halo Novel: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by lukems at 6/16/2008 12:08 PM PDT

Tor Books announces the sixth book taking place in Bungie's Halo Universe, due in stores this Fall.

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