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The M6I is a selective fire machine pistol and is one of the Misriah Armory's M6 variants. The M6I is chambered for the smaller, 10×32mm cartridge as opposed to the larger 12.7×40mm cartridge used in many other M6 variants.
A selective fire pistol, the M6I possesses a selector switch allows the user to either fire semi-automatically or fully-automatically. The rate of fire in the M6I's fully automatic mode is about 600 rounds per minute. The M6I typically uses 20-round double-stack magazines, but 10-round magazines that feed into the M6I do exist. Like the rest of the M6 series, the M6I is short recoil operated, using the recoil left by the previous shot to eject the spent case and load the next round into the chamber. The barrel of the M6I is threaded, allowing the attaching of a suppressor. The M6I can also be fitted with various other attachments, such as tactical lights, smart-linked scopes, and detachable stocks. While the M6I is generally issued in a black polymer finish, a multitude of custom finishes are also available.
- Main article: 10×32mm
Unlike many of the other pistols of the M6 series, the M6I is chambered in the smaller, less-powerful 10×32mm cartridge, as opposed to the 12.7×40mm cartridge. The 10×32mm is noticeably weaker than the 12.7×40mm, but possesses significantly less recoil, allowing the M6I to be more controllable in automatic fire. Regardless, as a magnum cartridge, the 10×32mm is quite powerful itself.
Military cartridge variants
M330 SAP HE
M6Is used by the UNSC Defense Force are most commonly loaded with the M330 semi-armor-piercing high-explosive (SAP HE) rounds. Each of these rounds are made mostly of phosphor bronze, with a cavity filled with a stable explosive. The hard, phosphor bronze layer enables the round to penetrate body armor and enter the target, but is structured to deform shortly after entering in order to prevent the round from exiting the body and causing potential collateral damage. The explosive is then ignited by a fuse, detonating the entire projectile inside the target's body, producing a devastating wound that is crippling if not outright lethal. Each SAP HE round is labeled with a yellow-painted tip.
M335 SAP HP
The M335 semi-armor piercing high-penetration (SAP HP) is the second most common ammunition type used by the UNSC Defense Force. The projectile is made entirely of phosphor bronze and is machined to have a fluted nose geometry, which not only aids the round in penetration, but also allows it to deliver almost all of its energy into the intended target. Compared to the M330, the M335 sacrifices some potential to deal internal damage in order to improve its ability to penetrate armor and other barriers.
Another, less common military cartridge variant is the M423 high-explosive concussive (HEC). Unlike the M330, the M423 only possesses a copper jacket with more explosive filling, which is detonated by an incendiary material at the tip that is first ignited by the round's impact. Instead of penetrating the surface and then exploding inside the target, an M423 round creates a larger explosion at the target's surface, releasing a shockwave that stuns and disorients the target, should he/she/it survive the shot. Combined with the high rate of fire of the M6I, M423 rounds are capable of pinning down heavier infantry such as elites and brutes. The explosion left by an M423 round also serves as a one-way tracer, revealing the location of shot placement while preventing the enemy from leading any projectile path back to the source. Inevitably, the HEC round is less lethal than the SAP HE round and is only effective in specific applications, warranting its relatively limited use in the UNSC Defense Force. An M423 round is labeled with a white-over-red-painted tip.
M454 Subsonic AP
The M454 subsonic armor-piercing (AP) cartridge is intended specifically to be used in conjunction with suppressors in order to generate as little sound as possible when fired. With the projectile traveling at less than the speed of sound, no sonic "crack" is produced. In order to compensate for the substantially lower velocity, the subsonic projectile is longer and heavier than that of the other loadings and instead consists of a dense tungsten core jacketed in phosphor bronze. No amount of mass, however, can fully make up for the substantially lower velocity the Subsonic AP round has when compared to that of the other military cartridge variants; the Subsonic cartridge, therefore, possesses inferior armor penetration and wounding capabilities than those of the M330 and M335. An M454 round is labeled with a black-painted tip.
The M6I is available in a few additional configurations, each with a distinct model name.
- The M6I/U is a larger, up-sized variant of the M6I, possessing a longer grip, allowing it fit in the hands of a SPARTAN wearing MJOLNIR armor while preventing it from using 10-round magazines. It also possesses a longer barrel, which makes the M6I/U slightly more powerful than the standard M6I.
- Unlike the standard M6I and the M6I/U, the M6I/B has a five-shot burst mode with a very high cyclic rate of 1200 rounds per minute in place of the fully-automatic function. The M6I/B is otherwise identical to the M6I.
- There are several notable users of the M6I.
- Dom-094 used a customized M6I/B as his sidearm throughout most of his career. It was fitted with a suppressor, a smart-linked red dot sight, and a tactical light.
- Jack-G068's sidearm of choice is a customized M6I/U with a red finish and fitted with with a smart scope and a tactical light.
- Lloyd Harris uses an M6I/U as his sidearm.
- Reginald Harding carried a pair of M6I/Us from the last year of the Human-Covenant War and onward and frequently dual-wielded them.
- Andra-D054 carries a pair of M6I/Us in her inventory of weaponry, one of which is fitted with a KFA-2 x2 sight and a detachable stock, and both of which are fitted with suppressors and tactical lights. They are nicknamed "Lemon and Lime" for their khaki and olive finish, respectively.
- I consider the UNSC's 12.7×40mm analogous to the present-day .45 ACP, the former of which is a large, standard-issue handgun cartridge, and the latter of which is a relatively large handgun cartridge that is standard-issue in many modern militaries. I decided to make up a handgun cartridge for the UNSC that would be analogous to the smaller, present-day 9×19mm Parabellum. Originally, I settled on basing the dimensions of the cartridge off those of the real-world .454 Casull, as the 12.7×40mm’s dimensions are very similar to those the real-world .500 S&W Magnum, but with 10 mm caliber being prevalent in recent 343 Industries lore, the new cartridge is now based off the rare 10mm Magnum.
- The M335 Semi-Armor-Piercing High-Penetration round draws inspiration from Lehigh Defense's Xtreme Penetrator ammunition.