A plasma rifle is an automatic charge-firing rifle whose charge munitions are typically composed of lead and use a cyclotronic firing mechanism.
All variants project magnetic containment bottles up to their targets for the plasma to travel in. Because of this, plasma rifles do not have long ranges, make inadequate sniping rifles, and are extremely vulnerable to EMP countermeasures. These are power-intensive weapons.
First generation rifles required separate battery and ammunition clips to operate; second generation rifles recycle the energy used in the solid-state-to-plasma conversion to power the magnetic bottle projection.