The Lacrima 99 Shockrifle, or referred as the "Burner" is a standard assault rifle weapon used by United Systems Military aboard the Auriga. Its main setting fires solid slugs. It can also be fitted with an under-barrel shock device which acts like a taser; incapacitating without causing physical harm. That setting was used on Ripley 8 when she was strangling Dr. Wren.
The Lacrima uses an electronic pulse action, similar to the M41A Pulse Rifle, to fire solid slugs from a magazine loaded into the pistol grip. Notably, it is keyed towards combat at longer ranges than traditional rifles. As a result, the weapon is favored by USM Scouts and Snipers, who are well-trained in its use and extremely proficient with it as a result.
The Lacrima can also be fitted with an underbarrel Halogen Attachment device, which can deliver a short-range electric shock to targets. The power of this shock depends on how long the Halogen Attachment is charged, with a short charge being able to instantly kill a Facehugger and a long charge being able to instantly kill a Cloned Xenomorph Drone. The Halogen Attachment is capable of delivering charges that would be instantly lethal to humans, and is even effective against Synthetics. The Halogen Attachment runs on Electric Gun Energy Packs. This optional unit also incorporates a flashlight for illumination.
Behind the Scenes
The weapons in Alien Resurrection were not based on any real-world firearm, but were simply fabrications made from scratch, some of which could fire pyrotechnic charges to simulate gunfire. The Shockrifles were made from machined aluminium.
While the weapons used in filming were not based on real firearms, in the years since several functioning (blank-firing) replicas of the Shockrifle have been made based on Cobra M11/9 machine pistols.
- Notably, the weapon's primary (rifle) function is only ever seen being used once in the film, when Ripley 8 fires a single round into the mouth of a Cloned Xenomorph through the hole in Elgyn's body. However, the weapons are heard being fired off-screen during the initial Xenomorph outbreak.
- The Lacrima 99 has often been labelled the AR-1 (or AR1 and Ar-1) on many prop websites. Similarly, the Draco Double Burner has often been labelled the AR-2 (or AR2 and Ar-2). Exactly where these names originate from is unknown. However, it is possible they are behind-the-scenes names used during the design process, used to identify them before the designers had decided on the specifics of each weapon.
- It is unknown exactly what the name "Lacrima" refers to, although it could be the name of the weapon's manufacturer. The word lacrima means "tear" (as in teardrop) in Italian.
- Aliens Predator Collectable Card Game - card 69 - Lacrima 99
- http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Alien-Resurrection.html - "The guards keep their weapons -- 'burners', these shockrifles are called."
- Ann Crispin (1997). Alien Resurrection novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 34.
- Ann Crispin (1997). Alien Resurrection novelization. Warner Books, Inc., 101.