The AEP7 laser pistol was put into service to replace the AEP5 model. With a generous battery size, tight shot grouping at range, resilience to extended use, and fairly decent damage output, it is a very good choice for a sidearm and is used extensively in this role by the Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland.
As the successor to the AEP5, it boasted a redesigned focusing crystal pattern, an improved photonic focusing chamber, and selectable laser focus, wavelength, pulse energy and repetition rate. In addition, it was lighter and less bulky than its predecessor and was perceived as a step toward replacing the N99 10mm pistol with a laser weapon as the standard issue sidearm for military forces.
The AEP7 was produced in large numbers thanks to newly developed manufacturing technologies in the United States, although logistics and supply issues (caused by prolonged war with China) prevented its wide-scale deployment.
This weapon, like many other unique weapon variants, is visually identical to its common counterpart. It is powered by easy to find energy cells, uses very few action points, and can be repaired with its common variant, the AEP7 laser pistol.
With the Broken Steel add-on is installed, Colonel Autumn's laser pistol has been reduced to a semi-automatic weapon along with several stats being modified to reflect the slower rate of fire. Its stats would be reduced to the same as the Smuggler's End, except it weighs 1 more pound and is worth 30 less caps. It now does less damage than Protectron's Gaze. It is also no longer classified as a quest item.
Colonel Autumn's laser pistol (Broken Steel) can fire a total of about 694 times, the equivalent of 24 reloads, from full condition before breaking, roughly 32 fewer times than the normal laser pistol.