| ||For an overview of Gauss rifle models in all games, see Gauss rifle.|
|The following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.|
The Gauss rifle, also called a "coil gun," is a device used to propel a ferromagnetic projectile by accelerating it through a process of electromagnetic induction. The Gauss rifle (and Gauss gun) are named after German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who formulated mathematical descriptions of the magnetic effect demonstrated by magnetic accelerators.
Its range, accuracy and penetrating power are almost unparalleled.
The M72 is a weapon tied for longest range with the sniper rifle and has the highest single fire damage of any firearm.