I posted this over at the aliens legacy, figured I'd throw it up here for maximum exposure and potential answers. Njc----- OK, so I have spent the past 3 weeks doing a lot of bed rest. Healing is a long, boring, painful endeavor. So, I ask my girlfriend to pull my heavy comic book boxes over to the bedside and I decide to read one of my very favorite runs in comics ever. The second ALIENS run dark horse published. With the gorgeous airbrushed covers and interiors. I read the series through, enjoying the story very much, wishing they'd of taken the films in this bold of a direction. THEN, I hit the last letters column. Issue 4. The first photo makes my jaw drop. They had folks dressing as colonial marines in 1989? I had NO IDEA. But really, the first thing to hit me is the curious pulse rifle. >D Anyway, what is up with THIS pulse rifle????????? Anyone know these marines? Anyone ever see this pulse rifle before? It doesn't have a barrel, or any kind of vents or anything. It just looks WIERD, and . . . black??????