The standard energy sidearm of the United States Armed Forces, the AEP7 replaced the AEP5 model. Boasting redesigned internal components, including a new photonic focusing chamber and completely redesigned focusing crystal pattern, the AEP7 offers a respectable damage output, excellent accuracy at range, and generous battery size. By taking advantage of new manufacturing techniques developed shortly before the Great War, it also boasted reduced weight and bulk compared to previous models.
It's entirely likely that if wartime logistic troubles did not delay development and deployment, the AEP7 and its superior version, the AEP9, would have entirely superseded the N99 10mm pistol as the standard sidearm of the U.S. military. As it stands, the Great War prevented it from being widely deployed, despite a large number of units being produced. Repair and calibration are generally recommended whenever a functional laser pistol is found.
This weapon, like many other unique weapon variants in Fallout 3, 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 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 fewer caps. Also since the patch, this laser pistol does less damage than Protectron's Gaze, and is also no longer classified as a quest item.
This laser pistol can fire 694 bolts, about 23 full cells, before breaking, which is 32 bolts fewer than the normal laser pistol.
PlayStation 3 While using the laser pistol, in third person the Lone Wanderer's upper right arm may either twist, or 'compress' while firing.
Xbox 360 The automatic firing rate can return to the regular firing rate due to an unknown bug.
↑ 1.01.1Citadel terminals. Terminal, AEP7 Laser Pistol: "The AEP7 Laser Pistol was put into service to replace the AEP5, a model which was notorious for its problems with overheating. The AEP7 features a new design in the photonic focusing chamber as well as an entirely redesigned focusing crystal pattern. The bulk and weight have both been reduced over previous models and it was likely that within the new few development cycles, the successor to the AEP7 would replace the n99 10mm as the standard issue sidearm for all forces.
The AEP7 took advantage of new manufacturing techniques developed shortly before the Great War. Although many were produced, most did not make it into field service because of logistics problems concerning their deployment during active wartime.
The AEP7 can be a rare find in the Capital Wasteland, and any models that are produced should be returned to the Citadel for repair and recalibrating before field deployment."