The TSAR-42 is the close-quarters option in the Terran bolt-action arsenal Unlike other bolt-action rifles, the TSAR-42 does not include an integrated scope, allowing users to equip optics typically reserved for standard weaponry in its place, and the weapon features a faster chamber time.
However, these perks come at the cost of effectiveness at range, with the TSAR-42 having steep damage fall-off and a lower velocity, plus no access to high magnification (6x and higher) scopes.
The TSAR-42, Ghost, and SAS-R are statistically identical.
The weapon's muzzle flash and noise generation is reduced, and the player no longer appears on the minimap when firing. In exchange, the weapon's damage falls off 20 meters sooner, and bullet velocity is reduced by 15%.
It is possible to earn both Ribbons and Medals while using the TSAR-42. Each ribbon is a standard reward for achieving a set amount of kills with the rifle. Medals are awarded upon reaching kill milestones with the weapon.
Medals earned with the TSAR-42 contribute towards the Sniper Rifles directive tree.
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In honor of player Mentis, who has scored just under 300,000 kills with the rifle, a TSAR-42 was placed up against a tree to the south of Peris Amp Station. Interacting (E by default) with the rifle will show the following message.
A battle-worn sniper rifle of Terran design rests peacefully against the tree. The weapon is scored innumerably with the wielder's kill tally, and it's clear this soldier ran out of space to record. In the metallic pommel of the weapon grip you see large letters scratched into the paint: "MENTIS"