The Morita Mk1 is a .308 assault rifle with a high capacity magazine. Technically outmoded, it has become a more common weapon with PDFs, militias, and separatist actions than within the Mobile Infantry.
The original workhorse of the Federation, the Morita Mk1 has seen combat across the breadth of human space. A venerable and much-revised design, there are few troopers alive who wouldn’t swear by it.
While it was always a cumbersome, heavy weapon, with solid metal construction, this lent itself to a reliability and sturdiness which has appealed to generation upon generation of Mobile Infantry, separatist, and militiaman alike.
When the time came for the Mk1 to be replaced, many troopers insisted on keeping their service weapon, refusing to sign for their issued Mk3 rifle. Some cited concerns over the new weapon’s reliability, but even as new revisions of the Mk3 resolved the issues with the mechanism, there are some troopers who refuse to part with their old companion.
In some regiments, the Mk1 has found new life. An astoundingly long service history has led to a wide variety of after-market modifications (some more authorised than others). Many units ship in or machine modifications which they say bring the Mk1 up to spec with current era standard issue weaponry.
Alongside the Morita Mk1's original design the Morita Arms Company launched two variants of the Mk1 which were widely issued by the Mobile Infantry. The 'long' variant mounts a scope onto the standard Mk1, while the 'carbine' variant was a smaller and lighter Mk1 without the under slung shotgun barrel.