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For more uses of the term Beam Rifle, see its disambiguation page.

The Type-27 Special Application Sniper Rifle,[1] also referred to as the Beam Rifle, is a version of the Covenant beam rifle used during the post-war era.



  • As a sniper rifle, it can be used at very long ranges.
  • It has more aim assist than any other sniper in the entire Halo series, making it easy to get snapshot medals.


  • If two to three shots are fired in rapid succession, it will overheat, rendering it temporarily useless.


Changes from Halo 4 to Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer[]

  • Weapon is given a purplish hue instead of bluish.
  • A front panel of the Beam Rifle now flips up when overheating.

Changes from Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer to Halo 5: Guardians[]

  • Different first-person scope view, with battery indicator at the bottom.
  • Scope has a targeting indicator in the form of Covenant symbols at the top.
  • The front panel no longer flips up when overheating; it lifts instead.
  • More powerful firing sound.
  • Scope glimmers a bright purplish-blue color when scoped in, giving away the user's position.


Sword of the Faithful[]

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Sword of the Faithful in Halo 5: Guardians.

Main article: Sword of the Faithful

Sword of the Faithful is a modified Type-27 Beam Rifle which is more accurate, fires faster and dissipates heat more effectively.

Krith's Left Hand[]

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Krith's Left Hand in Halo 5: Guardians.

Main article: Krith's Left Hand

Krith's Left Hand is a Type-27 Beam Rifle which features a burst-fire mechanism instead of the usual semi-automatic.