Ogryns serving in the Imperial Guard are equipped with the Ripper Gun, which is a heavy, automatic combat shotgun built to their massive scale. Compared to other Imperial weapons, these weapons are fairly simple, somewhat akin to the Ork Shoota. The Ripper Gun is a short range weapon that fires several shells at once to compensate for the poor aim of the average Ogryn. It can fire either a single heavy shell or a hail of shot. By design, the Ripper Gun does not have a long range, because an Ogryn's instincts always favour close combat. Ripper Guns are fired to soften up the enemy before the Ogryns charge into close combat. Ripper Guns are built particularly robustly, so that the Ogryn can use them as clubs in melee. These weapons can also be fitted with Ripper Saws. A Ripper Saw is, as the name implies, a saw blade that is attached to the end of a Ripper Gun and is intended to provide the Ogryn with an effective close combat melee weapon once they close with the enemy. This is one of the few Imperial weapons that is inentionally crafted for use by Ogryns. A Ripper Gun by design is intended to be much more durable and larger than a standard Imperial weapon, to compensate for the Ogryns' extreme clumsiness and intellectual deficits. Because of the size and simplicity of the Ripper Gun, it is one of the few ranged weapons an Ogryn can actually use in the Imperial Guard's armoury.
- Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition)
- Imperial Munitorum Manual (Background Book), pg. 63