While the Wasteland Alliance began its campaign with large stockpiles of small arms, heavier support weapons were initially in short supply. With their usual resourcefulness, militia bosses issued squads with whatever substitutes they could scavenge, steal or improvise. The resulting firearms take considerable strength and courage to use, even by the standards of troops who possess both traits in abundance. As their operators tend to draw a lot of fire in return they wear heavy armour for protection. They are best used in conjunction with more lightly equipped infantry who can quickly seize positions or outflank the enemy while the Sluggers provide covering fire.