Early Strogg nailguns behaved more like a shotgun, as they fired a cluster of sharp metal spikes or "nails" simultaneously. Although the weapon was inaccurate at range, it could do considerable damage to a human at close-quarters combat distances, making it a suitable weapon for fighting indoors.

Later designs were more advanced, including the ability to fire "homing" nails, and were something of a "standard issue" firearm among the Strogg. The modern Strogg Nail Gun uses a piston-driven propellant system to fill its cone of fire with a cloud of nails. It functions according to the mantra of accuracy by volume, its multiple firing chambers spinning constantly to ensure target saturation. While imprecise, the Nail Gun can be a brutal instrument in close combat.

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