We've yet to discover the aliens' means of forging the alloy materials used throughout their structures and equipment. However, the alloy fragments have proven to be a more than effective projectile in initial testing when properly contained.
With the inherent difficulties in trying to forge or manipulate the alien alloys we've recovered from the field, our thought process as to how this material could be used to our advantage turned towards some of our more traditional, rudimentary weapons designs. In containing a small cluster of alloy fragments within a highly-energized magnetic field, we found it is possible to discharge the cluster using a plasma pulse of varying intensity. the overall design is akin to that of a shotgun, although the result comes more from our inability to form proper projectiles that it does from our desire to generate this particular outcome. Having seen first hand some of the recent alien forces our troops have been dealing with, I have no doubts they'll still find this new design appealing for its overall stopping power. R.Tygan