The Paradigm Shifter is Aquila's primary weapon. It is a heavily modified AWP sniper rifle capable of firing photon-based projectiles primarily designed to take down heavy weaponry and mobs of enemies, as opposed to single targets.
The Paragidm Shifter seems to share not much difference shape-wise to a standard AWP, aside from the unique visuals.
At first glance, the weapon functions exactly like an actual AWP. If used like a conventional sniper rifle, it functions as such, albeit with slightly more power due to it firing photon rather than bullets.
However, it is a rather unique weapon due to it allowing the wielder to charge the projectiles by holding the trigger down, thus increasing projectile velocity as well as killing power. The gun has a meter to determine the multiplier of how high the projectile charge is, adding 1 to it per second and a half, and it can stack up to x10 more speed and power. An uncharged shot can kill any ordinary human, whilst a fully charged shot is capable of blowing heavy machinery apart, as well as piercing through multiple adjacent targets as collateral without losing much velocity. However, the main downside with this mechanic is that the longer one charges a shot, the longer it takes for the weapon be able to fire another one. A charge can be cancelled by aiming downwards, thrusting the gun, turning the gun back its aiming state, letting go of the trigger, and pressing the trigger again to shoot/recharge. Another downside to the charge mechanic is that a charged shot also has more recoil than a shot of less or no charge, meaning that it is very hard for a normal human to use properly initially.
The weapon is equipped with a compensating muzzle brake, a barrel attachment that reduces muzzle clib and felt recoil. However, this still comes at the cost of visibility due to the larger muzzle flashes, so it may take some time to get
The Paradigm Shifter weighs as much as a conventional sniper rifle, and as such, is rather heavy, and best when used defensively. When outside combat, the weapon takes an easily concealable book shape that strangely weighs as much as a handgun.
No, it is still impossible to quickscope properly. In fact, the lack of stability should discourage the attempts of trying to revive that fad.