The Sprtel-Wood 9700 is a high-speed Gatling laser that shoots green lasers. It has an ammunition capacity of 90 electron charge packs and moderate weapon spread. The Sprtel-Wood 9700 can inflict 16 damage per hit in good condition, but it has a slightly below-average critical hit chance for an automatic weapon.
The Sprtel-Wood 9700 can fire a total of about 4,995 times using standard packs, the equivalent of 56 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
The Vault Boy image does not have a backpack, and he is facing to the right, unlike the Gatling laser Pip-Boy image, in which the Vault Boy has a backpack and is facing to the left.
The Sprtel-Wood 9700 is 3 pounds lighter than a normal Gatling laser. This gives it a greater advantage in Hardcore mode with more space for ammunition, and along with the Heavyweight perk, the weight drops to 7.5, making it lighter than a laser rifle, but slightly heavier than a recharger pistol.
When the lasers of the Sprtel-Wood 9700 hit something like a wall, they make a plasma-like effect.
The Sprtel-Wood 9700 synergizes greatly with the Light Touch, Laser Commander and Set Lasers for Fun perks, increasing the overall critical chance to 19% per beam shot, seeing as they are implemented after the Critical Chance Multiplier.
The numbers "9700" can be seen stenciled on the backpack.
Behind the scenes
The Sprtel-Wood 9700 is an homage to Scott Sprtel, a medical student who died in 2003 in a biking accident, and Brian Wood, a game designer at Relic Entertainment who was killed in a traffic collision.
When scoring a critical hit on an enemy and the critical hit animation plays, the sound of the gun firing will still continue to play repeatedly until the gun is fired again.[verified]
Sometimes, if Gloria Van Graff is dead, Sprtel-Wood 9700 will not be purchasable from Vendortron.[verified]
On PC, this can be fixed by opening the console and typing startquest xx00093c, hitting enter, then followed by resetquest xx00093c. This can also be done in reverse order. It may take several seconds before the script takes effect (a pop-up will notify that Gun Runner plugin has started). If it still doesn't work, try using resetinventory command on the Vendortron.
When you only have ammunition within your remaining magazine and none left, holding the trigger down till exhausting all rounds doesn't stop the weapon's looping sound animation and firing animation (though no lasers will fire out) until one lets go of the firing trigger.[verified]
Occasionally the gun may be sold by both Gloria Van Graff and the Gun Runners at the same time. Once the weapon is purchased from either vendor the other disappears from the other vendor's inventory. This seems to happen while participating in the quest Heartache by the Number without killing Gloria or Alice McLafferty. [verified]