Penetrating

When a weapon with this special rule hits, check in which arc of the target the shooter is in. The weapon causes a number of hits equal to the number of ranks of its target if the shooter is in the front or the rear arc, or a number hits equal to the number of files of its target if the shooter is in either flank arc. In either case, the number of hits cannot exceed 5.
Some Penetrating attacks have a higher Strength and/or additional special rules stated in square brackets (such as Strength 3[6], [Multiple Wounds (D3)]). If so, a single hit from this attack uses the Strength value and special rules in brackets. The Bracketed values and special rules are not applied to any other hits.