As stated in Facebook in the Necromunda 2017 group by Jonathan (who wrote the rules), this is deliberate. Its to ensure only champions and leaders have heavy weapons. Don't think of acolyte and neophyte as the units in 40k are modelled or identified; its basically a champion distinction here so 40k acolyte models can be neophytes in this game and 40k neophyte models can be acolytes in this gang.Hello everyone, excellent gang manager tools here.
I do think that neophytes hybrids should have "When the gang is created, one Neophyte hybrid can be armed with a special weapon or a heavy weapon"
I strongly doubt they wanted to allow a genestealer magus to be toting a mining laser too.
One small detail in the manager however ; Acolyte hybrids come ready dressed with a hazard suit since the update.
The discussion also includes the M4 rule, base size and other intriguing topics concerning the rules