Enemies don't get crazy weapon mods or trinkets or leadership bonuses.
Your Ranger gets cover, enemies will miss a lot. Enemies get cover, your ranger with mods, trinkets etc will still burst 100% at their torso.[/quote]
I see, and you have a point there.
I was reviewing your weapon stats and I still see AR as the best weapon by far, even with your changes.
Other weapons damage/AP doesnt compare with AR. The only one that can compete are Heavy, but even then there is a requirement of strenght and a lot of bullets. The AP cost just doesnt justify choosing other options.
The range can be a decisive factor? maybe... but only for those who are caught off-guard. Players like me, who likes to always prepere for a fight, almost never let enemies get too close, even if we have to run from them while shooting.
Remember: Skill Points are EXPENSIVE! Secondary weapons are kind of a waste of points, specially if you consider that not everyone is going to put +8 INT. So, for me to choose Shotgun or handgun instead of AR, it must really pay the price.
If you really want to balance things and make other weapons interesting, changing the AP cost is essencial. I still think small weapons AP are too high.
Just an opinion.