This is my experience with my stock
guns (ranked from best to worst):
The Magstrike has been my most effective stock weapon. The sustained ROF is off the charts if you have more than two clips. Ranges vary from blaster to blaster (my magstrike got freakishly good ranges in stock form).
The Rapid Fire 20 is also effective, but it doesn't have the sustained ROF as the Magstrike
Ditto for the Vulcan. Swapping chains takes a long time and really hurts it's effectiveness. But it's awesome while it's ammo lasts.
The Big Salvo has very nice range and ROF in stock form. However, it suffers from one big disadvantage: you have to use the stock arrows, so you can't use the darts that your opponent shot at you.
The Hornet works well, albeit with lower range than I'd like.
The Longshot has very nice ROF when you have more than two magazines, but range is poor.
The Big Bad Bow actually gets pretty decent ranges in stock form. ROF is mediocre.
The recon has very nice ROF but gets very poor ranges.
The Tek 10 has pretty good ROF but gets very poor ranges.
The Maverick has pretty good ROF but gets very poor ranges.
The Tek 6 has pretty good ROF but gets very poor ranges.
The NiteFinder gets okay ranges, but ROF is mediocre.
The AT3k is terrible in stock form.
The AT2k is even more terrible in stock form.
If you are going to buy a new gun without any intention of modding it, I would suggest:
An automatic such as the Magstrike/RF20/Vulcan
A Big Salvo if you can get it cheap
A $5 hornet
The Longshot is okay, too.
Edited by Daniel Beaver, 25 December 2008 - 08:57 PM.