i am a big time revolver and handgun lover. and by all accounts i love them in bl3 too but they fall so far behind smg and ar dmg capabilities outside of few ones that it is not even funny.
i really try to make these work in m3, with playing dirty you can add whole extra projectile to lets say thorns or foursum or aaa. and while these guns kill they kill nowhere as fast as other options.
yes duc and unforginven still own if non elemental bullet dmg does not bite the modifier dust but for their mag sizes everything else i love performs relatively bad:
5.AAA ( i luv it tho but range kills it for most areas)
- oh wait these are the good ones yet lol the other ones are even further behind
maliwan: legendaries generally come out extremely niche i guess hellshock is goodish in terms of mag size/firerate/dmg on card but then we have bunch of meh even with double projectile counts.
vladof’s: are just no impact bullethoses for m3 (yes probably moze can do sth with it but only if you forced her to choke on it)
dahl: apart from my bae AAA and very strong but niche nightflyer. nemesis flat out loses to barragel hornet again can only fin the place in moze’s loving hands cuz it does have splash for extra umph
jacobs: generally good but mayhem always rolls with -5000% non elemental dmg
torgue: these guns should rejoice in having playing dirty stacks but they just do not do near enough dps to find a place in slot. (they are good i love them, but they are just not good enough)
i feel like apart from regular guns in red text department handguns are losing by larger margin to dps guns than they should. yes they are ammo efficient but who needs that in endgame.
from the get go it felt like pistols are the real big time side arms in this game, because previously they had bigger mags, now i look at vladof dahl mag sizes and for repeater type pistols they are just naaah
i don care how but make foresum occulist and thorns comparable to cutsman or imma eat greek yogurt diet for a week!
sherif players needs some love and duce and unforgiven are not cutting my lust for handgun ownage.