I’m not sure if this has been made known or not, but I haven’t seen anything on it from a precursory look through the threads. So, I’m writing about it here and waiting for some feedback.
If you have a SCAV weapon equipped, swapping to another equipped weapon will increase the second weapon’s mag size with the Sponsored By… skill. However, in my latest session with my L.37-8 Doppelganger, I found that if the swapped-to weapon is partially or completely empty, then the SCAV Manufacturer Bonus actually reloads that weapon instead.
I did this with a SCAV assault riffle and a Nukem rocker launcher, which has a long reload time (8.7 secs on the item card). I first fired a shot from the Nukem, which empties its mag with just one shot and starts the reloading animation. The reload was consistent with the item card. Then I fired and emptied the Nukem again, then promptly swapped to the SCAV assault rifle, then quickly swapped back to the Nukem. Sure, enough the Nukem was fully loaded and ready to be fired. I tried this on several other guns, and I found similar results. I even did this with two SCAV weapons: I kept firing both weapons, swapping between the two of them, and I never needed to reload before I exhausted all my ammo.
This discovery has made the skill Marginal Benefits pretty much obsolete for me.
I’m playing on a PS3, with the latest patch and hotfixes, if that is a consideration. Anyone care to try to recreate this SCAV-reload effect and comment, please?