I see - we’re looking at sniping differently. The distance to target shown below (the rooftop over the Lynchwood train station) is something I consider the far end of “short” range when sniping (the raised walkway would be medium range). From this distance, the Godfinger is out-damaging the Hawkeye, Muckamuck, and Buffalo (but not the Elephant Gun… need a little more distance before the Godfinger out-damages that, but Elephant Gun crit shots at these distances are fairly difficult). Also, I think our definition of a Jakobs ‘purist’ is one who follows their slogan, “If it took more than one shot, you weren’t using a Jakobs”. Praising a Muckamuck for its fire rate sounds… weird. Not that it won’t kill things, isn’t fun to use, nor is a terrible sniper rifle (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t use mine all the time), but I think we’re talking about two different strategies (both of which are viable, they just favor different weaponry).
On topic - I think as weapon gimmicks vary, there will be some crossover that makes it seem like a different weapon type, but this isn’t unique to Jakobs weapons. One could say that Vladof sniper rifles are trying to be assault rifles, Hyperion pistols are trying to be sniper rifles, or Bandit assault rifles are trying to be shotguns, for example, but I see what you’re saying.