Well, I agree they're not great, I just think they're not bad either: - They actually have 2000 velocity, equaled only by PPCs. Not sure why you think they're slow. - Damage concentration is a bit of a problem, true. DPS helps make up for that somewhat. - Brawling with them is often a bad idea unless you have enough DPS to make a foe flinch, true. Certainly not as fearsome as SRMs up close! - You're wrong about the heat -- they have 1 heat per 2 damage, a bit better than twice as good as an ERLL and still worse than a LL. - ERLLs are actually slightly worse at damage concentration at range, as well as having less range and faster damage drop past normal range. Overall though I would agree that Gauss Rifles are better, but not in all situations (Gauss Rifles are crap up close and have poor DPS for their weight). Where AC2s really lose out is in comparison to PPCs, but then those are presently the best weapon.