Commando is bad at the moment. There is no ifs or buts about it. While it was strong in Flight due to its damage capabilities and fire rate, I think it’s overnerfed in the current version.
But, I do not think we should simply buff it back to Flight or close to Flight. This will only cause it to be at best, a better Marksman rifle than the BR or at worse, a more accurate AR.
Current Commando functions like this : a DMR ranged Covenant Carbine with high recoil.
We should work to push this into a different direction.
Direction 1 :
Keep the fire rate and the damage, reduce the recoil. This will make the Commando the new Carbine. As opposed to increasing damage and reducing recoil, we do not need something to fill the same niche as the Stalker Rifle. But we could use something similar to the Carbine in terms of long ranged pelting. Carbine fans will feel most at home with this Marksman class weapon over the BR.
Reduce the range significantly, lower damage per bullet, seriously up the fire rate. Turn Commando into the new SAW. While AR is still the best bread and butter spray weapon, Commando can fill the niche of basically being a more threatening trade up from the AR. This will also have to see Ammo in the Mag increase from 20 to potentially 60, with 120 extra rounds when picked up from the rack.