The archer is not meant to snipe infantry, it's an anti-material rifle. As for your statement about shotguns, sniper rifles are 1 hsk and 2htk at any range. Add that to the fact they have less rechamber time than pump shotguns, and that critical chain affects sniper rifles but not shotguns it makes shotguns much more situational than rifles. Considering the only situation where shotguns work is in-your-face scenarios, (and still, it doesn't work against shielded heavies) shotguns become much harder to use. You must get in, get your kill(s) and get out fast before you are spotted and shot down. Snipers can just sit at any range and get a 1 htk, provided they go for the head. Even if they miss and hit the body instead, one follow-up shot and the guy is dead. Sounds very hard to use. I wonder why everyone's kdr is 8+ when they play infil, yet drops drastically when they play any other class.