Actually it address everything you typed. 1. Its not a "waste" to shoot at things from longer ranges. It is pretty damn effective. 2. I used a carbine for both close -through- long range engagements just fine. 3. An all around weapon should probably cover "all around", meaning effective range from close-long as well as decent damage drop-off, and velocity. Something Shotguns and SMG's don't have. Lastly you obviously only play the LA one way...therefore think its the only way. Which is funny, because on my TR/NC and VS characters, I don't the CQC role, yet still do just fine, get lots of kills, and help my team. So to sum it up. The default weapons for each class will perform any role, and don't have a "downside". They are not specialized in any area, therefore I still think they are the best all around weapons.