Don’t worry, it wasn’t -that- haphazard
I know this makes kiting more possible, but there are tools that let a US player punish kiting moves - like .30 cals or BARs. While they don’t have those tools in the early game, they also will flat out have more infantry in the early game (barring a really successful MG42 trap) - the difference in HQ squad production rate/cost is pretty substantial.
What I’m hoping for with this change is to move away from US players somewhat blithely throwing infantry at problems, secure in the knowledge that they have so many guys with such good DPS that as long as there’s no MG in the mix, they can just rambo forwards and kill everything. The short range means that they need to figure out how to use terrain to keep the distances short - or use suppression/smoke/flanking to close the gap without taking huge damage.
The DPS is actually high enough that 1v1 HQ squads, the US squad still pretty much wins, even rushing over flat ground. It’s only when there are 2v2 or 3v3 when that range difference starts to hurt really badly (when the difference was much smaller, it only emerged in engagements of like 5v5 or larger, talking in numbers of HQ squads).
BAR’s power somewhat depends on how we interpret its role in the game. If we say that it should be laying suppressive fire like a light MG with a small clip, then yeah, it should kill at the same rate as a bren or .30 cal. If we’re looking at it as kind of a precursor to assault rifles, then the more accurate (more deadly) fire makes sense. There’s data to support either take on the weapon. Personally (and to appease FLOZi, who hates it when I lump the bren and the BAR together <_<) I think looking at it as an early assault rifle - style tool works well, and helps distinguish them slightly from the Brens (which have more spread and more rounds, and thus suppress a wider area more effectively).
Anywho. Yes, we should play some ussr vs us and gbr vs us games to see how this has affected the other matchups. I’ll be pretty surprised if it reduces the US too much; Against the brits they still have a decisive numbers advantage, and while the soviet AA guns are a little more troubling now, I’d imagine that 2 guys could still lay it low if they approach from different angles (only need one shot to hit it and pin to kill in safety).