Assault rifles are the most versatile weapons, being average in range, damage, magazine capacity and ammo consumption. They feature a full-auto fire mode firing between 4 to 6 rounds depending on the model, as well as a single shot mode which can be more effective than full-auto at longer ranges.
In comparison with other weapon classes, they deal less damage than pistols and shotguns but can have better range and can deal damage more consistently over time. When it comes to larger groups of enemies, light and medium machine guns are preferred. However, assault rifles are about the only weapons that can adapt to any type of situation and are always a good choice when setting out on a longer trip in the wasteland.