Featuring a long effective range and high damage, the Combat Rifle is the counterpart of the similarly-designed Bolt-Action Rifle. Behaving like a cross-between the Assault Rifle and the Bolt-Action Rifle, the Combat Rifle is best employed in mid-to-long range engagements.
Like the Bolt-Action Rifle, it boasts high accuracy and damage with each shot. However, the Combat Rifle does have a much lower degree of recoil and higher ammo count, at the expense of reduced damage and hip fire spread. Due to these factors, the Combat Rifle is quite effective out to medium ranges, or even farther if using high zoom scopes.
Unlike the Bolt-Action, the Combat Rifle is capable of semi-automatic fire. It is highly recommended that players learn how to control their rate of fire when facing hostiles at varying ranges; single shots for distant enemies, and rapid, controlled bursts for closer foes. Take up a designated marksman's role as often as possible, and act as long-range support for your more versatile, Assault Rifle using teammates. When used properly, you may find yourself with many assists and headshots.
Although it is a deadly weapon in its own right, it is disadvantageous to use in close quarters engagements, unless the player can get several lucky shots off. Keep enemies at a distance when possible, and be prepared to switch to your secondary receiver just in case.
There are 5 different magazine types for the Combat Rifle. For an overview, see Combat Rifle Mags.
- ArmCom 77.3 'The Ogre'
- Briar 'Chronos' CQ-CR (Hero weapon of Chronos - R. O'Conner)
- Briar Deacon A1-CR (Hero weapon of Deacon - T. Halsey)
- Frontier B.R.S. 'Burning Man'
- Stealthy 'Tactical' Tryhard
- MMRS Ex 'Slammer'
- Titan 05E-C Nightstalker
- Titan Mod-G38 'Hail Mary'
- Titan Std Barrage
- The Combat Rifle seems to be heavily influenced by modern-day Battle Rifles such as the Belgian FN FAL, the German G3 and the American M14 rifle. These weapons typically fired full caliber ammunition as opposed to the intermediate rounds fired by later Assault Rifles.
- Aesthetically, the Combat Rifle does closely resemble the H&K SL8, a semi-automatic, civilian version of the Heckler & Koch G36, the current service rifle of the German Bundeswehr.
- (first appearance, named Sniper Rifle in the prequel Blacklight: Tango Down)
- Blacklight: Retribution