Legendaries aside, they tend to have inferior stats across the board when compared to SMGs. The only redeeming quality to them are the Jacobs line for the high damage semi-autos, but Jacobs pistols will still outperform them. I feel like there's a design issue there in terms of an oversight in making assault rifles unique in its own way.
It was nice of them to make good pistols. But i Think they didn't really compare them to other weapons.
This game also lacks ammo regen which leads to an abundance of infinity users. Heck i have one of each variety. If gearbox is paying attention with its online stat tracker hopefully they recognize and understand why.
I'm running an AR Axton right now because I love the Vladof etech Blasters. But even those and the Shreddifier are just on par with Infinities. Anarchists outclass them, and throw on a sherrifs badge and its not even close. If AR's simply had a sherrifs badge type relic they'd get more love.
I have something like 18 50's, and this will be the only one who uses AR's instead of pistols. I just needed some variety is why I made him