Rather than re-write a big description, here's the first part of the included Readme file:
This mod was created in an attempt to balance & create more realistic weapon stats. It was my opinion that most weapon stats were created arbitrarily and without much regard to game balance or realism. Therefore I have begun a complete overhaul of every weapon in the game, with the primary goal of achieving a better balance of game mechanics. My secondary goal was to correct several errors in regards to naming of items & ammunition.
As I said above, this mod is a complete overhaul of all weapon stats in the game. My plan is to revise all weapons included in the game, including melee weapons, RPGs, grenades, mines, and explosives. This will also include weapon availability (time and ammounts) in the weapon shop, and the weapons and ammo that are dropped by enemy soldiers.
The individual changes are too numerous to list here (since every weapon has had just about every stat changed). Instead I've included tables which list the updated stat of each weapon. These tables are divided by weapon category.
In general, weapons are more lethal in terms of damage caused, ranges are roughly unchanged, while accuracy has been slightly decreased in most cases. Shot AP costs have received extensive changes (mostly higher, with Bolt-Action rifles having the greatest increase), as well as Reload AP costs (which I would have liked to go even higher, but was limited by the game mechanics). Weapon costs have come closer to average, instead of wild differences as before. And the costs are now related to quality & performance, rather than when the weapon becomes available.
Version 1.0 (Jan 10, 2006)
Pistols, SMGs, Bolt-Action Rifles, Semi-Auto Rifles, Assault Rifles, Light MGs, and Heavy MGs have been updated.
Melee Weapons & Throwing Weapons have been updated.
RPGs have been updated.
Relevant ammo, magazines, and ammo clips have been updated.
Somehow JHP ammo got broke. Shots from blue (JHP) magazines do standard damage, not increased damage. (No idea why...)
Like JHP ammo, AP rockets are technically 'broken' (ie - AP rockets have the same stats as regular rockets). However, it was my intention to do away with AP rockets anyways, and create a single, more dual-purpose round for the RPGs.
The cost & size stats for JHP magazines & AP rockets are not yet matched up with their normal counterparts.
Some ammo dropped by enemy soldiers does not match up (see below).
After initial testing, RPGs aren't as effective against PKs as I would like. Will be overhauled before the next release of this mod.
Explosive stats need to be overhauled
Grenade stats need to be overhauled
Mine stats need to be overhauled
Weapon availaibilty in the Weapon Store needs to be changed.
Fix the weapons / ammo dropped by enemy soldiers.
Test. Test. Test.
In addition, the complete readme included in the .zip file contains complete tables listing weapon stats for all affected weapons in this mod.
As I said above, this is the 1st version. I still have quite a bit to do before I consider this mod finished, but I wanted to get it out for people to try and test. So, please give me feedback, not only on errors that I made, but also in terms of balance.
Finally, this mod does not address anything outside the scope of weapon stats (such as Character skills, or PK stats). This mod will focus only on weapons, excluding PK weapons. However, I plan on releasing several modular Mods, which will each focus on a specific issue of gameplay. Look for those soon.