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The Mark 3 Lancer Assault Rifle was the third generation Lancer assault rifle that replaced the Mark 2 model as the standard issue rifle of the Coalition of Ordered Governments Army after its introduction in 42 A.E. Unlike the Mark 2, which required a complete redesign of the Mark 1, the Mark 3 is simply considered as an upgrade compared to its predecessor.
Designed by Damon Baird and Marcus Fenix; the rifle featured modifications of Marcus' Custom Lancers, such as a more angular positioned magazine without a lock well, a slightly longer barrel, extra affiliation lights placed around the weapon, a more rearward ejection port, a lighter metal stock - in place of the Custom Lancer's wooden one, as well as a larger holographic sight. It is overall, a more ergonomic design than the stockless model of the Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle.
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Aside from the aesthetic changes and more ergonomic design, the Mark 3 Lancer Assault Rifle handles the same as its predecessors. It is a decent starting weapon which is good at close to medium range and has a large magazine. It still retains the classic Chainsaw Bayonet which makes it lethal at close range.
However, its stopping power is less than either the more long range Hammerburst II or the close range Mark 1 Lancer Assault Rifle and Enforcer Submachine Gun, making it a more balanced and versatile weapon. The weapon's execution is still the same as its predecessors with little visual changes.
The weapon starts off with 180 rounds, noticeably less than its predecessor's 300 rounds. Although it still retains its max 420 round ammunition capacity. The reduction of rounds was done to balance the introduction of the Enforcer Submachine Gun and Talon Autopistol.