IDK. They’re both crap, and they are both surpassed in stats by guns in the same category. A2 by the L85A2, and the HBAR by the HAMR.
So what’s good about the A2? It’s got a 40 stud 3-hit range... Other than that nada. Recoil is strong for what it is, and it is the ONLY assault rifle to dive into 6-hit kills, and when it does, and when taking velocity into account, it literally kills in half a second, even in a perfect scenario. Hell, even the SCAR-L doesn’t kill that slow.
So what’s good about the HBAR? It’s a poor man’s HAMR, but that’s it, again. It takes a century and a half to reload, and you don’t even get a full magazine more in ammo than the average Assault Rifle. Perhaps it’s not as bad as the A2, and that’s the one good thing I can say about it, but it’s still hot garbage that I have no idea why people still use it.
HBAR was always meh, and I never saw why it was so OP. Sure, it was amazing at suppressing people (which people pointed out that the suppression-based-on-caliber thing is excepted on the HBAR, which that claim is BS since all the snipers, yes, HAVE THE SAME SUPPRESSION NO MATTER THE CALIBER), but it never held that many rounds. The only redeeming qualities that made the HBAR so good were the suppression capabilities and the shorter-than-average reload, and the good damage at range, both nerfed into oblivion in the July 4 2k17 update, making the HBAR a worse SCAR HAMR with no ammo and a longer reload time.
I have 2400kills on my aug hbar its not a bad gun at all but the gun can only be used in a way and only 3or 2maps and best in metro and with the hallow point it destroys and it has good hip fire and sight stability just have to waste abit more bullets but its best at hitting multiple enemies and spamming it
I quote myself from prior to the rework of the AUG A2. I said "I prefer HBAR over A2 anyday."
I must clarify now that this is no longer my position. I believe that it is mainly a user's preference regarding which one is the worser of the two, however, regarding each weapon's particular role, both are mostly balanced.
The AUG A2 is now a viable CQC assault rifle, rivialling that of the AK-74, AK-12C, SCAR PDW and many more weapons. Although its long-range damage figures are poor, matching that of the carbine class, it is still a good CQC weapon. It definitely feels more consistant than before the rework, and I believe its current place is good. Not too strong, but not weak either. A viable alternative to the much more used aforementioned weapons.
The AUG HBAR, is the opposite, being a good long-range weapon, being more akin to weapons in the DMR category. Like the L86 LSW, it favours precision and accuracy over volume of fire. I do believe though that it does need a buff to differentiate it more from the SCAR HAMR or RPK-74, however. Once those weapons are unlocked, the HBAR is sidelined. So something like increased velocity, or slightly better maximum damage, or even a decreased reload time might be able to make it more viable.
AUG A2 is very much comparable to the AK-74. I would consider the AUG A2 to be the more CQC orientated weapon out of the two, boasting a higher RoF. However, due to its higher recoil, the AUG A2 is worse at medium-ranged engagements, thus the AK-74 is better at such distances.
However, the HBAR has a higher magazine capacity, expends ammo less quickly, and has a further elimination potential. Furthermore, it does more damage than the A2 at maximum and minimum ranges, AND is at most, a 4SK to the torso. Not to mention the 98 damage with 2 shots to the head in CQC, and higher penetration and suppression values.
The HBAR is more of an all-rounder, leaning more to distance, whereas the A2 is more focused on CQC, but does not have enough of an advantage.