The R-201 Carbine is an improved version of the R-101C Carbine, an extremely versatile and evenly balanced assault rifle. It performs at 25 damage with damage drop starting at 28.575 meters(1500 units) and drop ending at 66.675 meters(3500 units), and a fully automatic 810 RPM fire rate. Its magazine can hold 24 bullets and 30 with the Extra Ammo mod equipped. It is praised to have extremely good accuracy, as it has an accuracy of 90.
The design of the R-201 Assault Rifle is similar to its previous incarnation, but with a sleeker design and a greyed finish. It is the workhorse of both the IMC and Colonial Militia. As a weapons platform, it is highly customizable with countless accessories and upgrades available. Replacement parts are easily printed with the simplest base materials and schematics are widely shared, making the R-201 a very popular weapon among Frontier Pilots. Upgrades from the 101 to the 201 are enhanced ergonomics, an improved Irondot reticule and an upgraded internal CPU core that regulates barrel temperature, weapon malfunctions and ballistics.
The Front Rifleman banner can be unlocked by getting the R-201 to generations 2.9, 3.9 and 4.9 (for standard, FIRE and GOLD variants, respectively). The Front Rifleman XL can be unlocked by killing 50, 100 and 250 enemies for the same variants.
In the campaign, the R-201 has a standard magazine capacity of 32, apart from 24 or 30 in multiplayer.