Not only the long-range weapons, the Subach HL7 and Mekhu HL7's dogfight variants have scaled down damage values (They apparently have level 2 hull and shield damage
) and their rates of fire have been upped. Same goes for other weapons.
Which, i'm sure, is why everyone grabs a Morning star with their weapons. It seems to be the most powerful laser in multiplayer when you combine it with a weak laser or something. One, if you do it right the enemy can't fire back, and two, it takes out shields in no time flat.