*So many weapons threads**Time to post my thoughts for 1000th time*
I honestly don't want to see too many guns with 1913 rails, red dot sights, laser designators, flashlights, vertical fore grips and all that jazz. They are prolific in certain militaries and in the US, but I doubt they would be in Chernarus.
On the subject of guns, there is plenty of criminal activity in Eastern Europe, guns are not uncommon. Look at these statistics out of the Ukraine:
Interior Ministry: Amount of weapons seized in 2011 would be enough for a small war
"A total of 2,781 pieces of weapons and explosives, including four grenade launchers, two machine guns, 40 assault rifles, 176 carbines and rifles, 250 pistols, 608 sawn-off shotguns, 1,500 pieces of home-made weapons, 426 grenades, 116,700 rounds of ammunition, 738 kilograms of explosives and 678 kilograms of gunpowder were seized in Ukraine this year," the ministry said.
So, breaking that down:
2 machine guns
4 grenade launchers
40 assault rifles
176 civilian rifles
608 cut-down shotguns
738 kilograms of explosives
1500 home-made weapons
Not many assault rifles or machine guns, lots of home-made guns, and a fair amount of pistols and rifles. I'm assuming most of those assault rifles would be of the AK family. Note that these are just the illegal pistols and rifles, there are also going to be a large amount of legal ones depending on the country's gun laws.
This is more of an anecdote since they can't actually know how many illegal weapons there are in total, but it's still kind of useful. Obviously in a war zone military weapons are going to be more common, so the same could hold true for a zombie apocalypse. Chernarus probably isn't as advanced as the Ukraine so would have less control over firearms trafficking. Croatians, Serbians, Albanians, and Bosnians have seized guns from abandoned military bases or corrupt contacts.
I don't even know what the point of that was
I'm just trying to say typical North and Eastern European illicit weapons look like these:
And not like these:
And that brings us to the issue of FUN. Fun is important, and the way ArmA is now kind of spoils the fun factor for many weapons. You don't get a good "feel" of a gun's real-life power with the default sounds, wounding system and impact effects. You can have fun shooting a bolt-action 22 in real life, but in ArmA (most games really) it would be boring as all hell.
People might not complain about having more civilian weapons if it felt awesome to use them.