How about this idea for the Gears 3 sniper....
Take an ordinary Gears 2 sniper but with a much better improved hit detection. When someone active reloads it and fires -it sounds and makes the same effects just like the gears 1 sniper (or at least something close to the original). Then when an enemy is within 20 ft -maby less? (not great in distance-wise but just imagine not very far and somewhat pretty close) anyways the sniper can active down when actived reloaded. Overall, I think this would satisfy the majority.Personally I loved the gears1 sniper.
Some of us like the active down and some of us hate it but it makes a lot of sense. The torque only needs one hit and your dead and their both considered power weapons.