I have been using the Lancer pretty much all the time for the past few weeks and have noticed how much the active Lancer seems to dominate at close range. It seems that it can down very fast, and it has ridiculous stopping power. At close range I have landed every Gnasher shot on someone (accurately) and still got downed by someone using the active lancer.
It also seems that hipfiring it is also very accurate at close range. I read the BRADYGAMES Gears of War 3 Guide or whatever it is called a while ago and remember it saying something like "walking back while hipfiring the Lancer is the perfect counter to a shotgun". Believe it or not, I'm sure it said something alone those lines. Anyone else think it could do with a slight reduction in stopping power at close range. It seems that there is nothing you can do once stopping power takes place. Even if I'm moving to the side I'm glued to the floor.