Hi all, currently captain 10, flying a Pach Raptor, upgrading my ship soon but currently I believe my damage per second in pvp is a bit crap. Anyway was getting around 10000 while the other main team had someone with around 100000 so I was there is there anything I should be doing?
I'll give you my impressions from flying a Pach Raptor way back when... The ship is less maneuverable than the equivalent escort or BoP. It has only 10% more hull than the escort. It has the same BO rank layout as the BoP, but without the universal slots. It has no battle-cloak to facilitate escaping.
In short, I wouldn't expect to top damage charts with a Pach. It's a boat compared to the other dogfighting ships in the same tier and will be consistently out-maneuvered. Don't let the extra front weapon slot trick you into thinking otherwise.
In a PvP premade, I can see it working as a "destroyer," going after sci ships or cruisers while the BoPs take care of enemy escorts; otherwise, it really doesn't fill a niche that a BoP or a battlecruiser couldn't do better.
...and all this is my opinion, of course.
Edit: Oh, btw, check out SpiderMitch's ship charts here. Suricata has a comprehensive version out there somewhere, but I can't find it for some reason...
Currently now using Quin Heavy raptor now.
Weapons using at moment are the basic weapons for those when purchased.
Which is VIII using 2 disruptor cannons, 3 photon torpedo lauchers, duel disrupter beam
Also I was recommend to keep with raptors since I'm a tactical.
Qin is an even match for the equivalent Escort in terms of maneuverability - with a bit more hull to boot. You'll want to upgrade your equipment to Mk X as soon as possible, of course.
However, if you're not comfortable with it, don't feel like you have to fly it because of your profession. The only reason for a Tac to favor a Raptor is to train your Commander Tac BO in rank III skills. But if you're in a fleet, or you know a friendly Eng or Sci Captain (or even if you just ask nicely on the forum or in chat), you could get someone to train up your Cdr Eng or Sci BOs as well.