I always just used whatever weapons dropped for me.
At first I had to learn the weapons anyway, later I used what I thought had the best sound effect and eventually the most useful.
But I never spent more than 70 k on a gun even if I had millions.
However being stuck outside stf gear now if it were me I'd go for damned cheap KB3 shotguns no doubt.
I'd never even consider paying millions for a little extra dps. The item still looks the same and sounds the same and does the same.
Add to that you should rely on your kit mainly I think so if you really wanted you could show up with t1 dual pistols and go crazy.
Well since Tuesday, STF's no longer drop any loot of any kind.
Well that's not entirely true. My last STF I was seeing random drops as usual. There just wasn't any opt loot or personal loot to be had.
Oh and I'll point out I was only doing the STF because I now need 5 BNP because I accidentally added the ****ty omega project for dil because I forgot it existed and presumed it was tier 1 upgrade after seeing romulus tier 1 was ready to upgrade. So, instead of being able to cancel personal projects, you know, the thing that made sense, I have to ****ing farm 5 BNP and waste them just to be able to upgrade later. Because cryptic wants people to be trapped into this ****. Yeah this totally made me want to continue.