I was playing as an engineer in Battlefield 4 last night, and was awarded a "Carbine" unlock. What does that mean? Did I unlock the carbine class of weapons, or just a particular carbine gun?

For example, looking in Battlelog > Profile > Unlocks > Weapons, I see a grid of carbines where one carbine has an orange bar under it, and one carbine has half an orange bar. Is the one with the full orange bar the one I unlocked?

I find the documentation and user interface confusing, as I am new to FPS games.

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What you unlocked was a new section of guns that you can unlock. I highly suggest using them as they are some of the most powerful guns in the game. These can be used on any class making them a good set of weapons to get used to using. The orange bar is the progession through the weapon class. Its basically an xp bar, so when you "level up" you get another gun in that section! The gun with the orange bar that is full under it is the gun that you have unlocked to use currently, as you get more kills or assists (points) with the carbines the other orange bar will progress and eventually unlock the other guns, so like I said before "leveling up".

  • Ah, so I was probably playing with the AK 5C last night, and when it unlocked I got access to the MTAR-21. Is that how it works (left-to-right across the grid)?
    – Steve HHH
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 20:05
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    Kinda but not really. So you were using the AK 5C, what you were unlocking was the ACW-R. See how the bar under that has progressed? Thats how you can tell what you are unlocking. The MTAR-21 can only be unlocked if you have one of the DLC map packs, not sure what specific one it is. If you look at it in game it should tell you what one though.
    – Dupree3
    Commented Mar 13, 2014 at 20:29
  • The weapons with symbols unlock by completing assignments for the DLC add-ons that require you to own the DLC and then complete certain challenges that you can find under the assignments tab in Battlelog. In the case of the MTAR the green symbol means the "China Rising" add-on and the assignment is called "Multi-Talent".
    – Kodama
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 14:35

The way you progress with primary weapons in BF4 is by using them (with the exception of those you unlock thorough assigments). So the more you use a carbine, the more points get to unlock the next one(s). For example, I used the ACW-R a lot before I unlocked the ACE 52 (and I've used it as my primary weapon for the three kits that can carry a carbine, it is an excellent gun). The more you play with the gun means the more attatchements you unlock with them as well (apart from the ones you get through battlepacks).

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