"7.62x51mm, gas-operated, rotating bolt. Comes in two flavors: light and heavy; This is the heavy one. Works like a charm in extreme environments - having carried this in action, it's a personal favorite of mine."
The Eagle Heavy is a high-powered precision rifle that serves as the middle ground between the M308 and higher level assault rifles, such as the AMR-16 or the AK.762. As a result, it is very powerful at medium range combat.
The Eagle Heavy has a base damage of 81, making it one of the higher damage assault rifles of the game (similar to the Falcon). The damage can be boosted significantly with mods, though without care, accuracy will suffer badly.
Combined with its standard accuracy and relatively good stability, it can be used to precisely take down several enemies with head shots. However, it has high recoil during fully automatic fire, which can made more manageable with stability mods. It also has a somewhat low magazine capacity of 20 rounds, so it is best to stick to short bursts. Switching to semi-automatic fire will make it very capable at medium to long ranges. Applying a Single Fire modification will help maximize its accuracy, turning it into a marksman's rifle that is still fairly capable in close quarters. The weapon becomes much more comfortable to use if ammo bags are available, which makes the low total ammo less restricting. Using this in combination with the Fully Loaded skill grants a full additional magazine's worth of ammo and acing the skill will greatly increase ammo pickup rates (or alternatively to acing the skill; attaining the Walk In Closet from the Perk Decks).
When using the Eagle Heavy it is recommended to aim for the head, as its damage output makes it especially deadly. This is especially important when facing Tasers or Bulldozers, as these have more health than the other units. Getting stunned by a Taser while wielding the Eagle Heavy can have a serious impact on ammo count.
Concealment is very poor. Even with all possible concealment-boosting mods it maxes out at only 13, so it's best to concentrate on improving the weapon's strengths and avoid using it on heists where stealth is being attempted.
Using a sight is very beneficial. While the standard iron-sights are very clear, the rifle is far more effective at mid- and long-range.
If the weapon has been modified for long range and has a scope such as the Acough; consider fitting it with a laser sight for ease of use with close-range hipfire.
Try to conserve ammo with precise headshots, as the ammo pool is fairly small even with Fully Loaded.
Save for the FBI Maximum Force Responders, every non-special law enforcement agent typically cannot survive more than 3 bodyshots or 1 headshot from an unmodified Eagle Heavy Rifle.
Thus, three-round bursts to the torso is a better alternative to secure kills, if it is too hectic to perform consistent headshots.
The Eagle Heavy is an efficient special unit killer; its precision and high DPS will make short work of special enemies of all kinds. Even Bulldozers can easily be dispatched within 10-15 shots if all shots strike the face and faceplates, whilst most other targets will drop within two to three headshots at most. The additional benefits of it being cheap and having no reputation caps makes it a very attractive alternative to the M308, whilst its lower rate of fire also makes it a little more controllable than the AMR-16.
The Eagle Heavy also fares well when suppressed and combined with Specialized Killing and/or The Professional from the Ghost tree, allowing it to easily break 100 damage and 90 accuracy.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight, the Raven's Flip-up Sight or the GROM and Platypus 70's iron sights. Currently bugged and not appearing as intended on certain weapons, for a list see here. They're still listed below even if broken.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
The Eagle Heavy is based on the FN SCAR-H, also known by its military designation, the Mk. 17 STD (Standard), as seen from the length of its barrel and 7.62x51mm STANAG magazine. It is one of the few weapons to have its real-life designation on its texture.
The Eagle Heavy features many Magpul products as its default attachments. Its foregrip is based on the Magpul AFG and its magazines have Magpul soft polymer sleeves installed.
Despite being classified as an assault rifle in-game, in reality the FN SCAR-H is considered a battle rifle due to the full-power rifle cartridges it fires.
The Eagle Heavy's empty reload animation seemingly depicts the rifle with a broken bolt catch, as the bolt does not lock open when a magazine is expended, thus requiring the player character to manually rack the charging handle to chamber it. Even more puzzling however, is that the reload was correct when the rifle was initially introduced, where the bolt locks open properly when empty and the release button is pressed to chamber it, until Update #65 gave it a new animation that seemingly "broke" it.
The Eagle Heavy is a personal favorite of Gage. It is also widely used by Murkywater PMC soldiers, where it is fitted with a Long Barrel, Sniper Stock and Rail Extension. It also appears to feature a top-rail laser module similar to the one seen on the AI variant of the CAR-4, just in front of the forward ironsight.
It has a stocking number written on the right side of its lower receiver, indicating that it was stolen from a military inventory. The serial marker also seemed to have been crudely scratched off, which is supposedly done to prevent the weapon from being traced back to its original source.