When I first started out in Warmachine the first thing I bought and painted was a box of Rifles and their UA... I have never fielded them. It has been said many times that they are a decent ranged unit in a faction with a variety of other excellent ranged options.
Is there a place for our Riflemen? Their distinguishing feature is our faction's only CRA as well as the faction's longest ranged attack outside of the Hydra or sniped Stormfall archers. With the officer, they can CRA into melee which is probably one of their best abilities. What kind of list can take advantage of this? More importantly, what kind of list would rather spend the points on a full rifle unit +UA instead of something else?
I have a hard time seeing a use for them outside of some Tiers (Ossyan) or possibly with Ravyn to CRA into a melee in which Ravyn is engaging a hard target with Vortex of Destruction up. Any thoughts?