Man, if knives worked in real life like call of duty, people would STILL be using them, and probably exclusively in urban situations (nothing like a 10 foot teleport lunge that kills INSTANTLY if you so much as scrape someone's pinky toe. If I could do THAT I would probably bring a knife to a gunfight too). Anyway, rifled barrels were NOT out-stripped by archery units the way the black powder/early musket stuff was. Rifles had decent range! Maybe they're better @ melee than archers, but they should have some ranged power, even if it's a bit weaker initially. In real life, cannons got scary quickly and stayed that way. Rifled cannon barrels were serious business! I don't know how archers equal/outrange them!