So the number next to Rapid Fire is how many shots they get normally right? Then you get double that when you are at half range?
So a Storm Bolter is Rapid Fire 2 with a range of 24" meaning you get 2 shots from 24-13 inches away, and 4 shots from 12-2 inches?
So a Dreadnought carrying two storm bolters would have 8 shots when he's 12-2 inches away from his target?
While a heavy flamer does have 1 more strength and 1 more AP value, it only has a range of 8 inches, while I could be throwing out four shots from up to 24" and I'd rather have always eight shots at BS 2+ when I'm 12" or closer rather than 2D6 shots at 8", when 2D6 only has a 25-ish% chance to give me more than 8 shots.