The Retro Lancer was the primary assault rifle used in the Pendulum Wars. Veterans of the Pendulum Wars favored this rifle, but was disregarded because the Locust's combat methods. The Lancer Assault Rifle was build off the inspiration of the Retro Lancer, the idea was originally thought up by Marcus Fenix. Later, the Retro Lancer was used because of the insufficient amount of weaponry left off. In Gears of War 3, the Retro Lancer is considered to be in between the Lancer Assault Rifle and the Hammerburst when it comes to firing. When holding down B, you can rush towards enemies in a roadie run charge and then stab the enemy as an execution.