Musketeer: Long range, short range, or both??

Jun 11, 2010
I was a huge fan of Wizard101 and now I am a huge fan of this game. I am also a huge fan of the Call of Duty video games which I play on my xBOX360 so I chose to become a musketeer. I prefer to use a rifle or a musket in P101 but I have noticed that a lot of shooty/slashy weapon combos do more damage, and I love DAMAGE. I have been considering putting down my current set of rifles to use a shooty/slashy weapon combo. So I ask, does a pistol/sword combination cause more damage than a rifle at the same distance or shorter distance? I prefer to cause damage at a distance, so is it worth using a pistol instead of a rifle?