1. Hold off on reloading for as long as possible- Drain that clip as much as you can. When you do reload, you’ll get more hotshots and have less cool ones to burn through before they fire.
2. Don’t reload until you have a target- That way you can start firing those hotshots before they cool.
3. Ace that freaking reload- If you’re going to run around with your guns nearly empty, you have to be ready for an active reload at anytime. Reloading in Gears is quick, and the boosted damage from acing it will more than make up for your slight delay in firing. However, if you bungle the reload, you will be meat.