Elite Rifleman have better damage resistance and deal more damage. They fire a burst of 4 bullets, which is a significant improvement over the Standard Rifleman's single shot. They retain their 4 shot ability when placed inside of bunkers dealing significant damage to units within range.
4 Level 10 Elite Riflemen may be Produced instantly with a Level 10 Barracks.
13 Level 10 Elite Riflemen may be Repaired instantly with a Level 10 Barracks.
150 Elite Riflemen may be placed in a single Platoon with a Level 10Storageand320 Elite Riflemen may be placed in your base for defense with a Level 6Command Center, assuming it is the only type of unit being used.
The exceptional combination of low cost of production, low cost and time of repairing, and the numerous number of these soldiers that can be placed in a single platoon allows the player to Zerg Rush an enemy base or platoon. However, because of the frame-rate drop caused by such a rush, this tactic is looked down upon by other players unless their PC is strong enough to handle it.
They are highly effective against the units ejected by the Drone Silo. With sufficient numbers, they can destroy the units in it with ease even if it has 8 level 10 Slayer Drones. But not effective against Fire Wing Drones.
A large number of Riflemen placed in a Player's base can destroy numerous amount of missiles fired by the Hellfire, Hellstorm, V2 or from the Missile Silo.