sigh you can do exactly that (or at least get everything at a decent high enough level w/o careful planning) in FO3 unarmed costs 0 in-game currency, that alone gives it merit to be on its own. sure, in FO3 where unarmed and melee are truly crap they can be merged no problem, since nobody would notice anyway. but where do you draw the line? what is so different between all the ranged weaponry? should all ranged weapons be merged into one skill now? i dont remember that being much of a problem, frankly. it's not like you can't move around in combat. gauss gets absorbed too. anyway that's why i reacted to the comparison between the bozar and gauss rifle and not anything else. the bozar really balances things the way the gauss rifle allows small guns to be viable all the way to the end (it's even easier to acquire). seriously, try it. if you're too lazy you can just read Blackened's post on page 4.