An Apex Legends leaker explained the significance behind an Armorsmith hop-up datamined for the game. Dataminer Shrugtal tweeted about the potential addition to the game, specifically for the RE-45 and Alternator. But unlike the Disruptor Rounds hop-up of the past, it's not about increased damage to enemies' shields.
Instead, it's all about increasing your own shield.
In a later tweet, Shrugtal explained their theory, "Right it seems like I have to be clearer because everyone is immediately thinking of Disruptor rounds. I don't think this will increase the damage the gun does, just the amount it contributes to leveling up your shield."
This could be another way to buff lower-end weapons without changing their gameplay mechanics. These guns can feel pretty useless, but having the ability to grow your shields even faster might make it worth it in the early game. Respawn has stated in the past that it's okay with having weaker weapons as they want to have a variety and some of these weapons are simply used instead of fists.. It can be frustrating to only have these weapons as an option when you first land, but if you find the hop-up, it could make the experience much better.