Vertical bar? Next to number of bullets

What is the very small vertical bar for next to the number of ammo bullets remaining. (not the re-load bar). The vertical small bar?

It shows when the perfect active is ready.

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When ready? I thought you can perfect active reload anytime as long as you hit the sweet spot on the reload bar?

That was changed in Gears 5 for all modes(for what reason is unknown), when in previous Gears you’d only be able to get an active when you fired some bullets already(except Gears 4 Versus which had this cooldown thing going in Versus already).

And yes, you can reload at any time in Gears 5 - but you will only get an active bonus from them if that cooldown bar is full. Otherwise it’s just a faster reload or jam if you don’t let it finish on its own.