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Best AS44 loadout for CoD: Vanguard

There’s plenty of Assault Rifles to choose from in Vangaurd, so here’s the best AS44 loadout with Perks and attachments.

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The AS44 is one of Vanguard’s fastest firing assault rifles, which, with the right setup, can tear through enemies and fire you to victory. Here’s our guide on the best AS44 loadout, complete with Perks and attachments.

If like many players you’ve been running the STG44 since Vanguard launched, you might be looking for a new Assualt Rifle to use as a primary weapon.

Vanguard has a wide range of map sizes, and finding the right Assualt Rifle can make you competitive on nearly every one.

The AS44 is one of the fastest ARs in the game, which makes it difficult to control. But by following our guide, you can get it under control and working at its best.

Best Vanguard AS44 loadout

AS44 Gunsmith in Vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Zac 650MM Precision
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Zac 12B Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: On-Hand

The name of the game here is to contain the AS44’s wild recoil and make its blistering fire rate more accurate. With this in mind, the F8 Stabilizer is vital because it tames some of the recoil, while also increasing the range.

Likewise, the Zac 650MM Precision Barrel helps with horizontal recoil control and buffs headshot damage. This increase to headshots paired with the fire will make the As44 devastating at mid-range.

In terms of Optics, we’ve gone for the no-nonsense Slate Reflector in an effort to keep things clean and simple. Meanwhile, the Zac 12B Custom Stock helps with sway and flinch resistance, only adding to the accuracy of this loadout.

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You can say the same for the M1941 Hand Stop Underbarrel, which also helps with accuracy and stability when firing. The ammo Type is Lengthened, which will buff the bullet velocity and help it pack a serious punch.

Finally, we’ve chosen Sleight of Hand as the Proficiency, and the Fully Loaded for the Kit. The AS44 chews through rounds at dizzying speed, so the first will let you quickly reload when you inevitably run out, and the latter gives you even more ammo in the bank.

The downside to this loadout is that you unlock some of these attachments at higher weapon levels, but once you earn enough XP to equip each you’ll have the best AS44 set up to hit the top of the scoreboard.

Best Perks for AS44 in vanguard

Ghost Perk in Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Piercing Vision
  • Perk 3: Double Time

Spy Planes are always looming overhead, so Ghost is a must-have for nearly every Vanguard loadout.

Piercing Vision may seem like an unusual choice, but with smoke and stun grenades constantly being thrown around, the ability to highlight an enemy after landing one shot is vital to finishing the kill.

Finally, if you’re not planning on using Overkill to use another primary weapon, Double Time helps you quickly get back in the fight after dying.

How to unlock the AS44 in Vanguard

CoD Vanguard patch notes nov 11

Unless you manage to level up quickly, you’ll have to wait sometime before getting the AS44. You can’t unlock it until Rank 33, but after that, this hidden gem is free to be unleashed.

As mentioned earlier, you will have to grind to earn all of the attachments that make up our loadout. However, once you curb that recoil you’re left with a powerful Assualt Rifle.


For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out our similar loadout guides for the Combat Shotgun, Type 100, and G-43.

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Best Cooper Carbine loadout for Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard’s Cooper Carbine is the ultimate Assault Rifle for aggressive players, and we have the best loadout, class, attachments, and perks.

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Vanguard player firing the Cooper Carbine

The Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle was added to Vanguard with the Season 1 patch, and we’ve got the best attachments and Perks to create the best Cooper Carbine loadout.

Vanguard Season 1 brings a host of fresh content to the game, with new operators, multiplayer maps, and Warzone’s Pacific Caldera map.

As always, a new season also means new weapons, and players will receive five new ways to kill enemies over the course of the first season. One of the most interesting of these is the Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle with the characteristics of an SMG.

Whether this gun will completely change the meta remains to be seen, but we’ve got the best attachments and perks to create the ultimate Cooper Carbine loadout.



Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine class

Vanguard Cooper Carbine loadout
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Stock: Cooper 54RS
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

This loadout is perfect for aggressive players. The Recoil Booster will give your gun an improved fire rate, while the 22″ Cooper Custom barrel and Cooper 45RS stock improves accuracy and controllability. The Carver Foregrip is great for recoil control, while we picked the .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags but feel you can choose whichever you prefer.

The Hollow Point ammo type increases damage to limbs, which is lethal when combine with the Vital proficiency for increased critical hits. Pine Tar Grip helps with recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, while we always prefer the Fully Loaded kit to start with max ammo.


Best Perks to use with Vanguard Cooper Carbine

Lightweight perk in Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

For Perks, Ghost is always a great option, keeping you hidden from enemy Spy Planes. Forward Intel is also useful, as it lets you know where the enemy is spawning and can help you create traps for enemies.

Finally, the Cooper Carbine is great for aggressive players, so teaming it with Lightweight will help you get around the map quickly.


How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Unlocking the Cooper Carbine is pretty straightforward. Players just need to reach Tier 15 of the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass.

This can be accomplished by playing matches, or by purchasing the Premium Battle Pass, which unlocks the first 20 Tiers immediately.

Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine alternatives

While the Cooper Carbine does feel like an SMG, some players will prefer the MP-40 or Type 100, which are the best guns in the class.

If you feel like you are not able to kill enemies at range, the Automaton or STG-44 are the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard.


The Cooper Carbine is new to the game, so we’re not sure how it stacks up against other weapons. If you want to see how your favorites perform, check out our full Vanguard best weapons ranked list.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games

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How to unlock Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 features the Sawtooth Melee Weapon and here’s how you can get your hands on it.

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Vanguard Sawtooth Melee Weapon

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 will bring a new Melee Weapon known as the Sawtooth, and here’s everything you need to know about unlocking it in both games.

Vanguard Season 1 is almost here, and it features a plethora of new content, like a new Warzone map, the Season 1 Battle Pass, and some cool new weapons for players to try out.

One of these new additions is the Sawtooth Melee Weapon which you will be able to get your hands on in the Vanguard and Warzone integration. In case you’re wondering how to unlock it, this guide has you covered.

Here’s how to get the Sawtooth in Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

How to unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

You can unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Vanguard and Warzone by reaching Tier 37 in the Season 1 Battle Pass. This is fairly simple and there are two ways for you to get this done.

The first method is the most straightforward and it involves you playing through multiple matches as you gradually progress through the Battle Pass. You can check out our guide on how to level up fast in Vanguard.

Alternatively, you can pay for a Tier-Skip bundle on day one to immediately progress through the first 20 Tiers of the Battle Pass. This will speed up the process and you’ll be able to get the Sawtooth much quicker.

Vanguard Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass

The Sawtooth is the first Melee Weapon in the Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass. Sewn with shark’s teeth along the club’s perimeter, the Sawtooth is capable of slicing up foes with great efficiency.

Season 1 will also bring other fun additions like new maps, perks, and Zombies content. You can check out all of these changes in the full Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.


For more Vanguard, check out our guide on how to unlock the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle.

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How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1’s Cooper Carbine AR excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock it.

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Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 has introduced the new Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle that excels in close-range combat. Here’s how you can unlock this weapon.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 brings a ton of new content for both games, with new weapons, multiplayer maps, operators, and the highly-anticipated Pacific Caldera battle royale map.

Season 1 will introduce five new weapons in total, with two guns and two melee weapons dropping straight away. Alongside the Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle, players will also get their hands on the Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle.

While ARs usually work best at long range, the Cooper Carbine excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock the gun in Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

Player using the Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

How to unlock Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle

Getting your hands on this assault rifle is extremely easy, as all you need to do is reach Tier 15 of the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass to unlock the Cooper Carbine.

That means you don’t need to complete any specific challenges, and can just play matches in either game to earn XP and level up your Battle Pass.

If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase the Premium Battle Pass and receive 20 Tiers immediately, but you can still choose not to and grab the Cooper Carbine for free.

Vanguard player aiming down sights of Cooper Carbine

As soon as you hit Tier 15 of the Battle Pass, the Cooper Carbine will immediately be added to your inventory. You’ll then be able to create loadouts with it in both Vanguard and Warzone.

The Cooper Carbine is a very interesting weapon. Despite being classed as an Assault Rifle, it functions best at short range, meaning it feels more like an SMG than anything else.


For more Call of Duty, check out everything coming in the game’s major patch with the Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.

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