The ABR-223 is a three-round burst weapon with long range, decent fire rate, and a deadly attachment set.
The ABR-223 is a deadly weapon in Black Ops 4 mutliplayer, there’s no doubt about it. However, the ABR cannot perform to its maximum potential without knowing how to use it. The weapon falls into a rare “medium range, run-and-gun” role.
With the help of XclusiveAce’s stats, let’s go over what makes the ABR-223 a special weapon.
The ABR has a high damage profile with little dropoff, a characteristic shared by all three Tactical Rifles. Shooting 4-5 shots into any opponent that doesn’t pop a heal should finish them off. This gives the ABR decent 350-424ms kill times, faster than a majority of the other weapons.
The kicker of this kill time is the fact that the weapon is burst fire. Every burst fire weapon has a delay in between bursts. The ABR has a 125ms delay between every single trigger pull. This means 125ms of standing helplessly while other weapons can continue shooting at you. It’s a small note against the ABR, but a good thing to keep in mind.
ADS times on the ABR come out at a long 300ms, enough time for SMGs to kill at close range. As such Quickdraw is a recommended pickup, putting you in line with other weapons at 250ms.
Gungho gives big benefits to the Tactical Rifles, a whopping 125ms reduction in sprint-out times. The original 300ms can be quite harder to play with due to the need to sprint from objective to objective.
ADS strafe speeds with Stock can be brutal on the ABR. The base strafe speed clocks in at only 40% of base movement speed, a slow crawl. Packing a single stock bumps the value up to 66%, giving you much more freedom while shooting.
Stock 2, while great on the Saug 9mm, actually has double downsides for the ABR. Not only does the attachment only make for a 6% increase in movement speed, but it also will spread the ABR’s bullet further as you strafe. As a burst fire, not every shot comes out as you press the trigger, there is a slight delay in between each of the three. The faster you strafe, the more spread out the burst will be.
Taking the data above, let’s examine XclusiveAce’s class choices.
The attachment set begins with a Red Dot sight for better target tracking, Quickdraw & Stock for reasons mentioned above, and a Grip. The Grip helps tighten the bursts and helps with general recoil.
The Stim Shot is used to give faster healing with more frequent uses.
In terms of perks, the class has a balanced mix of goods. Scavenger will keep your magazine reserves full as you claim territory on the map. Gungho’s 125ms reduction in sprintout speeds will come in handy to allow for more sprinting without as much risk. Dead Silence finishes out the class by keeping your steps quiet, allowing for flanks around enemy position without their knowledge.
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