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Best guns in CoD Vanguard: Every weapon ranked

We have gone through every single weapon in Call of Duty: Vanguard and ranked them, as well as picking our top 10 best guns too.



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Sledgehammer Games has stacked Call of Duty: Vanguard with a ton of incredible weapons for players to use, and we’ve gone through and ranked every Vanguard gun, as well as ranked the top 10 weapons in the game.

At the end of the day, all guns in CoD Vanguard have one job, to take down opposition players as efficiently as possible. Sledgehammer Games have done their best to make this possible by giving players a wealth of options to choose from.

From devastating Assault Rifles to speedy SMGs, there is pretty much something for everyone in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to go through the game’s weaponry and rank every gun in the game.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Vanguard ranked list

wade using a pistol in cod vanguard

Before we deliver an in-depth look at our top 10 Vanguard weapons ranked list, we will first quickly assign a position to all of the game’s current guns. As always, some guns are going to be meta monsters used by everyone, and some will be left to gather heaps of dust.

Here’s every main weapon in Vanguard ranked:

  1. Automaton
  2. STG44
  3. MP-40
  4. Type 100
  5. Volkssturmgewehr
  6. Kar98k
  7. Combat Shotgun
  8. ITRA Burst
  9. G-43
  10. DP27
  11. M1928 Thompson
  12. BAR
  13. 3-Line Rifle
  14. MG42
  15. AS44
  16. NZ-41
  17. Bren
  18. PPSH-41
  19. SVT-40
  20. M1 Garand
  21. Type 11
  22. Sten
  23. Einhorn Revolving
  24. Type 99
  25. M1911
  26. Double Barrel
  27. Machine Pistol
  28. Gracey Auto
  29. Owen Gun
  30. Klauser
  31. Top Break
  32. Ratt
  33. Panzerfaust
  34. MK11 Launcher
  35. Panzerschrek
  36. FS Fighting Knife
  37. Bazooka
  38. Combat Shield

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10. DP27 – Best LMG in CoD Vanguard

DP27 gun in cod vanguard

The Pizza Gun or the UFO, or whatever you want to call it, is a unique-looking LMG that packs a lot in its frame. Whilst the MG42 has a better fire rate and a much bigger clip, the DP27 hits a lot harder, retains most of the same accuracy, and just feels like a better LMG.

9. G-43 – Best Marksman Rifle in CoD Vanguard

g-43 gun in cod vanguard

Semi-Auto Rifles have always been a thing in the Call of Duty franchise with the G3 lighting up Call of Duty 4, and most recently the DMR becoming popular in Cold War and Warzone.

The G-43 takes the crown in Vanguard as it’s so accurate that you can’t help but love it. It’s one of those amazing weapons that excels in its default form, but once you start putting attachments on it, the G-43 really starts to take shape.

8. ITRA Burst

itra burst gun in cod vanguard

A customary Call of Duty burst gun is up next and the ITRA Burst offers up an interesting dilemma compared to recent years – due to how many bullets it fires.

Traditionally, burst weapons in the series hammer out strings of 3 bullets in quick-fire spurts, but the ITRA Burst tears up the rule book and fires 4 bullets at a time with its standard 20-round mag. Basic maths shows that this is a very risk and reward weapon to use, but if you use it correctly, the ITRA Burst is very effective.

Check out our best ITRA Burst loadout.

7. Combat Shotgun – Best Shotgun in CoD vanguard

combat shotgun gun in cod vanguard

You could argue that some of Vanguard’s maps were basically made for the Combat Shotgun, and you really should as you can have a lot of fun with it.

It boasts some admirable range, a decent fire rate for a pump-action Shotgun, and as with any Shotgun, it hits harder than a herd of stampeding bulls. If you’re not crazy about running the Combat Shotgun as a Primary weapon, then it would be a great Secondary with the Overkill Perk equipped.

6. Kar98k – Best Sniper Rifle in CoD Vanguard

kar98k gun in cod vanguard

A weapon that will be familiar to many that have dabbled in Warzone at some point, the Kar98k is the go-to Sniper Rifle of choice for many, and the same will probably apply to Vanguard too.

The key to the Kar98k’s unbelievable success is its speed as its ADS time is terrific for such a long-range weapon, and it can near enough one-hit anybody. As long as you have an Ammo Box or extra ammo with you, then Vanguard offers a great deal more Sniper-friendly maps for you to go crazy.

Check out our best Kar98k loadout.

5. Volkssturmgewehr

volk gun in cod vanguard

The Volkssturmgewehr, or Volk for short, is one of a few guns that sacrifices accuracy for speed – a lot of it.

Its base stats already have the gun’s fire rate at a high level, especially in comparison to some battering-ram Assault Rifles. But the gun positively flourished in the Vanguard Beta and Sledgehammer Games have seen no reason to tinker with this finely balanced firearm.

Check out our best Volk loadout.

4. Type 100

type 100 smg in cod vanguard

The Type 100 is a ton of fun to use as it’s a very solid weapon, and also has the potential to become even better than it already is.

As shown by Call of Duty streamers, the Type 100 can become a two-shot beast, and some players already feel it’s the best SMG in Vanguard. Unless you’re using the game’s best attachments, we don’t feel it quite boasts the firepower that our best SMG does, we’ll come onto it shortly, but if you use it enough, then it might well be the best for you.

3. MP-40 – Best SMG in CoD Vanguard

mp-40 gun in cod vanguard

No, you are reading this correctly, the MP-40 is not in our top two, and we’ll come onto that shortly. But the MP-40 is well-deserving of its third-place spot as it has all the necessary characteristics to make it the best SMG in the game.

It’s had a reputation for being unstoppable in previous Call of Duty games – looking at you World at War – and it retains this identity with ease in Vanguard. Very accurate, even over long distances, and if you manage to unlock and equip the extended magazine, then it can go fire for even longer in crucial fights.

Check out our best MP-40 loadout.

2. STG44

stg44 gun in cod vanguard

The STG44 only makes it to number two on our ranked list, and it’s very worthy of its spot, as most Call of Duty: Vanguard players will attest to.

Most lobbies will usually have at least half the players using some form of STG44 loadout as it’s an incredible Assault Rifle. It has everything you need from an AR: superb damage range, awesome recoil control, and enough stopping power to make the enemy team cry. It’s a pretty much flawless gun. But why isn’t it first on our list?

Check out our best STG44 loadout.

1. Automaton – Best Assault Rifle in CoD Vanguard

automaton gun in cod vanguard

Because the Automaton AR has all of the STG’s qualities with the extra quality of being a tiny bit faster. Sleep on this gun at your own peril, the Automaton is so vastly underrated and isn’t given a chance by many.

One of its redeeming traits is its easy-to-learn recoil pattern as even without attachments it basically goes up a tiny bit in a straight line. It’s very easy to use, very easy to score a ton of kills with, and for our money is the best weapon to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Check out our best Automaton loadout.

That covers our extensive look at every weapon in Vanguard with a full ranking of them all. Even though there are nearly 40 guns in the game already, we expect Sledgehammer Games to keep adding more as the seasons go by.

For more guides and content on Call of Duty: Vanguard, either check out our multiplayer review, or our complete guide to Der Anfang Zombies.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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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.



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.



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.



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.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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