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Best Gallo SA12 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 4

The Gallo SA12 semi-auto Shotgun is a powerful weapon in Cold War Season 4, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

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Black Ops Cold War has a wide assortment of Shotguns to choose from, and the Gallo SA12 is a great choice that’s capable of dishing out a ton of damage. Here’s the best loadout for it in Season 4.

When you jump into a game of Black Ops Cold War, you’ll find that most players are making use of SMGs such as the PPSH-41 and Assault Rifles like the AK-47. However, Shotguns are still an ideal pick in Season 4.

The Gallo SA12 (SPAS-12) semi-auto Shotgun is particularly noteworthy. It’s capable of annihilating enemies in close-quarter firefights thanks to its impressive rate of fire and reliable hip-fire accuracy.

Our Cold War Season 4 SPAS-12 loadout will make things more fun.

Best Gallo SA12 loadout class

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Best Gallo SA12 attachments

  • Muzzle: Duckbill Choke
  • Barrel: 21.4” Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • Magazine: 9 RND Tube 
  • Stock: Wire Stock 

First, we’ll apply the Duckbill Choke to widen the Shotgun’s pellet spread by 50%. If you’re up against multiple enemies, then a wider spread will boost your chances of hitting the targets in a Black Ops Cold War match.

The Shotgun’s main strengths are its hip-fire accuracy and high rate of fire. The 21.4” Reinforced Heavy barrel will increase the fire rate even more while strengthening its damage. This way, you’ll be able to hold your own against SMG users.

The SWAT 5MW Laser Sight will improve hip-fire accuracy. Now you won’t have to worry about having to stop and aim, as this attachment complements the other attachments in this loadout perfectly.

Gallo SA12 hip firing in BOCW

The only thing holding back the high fire rate is the small amount of ammo in your magazine. Adding the 9 RND Tube will make up for this by increasing the amount the Gallo SA12 can carry at the cost of slightly reduced reload speed.

Finally, we’ll cap off this loadout with the Wire Stock, which slightly boosts your sprint-to-fire speed so that you can close in on your foes quicker.

Best perks to run with Cold War Gallo SA12

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We’ve opted for the Perk Greed Wildcard, meaning you get an additional Perk for each slot.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket, Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Tracker, Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost, Ninja

In Cold War’s multiplayer, players will often throw a grenade in front of them to stop your push, but with the Flak Jacket and the Gallo SA12 equipped, you can run straight through and blast them in the face, while Tactical Mask will keep you stun-free.

Tracker will let you spot the whereabouts and the direction of your opponents by highlighting their footsteps. This will help in taking them by surprise. Scavenger enables you to replenish your ammo supply.

And finally, Ghost and Ninja will hide you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and keep your footsteps silent for quick flanks on the enemy.

How to unlock the Gallo SA12 in Cold War

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The Gallo SA12 Shotgun can be unlocked at Level 34. This is over halfway through the level unlocks so it will take a few hours to get there.

Just prioritize getting killstreaks and playing the objective and you’ll soon fly through the levels. You’ll then get to use this powerful weapon to cause some serious pain to your enemies.

Best alternatives to the Gallo SA12

The Gallo SA12 dominates in close-range combat, so you’ll want to run weapons that can output similar damage. The Streetsweeper is a great choice, being semi-automatic but also capable of one-shotting enemies at close range.


This build will make you a killing machine with the Gallo SA12 equipped. Keep it ready for close combat, and you’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

If you want to see where the Gallo SA12 stacks up against all of the other Cold War weapons, you can check out our ranking of every Cold War weapon.

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How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone & Cold War

Here’s how Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players can get an exclusive Ghost of War Ultra Skin to spook their enemies out.

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For those interested in getting the new Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, here’s our guide on how to do so.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War‘s integration is coming to an end, and although many have enjoyed the six seasons, a lot of the community can’t wait for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

In the spirit of Halloween, Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have released a new spooky skin called the Ghost of War, and here’s how you can get it.

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Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6 has introduced loads of new content for players. Most recently, the Haunting event has brought new Operators Ghost Face and Donnie Darko to the roster.

However, there is another new skin players can get, and there are multiple ways for players to obtain it.

How to get Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Cold War

The new skin up for grabs is the Ghost of War Ultra Skin, a new Halloween-themed skeleton skin for you to hunt enemies down. There are two ways to get the skin, but one of them is a limited offer.

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Here are the two ways you can obtain the new Operator skin:

  • Players can get the Ghost of War Ultra skin by simply pre-ordering Call of Duty: Vanguard digitally
  • The Ghost of War Ultra skin is also available in a new bundle right now

For those interested in the bundle, it costs 2,400 COD Points and also comes with various other items, including three Legendary weapon skins and a vehicle skin.

If you have already pre-ordered Vanguard, you’re in luck, as you will also be awarded the Ghost of War Ultra Skin with all of the exciting items that accompany the Warzone Ghost of War skin which you can find below:

For those who want to acquire the skin through pre-ordering, you will need to pre-order Vanguard between October 22 and November 2, as after this period, it will not be available through pre-order.

There you have it. For more on Call of Duty, check out our how to fix the Warzone Status Savannah error.

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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Ranked List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a big arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 6 and rank them to find the absolute best.

Black Ops Cold War has a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what works best for them. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. The FARA 83, ZRG 20mm, and AMP63 in Seasons 2 and 3, the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle in Season 4, the EM2, and TEC-9 in Season 5, and to round things off – the LAPA, .410 Ironside, and Grav in Season 6.

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, SMGs, Tactical Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, and Pistols to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

We’ve also ranked the 10 best guns in CoD Warzone too.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked list

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Before we delve into a deep look at the elite guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and rank them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here’s every main weapon in Black Ops Cold War ranked:

  1. Krig 6
  2. LC10
  3. TEC-9
  4. EM2
  5. AK-47
  6. KSP 45
  7. XM4
  8. AMP 63
  9. Swiss K31
  10. FARA 83
  11. Milano 821
  12. Streetsweeper
  13. Stoner 63
  14. AK-74u
  15. QBZ-83
  16. OTs 9
  17. PPSH-41
  18. Marshal
  19. Diamatti
  20. Bullfrog
  21. Groza
  22. C58
  23. Grav
  24. Gallo SA12
  25. MP5
  26. .410 Ironside
  27. CARV.2
  28. LAPA
  29. MG 82
  30. FFAR 1
  31. ZRG 20mm
  32. DMR 14
  33. Hauer 77
  34. MAC-10
  35. M16
  36. AUG
  37. RPD
  38. LW3 Tundra
  39. Nail Gun
  40. M1911
  41. Type 63
  42. Pelington 703
  43. M82
  44. M60
  45. Magnum
  46. RPG-7
  47. Cigma 2

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best guns in Season 6

10. FARA 83

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The FARA has remerged in Warzone as a viable contender for the game’s best AR, and as such, people have remembered how effective it can be in Cold War.

Its fast fire rate helps it to perform very well in Treyarch’s shooter, and it can still barrel its way through a couple of players in no time at all. Whilst there are most certainly better AR options in the game, the FARA is always worth trying out.

9. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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At first, it was the LW3 Tundra, then it was dethroned by the ZRG 20mm, now the Swiss K31 rules all Sniper Rifles.

It possesses the usual damage and range that comes with a dominant Sniper Rifle, but with the added bonus that its ADS time is very short in comparison to other Sniper Rifles. Not only is it perfect for a quickscoping loadout in Cold War Season 6, but it’s effective for any sniping opportunity. The Swiss is phenomenal.

Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock the Swiss K31.

8. AMP63 – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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Although probably the least-used weapon on this list due to its unlock parameters, the AMP63 is a great little weapon to use.

Its automatic fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. Its only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then equip the AMP63 and you’ll be pleasantsurprised.

7. XM4

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The XM4 has not only had a big improvement to its Iron Sight, but the Cold War Season 5 buffs increased its overall performance even more.

It’s always been a calm, cool, and consistent killer, and it took people a while to start realizing how good it actually is. Also, don’t forget to check out its exclusive, secret attachment that Treyarch provided with the Season 5 update.

6. KSP 45

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Practically reborn in Season 2 of Cold War, the KSP 45 went from being an afterthought to the most powerful burst weapon in the game.

Realizing that it wasn’t being used, Treyarch did the right thing and buffed all aspects of the KSP 45. With nerfs to the M16 and AUG, the quick, powerful barrages from the KSP 45 make it far more deadly than it once was. If you enjoy the feeling of successive bursts of bullets with accuracy, then the KSP 45 might just be for you.

5. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-47’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War. If that wasn’t enough, the AK-47 received yet another buff in the Cold War Season 5.

4. EM2

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The race for the top meta weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is a close one. The EM2 just falls short of the top three, but you could easily roll with the EM2 in your main loadout and drop stupidly-high kill games.

It’s another relentless, pinpoint-accurate weapon that if you fire first with then you’ll have a great chance of prevailing, at any range too. It doesn’t take long to unlock either as you only need to reach the free Tier 15 of the Battle Pass to own it. It will be interesting to see if Treyarch makes any significant changes to the EM2.

Here is how to unlock the EM2 in Black Ops Cold War.

3. TEC-9

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One of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, guns in our top 10 list. The TEC-9 is classified as an SMG, yet it’s completely semi-auto.

However, with some different attachments, the firing nature of the weapon can actually change, even becoming a burst-fire SMG like the KSP 45. Even in its semi-auto form, the TEC-9 is ridiculously effective and efficient. Couple that with a decent-sized mag, and the TEC-9 was a terrific addition to Season 5.

Here is how to unlock the TEC-9 in Black Ops Cold War.

2. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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The LC10 has usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game and dominate in Black Ops Cold War.

After repeated calls for it to be nerfed, the LC10 was finally brought down a notch at the beginning of Season 5. But it’s still a fearsome weapon that can outperform virtually every other gun in the game – that’s how insane it is.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. After being nerfed a bit, the gun fell out of contention for a while, but now it’s back and as destructive as ever.

Here is how to unlock the LC10 in Black Ops Cold War.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, stupidly accurate, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 6.


Make sure to take a look at our best Black Ops Cold War loadouts too!

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When does Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end? Vanguard Season 1 start date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is beginning to wind down, with Call of Duty: Vanguard on the horizon. We break down when the final BOCW and Warzone season ends, and the first Vanguard chapter starts.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is going out with a bang thanks to its Halloween-themed event.

The patch notes for The Haunting have confirmed that there will be no Season 6 Reloaded, which have been commonplace over in recent months.

Now that we know that Verdansk’s final season won’t be Reloaded, when will Season 6 end and Vanguard Season 1 start?

Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end date

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The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is due to end on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Season 5 ended on October 7, the first Thursday of the month, and it appears that Season 6 will follow the same while sticking roughly to the two-month structure that Raven and Treyarch used previously.

As mentioned earlier, there will be no Reloaded update this time around in order to make way for the long-awaited arrival of Vanguard integration into Warzone.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Vanguard Season 1 start date

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We’re expecting Season 1 of Vanguard, both in the standalone game and Warzone, to kick off in early December.

Cold War Season 6 ends on December 2, 2021, but there could be some transition time between the two like there was between Modern Warfare Season 6 and BOCW Season 1.

Vanguard will have been out nearly by this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

We’re still awaiting official confirmation on when Vanguard Season 1 will begin, so be sure to check back here for future updates.

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That was everything we know so far about the transition from Black Ops Cold War into Vanguard later this year.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out the Zombies reveal trailer, as well as the latest anti-cheat information.

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