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Best M5A3 loadout and class setup in Battlefield 2042

Create the best M5A3 loadout in Battlefield 2042

Want to know the best M5A3 loadout in Battlefield 2042? The M5A3 is - as the name suggests - an improved M4A1. The numbers are slightly higher, because in 20 years it's probably got slightly better. Other than the new name, it's largely the same as always - the M5A3 is a well-balanced gun that can't go wrong. With power, speed, and accuracy all in one package, the M5A3 is one of the best guns in Battlefield 2042, so you're sure to see it used an awful lot by your allies and enemies. If you want to stand apart from the crowd and rack up kills (not that anyone will know since there's no scoreboard), you'll need the best M5A3 loadout in Battlefield 2042. Luckily, we've got just the thing.

This guide will cover the attachments, secondary weapon, character, and equipment you need to use to make the best M5A3 loadout. As the Battlefield 2042 preseason approaches, we've seen plenty of updates launch with changes and tweaks to many different weapons. While some, like the PP29, have seen nerfs, the M5A3 has stayed strong throughout. If any future updates make important changes to the M5A3, we'll be sure to update this guide to let you know!

Best M5A3 class in Battlefield 2042

As mentioned above, we've created the best M5A3 loadout by finding attachments that make it more accurate, so that you can easily place shots and rinse enemies before they react. You can find our full M5A3 setup below, and then read on to learn more about these attachments and the benefits they offer. If you want a change of pace, check out our best loadouts in Battlefield 2042.

  • Sight: UH-1 Smart 1.5x/Bravo 3x
  • Magazine: Close Combat/Extended Mag
  • Underbarrel: Rattlesnake Light Grip/LWG Grip
  • Barrel: Champion Muzzle Brake
The M5A3 Assault Rifle pictured in the Battlefield 2042 loadout screen.

Battlefield 2042 has a new attachment system that allows you to change attachments while on the move, and we make the most of it in this M5A3 loadout guide. In the list above, we have multiple sights, magazines, and underbarrel options that you can use to adapt to different situations.

The UH-1 Smart 1.5x and Close Combat Magazine are ideal for gunning down enemies while up-close. The 1.5x scope is a useful short-medium range scope that makes it a little easier to pick out enemies when compared to the basic iron sights. The Close Combat Magazine improves your recoil control, fire rate, and handling, which improves the time-to-kill for the M5A3 if the enemy is nearby. If you suddenly need to adapt to kill enemies that are further away, switch to the Bravo 3x scope and Extended Mag to suppress enemies and pick them off from a distance.

As we mentioned above, the M5A3 needs an accuracy boost to make it more viable, so we have a few underbarrels that you can use to increase stability. The Rattlesnake Light Grip improves accuracy while moving, which is excellent for pushing objectives and enemy encampments. The LWG Grip improves accuracy while static, so it's more useful for suppressing enemies if you're trapped, or when defending an objective from a vantage point. You can switch between attachments at any time, so change and adapt as needed to ensure you're always prepared for what's happening around you.

Finally, the Champion Muzzle Brake is an extremely useful attachment that you should always have on the M5A3. It improves vertical recoil control, which helps remedy that initial recoil burst and makes the M5A3 more accurate.

Secondary Weapon

The M5A3 setup above makes it much more efficient in short-medium range encounters. However, you might find that you run out of ammo too quickly when you aren't using the Extended Mag. Instead of reloading, we find it much easier to quickly switch to the G57 pistol and pop off the last few shots needed to finish an enemy. While the G57 doesn't have the power of the M44 Magnum, it balances speed and accuracy to land quick, consecutive hits. Much like the M5A3, the G57 is a reliable, balanced weapon that will help you clutch up and get kills, making it a strong secondary.


Ammo Crate pictured with some descriptive text in Battlefield 2042 loadout menu.

Best M5A3 Gadget and Throwable

The M5A3 is ideal for covering allies and suppressing enemies at medium-range, whether you're attacking or defending an objective. With that in mind, we've selected some equipment that will help you dig in and provide extra covering fire. When suppressing, you'll need plenty of ammo to keep up the pressure and overwhelm the enemy, so we recommend equipping the Ammo Crate. You can place it on the ground and quickly recover ammo for your M5A3 and any nearby teammates. When you're ready to push up and fortify another area, toss a smoke grenade up ahead to cloak your team, making it harder for enemies to pick you out as you move.


Irish stood holding an SMG in the specialist selection menu. Text on the left describes his abilities.

Best M5A3 Character

The best specialist to use with the M5A3 is Irish. His Veteran ability gives you a small armor boost when you spawn in, so you'll have slightly more health than most opponents. This gives you a slight advantage in one-on-one firefights, which should help you bag some extra kills.

However, Irish's biggest strength is his unique Fortification System gadget, which gives you access to two options: standard barricades and the Shootdown Sentinel. Having these in your arsenal will greatly enhance your defensive capabilities, making it easier to dig in and suppress enemies, even if there's no cover nearby.

The barricades can be placed down almost anywhere, giving you extra cover out on the field or when pushing into enemy buildings. Of course, a well-placed grenade will still make it through your defenses and blow you into chunks before you can respond. Fortunately, the Shootdown Sentinel intercepts incoming grenades and missiles, ensuring that you don't lose an impressive killstreak if someone fires a rocket launcher into a crowded room.


That covers everything you need to know to make the best M5A3 loadout. Before hopping into multiplayer, make sure to check out our Battlefield 2042 tips and tricks to get ready for battle. If you'd rather take to the skies and provide air support, take a look at our guide on how to fly jets in Battlefield 2042. Just make sure you know how to use the wingsuit too, as you might need to make a few daring escapes if you're shot down.

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