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The best Call Of Duty: Vanguard loadout and class setups

Lay waste to your enemies with the best Call Of Duty: Vanguard loadouts

Want to know the best loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? Choosing a loadout is always difficult in Call Of Duty. With so many weapons, attachments, and perks, there are lots of bits and pieces you'll need to understand if you want to destroy your enemy. Call Of Duty: Vanguard amps that up even further, with an updated Gunsmith system that now offers 10 different attachment slots. This creates countless options for every weapon, so it's even more difficult to build the best loadout.

Fortunately, we've spent a lot of time tinkering with various guns to find the best loadout in Vanguard. We have 4 loadouts listed below, each of which is suited to a different playstyle. Sniper elites, Shotgun connoisseurs, and SMG specialists rejoice - we have something here to suit everyone. All you need to do is have a read through and quickly snap a loadout together before your next match begins. With our Vanguard loadouts, you'll rip, shred, and tear through the enemy team in no time.

Of course, Call Of Duty: Vanguard season 1 launches soon with new maps and weapons. This could have a large impact on the meta, so check back regularly to see whether any of the new guns in Vanguard season 1 have made their way into any of our best loadouts.

Best Call Of Duty: Vanguard loadout

Here are the best Call Of Duty: Vanguard loadout setups that we've found, complete with attachments for every gun:

  • Kar98k & MP40
  • BAR & Combat Shotgun
  • 3-Line Rifle & Type 100
  • MG42 & MP40

You'll note that each of these loadouts contains two primary weapons, so the Overkill perk is a must-have if you want to take any of these builds into battle. I haven't detailed our choice of perks or equipment in the below loadouts, because I always tend to use the same ones: Ghost, Radar, and Overkill for the Perks, and Frag Grenade and Stim for my lethal and tactical equipment. For more information check out our Call Of Duty: Vanguard best Perks guide.


the Kar98k lying next to the MP40 in the Gunsmith screen of Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

Kar98k & MP40

The Kar98k and the MP40 are our picks for the top Sniper Rifle and SMG respectively, and as you might imagine, they go together amazingly well. The Kar98k is kitted out for quick-scoping and ending fights at medium or close range before they begin, so with this loadout we've opted to sacrifice some range and bullet velocity in favour of a silencer to keep us off the radar, and superior handling speeds. Learn more about our best Kar98k loadout and class setup here.

Kar98k attachments:

  • Optic: None
  • Muzzle: Scout Silencer
  • Barrel: Krausnick Scout
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8MM Klauser 3 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Icy Veins
  • Kit: On-Hand

Of course, even a quick and responsive Kar98k needs a great short-range weapon to use as backup, and the MP40 fits the bill perfectly with great handling and recoil stats, and a very competitive time-to-kill - particularly when kitted out with the 8MM Kurz magazine conversion, which ups its damage to absurd heights. The other attachments focus on returning the MP40's now dangerously high recoil and ADS times down to more respectable values, and I've also opted for a very clean 2.5X scope for landing headshots with ease.

MP40 attachments:

  • Optic: G16 2.5X
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 8MM Kurz 32 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Stock: VDD 34M
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

For a closer look at this top-tier gun, check out our best MP40 loadout guide. Together these two guns make for a fearsome and versatile loadout across any distance and on any map and game mode. You can use the Kar98k for quick sniping at any range you like, and for the more frenetic close-quarters situations you can switch to the MP40 and treat your enemies to one of the best guns in Call Of Duty: Vanguard.


the BAR lying next to the Combat Shotgun in the Gunsmith screen of Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

BAR & Combat Shotgun

On the surface, the BAR is formidable. With the right loadout, it is overpowered, plain and simple, and definitely one of the best Assault Rifles in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. This slow-firing but incredibly punchy rifle deals enough damage to kill an enemy in two shots at almost any range, and features practically no horizontal recoil at all, making it incredibly easy to land those two vital shots. The key to unlocking the power of the BAR is to use the .50 BMG magazine conversion, which ups the damage to a horrid degree.

BAR attachments:

  • Optic: G16 2.5X
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: CGC 27'' 2B
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 20 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Stock: Pistol Grip Custom
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Sleight Of Hand
  • Kit: Surplus

To learn more, check out our Call Of Duty: Vanguard best BAR loadout walkthrough. Of course, the BAR may be unbelievably powerful but it's also not the best gun for response times, which means you'll need a close-range backup weapon. The Combat Shotgun is currently the best Shotgun in the game when kitted out for damage, range, and hipfire accuracy. For this loadout we're using the Sawed-Off barrel for oodles of extra damage.

Combat Shotgun attachments:

  • Optic: Nydar Model 47
  • Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
  • Barrel: Sawed-Off
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 16 Gauge 10 Round Drums
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Stock: Wire Custom
  • Ammo Type: Packed Powder
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

You'll find with this loadout that the Combat Shotgun can comfortably one-shot enemies at just about the range where the BAR starts to lose some of its responsiveness. The two guns dovetail perfectly, making this one of the very best loadouts in the game right now. But if you're interested in a longer-ranged Shotgun class, check out our Call Of Duty: Vanguard best Combat Shotgun loadout guide.


the 3-Line Rifle lying next to the Type 100 SMG in the Gunsmith screen of Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

3-Line Rifle and Type 100

For a true sharpshooter's build in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, I've found the best partnership by far to be the 3-Line Rifle and Type 100 SMG. The 3-Line Rifle is trounced by the Kar98k when it comes to handling stats (and therefore quick-sniping), but for setting up a sniper nest and punishing enemies who attempt to cross your line of sight, the 3-Line Rifle is the best Sniper Rifle in Vanguard. With this 3-Line Rifle loadout, we've maximised damage, range, and bullet velocity so that this rifle is as near to hitscan as you can get.

3-Line Rifle attachments:

  • Optic: G16 2.5X
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Empress 514MM F01
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: .30-06 20 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Stock: ZAC Custom MZ
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Silent Focus
  • Kit: Surplus

For the 3-Line Rifle's counterpart, we've gone versatile with the highly accurate Type 100 SMG. I'm a huge fan of this gun. I can't hold my hand to my heart and call it the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, but I can say that I prefer the Type 100 to the MP40 by a country mile thanks to its phenomenally low recoil and great range. With this set of attachments you can up its fire rate and damage to insane levels.

Type 100 attachments:

  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Warubachi 134MM Rapid
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Stock: Shiraishi T100
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

If you run our best Type 100 loadout you'll quickly find, as I did, that the Type 100 is an amazingly versatile SMG, able to go toe to toe even with Assault Rifles at their optimum ranges. This makes it a fantastic backup weapon between periods of one-shot-killing enemies from afar with the 3-Line Rifle.


the MG42 lying next to the MP40 in the Gunsmith screen of Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

MG42 & MP40

The MG42 is far and away the best LMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard right now, thanks to its extremely high fire rate and startlingly low recoil. It's a very easy gun to pop off with, particularly when you use the best MG42 loadout and class setup. Here we've opted for a pretty balanced set of attachments which together give us a nice bit of extra damage and recoil control without any major downsides.

MG42 attachments:

  • Optic: G16 2.5X
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 680MM 31M
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: 13MM Anti-Material 125 Round Drums
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Stock: Krausnick S91MG
  • Ammo Type: Blocked
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

The MP40 is our go-to pick for dealing with the short-range engagements and for increasing the overall mobility of your kit. While it's opposite the MG42 I like to focus quite strongly on ADS and sprint-to-fire speeds, to make this the perfect SMG for running-and-gunning.

MP40 attachments:

  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 221MM 01B
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Stock: VDD 34M
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Steady
  • Kit: Quick

You could definitely push the mobility further with this (or any other) SMG, but doing so starts to incur some lofty expenses in the accuracy department, so we've opted for a slightly more balanced loadout here. Overall this is another incredibly strong build which allows you to shred enemies at any range with two fast-firing, low time-to-kill weapons.


That wraps up this guide to the most powerful loadout setups we've encountered so far in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. Take the above guns for a spin, and you'll find your K/D (or as the game calls it, E/D) ratio start to soar. To gain a fuller understanding of the current weapons meta, be sure to also check out our page of Call Of Duty: Vanguard weapon stats. Alternatively, if you need some help unlocking some of the required attachments for these loadouts, we have a guide that walks you through how to level up fast in Vanguard.

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