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Call Of Duty: Vanguard best SMG: which is the best SMG in Vanguard?

Discover the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Looking for the best SMG in Vanguard Season 1? Like Assault Rifles, SMGs are usually some of the best weapons in every Call Of Duty title. This is certainly true in Vanguard, as some of the SMGs available in Season 1 have high fire rates and damage stats that make them kill incredibly quickly. Below, we'll rank all of the SMGs currently available in Call Of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 and cover some of the key strengths and weaknesses that you need to know.

The Welgun SMG is due to arrive very soon in Vanguard multiplayer, so check back regularly to see where it ranks in our SMG tier list. As more SMGs are added in future seasons, we'll update this guide to let you know how they fit into the meta.

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Best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

The best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard is the MP40. While it doesn't have the fastest time-to-kill, the MP40 balances power, speed and recoil control perfectly. With the right loadout, it provides a very quick 3-shot kill that makes it continue to stand as one of the best guns in the current meta. You can find our full Vanguard SMG tier list below and then read on to learn more about each gun.

Here is our Call Of Duty: Vanguard SMG tier list:

  • MP40
  • Type 100
  • M1928
  • PPSH-41
  • Owen Gun
  • Sten

MP40 weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

MP40 - Best SMG

There have been plenty of unstoppable guns in Call Of Duty history, and the MP40 absolutely deserves a spot on that list. It is currently dominating the Vanguard meta with an impressive time-to-kill, high damage and minimal recoil.

With the right setup, you can increase your bullet velocity and reload speed to ensure that you’re always ready for a fight. If you use the MP40, you can be confident heading into most situations.

Type 100 weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Type 100

The Type 100 is another outstanding SMG, effective in short-medium range fights. Although it might deal less damage than other SMGs, its accuracy ensures that you can land plenty of headshots and shred through enemies easily.

With a few attachments to boost the accuracy even further, along with a slight improvement to magazine size, the Type 100 is a formidable SMG that can stand strong alongside the MP40.

You can check out our Type 100 loadout and class setup for more info.

M1928 weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard


If you want to feel like a member of the mafia, then listen up. The M1928 is the resident Tommy gun in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and its high rate of fire and magazine size make it absolutely shred through enemy teams at close range.

With the right attachments, the M1928 can finish enemies in just 3 shots at close range, so if you want to run-and-gun, this is certainly worth a try. The time-to-kill is startlingly fast, so the M1928 definitely deserves a place in the Call Of Duty: Vanguard meta. Check out our M1928 loadout if you want to see the best setup in the current meta.

PPSH-41 weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard


At first, the PPSH-41 is difficult to control. Much like the Volk on our best Assault Rifles list, the PPSH is incredibly fast, which gives it a shocking amount of recoil. However, with certain attachments that prioritise recoil control, accuracy, and bullet velocity, the PPSH is transformed into a formidable SMG. Find out how to customise it with our PPSH-41 loadout and class setup.

Owen Gun weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Owen Gun

The Owen Gun is a peculiar SMG. It has a much lower rate of fire than other SMGs, but this makes it more accurate. Paired with an impressive damage range, the Owen Gun strangely excels in long-range fights where no other SMG does. You’ll be quickly outmatched at close-range, but if you’re looking for an SMG that is efficient at a distance, then opt for the Owen Gun. However, it's probably better to just use an Assault Rifle or Marksman Rifle instead.

Sten weapon preview against black background in Call Of Duty: Vanguard


The Sten is the worst SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. With a stark amount of recoil, this SMG is only effective at short range, and even then you’ll struggle to land every shot. You can kit it out with some attachments to improve the recoil control, but these make the time-to-kill very slow, so the end result is still rather poor. There’s very little that can be done to save the Sten, so we recommend avoiding it altogether in its current state.

That wraps up our guide to the best SMG in Vanguard. If you want to see what else you need to make the best loadouts in Vanguard, take a look at our lists of the best perks and best equipment. Make sure to also check out our Vanguard weapon stats guide to see how these SMGs compare to other meta weapons in Vanguard Season 1. If you want to unlock some attachments and make these SMGs even better, take a look at our guide on how to level up fast in Vanguard.

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