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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

Want to know the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard? SMGs usually boast a fast time-to-kill and minimal recoil, making them perfect for any Call Of Duty loadout. There are six SMGs in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and we're here to tell you which one is best. Once you've found your ideal SMG, take a look at our guide on the best Sniper Rifle in Vanguard to find the perfect partner.

This guide will cover the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and provide a tier list for every SMG available. The meta is going to change rapidly over the course of Vanguard’s life, so expect this guide to be updated with all of the latest info when tweaks are made.

Best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

The best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard is the MP40. Actually, it’s one of the best guns in the whole game. It boasts a high rate of fire and an impressively quick time-to-kill that can’t be matched by any other weapon. It’s strong, fast, and just plain brilliant. Oh, and that’s without any attachments. You can see our SMG tier list here and then read on below to find out more about each weapon.

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

I don’t think I even have the words to express how good the MP40 is. 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 incredibly fast time-to-kill and minimal recoil.

With the right attachments, 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 which is able to stand 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 certain attachment combos, 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.

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 covers the best SMG in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. Check back regularly as hotfixes and patches are deployed, as there will be plenty of tweaks made to this list. We'll make sure to also keep this list updated with any new SMGs that come to Call Of Duty: Vanguard, so be sure to check back every season. Whilst you're here, also take a look at our list of the best perks and best loadouts in Call Of Duty: Vanguard to make sure that you are fully prepared to beat your opponents. If you want to see how these SMGs compare to guns, check out our Call Of Duty: Vanguard weapon stats breakdown.

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