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5 best M4A1 Assault Rifle classes and loadouts in Modern Warfare

Published: 28/Oct/2019 18:00 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 0:07

by Albert Petrosyan

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The M4A1 Assault Rifle, commonly referred to as the M4, is one of the most powerful weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and we’ve come up with five loadouts to use in multiplayer for different kinds of play-styles. 

While many things changed in Modern Warfare between the Beta and full version, the one thing that largely remained the same was the powerful viability of the M4.

Its good strength and accuracy makes it more than usable at long range, while its versatility and agility allow it to perform admirably in close-quarter gunfights.

Below, you can find our best classes for the gun for five different variations – run-and-gun, tactical and long-range, balanced, competitive, and Overkill – all with their own set of attachments, perks, lethals, and tacticals.

Note that all of the classes assume that everything’s already been unlocked, so if you see attachment or throwables that you haven’t unlocked yet, then substitute it with something that has similar stats and attributes.

Best ‘run-and-gun’ M4 loadout

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ATTACHMENTS

  • Barrel: FFS 11.5″ Commando
  • Laser: 1mW Laser
  • Optic: Cronen LP945 Mini Reflex
  • Stock: No Stock (this is an actual attachment option)
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

SECONDARY – Knife

PERKS

  • Perk 1: Double Time
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped (or Tracker)

THROWABLES

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim

While Assault Rifles are generally not used for running and gunning in Call of Duty, the M4’s versatility allows it to be used in faster play-styles, especially when fitted with this loadout.

All of the attachments prioritize mobility at the cost of range and control, and even hip-firing is improved with the 1MW Laser.

Both the Knife secondary and Double Time perk allow for faster movement, while the Stim tactical gives players a way to heal faster when having to engage again right away after being hurt. 

Best tactical and long range M4 class

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ATTACHMENTS

  • Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
  • Optic: Integral Hybrid
  • Stock: M16 Stock
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Granulated Grip Tape

SECONDARY – M19

PERKS

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Battle Hardened

THROWABLES

  • Lethal: Claymore
  • Tactical: Smoke

This class is for those who like to post up on a power position with the M4 and watch lanes and popular spots on the map, only engaging enemies at medium to long ranges.

Hence the Integral Hybrid optic, which can switch between a 1x reflex and a 3.25 Scout, allowing you to have an effective sight for all kinds of distances.

The rest of the attachments are meant to boost stats like accuracy, range, and control while having a very negative effect on mobility, which isn’t really needed for this class.

The M19 pistol is good to have as a secondary since it has a higher fire rate and can be good to use against enemies who get too close.

The perks supplement this class by ensuring that grenades and stuns/flashes can’t be used to eliminate you, the Claymore is effective in watching your own back, and Smokes can be used to make a quick getaway if too many enemies start pushing you. 

Best balanced M4 class

Infinity Ward

ATTACHMENTS

  • Barrel: FFS 14.5″ Tac Lite
  • Optic: Cronen LP945 Mini Reflex
  • Stock: M-16 Stock
  • Underbarrel: Tactical Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

SECONDARY – 0.50 GS

PERKS

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Battle Hardened

THROWABLES

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade (or Stim)

Constructing a completely balanced M4 setup is much easier said than done since almost every combination of attachments will inevitably cause at least one statistic to take a hit.

This class is one of the more balanced loadouts, as it both boosts accuracy and control for those medium to semi-long range gunfights, while also increasing mobility for more close-quarter engagements.

The only adverse effect is to range, so the weapon may not be as effective when shooting across the map, but overall, this setup does a good job keeping the gun very versatile.

Best competitive M4 class

Infinity Ward

ATTACHMENTS

  • Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
  • Optic: Cronen LP945 Mini Reflex
  • Stock: Singapur Arms Invader
  • Underbarrel: Operator Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Rubberized Grip Tape

SECONDARY – .50 GS

PERKS

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Battle Hardened

THROWABLES

  • Lethal: Flash Grenade
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade

This class comes courtesy of Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, the winningest Call of Duty professional who currently plays for the Dallas Empire franchise. His approach to building an M4 loadout has resonated in the competitive community, so it’s more than likely a good one.

The stats support that since they do a perfect job at massively boosting both accuracy and range, and giving a small increase to control, all while only slightly decreasing mobility, which isn’t the most crucial thing for assault rifles. 

Best Overkill M4 class

Infinity Ward

Overkill is a significant perk in Modern Warfare, even more so than in past Call of Duty titles. The lack of a pick-10 system means that there is a limit to the attachments you can put on the primary that’s being used as a secondary so that both weapons can be fitted with the max amount of attachments.

This is especially good for players who like to use the M4 in a particular way. Some options include a run-and-gun or tactical and long-range. This setup gives them the possibility of having a secondary weapon in case a close-ranged gunfight breaks out.

Run-and-gun players can use a Sniper Rifle or Marksman Rifle if they need to pick someone off long-range, while slower and more tactical players can use an SMG with a high fire rate or even a shotgun if they get forced into close-quarter gunfights.

Those running Overkill classes should strongly consider having Amped as their third perk, as it increases the speed of swapping between weapons. However, you can never go wrong with Battle Hardened either.


There you have it – the best classes to use for the popular M4A1 Assault Rifle! Now get back into the game, try these loadouts out, and let us know what you think!

Also, make sure to check out some of the other weapon guides we’ve done so far for Modern Warfare:

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Best Type 63 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 25/Nov/2020 11:09

by James Busby

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The Type 63 is capable of dishing out some incredible damage thanks to its methodical firing pattern and excellent precision. Here are all the attachments you should be using when running and gunning with the Type 63. 

If you’re a fan of Black Ops Cold War’s Tactical Rifle class or a player that prefers a more methodical approach to combat, then the Type 63 is one weapon you’ll want to focus on leveling up. While burst fire weapons like the M16 and AUG continue to dominate the game, there have been a number of players picking up this reliable rifle. 

Despite its slower rate of fire, this tactical rifle is capable of killing an enemy in just two shots (one body shot and one headshot). The Type 63 is a great option for those that want the damage of a sniper, but wish to be more active in their playstyle. If you have a good trigger finger and decent aim, you’ll definitely want to add the Type 63 to your collection. 

In order to help you get the most kills with the Type 63, we’ve put together a loadout that you can use to crush the competition.

Best Type 63 loadout

Type 63
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The Type 63 is one of the most lethal weapons in the entire game.

Here are the best attachments you can use on your Type 63 in Black Ops Cold War, filling every slot thanks to the Gunfighter wildcard:

  • Millstop Reflex 
  • Spetsnaz Compensator 
  • 18.3” Strike Team
  • KGB Target Designator 
  • Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip
  • 30 RND
  • Gru Elastic Wrap
  • KGB Pad

While you can still make a decent Type 63 loadout without the extra three attachment slots given by the Gunfighter wildcard, the extra kit makes this build extremely comfy. First up is the Millstop Reflex. This is one of the only optics available that doesn’t clutter the screen or provide a great deal of magnification. 

While the 2.0x and 4.0x optics may give you greater precision on the game’s larger maps and modes, the vast majority favor close-quarter engagements. This is also why the 18.3” Strike Team barrel has been chosen. This handy attachment increases your fire rate by 11%, allowing you to get out more shots onto the target. 

It also increases your damage by 9%. While this may seem like an incremental increase, it does make a noticeable difference when combined with a higher rate of fire. To alleviate the Type 63’s horizontal/vertical recoil, we’ve attached both the Spetsnaz Compensator and Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip.

Type 63 stats
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The Type 63 may not be the most popular gun, but its high DPS makes it a worthy pick.

These attachments make the Type 63 incredibly accurate across all ranges, allowing you to beam opponents with laser-like precision. The bullets will always form in a tight circle around your target, so there’s no need to wrestle with any recoil. Simply point and shoot. 

As you may know by now, visibility in Black Ops Cold War can be rather poor. Even if you follow our visibility guide, there will still be times where you get caught out by pesky head glitches. Fortunately, the KGB Target Designator adds 60% Reveal Distance when aiming down sights. 

The Gru Elastic Wrap is one of the most important attachments as it increases ADS time (30%), Flinch Resistance (90%), and enables aiming while going prone. Combine this with the Sprint to Fire and additional Aim Walking Movement Speed of the KGB Pad, and you have an incredibly mobile rifle that is capable of blistering fast kill times. 


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