Best M1928 Vanguard class loadout: Attachments, Perks, Proficiency, Setup

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The best M1928 loadout in CoD Vanguard isn’t to be overlooked, helping you to shred through matches with lightning-fast speed. From optical attachments to equipment and perks, here’s all you need to know for the SMG class.

With most SMG classes in Vanguard, speed is king. The game has such a fast TTK that improving your agility is really all that matters. That’s exactly the case with this optimal M1928 loadout.

While the gun can be molded into a longer-range tool, it best serves as a fast-firing weapon in close-range battles. As a result, prioritizing ADS speed, movement speed, and sprint to fire speed are all essential.

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Here’s the best way to do just that with our ultimate M1928 Vanguard loadout.


Best M1928 Vanguard loadout

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The M1982 may be the first SMG in Vanguard, but it’s certainly no slouch.


  • Muzzle: Gutts Compensator
  • Barrel: Chariot 2.5” Rapid
  • Optic: Spitfire MK.3 Reflector
  • Stock: CGC S Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 30 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Quick

Vanguard’s Gunsmith takes things to an entirely new level by allowing 10 different attachments on a single gun. Therefore, it’s possible to fine-tune a perfect build for a specific playstyle. With this M1928 setup, it’s all about speed and mobility.

Starting things off is the Gutts Compensator Muzzle. This is one of few attachment categories that we use in this build to improve recoil. With almost everything else focusing on speed, accuracy can take a hit. So it’s important to have at least a handful of attachments keeping your aim on point.

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Speaking of that speed, the Chariot 2.5” Rapid Barrel is the first important pick to make you a demon on any given map. With an improved fire rate, you’ll be taking down foes in an instant before they can properly react.

When it comes to choosing an Optic, it’s ultimately down to your own preference. We’ve gone with the simple Spitfire MK.3 Reflector, but whatever you pick, just be sure to keep it simple. There’s no need for a sniper-equivalent scope on an SMG, especially not one based around agility.

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The Chariot 2.5″ Rapid attachment impacts accuracy but you’ll be lighting foes up much quicker than usual.

Further adding to the M1928’s mobility, the CGC S Adjustable Stock is one of the more important picks for this build. While it comes at a cost of overall accuracy, it compensates with an impressive boost to movement speed and sprint-to-fire speed. This will have you running and gunning better than anyone else on the map.

The M1941 Handstop Underbarrel comes in to make up for the hit to accuracy once again. Your initial bursts will be that much more focused with this attachment equipped.

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Choosing the right Magazine is no simple task but with speed our top priority here, the .45 ACP 30 Round Fast Mags are the most logical option. All others come with downsides that are just too impactful. Here, you get a decent boost to reload speed at the cost of a smaller mag size. A worthy sacrifice considering how often you’ll be reloading.

As with most Vanguard loadouts, bullet velocity is essential, so choosing the Lengthened Ammo Type will only help hit your enemies quicker than usual.

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Frenzy is one of the most powerful weapon perks available in Vanguard.

Next comes the Fabric Grip Rear Grip to once again improve your mobility. This has a combined buff for ADS speed and sprint to fire speed, meaning your SMG will be extremely snappy.

Last but not least are the two weapon perks that come through Proficiency and Kit. Here, we’ve settled on Frenzy and Quick respectively. Frenzy is just too powerful to ignore, triggering health regen immediately after securing a kill.

Quick makes you that little bit faster when moving around the map, truly making this the ultimate build for SMG mobility.

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Best M1928 Vanguard class (Perks, Equipment, & Field Upgrade)

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Since you’ll be running around every map with this SMG build, Ghost is by far the best Perk 1 option.
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Double Time
  • Secondary: Combat Knife
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

For the rest of your M1928 SMG build, picking the right Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrades will only improve your chances of success in any given match.

As a loadout based on mobility, you’ll almost always be on the run. Therefore, Ghost and Double Time are no-brainers to keep you hidden and allow you to sprint for longer. Add Radar to the mix and you’ll be a menace on any given map, constantly aware of enemy positioning.

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Double Time will have you sprinting at max-speed more often than not.

When it comes to a secondary weapon, you’ll likely never be firing an actual sidearm. So instead, we recommend picking the Combat Knife just to help you sprint that little bit faster off a fresh respawn.

However, if you want a little bit more assurance, it can be handy to have a Machine Pistol on standby. If your smaller mags run out, quickly swapping to this beastly sidearm should keep you on your feet.

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For Equipment, the standard MK2 Frag Grenade comes in handy no matter what mode you’re playing. Similarly, Stim is absolutely vital for this SMG build. Not only does it replenish your health in a jiffy, it also restores your Tac Sprint, keeping you on the move at all times.

Closing things out is the Armor Field Upgrade that’s simply the strongest pick in Vanguard today. Surviving a few extra shots could be the difference between a win or a loss, so there’s no reason not to pick this option.

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So that’s all there is to know about the ideal M1928 SMG class in Vanguard.

It won’t help you win long-range gunfights anytime soon, but with the best movement speed possible, you’ll be rushing through the map and getting the jump on everyone in no time. 

Just remember, always stay on the move with this setup, you never want to stay in one place for too long or you’ll risk being picked off from a distance.

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While this may be optimal for now, new updates are often tweaking weapon balance and even attachment effects. So check back often as we’ll keep this loadout guide up to speed with all the latest Vanguard changes.

How to unlock the M1928 in Vanguard

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The M1928 is the fastest firing SMG in Vanguard.

In order to unlock the M1928 in Call of Duty: Vanguard, you’ll need to reach account level 20. This shouldn’t take too long if you make use of double XP tokens or play with the Assault and Blitz Combat Pacing.

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To maximize XP, also make sure to play the objective in game modes like Domination, Patrol, and Hardpoint.

Best M1928 class Vanguard tips

The M1928’s main strength is its insanely fast fire rate. Although this weapon isn’t considered to be the best in Warzone, there are a few things you can do to maximize the potential of this loadout.

  • The M1928 is best at close-range. Try to avoid medium to long-range engagements.
  • Because of the fast fire rate, hip firing at point-blank ranges is recommended.
  • The perk “Ghost” will conceal you from the enemy mini-map. Don’t be afraid to be aggressive!
  • The perk “Radar” allows you to see enemies when they fire unsilenced weapons. This paired with “Ghost” is a deadly combo!

Also, remember to always develop a playstyle that feels the best for you. With that said, if you’re still struggling to succeed with the M1928, these tips should be helpful.

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Alternative to the M1928 Vanguard loadout

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The Vanguard PPSh-41 is also amongst the top 10 weapons.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the M1928, then check out our PPSH-41 loadout. This SMG has already been regarded as one of the best SMGs in Vanguard due to its fast fire rate and quick reaction times.

Players who enjoy using the M1928 will have an easy time transitioning to the PPSH-41. Like the M1928, it has a very fast rate of fire, making it a perfect SMG for those who favor an aggressive playstyle.

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