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The most popular weapons in Modern Warfare might surprise you

Published: 17/Nov/2019 11:18 Updated: 17/Nov/2019 11:23

by Connor Bennett

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New stats have revealed the most popular weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the rankings might actually come as a surprise to some players.

The new Modern Warfare title has seemingly been a huge success for Infinity Ward, taking the Call of Duty franchise and adding a huge scoop of ‘realism’ to the mix. 

While plenty of players have had nagging complaints about the maps, bugs, and even grenades – everyone is still dropping into matches and trying to get the best of their opponents. 

That includes setting up your loadout correctly with the best weapons. Thankfully, with the game being out for nearly a month, a meta has formed and the weapons that you should be using are quite apparent. However, the newest stats about weapon popularity might actually surprise you. 

Activision.The 725 Shotgun has been one of the most devastating weapons in Modern Warfare.

According to data collected by CodStats from 650,000 games, the M4A1 leads the way as the most used gun in Modern Warfare with nearly 23% of players using it.

The assault rifle is followed by the Kilo 141 at 11%. While the high-powered rifles make sense, some players may be wondering where the devastating 725 shotgun fits into the mix. Well, despite seemingly running into it in every match, the close-quarters weapon is used by a touch over 5% of players – making it the fourth most popular choice. 

Most popular weapons in Modern Warfare

CodStatsThe full list of popular weapons from CodStats can be viewed in great detail.

As for the least used weapons, it should perhaps be no surprise that the game’s raft of rocket launchers and specialist weapons all rank near to the bottom.

The Strela-p launcher has a usage of 0%, the riot shield and JOKR both have 0.1%, while the combat knife and PILA clock in at 0.2% of usage.

Of course, while CodStats have used a rather large sample size, they won’t have covered every single match played since the game’s release, so there could be some fluctuation in the overall scheme of things.

As for future movement, that will depend on the patches rolled out by Infinity Ward. Current guns will likely be both nerfed and buffed, while other weapons could be added later down the line.

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5 best XM4 loadouts in Black Ops Cold War for all play-styles

Published: 20/Jan/2021 4:10 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 4:20

by Brad Norton

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The very first Assault Rifle unlocked in Black Ops Cold War also happens to be one of the strongest if you follow our rundown on the best possible XM4 loadouts.

While you might think to overlook the base weapons unlocked from the very beginning in any Call of Duty title, the starters in Black Ops Cold War are among the best guns in the game. From the MP5 SMG to the Pelington sniper, the first weapons in most categories can dominate in the right hands and ARs are no different.

The XM4 is unlocked as soon as you start in multiplayer and it’s a rather well-rounded pick. It doesn’t boast the highest damage output or the fastest fire rate. However, it’s arguably the most reliable pick all around.

If you stick with it from the jump and level it through to 55, you’ll have access to a consistent AR whenever the situation calls for it. Here’s an overview of the best possible loadouts for all play-styles to get the most out of the XM4 in Black Ops Cold War.

Most accurate XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War XM4 gameplay
Activision
This loadout will keep your shot on point with the XM4.

Attachments

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5 Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Gunfighter

While other Wildcards can be solid to get you more perks or more equipment, Gunfighter is essential to help the XM4 reach its full potential. Dropping in with eight unique attachments will make you a real threat on the map.

You can pick and choose whichever Optic you’d like. Though with most ARs, you never want to limit your overall vision. Selecting a smaller sight can help keep you aware of everything nearby, rather than scoping in and having tunnel vision ruin your streak.

Since the XM4 is an all-around solid weapon, there’s no need to deviate from its general strength. Attachments like the Field Agent Grip, SOCOM Eliminator, and even the Laser Sight will help keep your shots accurate.

Whether you’re up close or chipping away from across the map, this loadout will ensure every gunfight is winnable.

Long-range XM4 loadout

Black Ops Gunsmith
Activision
If you’re looking to play at a distance, this is the XM4 loadout for you.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5 Reinforced Heavy
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock:

Secondary 

  • LW3 – Tundra

Perks

  • Perk 1: Paranoia
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Assault Pack

Wildcard – Law Breaker

If you’re looking for a long-distance variant with the XM4, we’ve got you covered. ARs can be surprisingly lethal from across the map and this setup proves just that. Thanks to a focus on accurate attachments, your shots will be landing no matter the range.

Take the 13.5 Reinforced Heavy Barrel, for instance. This comes with the perfect tradeoff to maximize both bullet velocity and overall range. Rather than hindering one or the other, it’s a solid middle ground so that you can get the best of both worlds. There’s no use having an extreme range attachment if you have to lead your shots by a huge amount.

Moreover, carrying a sniper with you as your secondary ensures you’ll never be out of the fight. After you’ve drained a mag from a distance, you can quickly swap over to a one-shot killing machine with the LW3.

Best competitive XM4 loadout

XM4 in the Black Ops Cold War Beta
Activision
This XM4 loadout is the best for all-around competition.

Attachments

  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle:
  • Barrel: 13.7 Extended / 13.7 Takedown
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine:
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask & Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ninja & Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Assault Pack

Wildcard – Perk Greed

When it comes to competitive play, you want an XM4 loadout fit for any situation. While playing the AR role, you’ll be taking gunfights from mid to long-range more often than not, but you can often find yourself closer to your enemies as well.

With this setup, you’ll be ready to take anyone down. The Field Agent Grip is a staple for any AR class, according to CDL pro Octane. The same can be said for the Raider Pad and the Airborne Elastic Wrap. With these attachments, your version of the XM4 will be as well-rounded as possible.

Ultimately, buffing your Operator with a variety of perks is what’s going to set you apart here. Gunskill is one thing, but having a loadout prepared for everything will keep you winning map after map.

Fastest XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Activision
If you have a need for speed, this is the ultimate XM4 loadout for you.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle:
  • Barrel: 11.8 Ranger 
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser 
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip 
  • Magazine: SAS Mag Clamp
  • Handle:
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • Knife

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Forward Intel
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Tracker
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho & Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Perk Greed

To be the fastest with an AR, you’re going to need a finely-tuned loadout. Thanks to these attachments and various perks, you’ll be zooming through the map with your XM4 in no time.

First up is the 11.8 Ranger Barrel. This is important as it’s the only attachment in its class that improves your bullet velocity without actually slowing you down. Others come with slightly improved buffs, but the negative effects are simply too much of a tradeoff.

Similar can be said for the Underbarrel. Infiltrator Grip will help your movement speed in all regards, not just one specific area. You’ll be able to sprint faster, aim quicker, strafe with more agility, and everything in between.

Everything in this loadout is intended to maximize speed. Hence why a Knife secondary can come in handy. Whenever you’re out of the fight, swapping over will improve your sprint speed.

Best objective-based XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Activision
Hopping on the objective has never been easier thanks to this XM4 loadout.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel:
  • Magazine: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock:

Secondary 

  • Gallo SA12 

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask 
  • Perk 2: Tracker & Gearhead 
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Cold Blooded

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex 
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Perk Greed

If flooding the hill or capturing objectives is your primary goal in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll need the right class for the job. Objective players often go underappreciated but you’ll be able to make a huge impact in every game with this XM4 loadout.

Arguably the most important aspect of this class is the perks. You’ll need both Flak Jacket and Tac Mask to survive all incoming spam while you’re playing the objective. Keeping alive through this onslaught is vital if you’re aiming for wins over everything else.

The attachments here give you one of the most well-rounded XM4 setups possible. Gunfights from all ranges won’t be an issue and the 50 Rnd Fast Mag will keep you firing for longer than usual.


With 55 levels to get through, it’s one of the easier grinds in the game given just how versatile the XM4 is. Unlike other ARs that can be a nuisance early on without some powerful buffs from various attachments.

Once you’re all set with this particular loadout and looking for the next challenge, be sure to check our other Black Ops Cold War weapon guides to get the most out of every gun in the game.