The best guns to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer – Gun Tier List

These are the best primary weapons you can use in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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You can pick from various weapons to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer mode. In addition, you can have up to 10 custom class loadouts, each using a unique weapon to fit the playstyle across multiple maps. This guide breaks down the best guns to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Gun Tier list

Here’s a breakdown of how we rank every primary weapon in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

S3-Line Rifle, MG42, MP-40, Owen Gun, PPSH-41, and Volkssturmgewehr
AAutomaton, Bar, Gracey Auto, M1916, Macro 5, SVT-40, the Type 11, the Type 100, and the Vargo-S
BAS44, Combat Shotgun, Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle, Itra Burst, KG M40, Nikita AVT, Sten, STG44, the Type 99, UGM-8, Whitley, and the Welgun
CArmaguerra 43, Cooper Carbine, DP27, Einhorn Revolving, Kar98k, M1928, and the NZ-41
DBren, Double Barrel, and the G-43


The S-tier consists of better weapons you can immediately pick up in Call of Duty: Vanguard. The 3-Line Rifle is exceptionally devastating as a mobile sniper rifle, allowing someone to race across the battlefield and eliminate enemies in a single shot. The MP-40, Owen Gun, and PPSh-41 are excellent SMGs that can be used in close to medium-range engagements. The Volksstrumgehr is a superb assault rifle, and the MG42’s ammo capacity makes it a solid LMG to provide suppressing fire.


Slightly lower than the S-tier guns are those in the A-tier, although, with the correct attachments, these could be placed in the S-tier, so long as certain players know how to wield them. You’ll find that most players will be highly comfortable with the Automaton, a solid assault rifle that’s barely a step down from the Volkssturmgewehr. If you prefer an assault rifle from afar, the Bar is a good choice or the DP27. Then, you have the Gracey Auto, a powerful shotgun ideal for the Vanguard trench battles. You also have the SVT-40 marksman rifle, a more suitable option for long-range shots but is reasonably forgiving given the semi-automatic nature of the weapon.


In the medium category, we have the AS44, Combat Shotgun, Itra Burst, Sten, STG44, and Type 99. The Combat Shotgun is potentially the lowest of the choices, being the most useful for close-range engagements. Although, the four-round burst for the Itra Burst assault rifle can be helpful if you prefer that firing pattern over the standard fully automatic. The more recent additions, such as the Whitley, Welgun, and KG M40, are decent, but the A-tier outclass them.


In the C-tier, we have the Bren, Einhorn Revolving, Kar98k, M1928, and the NZ-41. The M1928 is not bad, but better choices are available. The same goes for the NZ-41. However, the Kar98k is powerful, but it only feels worthwhile on the larger maps, whereas the smaller maps of Vanguard feature better sniper rifles or marksman rifle choices. The Cooper Carbine also struggles to rise above other weapons.


The weapons in the lowest category are the Double Barrel, DP27, and the G-43. The Double Barrel is fine, but the other shotguns feel much better. We highly recommend many of them over that one. The Bren is one of the tougher LMGs because of how unwieldy it becomes after firing it for long periods, making it difficult to hit your target reliably. The final weapon, the G-43, is a medium-range marksman rifle in the okay category, but we feel the SVT-40 easily outshines it.