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Cold War Gunsmith: The Best Attachments & Weapons According to the Pros

by Megan Miller 20 Nov 2020

How to Aim Better in Call of Duty®?

Let's say you're booting up Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War for the first time. You pop into multiplayer, play a few matches, and finally unlock the ability to create loadouts. You open Gunsmith for the first time and are immediately overwhelmed with the number of options you've been presented with.

What's the difference between a Krig 6 and a XM4? How do I know which attachments are good, and what combination of this seemingly endless list of attachments will boost the stats that fit your playstyle?

The best way to find out was to turn to expert opinion. What we found is that the top-tier Call of Duty® players are very open with their loadout choices. So it's about time to share the love with a quick overview of the top-tier weapon builds and why their attachments have proven to be so effective.

Best Guns in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War So Far

  • MP5
  • FFAR
  • AK74u
  • AK47
  • AUG
  • XM4

Important Weapon Stats

When it comes down to it, the best gun attachments depend on both the gun and player preference. With Gunfighter allowing you to have 8 attachments on your gun, it can be hard to know what is best for each. In general, there are some important weapon stats you should look for:

  • Bullet Velocity
    • Xclusive Ace made a video explaining this well. Essentially, higher bullet velocity helps with long range but also appears to help with the delay in hit detection
  • Effective Damage Range
    • As it implies, this is the range that the gun is effective at. Depending on the gun, Assault Rifles are typically around 40 and SMGs are around 15. However, Treyarch did just release an update that reduced the MP5’s Effective Damage Range by -33% to just 15, in order to balance SMGs long range vs ARs.
  • Horizontal Recoil Control
    • Horizontal Recoil Control is also referred to as “Recoil stabilization”. This is the control of the gun during a continuous fire, particularly at distant ranges. A more stable control allows you to track enemies easier.
  • Vertical Recoil Control
    • Vertical Recoil Control is the amount a weapon kicks when fired, the initial burst of fire. A strong recoil control is important for keeping the gun stable when working with the horizontal recoil control.
  • Faster ADS
    • ADS stands for “aim down sight”. This is the action of your weapon centering in the screen, allowing you to aim much more accurately through a scope. A Faster ADS allows this movement to be quicker, giving you the advantage in battle for more shots.
  • Sprint to Fire Speed
    • This weapon stat is very useful for rushing with guns like MP5 and allows your gun to pull up quicker so you can get the first shot.

Best MP5 Attachments

This is what Scump uses for his MP5 setup:

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake
  • Barrel: 9.5" Extended
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Magazine: 40 Round Drum
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: Collapsed Stock

Best FFAR Attachments

  • Optic: Microflex LED Red Dot
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break
  • Barrel: 21.2' Ranger Barrel
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 34 Round Mag
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: Raider Stock

These weapon builds are merely suggestions. Most importantly, they're a lesson in rearranging the stats in a way that suits your own personal playstyle. Feel free to experiment, FreekNation! And if you do, let us know what you're running with in the comments!

What could be more iconic than playing the new Call of Duty® with the KontrolFreek Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War Performance Thumbsticks®? Absolutely nothing. These high-rise, convex thumbsticks provide maximum precision and an original, ergonomic design crafted from Cold War-inspired elements for exceptional grip. This design will allow you to optimize your in-game sensitivity to more quickly neutralize threats, secure your targets, and excel at the signature combat found in the next chapter of the iconic Black Ops experience.

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