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Best MP-40 gunsmith loadout in COD Vanguard beta

The MP-40 submachine gun has quickly proven to be a standout choice in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Check out what is the best gunsmith class setup for this classic WW2 gun, including the best attachments, perks, proficiency, and more.
Best MP-40 gunsmith loadout in COD Vanguard beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard's early access beta is here and players are already trying to figure out what weapons will be the best when the game releases later this fall.

And it didn't take long for players to single out what's currently one of the best guns in the game, as content creators had a chance to test the game before everyone else, coming with an almost unanimous consensus that the MP-40 is the best gun in the beta.

The MP-40 (Maschinenpistole 40) is a well-known German submachine gun from World War II and a staple weapon in many WW2 games, including Sledgehammer's previous game, Call of Duty: WW2.

If you want to find out why are people talking about the MP-40 as the strongest weapon in COD Vanguard, then check out the weapon's class setup below.

Best MP-40 loadout in COD Vanguard beta

Best MP-40 loadout in COD Vanguard beta
There are demands for the MP-40 to be nerfed before the beta has even started. (Picture: Activision)

The attachments and perks listed here make for the best MP-40 gunsmith class setup in the COD Vanguard beta.

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Stock: VDD 34M
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 9MM Para 24 Round Fast Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Granular Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

One of the few weaknesses of the MP-40 is that it can be tricky to control due to somewhat higher recoil and that's where the F8 Stabilizer and Krausnick 317MM 04B help out, as they will help you to stabilize the weapon, by making recoil more manageable and the weapon easier to handle.

The M1941 Handstop underbarrel will provide you with mobility bonuses and decreased sprint-to-fire speed, both crucial stats when playing with the MP-40, as they will help you to slide through the maps and improve your reaction time in the heat of battle.

Best MP-40 loadout in COD Vanguard beta
In COD Vanguard, weapons have 10 attachment slots for customization. (Picture: Activision)

When it comes to magazines, we are opting for the 9MM Para 24 Round Fast Mag as it will provide you with much-needed reloading speed, something that is crucial when you are in constant action. This should be paired with the Lengthened ammo type, which will improve bullet velocity, thus making you even deadlier.

Finally, we equip the Granular Grip which will suppress flinch and help us to keep our fire focused in prolonged exchanges.

For kit, we choose Quick, as it will make you sprint faster, which is what we want when playing with an SMG, and for proficiency, we choose Vital, which counts upper torso shots as headshots when applying damage multipliers. You will usually be able to hit your targets consistently in the upper torso, and this will transform those hits into headshot damage.

And there you have it, this is the best MP-40 loadout for COD Vanguard beta. You will soon see for yourself why pros think that this SMG is currently broken, especially if you use this build. 


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