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A medium and accurate Assault Rifle is always a good source of fun in Call of Duty. Sledgehammer Games has given players several amazing weapons to choose from, so here are the best loadouts for each assault rifle in Vanguard, with each weapon ranked as well.

Another year means another Call of Duty game filled with guns competing with each other to win.

The game already has a ton of popular weapons and loadouts, so we’ve gone through each of Vanguard’s assault rifles and decided to rank them from worst to best.

Ranking of the best Vanguard ARs

Here is our complete list of all Assault Rifles in Call of Duty: Vanguard, considering all their vital stats, how they feel in-game, and their final forms in terms of attachments as well.

Here are all Vanguard assault rifles ranked:

  1. automaton
  2. STG44
  3. Cooper rifle
  4. BAR
  5. Volks
  6. AS44
  7. NZ-41
  8. ITRA Burst

Best AR Loadouts in CoD: Vanguard

For a more detailed look at each Call of Duty: Vanguard Assault Rifle, we’ve taken a look at each weapon and explained the logic behind their positions.

These ARs all serve a purpose, and depending on your preferences, you might find that one performs better than another.

8. ITRA Blast

itra broke into cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 300MM CXII Boot
  • Optical: Sun filter MK 3
  • Store: Botti DII Grip
  • Sub-barrel: Manual stop M1941
  • Magazine: Jaeger 32 8mm Round Drums
  • Ammunition type: Elongate
  • Rear handle: Fabric handle
  • Skill: Vital
  • Case: At hand

As is usually the case with burst weapons, the ITRA Burst is a very high risk, high reward weapon with precise players able to greatly benefit from it. Its main flaw sticks out like a sore thumb, and that’s that you’ll only get five bursts to defeat one or two opponents.

Luckily, attachments can significantly improve this, making the ITRA Burst a go-to weapon to see if it’s for you. But for a while, the 4-round burst makes the ITRA Burst a very volatile weapon to use.


cod vanguard nz-41 assault rifle
  • Muzzle: Quicksilver Silencer
  • Optical: Status Reflector
  • Store: Reinforced LOR
  • Sub-barrel: Manual stop M1941
  • Magazine: Arisaka 6.5mm 45 round magazines
  • Ammunition type: Subsonic
  • Rear handle: Dotted handle
  • Skill: Spacer
  • Case: fully charged

In many Call of Duty games, you’ll get weapons that don’t necessarily malfunction, it’s just that there are few qualities that make them desirable.

The NZ-41 carries that vibe, despite its decent accuracy and firepower, and it’s not helped by erratic recoil that doesn’t stand up to later weapons on this list of ranked assault rifles that’s simply more preferable.


as44 at the forefront of cod
  • Muzzle: F8 stabilizer
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 615MM
  • Optical: Slate Reflector
  • Store: Custom Zac 12B
  • Sub-barrel: M1930 Strife Elbow
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Magazines
  • Ammunition type: hollow point
  • Rear handle: Polymer handle
  • Skill: Sleight of hand
  • Case: fully loaded

It looks like an AK-47, its name is not far from “AK-47”, but it just doesn’t pack the same punch as one.

It’s a decent assault rifle that, as with most guns, tends to get better and better with attachments. But after firing a few shots, you’ll start to understand why it’s just not as popular as other guns. Nonetheless, the AS44 is still worth testing out to see what you think.


cod vanguard volk assault rifle
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optical: Status Reflector
  • Store: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Sub-barrel: MK6 Para
  • Magazine: .30 Short Russian 45 Round Drums
  • Ammunition type: Subsonic
  • Rear handle: Dotted handle
  • Skill: Sleight of hand
  • Case: Defender

The reality is that the Volk is really good, and its undisputed hallmark is its rate of fire. It contains the essence of an SMG but remains a powerful Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

The recoil can put players off, but as usual, if the Volk has the right accessories on it, it immediately becomes a force to be reckoned with.

4. BAR

Cod Vanguard Bar Assault Rifle
  • Muzzle: A2 flash hider
  • Barrel: 18″ Rapid Cart
  • Optical: Zeiss G16 2.5x
  • Store: WR Trolley
  • Sub-barrel: Manual stop M1941
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 round magazine
  • Ammunition type: Elongate
  • Rear handle: Dotted handle
  • Skill: Hardscope
  • Case: fully loaded

Of all the ARs, the BAR seems to have the most noticeable impact in mid to long range combat, which is supposedly offset by its 20 round magazine. As we know, the BAR can hold 30 rounds quite easily, which allows the BAR to fire its rounds longer.

Don’t expect to win every close quarters skirmish, but trust the BAR can get the job done.

3. Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Vanguard Season 1
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 22″ Custom Cooper
  • Optical: Slate Reflector
  • Store: Cooper 54RS
  • Sub-barrel: Carver Handguard
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Magazines
  • Ammunition type: hollow point
  • Rear handle: Handful of pine tar
  • Skill: Vital
  • Case: fully charged

The Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle was added to Vanguard with the Season 1 Update and is available through the Battle Pass. The Cooper Carbine is perhaps the most versatile AR on this list. Players can equip attachments for long-range or close-range combat.

However you prefer to use this assault rifle, its excellent rate of fire will suit aggressive players perfectly. Once you unlock the Recoil Booster accessory, the Cooper Carbine transforms into a deadly killing machine.


cod vanguard stg44 assault rifle
  • Muzzle: F8 stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optical: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • Store: VDD 27 Accuracy
  • Sub-barrel: Manual stop M1941
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammunition type: Elongate
  • Rear handle: Dotted handle
  • Skill: Sleight of hand
  • Case: Vital

A popular choice among Vanguard AR users, the STG44’s recoil pattern is extremely easy to learn and only gets better when you start applying goodies to it.

It can perform in any engagement length and has enough firepower that it doesn’t require you to be the best sniper in the world to kill with it. It’s unlocked from the start and you’ll find a few STG44s in every match because it’s so good.

1. Automaton

ar automaton in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sharpshooter
  • Optical: G16 2.5x
  • Store: ZAC Skeleton
  • Sub-barrel: Manual stop M1941
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Sakura 75 shot battery
  • Ammunition type: Elongate
  • Rear handle: Leather handle
  • Skill: Frenzy
  • Case: fully loaded

One weapon that most players aren’t as familiar with is the Automaton, but if they want to “git gud” really quickly, they should consider switching to the Automaton.

In its most primitive form, the automaton only requires a slight pull of the analog stick or mouse to keep hammering the target over and over. Its rate of fire is phenomenal, and once you hit the 6.5mm Sakura 75 drums, you can keep pounding and unloading on enemies for as long as you want.

And these are the best AR loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1! Metas change and another SMG may be coming in Season 2, so we’ll keep this list updated throughout the year.

You can also check out how all of these ARs stack up against the rest of Vanguard’s weapons.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games