The AS44 is one of Vanguard’s most powerful Automatic Assault Rifles, which also shines in the current Warzone meta. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on creating the optimal loadout for the AS44 in Warzone Season 4 Mercenaries of Fortune Reloaded.
Based on the M1 Garand, the AS44 is an old counterpart of the AK47. It is a Russian-made Automatic Rifle suitable for the 7.62x39mm ammunition. The weapon has a vicious fire rate and damage output, making it easy to dominate long-range gunfights.
The AS44 has an excellent time to kill in the Assault Rifle category, but the weapon is a little hard to control due to its high fire rate. Moreover, it has an excellent damage output and fire rate, making this Rifle an absolute powerhouse, capable of dominating mid to long-range engagements.
At the start of Season 4 Mercenaries of Fortune, the weapon received a slight nerf to its attachment. However, it didn’t affect the gun and its popularity in the Warzone meta. The weapon is viable in medium to long-range engagements, making it a versatile Weapon in any given situation.
How to unlock the AS44 in CoD Warzone
The AS44 is originally a part of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s weapon pool, and was added to Warzone later on. It is an Assault Rifle (A.R.), an unlockable weapon available after reaching level 33. Moreover, it is a part of the post-launch weapon line available to all players from day one. Most players will have the gun unlocked by playing a few Warzone matches.
The best tip for leveling up in Call of Duty: Warzone is to spend more time in-game. The experience (XP) system in Warzone is pretty straightforward. The more time you spend in-game, the more XP you will gain. Additionally, completing daily and weekly challenges will provide extra XP, which will be helpful to level it up faster. After unlocking and leveling it up quickly, players can choose from various attachments.
Best AS44 Loadout
- Muzzle: MX Silencer
- Barrel: Kovalevskaya 615mm
- Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
- Stock: Kovalevskaya Custom
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
- Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
- Perk – 1: Fully Loaded
- Perk – 2: Tight Grip
The Kovalevskaya 615mm1 increases AS44’s bullet velocity, overall range, and accuracy. Most players will not shoot without aiming down the sights, so the decrease in hip fire accuracy is not a big problem. By equipping the SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x, players can acquire added magnification and recoil control at the expense of aim down sight speed.
Another feature players might want to improve with the AS44 is the number of bullets they can shoot before reloading. That’s where the 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags enter the picture. However, players’ aim-down sights speed, movement speed, and reload speed will decrease in exchange for the extra bullets. They can also increase the velocity of every bullet by inserting Lengthened into the ammunition slot, and because there are no disadvantages, it’s a perfect combination.
Fully Loaded is a perfect fit here as it provides the most ammunition, especially when combined with the 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags. The second perk must be a Tight Grip, which improves accuracy and recoil control while firing continuously.
After equipping the MX Silencer, players will gain sound suppression, additional accuracy buffs, and a faster aim-down sight speed. The Kovalevskaya Custom is helpful if players strafe while aiming. It also provides a significant boost to recoil control during the first few rounds.
Like every Assault Rifle, the rear grip for AS44 should be the Polymer Grip. It provides flinch resistance, recoil stability, and accuracy during a sustained fire with no additional debuffs. Paired with the Kovalevskaya Custom, this Assualt Rifle will become more manageable in the recoil department. Players can also use the Carver Foregrip for extra recoil control buffs, and there are no noticeable downsides because they are not using this weapon for its hip-fire accuracy.
Best Equipment and Perks for AS44 Loadout
- Secondary: Marco 5 (Vanguard) or HDR (Modern Warfare)
- Tactical: Stim (Modern Warfare), or Heartbeat Sensor (Modern Warfare)
- Lethal: Throwing knives (Modern Warfare), or Claymore (Modern Warfare)
- Perk – 1: Quick Fix, or E.O.D
- Perk – 2: Overkill
- Perk – 3: Amped, or Combat Scout
Quick Fix is the ideal perk for players constantly engaging in gunfights, enabling health regeneration when an enemy is killed. Opting for E.O.D. is also feasible to take less damage from non-killstreak explosives and fire.
Overkill as the second perk is a must, as players can carry an extra primary weapon in the secondary slot. Pairing Marco 5 or HDR with this A.R. will make the loadout more potent, and the secondary will help handle both mid to long-range gunfights easily. Our HDR loadout focuses on a long-range D.M.R. build.
To swap between the weapons faster, Amped is the go-to option. Faster switching between weapons will help in getting an edge over other players. Combat scout briefly highlights the whole team when an enemy player is shot.
As for tactical, stim gives an instant health regeneration upon use. The Heartbeat sensor can help track other players roaming nearby and plan the next gunfight strategy. Throwing knives as lethal can be a backup in a close gunfight. It has a one-shot potential on players with a minimal level of armor.
Moreover, immediately throwing a knife will eliminate the player regardless of the range it’s thrown from after downing a player. However, Claymore can be used instead of throwing knives to watch flank when stationary.
All the latest AS44 Buffs and Nerfs
The AS44 was nerfed with the Season 4 Mercenaries of Fortune update. Raven has decided to nerf specific attachments as they were overperforming in many situations.
- Increased Standing Hip Fire Accuracy
- Empress Falchion A
- Horizontal Recoil Control increased to -25%, up from -30%
- Kovalevskaya 615mm
- Vertical Recoil Control now increased by 12%
- 7.62x54mmR 40 Round Mags
- Recoil Control increased to -22%, up from -25%
- Damage Bonus Removed
- Damage Range Increased to 30%, up from 20%
- Muzzle Velocity increased to 30%, up from 10%
- 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
- Muzzle Velocity increased to -15%, up from -20%
- Damage Penalty Removed
- Damage Range decreased to -30%, down from -20%
Other Alternatives to the AS44 in the Current Meta
Other alternatives to the AS44 are Cooper Carbine (Hybrid AR), NZ-41 (A.R.), and MP40 (S.M.G.). NZ-41 is one of the most robust guns in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded’s current meta. Check out our NZ-41 and MP40 loadout guide for more information.