The M4A1 is Modern Warfare’s most powerful Assault Rifle, and this fully automatic weapon shines in the current Warzone meta. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on creating the optimal loadout for the M4A1 in Warzone Season 3 Classified Arms.
The M4A1 is a fully automatic carbine Assault Rifle that Call of Duty enthusiasts adores. The gun has been present in Call of Duty games for a long time. This gun has primarily remained the most powerful and adaptable Assault Rifle, capable of accommodating practically any playstyle. The weapon could be transformed into a long-range beamer with the correct setup.
The gun immediately became a fan favorite after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019). It was the most powerful rifle in the game. In CDL pro play, the gun had a 100% pick rate. Riflers preferred the weapon over any other assault rifle due to its high rate of fire and superior damage range. With the introduction of Warzone, the gun established itself in the meta and has since stayed as the most used Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare’s weapon pool.
Since its introduction, the weapon has remained untouched. The M4A1 has received no significant buffs or nerfs. However, with the release of Warzone Pacific Season 2, all Modern Warfare Assault Rifles were nerfed in some way. The recoil was increased slightly from their first stage. However, this did not affect the gun’s popularity. Since its release, the weapon has been a fan favorite.
How to unlock the M4A1 in CoD Warzone
The M4A1 is available from the moment players start Call of Duty: Warzone for the first time, but that doesn’t ensure everything connected to the weapon is unlocked. Players will have to level up their rank with the M4A1 as players would with any other gun in Call of Duty games, new or old, to unlock some of the better attachments for the weapon.
To rank up a weapon, spend time in Warzone with it equipped. While the M4A1 will always gain a constant flow of XP while equipped, players can speed up the process by using it to slay enemies, take down killstreaks, and complete objectives, and they will gain even more weapon XP for the M4A1 if they activate a weapon-oriented XP token before a Warzone match begins.
Best M4A1 Loadout
Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
Magazine: 60 Round Mags
Anyone familiar with the weapon pool in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare should know how powerful the monolithic suppressor is, regardless of the weapon. The extra power makes any weapon more viable in long-range gunfights. The main disadvantage of choosing a monolithic suppressor is a slower walking speed when aiming and a slower A.D.S. (aim down sight) speed.
Similarly, the Stock M16 Grenadier barrel is the way to go for the M4A1. It will improve damage range, bullet velocity, and recoil control significantly. The sole drawback is the slower aim down sight and movement speed, which will be rectified later with other attachments.
The V.L.K. 3.0x Optic and the Commando Foregrip are both additions that significantly boost the Assault Rifle’s aim down sight speed. A faster aim down sight speed will enable players to snap onto opponents and secure effortless kills quickly. In addition, the optic will provide a 3x magnification for more excellent long-range vision.
Finally, 60 Round Mags will provide players with extra ammunition. More ammunition will lessen the problem of frequent reloading for players.
Best Equipment & Perks for M4A1 Loadout
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 an excellent perk for players who are continuously engaged in gunfights, as it enables rapid health recovery when an enemy is killed. Choosing E.O.D. to take less damage from non-killstreak explosives and fire is also feasible.
Overkill as the second perk is a must. Players can carry an extra primary weapon in the secondary slot. Pairing PPSh-41 or Kar98k with this Assault Rifle will make the loadout more potent, and the secondary will help in handling both long to mid-distance gunfights with ease. Our PPSh-41 loadout focuses on a close-range S.M.G. build.
Amped is the best way to switch between guns quickly. Faster switching between weapons will give players an advantage over other players. The perk combat scout briefly highlights the entire team when an opposing player is shot.
As for tactical, stim gives an instant health regeneration upon use. The Heartbeat Sensor can assist in tracking down other players in the area and planning the next fighting tactic. 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. Furthermore, instantly throwing a knife after downing a player will eliminate the player regardless of the range. Instead, claymore can be used instead of throwing knives to watch flank when stationary.
All the latest M4A1 Buffs & Nerfs
The M4A1 was shadow nerfed with other Assault Rifles from Modern Warfare (2019). With the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard, it was evident that the rifles from Modern Warfare required changes to increase the pick rate of Vanguard Assault Rifles.
Though there is no mention of nerfs to the M4A1, the recoil pattern was tweaked similar to all the Assault Rifles from Modern Warfare with the launch of Warzone Pacific Season 2. Pro players and content creators pointed out the shadow nerf of the weapon while comparing Assault Rifle stats.
However, the nerf did not affect its popularity. M4A1 still remains the father of all Assault Rifles since the launch of Warzone. The weapon remains in the top tier of Warzone’s weapon pool.
Other Alternatives to the M4A1 in the Current Meta
Other alternatives to the M4A1 are Cooper Carbine (Hybrid AR), Armaguerra 43 (S.M.G.), and PPSH-41 (S.M.G.). Cooper Carbine is one of the most robust guns in Warzone Season 3 Classified Arms’ current meta. Armaguerra 43 is the newest edition in the weapon line of Call of Duty: Warzone season 2 reloaded. It has the fastest fire rate in the S.M.G. category. Check out our Cooper Carbine and Armaguerra 43 loadout guide for more information.