Rainbow Six Siege: Best Weapon Attachments in 2022 (Y7S3)

Sadnan Nafis
By Sadnan Nafis
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Rainbow Six Siege, a tactical first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft, has experienced tremendous growth throughout the years that it has existed. The FPS game is halfway into its seventh year, having amassed an audience of over 80 million in 2022.

Rainbow Six Siege has seen a plethora of gameplay and meta changes throughout its seven years. One of the most recent changes regarding weapon barrel attachments came with the latest update in Year 7 Season 3 Operation Brutal Swarm.

The Siege devs have decided that it was time for a weapon attachment rework to be introduced, as many players were finding it difficult to differentiate between the various attachments and their intended use. So now, Siege players will need to choose their barrel attachments more carefully, as different attachments will provide players with a distinct feel and recoil pattern, so there is no one choice fits all.

However, the weapon attachment choice eventually does come down to personal preference. But we will try to guide players in understanding the difference between the various options and finding the most effective one to equip for your gun.

R6S: Best weapon attachments to use?

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Screenshot from Rainbow Six Siege

While a lot can be achieved with your game sense in Rainbow Six Siege, players still need to win their 1v1 gunfights. So, having a good aim and understanding of the recoil patterns is key to landing those important shots. As we have mentioned earlier, Siege’s Y7S3 patch brought a major recoil rework to many of the guns in Siege, especially nerfing the LMGs. Therefore, equipping suitable attachments can make your life a lot easier.

Barrel Attachments

  • Flash Hider: Reduces speed at which the muzzle moves upwards while shooting.
  • Compensator: Decreases the horizontal recoil of the gun.
  • Muzzle Brake: Reduces the overall weapon kick of single shot firing (greatly reduces the time for your crosshair to come at its original position.
  • Suppressor: Removes muzzle flash; bullet trails are less visible, so defenders will have a hard time guessing from which direction they are getting shot. Additionally, the firing sound is also reduced (No damage reduction with the Y7S3 patch).
  • Extended Barrel: Reduces the rate of damage drop off, allowing you to deal more damage at longer ranges.

For high vertical recoil guns such as the SMG-11, you should look into using the flash hider or the muzzle brake. These attachments greatly help reduce the gun’s initial vertical kick, allowing you to land the crucial headshot with a small burst. In this current patch, the muzzle brake is also an effective choice for LMGs such as Finka’s 6P41, as it has a high vertical recoil pattern. However, instead of holding your left mouse button until your ammo finishes, shoot in small bursts because the recoil progressively gets more difficult to control. Furthermore, Muzzle Brake is our recommended choice for almost all DMRs, unless you want to be sneakier with the suppressor.

While there is no perfect barrel attachment that fits all weapons, you can try out the various options from the above list to find the best one that suits your style. Below you can find some examples of our recommended operator loadouts:

Smoke – SMG 11

  • Barrel: Muzzle Brake
  • Optic: Holographic
  • Grip: Vertical Grip

Jager – 416-C

  • Barrel: Muzzle Brake
  • Optic: Holographic
  • Grip: Vertical Grip

Ash – R4-C

  • Barrel: Flash Hider
  • Optic: Holographic
  • Grip: Vertical Grip

Zofia – M762

  • Barrel: Flash Hider
  • Optic: 1.5x
  • Grip: Vertical Grip

Nokk – FMG-9

  • Barrel: Suppressor
  • Optic: 1.5x

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In Rainbow Six Siege, there are only two grip options for your weapon:

  • Vertical Grip: Helps in reducing the vertical recoil.
  • Angled Grip: Drastically reduces the ADS time (the time taken to transition from hip fire to your scope).

For the weapons with high recoil, you will want to use the Vertical Grip, for example, on Jager’s 416-C, SMG-11, R4-C, etc. But, a great number of weapons in Siege have minimal recoil, so if there is an option for an Angled Grip, you should use it.

While some information is outdated, you can check Rogue-9’s video for a more detailed analysis.


  • 1x: Holographic, Reflex, Red dot
  • 1.5x
  • 2.0x
  • 2.5x
  • 3.0x (Only for DMRs)
  • Unique scopes for certain weapons

Rainbow Six Siege players have a wide variety of scope options to choose from, as Ubisoft has universalized all 1x scopes for weapons and introduced new magnified ones. Additionally, if a weapon has a 2.0x scope, it will also have access to all the scopes that are less magnified than it. Therefore, the choice comes down to personal preference and how you intend to play the round. We recommend using any 1x sight for high recoil guns, as controlling the weapon becomes much easier than using a magnified scope. While the choice for 1x scopes is up to your taste, selecting a weapon sight with a clearer reticle, such as the classic Holographic A or Reflex A, is recommended.

A handful of Defenders have access to magnified scopes, so if you pick an operator who has them, remember to equip it, such as the 1.5x on Mozzie’s P10-Roni.

Under Barrel

Lastly, the under-barrel laser should be avoided for almost all weapons, except for shotguns. This laser helps to get a tight spread on shotguns, thus allowing you to deal more damage in longer ranges.

Additionally, players can choose their reticle color and opacity under the accessibility setting.

It is essential in Rainbow Six Siege to equip the most effective attachment for a weapon to get an advantage in a gunfight. Hopefully, this guide will assist you in understanding the basics and making the best loadout possible for yourself.

Sadnan Nafis is a Senior Esports Writer at GameRiv. Sadnan has a love-hate relationship with Rainbow Six Siege. He loves to keep himself updated with new tech videos and is always ready to help others.