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The Combat Shotgun is one of four shotguns in Call of Duty: Vanguard. While the others in the class are great in their own right, it’s difficult to craft a better shotgun loadout for anything other than the Combat Shotgun in Vanguard. It’s the classic pump-shotgun that Call of Duty fans either love or hate, depending on which side of the shotgun a player is on. Despite needing some time to level up, the Combat Shotgun is one of the top weapons in multiplayer.
Compared to other shotguns, the Combat Shotgun is meant moreso for longer-range gunfights. It takes some time to shoot after pressing the trigger, which means players need some space when firing it. However, with the right set of attachments, the Combat Shotgun can be effective in any situation in Vanguard.
Best Combat Shotgun loadout in Vanguard
The best attachments for the shotgun increase overall mobility and damage range. Recoil isn’t a necessary attachment, as players can’t fire it in quick succession. Instead, players will want to focus on ADS/sprint-to-fire speed attachments to make securing kills much easier.
- Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
- Barrel: Framble 23″ No. 4M
- Optic: Mk. 8 Reflector
- Stock: CGC 3M Adjustable
- Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
- Magazine: 12 Gauge 5 Round Tube
- Ammo Type: Packed Powder
- Rear Grip: Leather Grip
- Proficiency: Vital
- Kit: Fully Loaded
The first two attachments on the loadout, plus the 12 Gauge magazine and Packed Powder Ammo Type, are the selections to increase damage. The M97 Choke tightens the pellet spread, while the Framble 23″ No.4M barrel improves damage range and flinch resistance. The Vital Proficiency also allows the Combat Shotgun to kill quicker if players are aiming for the upper body.
The rest of the loadout focuses on mobility. The CGC 3M Adjustable stock, Mark V1 Skeletal underbarrel and Leather Grip all increase ADS or sprint-to-fire speed. Some of the attachments also improve hip-fire accuracy, so players don’t always have to aim down sights. This Combat Shotgun loadout in Vanguard is one of the best in multiplayer at the moment.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.