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In the early days of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the STG44 seems to be considered the best assault rifle in multiplayer. While many players haven’t had the chance to unlock some of the higher-tier rifles, the STG44 has incredible stats for an early unlock. It also comes with a loadout that can shred opponents at range but also compete with SMGs up close. The recommended loadout for the STG44 will take some time for players to unlock in Vanguard but it’s ultimately worth it.
Perhaps the best attribute of the STG44 in Vanguard is its flexibility. It can act like both an AR and SMG thanks to its high fire rate and solid damage output. The AR also has virtually no recoil with the right set of attachments.
Best STG44 loadout in Vanguard
There are some loadouts in Vanguard that don’t need all 10 attachment slots filled. This is because some of the attachments in a specific slot come with more negatives than positives. However, for the STG44, there’s a set of attachments that players can run to boost almost every available stat.
- Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
- Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: VDD 27 Precision
- Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
- Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
- Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
- Kit: Fully Loaded
Kicking off the loadout are two attachments to boost damage range and recoil control with the F8 Stabilizer and VDD 760MM 05B barrel. Players can follow that up with the M1941 Handstop for extra recoil control and the .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags for more damage range and bullet velocity. Lengthened ammo also increases bullet velocity.
The next few attachments help the STG44 improve its mobility by a drastic amount. The VDD 27 Precision, Stippled Grip and Sleight of Hand perk all increase mobility by adding aim-down-sight speed and reload speed, respectively. Those are the main loadout attachments to help players dominate with the STG44 in Vanguard.
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.