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A mean and accurate Assault Rifle is always a good source of fun in Call of Duty. Sledgehammer Games has given players several incredible guns to choose from, so here are the best loadouts for every Assault Rifle in Vanguard, with every gun ranked too.

It’s another year, which means another Call of Duty game jam-packed full of guns competing with each other to come out on top.

It already has a ton of popular weapons and loadouts, so we have gone through each of Vanguard’s Assult Rifles and decided to rank them from worst to best.

Best Vanguard ARs ranked list

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This is our complete list of every Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, taking into account all of their vital statistics, and how they feel to use, and their final forms in terms of attachments too.

Here is every Vanguard Assault Rifle ranked:

  1. Automaton
  2. STG44
  3. Volk
  4. BAR
  5. AS44
  6. ITRA Burst
  7. NZ-41

Best AR loadouts in CoD: Vanguard

For a more detailed look into every Call of Duty: Vanguard Assault Rifle, we’ve gone through each gun and explained the logic behind their positions.

These ARs all have a use and, depending on your preferences, you could find that one works better than another.

7. NZ-41

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  • Muzzle: Quicksilver SIlencer
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: LOR Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Arisaka 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

In many Call of Duty games, you’ll get weapons that don’t necessarily perform badly, it’s just that there are few redeeming qualities about them that make them desirable.

The NZ-41 carries that vibe, despite its decent accuracy and firepower, and it’s not helped by some erratic recoil that doesn’t hold up to later weapons on this ranked Assault Rifle list that are simply more preferable.

6. ITRA Burst

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  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 300MM CXII
  • Optic: MK 3 Sunfilter
  • Stock: Botti DII Grip
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 32 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: On-Hand

As is usually the case with burst weapons, the ITRA Burst is a very risk and reward weapon with accurate players able to benefit greatly from it. Its main fault sticks out like a sore thumb, and it’s that you’ll only get five bursts to take down an opponent or two.

Thankfully, attachments can improve this drastically, making the ITRA Burst a must-try weapon to see if it’s for you. But for a while, the 4-round burst makes the ITRA Burst a very volatile weapon to use.

5. AS44

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 615MM
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Zac 12B Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

It looks like an AK-47, its name isn’t a million away from being “AK-47,” but it just doesn’t quite pack the same punch as one.

It’s a decent Assault Rifle that, as with most weapons, tends to get much better and improves with attachments. But after you’ve fired a few shots you’ll begin to see why it’s just not as heavily favored as other guns. Nevertheless, the AS44 is still worth taking out for a test drive to see what you think.

4. BAR

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  • Muzzle: A2 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Chariot 18″ Rapid
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Chariot WR
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Hardscope
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Of all the ARs, the BAR seems to have the most noticeable impact at mid-to-long-range fights, which is supposed to be offset by its 20 round mag. As we know, the BAR can hold 30 rounds quite easily, and this helps to keep the BAR firing its strong rounds for longer.

Don’t expect to win every close-range skirmish though, but have confidence that the BAR can the job done.

3. Volk

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: MK6 Para
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 45 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Defender

The reality is that the Volk is really good, and its undisputed feature is its fire rate. It has the essence of an SMG within it but is still very much a powerful Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

The recoil may deter players, but as usual, if the Volk has the right attachments on it, it immediately becomes a force to be reckoned with.

2. STG44

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • 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: Vital

A common pick amongst AR users in Vanguard, the STG44’s recoil pattern is extremely easy to learn and only gets better once you start slapping some goodies on it.

It can perform in any length of engagement and has enough firepower to not require you to be the world’s leading marksmen to kill with it. It’s unlocked from the get-go and you’ll find a few STG44’s in each match because it’s just that good.

1. Automaton

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: ZAC Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Sakura 75 rounds drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

A weapon that most players are not as familiar with is the Automaton, but if they want to ‘git gud’ very quickly, then they should consider swapping to the Automaton.

In its most primitive form, the Automaton only requires a gentle tug of the analog stick or mouse to keep it hammering the bullseye over and over. Its fire rate is phenomenal, and once you slap on the 6.5MM Sakura 75 rounds drums, then you can keep hammering away and unloading on enemies for as long as you please.


There’s always a chance that Sledgehammer Games will alter the stats of these guns as the seasons go on, so it’s worth having one or two guns as a backup in case the meta changes.

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Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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