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Call of Duty Vanguard best MP40 loadout and build

Call of Duty Vanguard MP40 best build loadout
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A Call of Duty Vanguard best MP40 loadout and build can do a huge amount to the way you play, turning you from a simple soldier into a fast-moving assassin, vaulting into rooms and downing dozens in a spray of gunfire. The MP40 is considered one of the best guns in Vanguard right now, so outfitting it in the gunsmith properly can make it a borderline unstoppable force. We'll take you through the best MP40 build for COD Vanguard below, including attachments, perks and more.

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Best MP40 loadout in Call of Duty Vanguard

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The MP40 is best built for speed and agility, and by playing up these qualities you can make a kind of hit-and-run build about bursting into combat, spraying from the hip, and disappearing again before enemies can overwhelm you. This is one of those classes where perks really play a meaningful role, but once you have the playstyle down you can be incredibly effective on the battlefield. We'll lay out all the little details and nuances for you below.

Best MP40 attachments and build

Call of Duty Vanguard MP40 best build loadout

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  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Magazine: 9mm 24 Round Fast Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Optic: Mk. 8 Reflector
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Stock: Krausnick 33m Folding
  • Proficiency: Unmarked
  • Kit: Quick

The focus here is on speed, hip-fire accuracy and generally devastating anybody in close range, a gun made for ambushes and sudden attacks, but one that can also respond quickly to any similar assault. The MP40's main strength is as a punchy SMG, so we're simply playing into that with all our choices and building on what makes it deadly. With this build, get in close to enemies fast, avoid wide spaces where you can, and make an effort not to get flanked by focusing on situational awareness.

Best secondary weapon and loadout options

Call of Duty Vanguard MP40 best build loadout

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The natural choice here would be to choose a long-range secondary as a counterbalance for the MP40's short range, but there aren't a lot of options for that in secondary weapons. Try the Ratt pistol or any of the launchers, but we actually found that it's worth taking a second primary with Overkill to balance out the short-range of the MP40 - a marksman rifle or even a sniper, something you can rely on when circumstances force you out of your close-quarters comfort zone.

For perks, you want to emphasise speed and mobility, as well as keeping a high sense of local awareness. Pick Ghost to stay out of sight and Radar to turn that around, then Overkill for the third perk to get your second primary (or pick Scavenger and put a pistol or launcher on your back). For equipment, we recommend a Stim tactical to keep yourself alive in the mad dash to opponents, and any explosive that's generally effective - molotovs can be good in these circumstances. Now you've got everything you need, go in for the kill as fast as you can.

Joel Franey

Joel Franey is a writer, journalist and podcaster with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. Consequently he chooses to spend his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.