27 December 2017 - 20:50

The best assault rifles in Call of Duty: WWII

Find out which assault rifles you should unlock first in WWII.
Screengrab via Activision

Call of Duty: WWII was released last month, and it didn't take long for players to figure out which weapons are the best in the game.

Assault rifles are always some of the most popular weapons in Call of Duty titles, especially from a competitive standpoint. And it doesn't seem like that will change in WWII.

There are currently seven assault rifles in Call of Duty: WWII—but three of them really stand out when compared to the others. And even then, one assault rifle in particular is clearly the strongest weapon in this class—and quite possibly the entire game.

Here are the best assault rifles currently available in Call of Duty: WWII.

FG 42

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Update Dec. 27 2:50pm CT: The FG recently received a fire rate nerf and recoil adjustment, which means that it's no longer the strongest assault rifle in the game. Many professional players have once again started using the BAR as their assault rifle of choice at this time.

Update Dec. 14 11:30am CT: The FG has risen to the top of the rankings for assault rifles in WWII. Almost every professional player has been using the FG as their assault rifle of choice—mainly because the BAR has been nerfed so much recently.

The FG has a somewhat slow fire rate, but it makes up for that with it's incredible power. As long as you have an accurate shot, you can kill multiple enemies in quick succession.

The low fire rate also means that the FG isn't as good as the BAR was up close. The FG, however, is very deadly from long range—and some would argue that the slower fire rate helps you control your shot better in long-range gunfights.

If you haven't tried out the FG yet, we highly recommend doing so. It's growing in popularity and is a serious contender for the strongest weapon in the game at this time.


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Update Dec. 14 11:30am CT: The BAR has been nerfed several times over the past month. Although it's still a strong gun, the FG has seemingly taken over as the best assault rifle in WWII.

The BAR was the early contender for best weapon in the game, and it was the strongest assault rifle in WWII until it was nerfed. It killed very quickly at medium to long range, and could even compete with submachine guns in close quarters engagement.

For public multiplayer, the BAR is the last assault rifle you unlock—other than the SVT-40, which you can get after prestiging the Infantry division. If you preordered the game, however, you can use your free weapon unlock to get the BAR right after your first match.

The BAR was a fantastic weapon when it was at its strongest, but now the FG has become the assault rifle of choice for most players in WWII.


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If you didn't preorder the game and don't have the FG or BAR unlocked, the STG44 is the assault rifle for you. It's definitely not as good as the FG or BAR, but the STG is still a viable weapon.

Although the STG holds more ammo and statistically has a higher fire rate than the FG and BAR, you can just tell in-game when using these guns that the other two are better—trust us. But at this stage in the game, the STG can be considered the third best assault rifle.

For a gun that has such a high fire rate, the STG surprisingly has low recoil—especially with a grip equipped. But again, so does the BAR. This is essentially a situation where the BAR and STG are comparable, but the BAR just outclasses the STG in-game.

If you have both weapons unlocked, we recommend using the BAR. But in the early levels of multiplayer progress, if you don't have the BAR, try the STG.

We will update this list following any weapon updates in the game.

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