The best STG44 loadout in Call of Duty: Vanguard

The default AR is a very strong gun.

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World War II games are known for their nostalgic weapons, bringing us all back to a time when FPS games were just beginning to take over.

Call of Duty: Vanguard takes place during WWII. After multiple CoD titles set in the future and even the Cold War, WWII is back in a big way with Vanguard, as are the old familiar customers when it comes to weaponry.

One of the all-time classics from FPS games of the past is the STG44, a fully automatic assault rifle. The weapon was used by the Germans during the war, but everyone can equip it right away in Vanguard to begin ranking it up and unlocking over 70 attachments.

Here’s how to equip the STG44 in Vanguard to make it perform the best.

Best STG44 loadout in Vanguard

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  • Muzzle: Chord Muzzle Brake
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Konstanz Tactical
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Grooved Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: On-Hand

The STG44 is unlocked by default in Vanguard, meaning you can use it right away when you set up your first loadouts, so it’s a big-time early favorite. Thankfully, it’s a solid assault rifle and one of the best guns in the game.

This AR is decent at all things while excelling at none of them. It has a good amount of recoil so it struggles at range, and if you want to fix its issues, you’ll sacrifice hip fire accuracy, too, so there’s a good amount of trade-offs within the STG44 in the Gunsmith.

In the end, the optic you choose is up to you and comes down to preference. The STG44 is pretty good with a medium sight like the Zeiss G16 2.5x, but the Slate Reflector is a solid all-around option when it comes to using the weapon at varying distances.