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Best MP40 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4

The MP40 has maintained its status as a standout SMG in Vanguard, so here are the best attachments and perks to create the best loadout.

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Arthur Kingsley using MP40 in CoD Vanguard

The MP40 is the ultimate short-range weapon in Vanguard and with the right attachments, perks, and equipment, you can create a truly powerful class. Check out everything you need to build the best MP40 class in Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded didn’t bring much in terms of weapon buffs and nerfs, which means the MP40 is still the top short-range option in the game.

With great stopping power, a quick fire rate, and good maneuverability, the MP40 is great at getting in the face of your enemies.

Getting the right attachments will turn the MP40 from a solid weapon to the best SMG in the game, so here’s everything you need to create the best Vanguard MP40 loadout.

Best Vanguard MP40 Gunsmith loadout attachments

MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard's gunsmith
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Krausnick ISO1M or Slate Reflector (preference)
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

First, you should add the Recoil Booster and Krausnick 317MM 04B barrel. Together, these will be a major help in recoil control, weapon handling, and also accuracy, while a massive boost to fire rate will make the MP40 as deadly as possible.

For Optics, it’s entirely down to your own personal preference. Some players prefer the classic MP40 iron sights, but others would rather the precision of the Slate Reflector optic. The Krausnick ISO1M is a solid choice as it increases ADS speed.

MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard's campaign

Then, we’re going for the Carver Foregrip underbarrel as it will help players control the weapon seeing as it boasts considerable kick when firing. If you’re not worried about accuracy and wish to maximize speed, then the SMLE Pistol Grip is also a great choice.

For Ammunition, the 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags are a solid choice. Despite reducing magazine capacity the increase to reload speed is much needed as you’ll encounter waves of enemies. For Ammo Type, Lengthened increases bullet velocity, making far-off targets easier to hit and reducing the time to kill.

In order to make the MP40 fire as accurately as possible, we’ll opt for the Stippled Grip which increases recoil recovery and initial accuracy, making targets of all distances easy to hit.

The Brace Proficiency provides improved initial accuracy which will make your first few shots all the more impactful. Finally, the Quick Kit increases your sprint speed, which is perfect for an SMG loadout.

Best Vanguard MP40 Perks & Equipment

Perks in Call of Duty Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Secondary: 1911
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

Ghost returned in Vanguard but does not follow the Cold War model. It’s only active while you move, but it remains a powerful choice when Spy Planes are overhead.

Next, we’ve opted for the Radar Perk. Vanguard includes Modern Warfare’s minimap which doesn’t show enemy gunfire on the minimap. However, Radar gives you the classic minimap, revealing enemies when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.

And finally, Lightweight is a great choice for Perk 3. SMG loadouts are all about aggressive play and maximizing speed will let you get up close and personal with enemy players.

In terms of equipment, we suggest the Stim as your Tactical, as it will allow you to replenish your health and Tactical Sprint in an instant while you fly around the map. Field Upgrade is a little more tricky, but we think Dead Silence is a good shout, as it will allow you to make sneaky plays and keep the pressure on your opponents.

How to unlock the MP40 in Vanguard

Player using MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard

The good news is that it doesn’t take long to get your hands on the MP40, as it unlocks straight away, ready to start customizing when you unlock Custom Loadouts at Level 4.

You can also use the MP40 straight away in Warzone Pacific, meaning you won’t need to level up before making a custom class with it.

Best alternatives to Vanguard MP40

If you’re looking to stick within the SMG class, we suggest trying the Welgun or Type 100. These are both viable, but still aren’t quite as good as the MP40, so keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for something with a little more range, grab the STG-44, which has proved itself to be the most versatile weapon in the game. The Automaton is the dominant assault rifle in the game right now too and is another excellent option.

If none of these are of interest to you, make sure to check out our full guide to Vanguard’s best guns, with every weapon ranked.

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