Call of Duty: Vanguard has arrived, and it brought with it a slew of new weapons to try out, including the MP40. This SMG has historically been very strong in past World War 2 games in the COD franchise. Vanguard's MP40 continues this tradition, as it has quickly proven to be a favorite among Vanguard players for its high damage potential.
We put together a fast-paced, high-damage MP40 loadout for Call of Duty: Vanguard that is going to help you unlock the true potential of this gun. Here is the best MP40 loadout in Vanguard!
Best attachments for the MP40 in Vanguard
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: Krausnnick 317MM 04B
- Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding Stock
- Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop Underbarrel
- Magazine: 9mm ps 24 Round Fast Mag
- Ammo: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Brace
- Kit: Quick
- Optic of your choice
The Recoil Booster is the final unlock for the muzzle category, and this thing absolutely shreds. In exchange for a hit to your global accuracy, something I don't take lightly, you get to have an increased fire rate. This improves the MP40's time to kill from the very start, and we can counterbalance the hit to accuracy using other attachments.
Krausnick 317MM 04B
The MP40's biggest flaw is that it has a high level of recoil, which makes it difficult to use with consistency at anything beyond the closest range encounters. The addition of the Krausnick 317MM 04B to this loadout is going to be essential since it will dramatically increase your accuracy and reduce the gun bob on this unstable weapon.
Krausnick 33M Folding Stock
This stock will increase your sprint to fire speed and your movement speed, in exchange for another hit to your initial accuracy. Given that the MP40 is best used as a fast-paced, rush-down kind of weapon, the exchange is well worth it to keep you moving and shooting as responsively as possible. This loadout is not made to be used at longer ranges anyway, since the MP40 will never excel outside short range like an assault rifle would.
The M1941 Handstop will improve both accuracy and recoil control, making your gun easier to use and extending its range just a bit. This will take away from your hipfire accuracy, but in most fights, you will be aiming down your sights for this setup.
9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
The 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags are a great option for this gun since they will increase your reload quickness without sacrificing your movement speed or ADS speed, like many of the magazine options do. With these magazines, you will have to reload often, but when you do reload, you will reload almost instantly. This is particularly important in competitive modes like Search and Destroy. If you prefer to run with more ammo, there is the 9 mm 64 round drum magazine, but it will take a hit to your ADS spread and movement speed.
Lengthened ammo offers a large buff to your bullet velocity, which greatly improves the performance and feel of this weapon. This will also expand your effective range a bit.
Brace is how we offset the penalties we have taken to accuracy. Brace increases your initial accuracy and reduces your overall recoil, giving the MP40 a roughly neutral accuracy profile while maintaining the fire rate increase from the recoil booster.
Quick is a great kit option that will add a straight bonus to your sprint speed. This is perfect for a mobile SMG class like this one, allowing you to quickly move around the map and take your enemies from close-range.
Optic of your choice
As always, feel free to run with whatever optic you are most comfortable with. I would not recommend using the iron sights on this weapon, since they are difficult to see within comparison to pretty much any optic in the game.
Lethal and Tactical grenades to run with the MP40
Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
Tactical: No 69 Stun Grenade
A standard frag grenade is a solid option for clearing out rooms where you know enemies are hiding. You can also cook this grenade, making it even harder for enemies to dodge it.
On the tactical front, stuns are always a good bet in Vanguard, since they will help you identify enemy locations and give you the upper hand in your fights. I think the MP40 class benefits well from how mobile these two grenade types are, since you will often be storming rooms with this gun.
Perks to run with the MP40
- Piercing Vision
- Lightweight or Overkill
Ghost will help keep you off the minimap of others, which is a nice bonus in a game with as much chaos to handle as Vanguard.
Piercing Vision is just a ridiculous perk, that will highlight enemies through walls and smoke if you they are suppressed enough. It is basically wall-hacks, so definitely run that.
On the third slot, lightweight is fun since it means you can run faster, alternatively, you could run with a whole extra primary weapon by running Overkill.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.