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Modern Warfare Gunsmith Guide

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare promises to be a fresh take on the franchise. Things have gotten more complex in the latest offering. This is especially clear when you look at the new attachments system; Gunsmith. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunsmith mode allows you to attach a variety of different things to a weapon. Beyond just modifying certain aspects, this new system can change guns altogether. Through altering a weapon, it is possible to essentially change its category. With this kind of customization on offer to you, Gunsmith is going to be a major part of the create a class in Call in Duty: Modern Warfare.

With Gunsmith, you’re going to be able to completely customize a weapon to suit the rest of your load out. This will make your play style much more dynamic. You’re capable of suiting a weapon entirely to your own strengths. When combined with the right choice of perks, killstreaks, and field upgrades, you’ll be able to craft a class that is just right.

There are way too many options to really try out every combination of every weapon. That would take way longer than any reasonable person has time to put into it. Instead, you’re going to have to think about your choices a bit. Try to match everything up to form a coherent plan for your weapon. Develop your Gunsmith builds to react to your own play. If your weapon is letting you down somewhere, address the problem with Gunsmith.

Gunsmith Muzzle

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The first slot in your weapon is for attachments on the muzzle of the weapon. These are your options.

Flash Guard

This is a suppressor for the flash your weapon makes. It will help you keep visibility when firing, and conceal your shots from enemies.

Pros

  • Stealth Bonuses

Cons

  • Slows down your ADS.

Small Suppressor

This suppressor makes your weapons considerably quieter. However, it does have some drawbacks.

Pros

  • Big difference to the volume of your weapon.

Cons

  • Range lessened.
  • Bullet velocity slowed.
  • ADS Speed slowed.

Large Suppressor

This is the bigger version of the suppressor, it nearly silences your weapon entirely but it does have drawbacks given its size.

Pros

  • The strongest option for cutting down sound.
  • Helps your range a lot more than the small suppressor.

Cons

  • ADS speed allowed.
  • Transition from sprinting to firing slowed.
  • Hip fire shots aren’t as accurate
  • Bullet velocity slowed.

Compensator

This weapon fires gas upwards to balance out any vertical knockback from firing your weapon.

Pros

  • Cuts down vertical recoil.
  • Great weapon control.
  • Cons
  • Bullet velocity slowed.
  • Sway control lessened.

Suppressor

This is a medium silencer that aims to balance the pros and cons of the large and small.

Pros

  • Sound suppression
  • Helps with control over your recoil.

Cons

  • Lessens your range.
  • ADS speed lowered.
  • Bullet velocity lowered.
  • Sway control reduced.

1mW Laser

This Gunsmith attachment doesn’t make your weapon into something out of a sci-fi movie, it gives you a red laser to improve aim.

Pros

  • Helps with your hip-fire accuracy.

Cons

  • Nothing major, but this doesn’t have the same pros as other Muzzle Gunsmith attachments.

5mW Laser

This laser is much more heavy-duty than the 1mW. However, your stealth is really impacted.

Pros

  • Really helps with accuracy

Cons

  • Everyone can see the laser, so your element of surprise is gone

Tac Laser

This is the same as the 5W laser but in green.

Pros

  • Helps with accuracy.

Cons

  • Laser visible to everyone.

Gunsmith Optic Attachments

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With so much choice just for the Muzzle, there is a lot to weigh up. The Optic attachments give you even more control over your weapon.

Operator Reflex sight

This is a sight for higher precision.

Pros

  • Better Aiming picture.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Crop Combat Holo Sight

This is a holographic Gunsmith scope.

Pros

  • Better aiming picture.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Aim-Op Reflex Sight

This is a reflex sight that should give you better vision when moving and aiming.

Pros

  • Improves aiming picture.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Scout Combat Optic

This Gunsmith attachment is a bit different to the other scopes. This offers up to 3x magnification lens that should be helpful in any lighting.

Pros

  • Much better picture when aiming from a distance.

Cons

  • ADS speed is reduced.

Hybrid Scope

This scope offers 1x and 4x magnification lenses.

Pros

  • This gives you both the Reflex and Scout scopes.

Cons

  • The toggle speed can become a hassle.
  • ADS speed is reduced.
  • Idle sway control is reduced.

APX5 Holographic Sight

Another hologeaphic sight options.

Pros

  • ADS picture improved.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Merc Scout Optic

This scope offers 3x magnification.

Pros

  • ADS picture improved.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Sniper Scope

This Gunsmith scope is a bit self-explanatory, it is to better suit snipers. With it, you can make a non-Sniper Rifle into a more viable distance weapon.

Pros

  • Zoom Level.
  • Better accuracy at range.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Idle swaying control reduced.

Viper Reflex Sight

This is a precision scope that should help with moving targets.

Pros

  • ADS picture improved.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

G.I. Mini Reflex

This Gunsmith scope has a wide frame that gives you a sight picture without as many obstacles and reductions.

Pros

  • ADS picture improved.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Monocle Reflex Sight

This is another precision scope.

Pros

  • ADS picture improved.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Variable Zoom

This is a scope intended for use at very long ranges. It hgas a variable view.

Pros

  • Much better range.
  • You can change between magnifications.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Sway control reduced.

Hybrid Scope

This is a scope that features a 1x and 4x magnification mode. It similarly reflects the othjer mixed scopes.

Pros

  • Reflex and Scout options available to toggle between.

Cons

  • Delay when toggling.
  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Idle sway control reduced.

Gunsmith – Stock

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With Gunsmith, you even have control over the Stock options for your weapon. These are your choices.

Heavy Stock

This is a heavier stock that helps you get a more stable view when aiming.

Pros

  • Better control.
  • Increased steadiness.

Cons

  • Walking and aiming speed reduced.

Lightweight Stock

This is a really light stock that aims to not slow you down.

Pros

  • Walking and aiming speed increased.

Cons

  • Sway control reduced.
  • Considerably less steadiness.

No Stock

You’ve got the option to forgo a stock entirely, if you really value speed and movement.

Pros

  • Big increase tyo your movement and aiming speed.
  • Big increase to your agility overall.

Cons

  • Much less recoil control.
  • Much less steadiness.
  • Sway control reduced.

Close Quarters Stock

This Gunsmith attachment is specifically built for close combat.

Pros

  • Greatly improves your ADS speed. This is helpful considering the amount of Gunsmith attachments that reduce it.

Pros

  • ADS sight speed increased.
  • Cons
  • Sway control reduced.
  • Steadiness reduced.

Gunsmith – Rear Grip

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If you’re not fatigued from the sheer amount of options available so far, you’ve still got three slots to consider.

Pistol Grip – Stipples

This grip helps to keep you in control of your aiming and recoil, even when moving fast and shooting.

Pros

  • Increased movement and aiming speed.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.

Pistol Grip Granulated

This is a smoother grip that is focused on steadiness

Pros

  • ADS speed increased.
  • Steadiness when aiming increased.

Cons

  • Sway control reduced.

Pistol Grip Rubber

This grip helps with recoil if you’re being knocked off your target too often.

Pros

  • ADS speed increased.
  • Sprint transition into firing increased.

Cons

  • Sway control reduced.

Gunsmith Magazine

Extended Mags

This one holds more ammunition than other magazines.

Pros

  • Much bigger ammo capacity.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Movement speed reduced.

Higher Capacity Extended Mags

This magazine also increases the amount you can hold, but with less of a weight increase compared with the Extended Mags.

Pros

  • Better magazine ammo capacity.

Cons

  • Movement speed reduced.
  • ADS speed reduced.

.458 SOCOM Ammunition

This magazine lets you use higher calibre .458 SOCOM ammunition. It increases the effectiveness of your shots.

Pros

  • Can use .458 SOCOM ammunition.
  • Higher damage.

Cons

  • Fire rate reduced.
  • Aiming recoil is increased.

Gunsmith Underbarrel

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Angled Foregrip

This is an angular grip tht helps you with control.

Pros

  • Horizontal recoil control is increased.

Cons

  • Movement speed reduced.

Vertical Foregrip

This is similar to the Angles Foregrip, but it works vertically.

Pros

  • Vertical recoil control is increased.

Cons

  • Movement speed reduced.

Tactical Grip

This is a grip that gives better control of sway and rrecoil.

Pros

  • Horizontal recoil control increased.
  • Idle sway control increased.

Cons

  • Movement speed reduced.
  • Aiming speed reduced.

Grenade Launcher

This adds a greande launcher to the base of your weapon.

Pros

  • Underbarell grenade launcher available.
  • Cons ADS seed reduced.
  • Movement speed reduced.

CQB Grip

This grip should help you get your recoil under control.

Pros

  • Horizontal recoil control increased.
  • Idle sway control increased.

Cons

  • Movement Speed reduced.
  • Aim while walking speed reduced.

Operator Vertical Grip

This is a vertical grip that gives even more control, especially with hip fire.

Pros

  • Vertical recoil control increases.
  • Hip fire accuracy increased.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Movement speed reduced.

Gunsmith Barrel Attachments

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The Barrel attachments are the last options for attachments in the game.

Lightweight Barrel

  • This is a larger barrel that gives you better handeling.

Pros

  • ADS speed increased.

Cons

  • Damage range reduced.
  • Bullet velocity reduced.

Short Barrel

This is a shorter barrel that will help with speed and close combat.

Pros

  • ADS speed increased.
  • Movement speed increased.

Cons

  • Bullet velocity speed reduced.
  • Damage range reduced.
  • Recoil control reduced.

Long Barrel

This one sacrifices speed for range.

Pros

  • Bullet Velocity greatly increased.
  • Damage range increase
  • Drecoil control increased.

Cons

  • ADS speed reduced.
  • Movement speed reduced.

With so many options it is easy to see why Gunsmith has been taken out of the general create a class to its own category. Try to tailor each weapon to the way you use it, rather than randomly experimenting. There are far too many options to try out every combination with a weapon, so develop a build that works for you and balance it with the rest of your class.