The 1911 pistol in Call of Duty: Vanguard is a staple of the first-person shooter franchise, regularly appearing in games regardless of their setting. The semi-automatic handgun regularly appears in the loadouts of players thanks to its versatility and close-range power that can often outgun submachine guns. As Season 1 nears, the 1911 is likely to remain as one of the stronger pistols in the arsenal but any kind of weapon balancing could easily change this.
Listed as an A-Tier pistol, the 1911 definitely has its place in the Vanguard metagame, and with ten attachment slots available, the pistol can deal plenty of damage in almost every single in-game situation. In this guide, find the best 1911 attachments to equip along with the best 1911 loadout.
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How To Unlock The 1911
The 1911 is one of many weapons available to unlock by increasing your level. Players will gain access to the pistol from Level 22, meaning it may be a while before some manage to get their hands on it. After testing its performance in regular multiplayer and Champion Hill, it's definitely worth the grind.
The Best 1911 Attachments in Vanguard
To maximise versatility, we are going to use all ten attachment slots that are available to utilise thanks to the Gunsmith. With this particular combination, there are few weapons that can defeat it in close and medium-range combat.
- Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
- Barrel: Gracey Short No. 42
- Optic: Nydar Model 47
- Trigger Action: Lightweight Trigger
- Magazine: 9mm PARA 12 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: FMJ Rounds
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Kit: Quick
- Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
This combination of attachments provides drastic improvements across the board, including some additional long-range firepower. The F8 Stabilizer reduces recoil to more manageable levels while the combination of 12-Round Mags, FMJ Rounds, and Lightweight Trigger, makes it very easy to unload a barrage of gunfire onto an intended target.
Reaction times when using the 1911 are hugely important, which is where the Fabric Grip comes into play. With a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and aim-down sight speed, it's very easy to focus onto a target even if you're not expecting it.
The Best 1911 Loadout in Vanguard
Once the best attachments have been selected, building the rest of the loadout around the characteristics of the pistol is next. Perk selection is hugely important while choosing the right pieces of Equipment and Field Upgrades can allow you to deal even more damage.
The MP40 is widely believed to be the best submachine gun to use in multiplayer but on those occasions where switching to your pistol is faster than reloading, the 1911 is the best secondary weapon to fall back on. For the best MP40 attachments, take a look at our loadout guide.
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Double Time
For a loadout that's going to feature in Vanguard's meta, this selection of Perks is very hard to beat. Ghost manages to keep your location hidden from Spy Planes while moving around the map while Radar gives you the best possible chance to spot enemies thanks to the Perk revealing any unsuppressed gunfire.
For a further boost to mobility, Double Time is the way to go. With twice the amount of Tactical Sprint and increases to crouch movement speed, it's very easy to traverse the map with the 1911 in hand.
- Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
- Tactical: Stim
To make the most of the 1911, getting up close and personal with the opposition is the key to success. Prior to entering an occupied building, throw a Frag Grenade through a window for some initial damage then finish anyone off with the pistol when you enter. If they put up a fight, use Stim to instantly regenerate some health in case another opponent attempts to score a kill.
This may seem a strange choice but the Goliath is ideal for dealing widespread damage. Drive the remote-controlled bomb into a congested area of the map, detonate it, and watch the score roll in!
The Best 1911 Blueprints in Vanguard
Each of Vanguard's weapons will feature a range of blueprints complete with unique designs and attachments. Once we find the very best one for the 1911, we will update the guide with everything you need to know.