The Best KG M40 Vanguard Loadout

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Season 3 for Call of Duty Vanguard is right around the corner. The latest season of post-launch content includes a range of new content including new guns and weapons and all-new multiplayer maps

One weapon that appeared at the start of Season 2 is the KG M40 assault rifle (AR), a powerful rifle armed with a fast rate of fire that's capable of contending with the likes of the popular Automaton.

As with most fast-firing guns in Vanguard, the recoil is tricky to control but with the best set of attachments selected, it's much easier to manage. In this guide, find the best KG M40 Vanguard loadout alongside an attachment combination capable of topping the scoreboard every time.

KG M40 COD Vanguard Loadout
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What Is The Best KG M40 Vanguard Loadout?

We've had the chance to experiment with the KG M40, testing a range of attachment combinations in addition to Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrades. Find the best KG M40 Vanguard loadout below!

Attachment Name
MuzzleF8 Stabilizer
BarrelKrausnick 700mm 01V
OpticMK. 3 Reflector
StockVDD 22G Padded
UnderbarrelM1941 Hand Stop
Ammo Type Lengthened
Rear GripGranular Grip
ProficiencyTight Grip
KitFully Loaded
Perk 1Dauntless
Perk 2Forward Intel
Perk 3Lightweight
LethalGammon Bomb
TacticalNo 69 Stun Grenade
Field UpgradeDead Silence

How To Unlock KG M40

The KG M40 first appeared in the Season 2 Battle Pass and with Season 3 underway, players must score three Double Kill medals with an AR in a single match 15 times. Try dropping into some Domination matches to complete the challenge as fast as possible.

Best KG M40 Vanguard Attachments

After testing a range of attachments, we eventually settled on a combination of nine that improve everything from aiming stability to bullet velocity. Check out the best KG M40 Vanguard attachments below:

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 700mm 01V
  • Optic: MK. 3 Reflector
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Granular Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Despite the omission of a different magazine, the KG M40 is one of the easier assault rifles to control. The combination of Tight Grip and the M1941 Hand Stop reduces recoil to non-existent levels in addition to Lengthened and the F8 Stabilizer providing a slight increase in bullet velocity and damage output.

Overall, this build is solid in the vast majority of mid-range and long-distance scenarios. The choice of optic is personal preference so if you prefer something with a little more zoom, try the M19 4.0x Flip for an even clearer view of faraway opponents.

KG M40 Vanguard Loadout
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Best KG M40 Vanguard Perks and Equipment

After selecting the attachments in the Gunsmith, fine-tuning the rest of the loadout by choosing a set of Perks and Equipment that maximise your advantage. Find the best combination to use with the KG M40 below.


  • Dauntless (Perk 1)
  • Forward Intel (Perk 2)
  • Lightweight (Perk 3)

The suppression caused when hit by an opponent is often infuriating which is where Dauntless comes into its own by granting immunity to those effects. For the second Perk, Forward Intel provides the location of where enemies are spawning which is ideal when playing larger maps.

The third and final Perk is Lightweight. Thanks to the additional movement speed, it's much easier to contest gunfights against mobile SMGs and Shotguns, making the KG M40 a more versatile option.


  • Gammon Bomb (Lethal)
  • No 69 Stun Grenade (Tactical)

Gammon Bombs explode as soon as they make contact with any surface or incoming player which is ideal when looking to deal additional damage on smaller maps.

To guarantee some extra kills, throw a Stun Grenade into a crowd of opponents to slow their movement, allowing you to pick them off with the KG M40 with ease.

Call of Duty Vanguard Dead Silence Field Upgrade
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Field Upgrade

  • Dead Silence

Dead Silence is arguably the best Field Upgrade in Vanguard thanks to its ability to grant silent footsteps for a short period of time. Use the time to flank behind enemy lines and eliminate unsuspecting opposition with the KG M40.

Is The KG M40 Good in Vanguard?

Judging by its description, the KG M40 has the potential to shake up the current AR meta in Vanguard multiplayer thanks to its fast rate of fire. When new guns arrive, they often dominate until a nerf is implemented further down the line, Once we've had time to test the rifle, we will share whether it's worth using or if you should stay well clear.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Call of Duty: Vanguard and Guides page.