Selecting the best pistol in Call of Duty: Vanguard can often determine whether a loadout is one of the very best or is far from ideal to dominate the opposition. Many players quickly discovered the immense power of the Machine Pistol, armed with an incredible rate of fire, quick reload speed, and levels of mobility that are very difficult to counter. As Season 1 gets underway, it may find its way back into the loadouts of players as a high-impact secondary weapon.
The pistol is the ideal crutch to fall back on in heated close-quarters battles where an assault rifle or marksman rifle may struggle against a fast-moving submachine gunner and with numerous attachments to equip onto the pistol, there's every chance that it slots straight into the metagame. In this guide, find the best Machine Pistol attachments to use and the best Machine Pistol loadout to build for Vanguard multiplayer.
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How To Unlock The Machine Pistol
Just like the vast majority of the Vanguard arsenal, players will be able to get their hands on the Machine Pistol by working their way up the ranks. There is a chance that the pistol could be available as soon as Create A Class unlocks at Level 3, making this particular secondary weapon one of the strongest weapons to use as soon as you drop into multiplayer.
The Best Machine Pistol Attachments in COD Vanguard
With a huge number of attachments slots to utilise, selecting the very best combination of attachments can prove difficult, especially when there are so many benefits and drawbacks to consider. After testing a range of combinations, we've managed to uncover a set that transforms the Machine Pistol into a pocket-sized submachine gun perfect for excelling in close-range duels.
- Muzzle: M1929 PH Silencer
- Barrel: VDD 140MM HE
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Trigger Action: Rapid
- Magazine: 7.62 Tokarev 40 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Panic
- Kit: Fully Loaded
This attachment selection improves all areas of the Machine Pistol's performance, including increases in damage range and a huge increase in ammunition capacity thanks to the Fully Loaded Kit and 40-Round Mags that minimise the need to reload after scoring a kill.
With these attachments, the pistol is arguably the most mobile weapon in the entirety of Vanguard and having the ability to use it in the heat of battle alongside another weapon is a key ingredient in building the ultimate Vanguard loadout.
The Best Machine Pistol Loadout To Use in Vanguard
Once the deadly combination of attachments has been equipped to the Machine Pistol, selecting the best primary weapon, the right combination of Perks, and more are equally as important when it comes to building the best Machine Pistol loadout.
It may not be the most popular assault rifle but at longer distances, the BAR comes into its own, enabling you to deal with any players in mid and long-distance battles with ease. For the best attachments to use, check out our BAR loadout guide.
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Double Time
This combination of Perks is going to feature in several loadouts designed for running and gunning. When moving around the map, Ghost hides your location from any enemy Spy Planes in the air while Radar pings any unsuppressed gunfire on the minimap as a red dot.
Last but not least is Double Time, which doubles the length of Tactical Sprint as well as providing a 30% increase in crouch movement speed, which can allow you to sneak around a building with the Machine Pistol in hand with incredible speed.
- Lethal: Gammon Bomb
- Tactical: M18 Smoke Grenade
This equipment combination is the best to use when speed and mobility are the key factors of the loadout. The Gammon Bomb explodes as soon as it touches anything, making it ideal to throw if someone suddenly appears around a corner.
The last thing you want to happen when on a high Killstreak is to be stopped by an opponent, which is why we selected a Smoke Grenade for some additional cover to escape any danger zones undetected.
- Dead Silence
When hurtling around the battlefield at breakneck speed, nearby players will be alerted to your footsteps which is why Dead Silence is the best Field Upgrade to select. With silent footsteps for a brief period of time, getting behind enemy lines with the Machine Pistol is very easy and gives you the perfect opportunity to deal with as many targets as possible.
The Best Machine Pistol Blueprint in Vanguard
It's more than likely that Vanguard will feature a number of unique Machine Pistol blueprints available in store bundles or within the Battle Pass. Once we manage to find the very best one to use, we will update this guide with everything you need to know.
That's everything! This is the very best way to prepare the Machine Pistol for success in Vanguard multiplayer. For more loadout guides, check out the best Combat Shield loadout to use as well as the definitive marksman rifle tier list.