Best M1928 Vanguard Loadout

When it comes to Call of Duty: Vanguard, succeeding in close-quarters scenarios is a key ingredient to score plenty of kills over the course of a match. One weapon that is easily one of the best submachine guns to use in multiplayer is the M1928, also known as the Thompson.

Armed with an often-unbeatable rate of fire and huge magazine, this SMG is more than capable of defeating any kind of opposition when up close and personal. With Season 2.5 on the horizon, this powerful SMG is still a viable option alongside the likes of the MP40.

While the impressive rate of fire is the M1928's biggest selling point, the recoil can be very tricky to contend with which does impact its performance at longer distances but it's still considered to be one of the best Vanguard weapons.

Thanks to the Gunsmith, the recoil can be tamed slightly to improve the SMG's versatility, but with so many attachments to select, it can be hard to determine which are the best M1928 attachments to use. In this guide, find the ultimate M1928 loadout as well as the best combination of attachments to select.

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What Is The Best M1928 Vanguard Loadout?

After plenty of time mastering the M1928, we've found a deadly combination of attachments that allow you to excel in close-quarters combat. Check out the full list of attachments in the table below.

G28 Compensator
CGC 12" Cooling
Slate Reflector
CGC S Adjustable
M1941 Hand Stop
.45 ACP 30 Round Fast Mags
Ammo Type
Rear Grip
Fabric Grip

Controlling the recoil of the M1928 is the key to success. This set of attachments manages to make the SMG easy to control in addition to improving damage output.

Best M1928 Vanguard Attachments

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With a huge amount of attachments to select, selecting the best combination is essential in order to maximise the performance of the M1928. Here are the best attachments to equip:

  • Muzzle: G28 Compensator
  • Barrel: CGC 12" Cooling
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: CGC S Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 30 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Quick

After testing out a range of attachment combinations, we've settled on this set of ten as its primary focus is all about speed and mobility. The inclusion of the G28 Compensator is one of the few attachments that improve recoil just enough to ensure accuracy can be maintained when rushing around the map. The choice of Cooling Barrel does have a drastic increase in fire rate but the increase in firepower enables you to dominate any kind of close-range gunfights.

The choice of optic is always personal preference but due to the likelihood of being involved in close-range action regularly, we selected the simple and effective Slate Reflector. With no need for any scope to enhance zoom, this is the perfect attachment to keep a crystal-clear view of your opposition. For further improvements to mobility, the Adjustable Stock is a crucial part of this build despite the loss in accuracy. The improvements in movement speed and sprint to fire time will allow you to run and gun the enemy in no time at all.

The ideal magazine can be hard to choose but when you're looking for maximum speed and mobility, the 30 Round Fast Mags is the only logical choice thanks to the increase in reload speed. Sticking with ammo, Lengthened offers an increase to bullet velocity which is always a bonus when it comes to building the best M1928 loadout.

The Fabric Grip is perhaps one of the most useful Rear Grip attachments to equip onto the M1928. The increase in aim-down sight speed and sprint to fire speed improves reaction times even further which is perfect for snapping onto a target as fast as possible. Last and by no means least are the Proficiency and the Kit. We went with Frenzy and Quick. Frenzy immediately triggers health regeneration as soon as a kill is scored while Quick bolsters mobility speed even further.

Best Vanguard M1928 Perks and Equipment

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Once the attachments have been equipped, there is a range of Perks that complement this mobile build extremely well. Here are the best Perks to use:

  • Ghost (Perk 1)
  • Forward Intel (Perk 2)
  • Double Time (Perk 3)

This particular combination of Perks is a strong one and is likely to feature heavily in the Vanguard multiplayer meta. Ghost conceals your location when moving while an enemy Spy Plane is in the air while Forward Intel shows where the opposition is spawning.

The third, and perhaps the most important Perk of the entire loadout, is Double Time. By doubling the length of Tactical Sprint and movement speed when crouching, there is no faster way to navigate the map.


  • Lethal: Gammon Bomb
  • Tactical: Stim

The Gammon Bomb is a surprisingly powerful addition to the Vanguard equipment list. With its ability to explode on impact, it's the perfect tool to deal some additional damage. While a stun grenade does slow the movement of the enemy, we've gone for Stim as it can be the key to staying in the fight for a longer period of time.

Field Upgrade

  • Armor

After trying a range of Field Upgrades, Armor is the best to use by some distance, providing additional protection which can be the difference between missing out on the next Killstreak and continuing your rampage.

That's everything you need to know to build the best M1928 loadout for Vanguard multiplayer. For more loadout guides, check out the best Combat Shield loadout as well as the best sniper build for quickscoping.

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