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 1 on the way, players could be utilising this powerful SMG to their advantage if the likes of the MP40 receive a nerf.
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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M1928 COD Vanguard
From the outset the M1928 is a close-quarters menace but with such a significant drop-off in damage when attempting to engage with a target further than a few metres away, you'll find yourself getting outgunned on a regular basis. With a total of ten attachments to select in the reworked Gunsmith, the mid-range performance of the SMG can be improved drastically which comes in handy when attempting to eliminate an enemy that could be equipped with an assault rifle.
Best Vanguard M1928 Attachments
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: Gutts Compensator
- Barrel: Chariot 2.5" Rapid
- Optic: Spitfire MK.3 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 aboiut speed and mobility. The inclusion of the Gutts 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 Rapid 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 MK.3 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 with Frenzy and Quick. Frenzy immediately triggers health regeneration as soon as a kill is scored while Quick bolsters mobility speed even further.
Best M1928 Vanguard Loadout
Once the attachments have been equipped, there are a range of Perks that complement this mobile build extremely well. Here are the best Perks to use:
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Double Time
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 Radar shows the red dots on the minimap just like previous COD titles.
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 the fight for a longer period of time.
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 continuiny 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.