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Best AK-47 class in Cold War: best AK-47 loadout (plus Gunfighter)

Set up the best AK-47 class in Cold War with this loadout guide

16th November 2020 / 2:42PM

The AK-47 was always going to be one of the most popular weapons in Call Of Duty: Cold War, as it has been for nearly every Call Of Duty before it. Players are scrambling to figure out the best AK-47 class loadout in the game to increase the potential of this punchy Assault Rifle. But we’re confident that our AK-47 loadout below tops them all.

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No dilly-dallying here: let’s dive into the best AK-47 class loadout we’ve found so far in Call Of Duty: Cold War:

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  • Optic: None
  • Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
  • Barrel: 18.2” Takedown
  • Body: None
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Magazine: None
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

The thing to understand about the AK-47 is that it falls short (literally) when it comes to range dropoff values compared with other Assault Rifles. That’s why our first attachment is the 18.2” Takedown barrel, because a 150% increase to your effective range allows you to hit harder at various distance thresholds extending out to nearly 100 metres.

The next most important attachment is the KGB Skeletal Stock, which is one of the strongest attachments in Cold War at the moment, delivering a massive boost to sprint to fire time and aim walking speed, at the cost of hipfire accuracy (which you shouldn’t be relying on with the AK-47 anyway). Add to this the KGB Eliminator and the Spetsnaz Speedgrip and you’ve got a 100% flash suppressor alongside better recoil stats across the board. And finally we’ve opted for the GRU Elastic Wrap for its high boost to ADS speed and flinch resistance.

Overall these attachments combine to nullify most of each other’s downsides, and leave you just with pure benefits over the base AK-47. Take a look at the stat changes in the table below:

AK-47 stats Base Loadout Difference
Damage Range 38.1 m 95.25 m +150%
Sprint Move Spd 10.26 mph 10.8 mph +5%
Sprint To Fire Spd 400 ms 340 ms +15%
Aim Move Spd 4.06 mph 5.34 mph +34%
Vertical Recoil 405 j 336.15 j +17%
Horizontal Recoil -84 j -79.8 j +5%
Flinch Resist 10 N 1 N +90%
Flash Conceal 1 s 0.15 s +85%
Move Spd 10.26 mph 9.64 mph -6%
Shoot Move Spd 8.92 mph 6.71 mph -26%
Hipfire Accuracy 7.5 mils 9.75 mils -30%

The only true downside to this AK-47 loadout is the large penalty to movement speed while shooting. But if you’re using the AK-47 at its ideal ranges and hitting your shots, you’ll barely be shooting for any time at all. I’ve personally found this penalty to be negligible in my matches.

Secondary weapon

If you’re using the Law Breaker Wildcard and can equip multiple primary weapons, then you have a choice, because the AK-47 is actually quite decent up close. So you can either double down and pair it with the MP5 for a fast-firing backup option (check out our guide for building the best MP5 loadout), or go the other way and compensate for the AK-47’s range dropoffs with a kitted Pelington – in which case you’ll want to consult our Pelington Cold War loadout guide for the best attachments to use.

If you aren’t using the Law Breaker Wildcard, we’ve found most success with the Cigma 2 Launcher. Use it to quickly take out enemy Scorestreaks or as a last resort against a nearby enemy.

Best AK-47 loadout with Gunfighter Wildcard

That’s our best AK-47 loadout using the usual five attachment slots allowed, but if you’re using the Gunfighter Wildcard then you can use eight attachments at once on this powerful Assault Rifle. If you want to do this, here are the remaining attachments we’d suggest:

  • Optic: Sillix Holoscout
  • Body: KGB Target Designator
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Speed Mag

The Sillix Holoscout is my favourite optic for Assault Rifles and SMGs at the moment thanks to its clear image and small central dot, but you can use whatever optic you favour here. The body slot is much of a muchness, but we’ve gone for a boost to our ADS reveal distance; and for the magazine, we’ve decided to boost our capacity and our reload speed, at the cost of some ADS speed (though with the other attachments the gun’s ADS speed is still quicker than that of the base AK-47!).

And that wraps up our guide to the best AK-47 class loadout we’ve found so far in Call Of Duty: Cold War. But we’ve got plenty more Cold War guides for you to peruse! Why not start with our Cold War weapon stats guide, or take a look at our Best Assault Rifle in Cold War page to see how the AK-47 compares to its rival Assault Rifles?

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The Great Debate AK47 vs AR15

March 14, 2018 By Dave Young (YoungBuckDave)

In February’s issue of the newsletter, I mentioned some of the “Great Debates” that are ongoing within the firearms and tactical industries. These topics of discussion never cease to provide heated discussions with valid points from both ends of the spectrum. In February we discussed the debate topic “9MM vs 45ACP”, a topic that has been discussed for decades. This month we are about to dive into another heated topic that revolves around the topic of the AK-47 and the AR-15. Which rifle is the best? Is there a true champion? Once again, I will talk about the pros and cons on each side and then give my opinion on the matter. So, let’s get this debate started!

The AK-47 has been around since 1949 where it became the official rifle for the Soviet Armed Forces and was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov. This rifle is a gas operated, long stroke gas piston and chambered 7.62x39mm and has numerous claims to fame. It is said to be able to operate under the harshest conditions. It can be covered in mud, sand, dirt, or snow and then picked up and is still be able to function just fine. The AK-47 is also extremely easy to operate. It is said that “It is so easy to field strip and operate a child can do it” which, in a sense, is very true considering how war-torn countries have adopted the AK-47 for these two reasons. Its reliability and ease of use. Now travel further down the rabbit hole and discuss the Pros and Cons of the AK-47 rifle.

  • The AK-47 is EXTREMELY reliable and can function properly in the harshest of environments and after heavy abuse. The rifle can function with minimal cleaning and maintenance.
  • It is very easy to field strip and operate.
  • The AK-47 shoots a 7.62x39mm caliber that penetrates and damages its intended target greater than the caliber shot from an AR-15. With this larger caliber, the AK-47 has greater “stopping power” than the 5.56/.223 round of the AR-15.
  • AK-47s are generally inexpensive, even though there are some modern day high end AK-47s on the market, the rifle is usually cheap (pricewise).
  • The AK-47 is more widely used globally over the AR-15 especially in Europe and Asia.
  • The round that the AK-47 fires (7.62x39mm) has greater energy than the round fired by an AR-15.
  • The effective range for the AK-47 is between 300-400 yards, which is a couple hundred yards less than the effective range of an AR-15. It is also said that the AK-47 is less accurate than the AR-15, but I will give my opinion on that matter later on.
  • The standard AK-47 weighs about 2 pounds more than your standard AR-15, which may not sound like much, but can mean a lot if you have to carry around the rifle, its ammunition, and the other equipment.
  • Since the AK-47 fires a larger round than the standard AR-15, there is a bit more recoil, but it can be easily managed.
  • The AK-47 rifle has a slower cyclic rate than an AR-15, which can be important to people.

Classic AK-47 rifle

The AK-47 is a great rifle in my opinion. It is a historic platform that any firearm enthusiast has to love. It’s one of the most durable and rugged rifles ever to be produced that can function under the harshest conditions. It can be dropped in thick mud, submerged in water, buried in sand or dirt, operate in subzero temperatures, and fire without any issues. The operation of this rifle is night and day compared to the AR-15, but one can easily adapt to its use with proper and frequent training. The accuracy of this rifle, in my opinion, is debatable. Most people say the AK-47 is not an accurate rifle, but I beg to differ. If you give this rifle to a capable marksman, they can most definitely push this rifle to its very limits of accuracy. The same goes for a person who just takes the time to train with the AK-47. Accuracy, to a point, depends on the skill of the person using the firearm. Modern day AK-47s can be modified in numerous ways that give the user more of an edge.

Now let’s talk about the AR-15. The AR-15/M16 have been locking horns in battle and in debates ever since their conception. Eugene Stoner designed the AR-15 in the 1950s and it was put into service in 1959. This rifle is gas operated, direct impingement and chambered in either .223 Remington or 5.56. The M16 version of the AR-15 is different only due to the fact it can go from semi auto fire to fully auto fire with the flip of the selector switch. The AR-15 can only be fired in semi auto. It’s first debut was during the Vietnam War. During this brutal and grueling war this rifle was pushed to its limits. After some time in the field, reports came back that this rifle was prone to jamming caused by mud, dirt, and other debris which compromised the moving parts. This created many malfunctions, especially the “failure to extract” malfunction. Even though this rifle had a rough start to its service career, there have been many advancements to the AR-15/M16 rifle that have made it a very reliable and accurate rifle that is still in service today with our nation’s military. Now that you have a brief background on the AR-15/M16, lets dive into its pros and cons.

  • The AR-15 is a very accurate rifle with an effective range of 600 yards, which is 200 more yards than the AK-47. Rifle accuracy is measured in “Minute of Angle (MOA)” and the AR-15 is 30% more accurate than the AK-47.
  • The AR-15 is a couple pounds lighter than the AK-47, which can mean a lot if you are carrying it along with it’s ammunition and other gear.
  • The ergonomics of the AR-15 is much more user friendly providing a good solid cheek weld and a safety selector that can be easily manipulated without losing a good sight picture.
  • Since the AR-15 fires a smaller bullet, the recoil is very easy controlled, even under rapid fire.
  • The cyclic rate of this rifle is much faster and can fire 200 more rounds per minute than the AK-47.
  • The AR-15 shoots a smaller round than the AK-47 and, when talking to troops in the field, it is observed that it lacks good “knock down or stopping power” compared to the 7.62×39 round fired by the AK-47.
  • AR-15s are more expensive than the standard AK-47.
  • I am hesitant to put this observation in the “cons” category since modern day AR-15s are very reliable and perform in harsh environments, but since their predecessors were far from reliable, there is a valid argument to putting it in the “cons” category. Some of the first AR-15s/M16s that were discussed before were nothing but trouble to the troops that fought during the Vietnam War.
  • The round fired by an AR-15 lacks the muzzle energy that the AK-47 can deliver with its 7.62×39 round.

Classic AR-15 rifle

Even though the AR-15 started out with some major issues, the modern-day version has addressed and resolved the issues this type of rifle had during its early days. As a result, this rifle is still in service today. This rifle is extremely accurate and, when placed in the hands of a skilled shooter, can be pushed to its very limits by shooting accurately past its effective range and stopping a threat. It is very ergonomic due to its design and the minimal recoil. This makes it very easy to control even when you fire it rapidly. Now that I have talked about both the pros and cons of both rifles, I am going to give you my opinion on them and which one I prefer.

To put it plain and simple, I am an AR-15 man. I’m not saying I don’t love the AK-47 rifle and appreciate everything about it, I just prefer the AR-15, the reason being that I have trained on that platform and fell in love with it right from the beginning. The accuracy of the AR-15 is awesome and, combined with its ergonomics, makes it feel very natural to manipulate during various training exercises. Also, I am a firm believer that the AR-15 is a very reliable rifle. All the ARs I have owned or built have withstood abuse from training and have never let me down. I can confidently engage targets from a long distance with accuracy. If given the opportunity to train frequently with a quality AK-47, I feel as though I would be able to appreciate it as much as I do my AR-15s. But for now, in my opinion, the AR-15 is the winner in this debate.

Good ak 47 The Great Debate AK47 vs AR15 March 14, 2018 By Dave Young (YoungBuckDave) In February’s issue of the newsletter, I mentioned some of the “Great Debates” that are ongoing