Best Vanguard SMGs: Loadouts And Guns Ranked

Best Vanguard SMGs: Loadouts And Guns Ranked
Sledgehammer Games

Written by 

Jack Marsh


12th Nov 2021 16:20

The best Vanguard SMGs (submachine guns, to use the full name) are your bread and butter in the Call of Duty universe, being the most prominent weapons to use for objective-based games, especially on smaller maps. Vanguard sees a lot of the new maps boast many small and tight-knit areas that will see your SMGs thrive, especially with the right loadouts and attachments. With the WW2 setting returning, some of the classic old-reliable SMGs are back to sit on their throne once again. However, with six to choose from, here's our guide to the best Vanguard SMGs, and the loadouts you'll want to set up.  

Fancy an Assualt Rifle instead? Try out our best Vanguard Assault Rifle loadouts guide.

Best Vanguard SMGs: M1928

You might be more familiar with the M1928 if we called it by its more usual name of the Thompson, or Tommy Gun, rather than the more pistol-like name its given in Vanguard. As a staple of the WWII themed Call of Duty instalments, the weapon is renowned for a triggering fire rate, making it a great Vanguard SMG. Back in its finest form, the Vanguard M1928 is one of the more prominent weapons on the game with the damage boost from the 8MM Kurz 50 Round Drums magazine and lengthened ammo.

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  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: CGC 14.5” Shrouded
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: CGC Wire Grip
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Madson
  • Magazine: 8MM Kurz 50 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Quick

If you want another option for your Tommy Gun, check out our best Vanguard M1928 loadouts.

Best Vanguard SMGs: MP40

The MP40 is a timeless classic in the Call of Duty franchise, and it's no surprise that coming into another WWII game that the Vanguard MP40 is one of the best SMGs around. With an absolutely outrageous Time To Kill (TTK) rate, the MP40 is arguably the best Vanguard SMG. Rigged out to add speed to its already peaking accuracy and damage, the MP40 is a fearsome weapon and will likely have you dropping V2 Rockets on Das Haus. 

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  • Muzzle - No. 3 Rifle Break
  • Barrel - VDD 189mm Short
  • Underbarrel - SG98 Compact
  • Optic - Slate Reflector
  • Stock - Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Proficiency - Brace
  • Kit - Quick
  • Rear Grip - Stipppled Grip
  • Ammo Type - Lengthened
  • Magazine - 8mm Kurz 32 Round Mag

Check out our best Vanguard MP40 loadouts for more info on this SMG staple. 

Best Vanguard SMGs: Type 100

If you've got that laser-like accuracy down to a tee and just want the best Vanguard SMG for damage and TTK, then the Type 100 is your gun. Whilst it might not beat the MP40 at range, it's untouchable at short distances and will have you piecing opponents on the map. If you're the type of player to get right in the opponents' grill, the Type 100 is by far your best Vanguard SMG. 

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  • MuzzleNo. 3 Rifle Brake
  • Barrel: Warubachi 134mm Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Shiraishi T100
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine.30 Russian Short 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Frangible
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Proficiency: Gung-Ho
  • KitQuick

Looking for something with a little more range? We've got a more in-depth best Vanguard Type 100 loadouts guide. 

That's it for our picks of the best Vanguard SMGs. Be sure to check out our top 10 Vanguard best guns list, to see which of these picks made the cut to stand atop Vanguard's entire roster of weapons. 


Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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