Call of Duty Vanguard best MP40 loadout: MP40 class setup and how to unlock the MP40 in Vanguard

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The MP40 is an SMG that debuted in Call of Duty: Vanguard's release lineup, and has already proven to be quite popular in multiplayer.

Introducing itself as a fast and daunting SMG, it didn't take long for it to become a common sight in multiplayer matches amidst Vanguard best weapons out there, regardless of the mode you're opting for. As such, it's best to know which attachments are worth grinding for.

This page will cover how to unlock the MP40 in the swiftest way possible, and the best MP40 loadout and MP40 class recommendations to make the most of it.

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How to unlock the MP40 in Vanguard

The task to get your hands on the MP40 is, thankfully, straightforward enough as it doesn't involve any challenges.

In order to unlock the MP40, you need to get to Player Level 16.


It's a rather straightforward task. While it's a shame that it's not available from the get-go, it's definitely worth the time effort. but admittedly, it can be time-consuming. We recommend you to complete Team Deathmatch playlists. They won't take long in terms of match length, and you can always get good XP from them, which makes for a good balance.

But honestly, considering it's within the first few dozen levels you'll be gaining, any mode will work. Since it's Player Level, you can up for Zombies as well, so it's up to you.

Best Vanguard MP40 loadout and attachments

Below are our recommendations for an optimal MP40 loadout, as well as the corresponding levels for each:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster (Unlocks at level 60)
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B (Unlocks at level 18)
  • Optic: Slate Reflector (Unlocks at level 17)
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding (Unlocks at level 4)
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop (Unlocks at level 53)
  • Magazine: 9mm 64 Round Drums (Unlocks at level 37)
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened (Unlocks at level 62)
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip (Unlocks at level 46)
  • Proficiency: Brace (Unlocks at level 46)
  • Kit: Fully Loaded (Unlocks at level 42)

Let's start with the muzzle. You'll want to equip the Recoil Booster for this one, as it adds +2 to fire rate while only decreasing -1 Accuracy, which is a decent trade off.

Let's move onto the barrel. We opted for the Krausnick 317MM 04B, which is highly accurate and controllable while reducing scope sway and gun bob. Both sprint to fire speed and hip fire accuracy are hit as a result, but not by much.


The optic is up for preference - we've found the Slate Reflector to be a well rounded option for the MP40, but again, your choice.

In the stock slot, we went for the Krausnick 33M Folding. With a -1 cost to initial accuracy and recoil, you're getting +2 to sprint to fire speed and +1 movement speed.

The Hand Stop attachment makes for an optimal choice in terms of the underbarrel. It adds +1 to recoil control and +1 accuracy, while only decreasing -1 of hip fire accuracy.

For the magazine, you can't go wrong with the 9MM 64 Round Drums attachment, which is the only one to increase the mag up to 64 rounds. It has penalties to ADS speed, reload quickness and movement speed, but it's worth the inclusion.


Then, Lengthened makes for a great ammo type as it adds +3 to bullet velocity, complimenting the muzzle.

As for the rear grip, we went for Fabric Grip to balance out some of the aforementioned choices' cons, as it adds +1 to ADS speed, +1 to sprint to fire speed and +1 to hip fire recoil recovery. It decreases -1 accuracy, but it's a good choice all around.

When it comes down to proficiency, Brace will help you to add +1 initial accuracy and recoil.

Lastly, we opted for Fully Loaded in the kit category, making you start with maximum reserve ammo.

If you're interested in multiplayer, we have lists of Operators and multiplayer maps, as well as the best Vanguard weapons, including the STG44 loadout, MP40 loadout and Automaton loadout. In other modes, we can explain the best zombies builds, best covenants, and the campaign locked issue.

Best Vanguard MP40 class setup, perks and equipment

Here's our choices for the best items - such as equipment and Perks - to make the best MP40 class setup in Vanguard:

  • Perk 1: Ghost (Unlocks at level 36)
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel (Unlocks at level 40)
  • Perk 3: Lightweight (Unlocks at level 21)
  • Secondary: 1911 (Unlocks at level 23)
  • Tactical: No 69 Stun Grenade (Unlocks early)
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade (Unlocks early)

A classic choice if there has ever been one - Ghost will make you undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel and Field Mics. It also reduces effectiveness of Local Informants.


We recommend opting for Forward Intel as the second perk. This will allow you to see indicators for enemy reinforcements on your map - yes, that means spawn points. The minimap also shows a larger area.

For the third perk, we went for Lightweight to increase the overall movement speed, which is a nice to have. However, the option is there to opt for Overkill instead and have a second primary weapon. For us, the 1911 was good enough.

Lastly, we went for the MK2 Frag Grenade and No 69 Stun Grenade options for the lethal and tactical categories, respectively. These are rather rudimentary choices, but they work. Of course, up to you if you want to experiment with other equipment!

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Diego is a freelance writer from Argentina who has learned English thanks to video games. He missed most of the classics, but can gush about Doom, Persona, The Darkness and pinballs for hours. Probably on Twitter right now.


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