Battlefield 4: Why Does My Gun Suck?

(Weapon and attachment selection or ‘How to fix your gun in BF4’.)
(Why doesn’t my gun work in Battlefield 4?)

Often when playing Battlefield 4 it might seem like you’re shooting blanks. You’re aiming at your enemy and pressing the trigger but they don’t fall down. Then they shoot back and you definitely do fall down. Why is that?

You work out that you’re just missing all the time and yet some seem to never miss. Why would that be? Is my gun just bad? Is everyone else hacking?

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The thing is bullet spread and, as you can see in the video above, some guns have it really bad. If I just point an MP7 at someone across a room and press fire until it’s empty I will miss him completely. If I compensate for the gun pulling up, my shots will still mostly land either side of the target by a long way.
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Famas Spread Plot
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If we look on symthic.com we can see accuracy plots such as the one above. I find these plots so useful for comparing guns and attachments. This is what happens when you try and shoot someone 50mtrs away using the FAMAS with no attachments. The green dots are where your first bullet might hit, yellow second, orange third and red for your fourth bullet. As you can see, at 50mtrs there is only a 50% chance that your first bullet will hit and the rest will miss.

So these two weapons, the FAMAS and the MP7 are best used at very short range where you could almost knife your opponent and where a high rate of fire will help you. Much beyond that you are going to miss all the time. This will be helped by ‘tap-firing’ and using short controlled bursts of about 3 shots, tap, tap, tap on the button.

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BF4 Famas v Ace23

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So is there a better gun? Comparing accuracy plots for the FAMAS to ACE 23, we can see that the ACE 23 is more accurate and controllable. You will get more of your shots on target with the ACE 23 and indeed that is considered one of the best guns in Battlefield 4. Some guns are better than others and using some will just feel like grinding a losing battle.

Having found out that the ACE 23 is a better weapon you need to grind out the kills to unlock it. You can use the AK-12 which is not a bad weapon but it has a slow fire rate meaning you lose out on close range, or the M416 which is good all round but not as good as the ACE 23. You need:

  1. Assault Basic: Reach rank 10, 7 kills with any Assault rifle, 11 Heals
  2. Assault Veteran: 8 kills with any Assault rifle, 12 Heals
  3. Assault Expert: 50 Medkit Ribbons, 200 kills with any Assault rifle, 10 Assault Rifle Ribbons

Once you get the ACE23, you start to use it and it’s not that awesome. What a disappointment. Go back to what you were using before? Of course you know you need to unlock the attachments. More grind and that’s what’s bad about BF4. At least getting a good gun and all of it’s many attachments feels like some kind of an achievement.

We already know the red dot sights, either Reflex or Coyote are better. But what about the other types of attachments? All the lights and lasers I tend to avoid as they will let your opponent know you are coming. What about the barrel and grip? We all played Battlefield 3 and BF4 works the same right? We know the heavy barrel plus a grip is good in BF3 and it adds accuracy so strap that on and we’re good to go?

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BF4 None v Heavy Barrel

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Wrong! Looking at those plots the heavy barrel will make your first shot much more accurate, but after that it’s miss, miss, miss. Only any use if you plan to use single shot mode only and use a 93R pistol for close range. But then a DMR is a better single shot rifle by far. Heavy barrel is a poor choice.

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BF4 None v Brake+Stubby

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Muzzle brake helps by reducing upwards recoil and then add the stubby grip for reduced spread increase and you have a much better gun. The plots above show the improvement. Your gun will work better in the game. You’ll finally be shooting nice tight groups.

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In the first part you can see how controllable the gun is. I’m trying to control the recoil by pulling down but still there is bullet spread and toward the end of a magazine I’m missing quite a bit. Close range though with this combination aiming down sights you can hold the trigger and control the recoil. Next up is some tap firing and you can see that produces tight groups for longer range. Finally I very quickly show that it does actually work in practice. Good gun? Now you be the judge of it!

As a footnote, sometimes missing may be down to lag. I have all my graphics settings at low so I always have around 100fps, otherwise the game often stutters and when your screen is not moving, your inputs are doing nothing. I try to avoid servers with pings over 50 which means sticking to those in the same country. Packet loss also means your actions do nothing to the enemy as the data gets lost, which is why you need to avoid servers with bad connections. Sometimes you may miss due to a bug in the game and sometimes lately you might hit and not get a hit marker but DICE are working hard to fix those problems.

Symthic is the place for BF4 data. I can’t emphasize enough how much this site can help your game. http://symthic.com/bf4-stats

I hope this helps you enjoy the game. Now I’ve wasted enough of your time. Back to it soldier!

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