To call the M4A1 a jack of all trades, master of none weapon would be a bit disingenuous. Yes, the weapon supports a well rounded playstyle. But that attribute is exactly why the M4A1 is a master of general purpose firefights.
To give this assault rifle the love it deserves, we’ll be going over its top 10 best blueprints. These rankings will be based purely off of aesthetic value, and will have nothing to do with the blueprints effectiveness in-game due to attachments or color scheme. Let’s begin.
The original cast of the Nazi Zombies trilogy, ‘Ultimis’, consisted of Tank Dempsey, Richtofen, Takeo, and the drunken Nikolai. Their younger versions, ‘Primis’, made a comeback showing in various maps in some of the more recent C.O.D games. Hurrah for nostalgia!
This blueprint pays homage to them with a zombie-themed paint job over the M4A1. A skull stock helps tie the neon-radioactive green together. Combine that with the fact that the weapon is shrunken down to what looks like an MP-5, and you’re left with a bright, aggressive looking weapon that packs a punch. Happy training!
You can grab it in the Undead Forces bundle.
If you’ve ever wanted to roleplay as an anti-establishment guerilla warrior, Murdoc is the weapon for you. The blueprint takes the M4A1 and completely reimagines it in the eyes of a 20-something year old citizen who’s engaged in a civil war.
Messy black and blue paint is sprawled over the majority of the weapon in spray-paint fashion, while frost white and bright pink / purple dances around its outskirts. The amatuer lettering pulls in the ‘custom’ feel of this blueprint, perfect for any player who wants to stand out from the crowd.
You can get Murdoc in the Ghost: Fighting Spirit Bundle.
8. Old Faithful
The color scheme might not be extraordinarily creative, but Old Faithful represents the player base that doesn’t want to show themselves off or be seen. Quite the juxtaposition from the last blueprint!
Old Faithful sports a pure black finish over a carbon stock and body, with a metallic m16 grenadier barrel. In fact, the M-16 stock, barrel, and flash hider all work together to create an M4A1 that looks more like an M-16 than anything else. A testament to its name, and a solid amount of flavor in this blueprint, which as you know, counts for a lot in these lists.
7. The Breakup
The Breakup is a feminized M4 that sports a gorgeous pink paint job with a 10 round mag and custom marksmen barrel which works together to turn the all-purpose M4 into a marksman’s weapon for those who fight with a vengeance.
What does femininity have to do with breakups and vengeance? We’re leaving that to the I.W. PR team. But for those who like throwing sass on top of their hot streak, The Breakup is the blueprint for you.
You can grab it in the Anime: Tracer Pack bundle.
I would listen to your two cents about this weapon, but I’d only undersell it (sorry.)
Florin dresses the M4 in a florin-brass plated coat of olive. Go figure! The weapon has been reduced to a bulldog with a CQS stock and mini reflex optic. The length is still represented in the M4, but it looks hardened, experienced, and slightly less modern than its standard variant. Perfect for the Warzone vets who prefer a more calm look to their gameplay.
If your gameplay is money, Florin is for you (last pun, I swear.) You can get it in the Executive Armory V bundle.
5. War Pig
For those who are fond of the Halo lore, roleplaying as a soldier trained to do your governments bidding in secret might be of some interest. The War Pig blueprint aims to hit this aesthetic on the head with a futuristic ‘spec ops’ look.
A Corvus Custom Marksman Barrel, Cronen C480 Pro Optic, 50 Round Mag, and FORGE TAC CQS Stock work together with a cool mint blue and grey paint job to create the kind of look you’d only find in a weapon that can both shoot at enemies and rig elections at the same time.
You can live out those master chief fantasies by purchasing the War Pig blueprint in the Sgt. Griggs Operator bundle.
Tombstone, to the untrained eye, looks like a standard M4, if a little short and stocky. The black / jungle camo mixed paint job certainly doesn’t stand out too much, and the service medal pinned on the side looks more like a distraction than something pretty.
The real beauty of this weapon is the story it tells using all of these mundane attributes. The standard camo, perhaps a metaphor for service itself, begins as standard as can be, but slowly becomes overtaken by a black void, perhaps death. The black paint completely engulfs the weapon starting at the point of the service medal.
It’s strengths are subtle, but strong. This kind of artwork deserves the number four spot, at the very least. You can enjoy this piece by obtaining it from the Morte Operator bundle.
3. Spanish Moss
Take that enemy C02 and produce nothing but clean air with the Spanish Moss Blueprint. This skin is exactly what you’d expect. Green coats of paint cover the majority of the weapon while a white hue marks up the outskirts of the weapon sparingly.
With a monolithic suppressor and a 4x optic, Spanish Moss might be clean and obscure, but it still retains a contemporary and realistic look that most players will be able to appreciate.
You can grab this weapon in the Beyond the Pale bundle.
Express that inner patriot as you paint the map with gunpowder using the 1776 blueprint. What can be said about this skin that the eyes can’t communicate in an instant? American Red, White, and Blue is the name of the game as a bald eagle and other ‘americany’ imagery sprawls over the weapon.
Every time this weapon is fired, you have a 50% chance of either helping the rest of the world or hurting it. You don’t get to decide the severity of the outcome, either. Quite the gamble! You can acquire this blueprint in the Freedom Tracer Pack, released in season 4.
1. The Wages of Sin
Running red with the colour of vengeance, The Wages of Sin is the ultimate ‘back from the dead’ weapon for players who are down, but not out. The skeletal design masked with its ruby red and black carbon finish is the ultimate in barebones aesthetic, but with some flash.
The Forge Tac Stock and Muzzle Break, in particular, gives this weapon the scrawny look that only an ashen one could understand. The commando foregrip, in addition, pulls the whole look together in a subtle way that helps keep the attention on the whole canvas instead of any one object.
The wages of sin pulls the eyes close, but doesn’t announce itself in any grand way. It’s flavorful, pretty, and ultimately a weapon of the individual who plays for an aggressive win. Campers avoid.
You can buy this blueprint in the Skeletonized bundle and get some red tracer rounds for your troubles.
The M4A1 is a weapon that can do a lot of things well, and the blueprints that it offers follow suit. For players with a wide variety of taste in aesthetics, the M4A1 is an obvious choice, for both playstyle and looks. Happy gunning, and GLHF.