Top 10 Guns In Escape From Tarkov

By Steve Latorre

Escape From Tarkov is an intense, realistic first person shooter set in a fictional war-torn city near St. Petersburg. The realistic elements of this hardcore FPS/RPG hybrid will test the soul of even the most esteemed online player. Dark Souls will seem like a walk in the park. Hitting your head against the wall is probably less punishing than overcoming this brutal military tactical shooter. Yet, the rewards for playing this game supersedes its criminally punishing difficulty.

The game centers around incessant warfare in a fictional city called Tarkov. You take control of a mercenary who needs to escape a violent and ravaged battlefield. To survive, you’ll need to scavenge for gear, food, and weapons in order to survive.

This game is a realistic simulation. So, if your character dies, you lose all your weapons. Literally gone. That shiny RSASS, gone. The gear you spent three hours acquiring, sloppy seconds for another player. This game is brutal, but it’s the most fun we’ve had playing an FPS/RPG in while. Even though it can be challenging, you won’t regret playing it. 

If you want to compete with some of the best streamers in this hardcore ultra-realistic FPS, you’ll need an advantage. We have you covered. If your new to the game first read our Top 10 Tips For Escape From Tarkov article!

We’ve created a list of some of the game’s best weapons and attachments that will leave other players scurrying in fear. Whether you’re a new player or chiseled Tarkov veteran, this guide will give you advantage over your enemies.

10. AK-74M

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Arguably the most underrated gun in the game, the AK-74M packs a knockout punch, just like its older brother, the AK-74N. The AK-74m is an extremely reliable “go-to” weapon for many players. It’s low recoil and penetration power make it a necessary companion, especially for lower level players. The BP ammo should be the ammo you use for this weapon. However, even with BP ammo, some players will have problems dealing with enemies more than 50 meters away. We’ll show you how to create a deadlier modified AK-74M for an unfair advantage. It won’t turn it into a long-distance weapon, but it will be easier to hit enemies within range.

To get the most out of this weapon, you’ll need to have tier four Mechanic and Skier and level four with Prapor for the high-level ammo. For this weapon, you’ll want the Zenit PT-3 Klassika stock (which massively reduces recoil), the Zenit RK-2 Foregrip, the Strike Industries keymod 6-inch guide, the VLTOR CMRD keymod handguard for AK, the AK74/AK 100 PT Lock, a Magpul MOE pistol grip for AK or the RK-3 AK pistol grip and a PWS CQB 5.24×39 Muzzle brake.

9. AK-74N

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There’s a saying that goes “when in doubt, go back to the basics.” That’s what the AK-74N is. Variants of this popular weapon has graced many FPS or games involving military weapons. The player equipped with this versatile weapon has a piece of mind knowing it can savagely beat their opponents and the AK-74N is no different in Escape From Tarkov. If you place the right mod, it can provide heavy armor piercing but most players can’t figure out how to reduce the recoil. If you can reduce the recoil, you can deal more damage and deal more chain shots.

Some of the best mods you can place are the RP-1 charge handle for AK, the Zhukov-S for AK, the Zenit RK-2 grip, RK-3 AK pistol grip (or original grip), the Fab Defense PDC dust cover for AK-74, the VLTOR CMRD keymod handguard for AK, a cobra mount with a Belomo PK-06 reflex sight and the PWS CQB 74 Muzzle brake. The 5.24x39mm BS provides a statistically higher advantage over the BP ammo, dealing more armor penetration and damage.


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The marksman rifle is the best of both worlds. It’s great for long range and short range. Loads of players love this gun because it provides quick and accurate power while offering many potential customizations. To have the most impact, here’s some of the best mods to place on it. You’ll want a good scope. The ELCAN Specter OS4x scope is great because of its variable, and it’s ideal for a gun like the RSASS. Either way, the BRAV04 works well too and you can decide based on your preference. You’ll also want to add the 762 SDN-6 sound suppressor, the MagpulM-Lok AFG grip, the ELCAN Scope, the aimpoint mount (AMM), and the T-1 reflex sight. Its default ammo is the 7.62×51 mm M61 and it’s arguably the best ammo for this gun (and even in the game). With a high mag attachment, you can carry this trust companion with confidence.

7. SA58

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The SA58 (OSW) variant is the legal copy of the FN-FAL. This Operations Specialist Weapon is one of the most recognizable weapons because of its design. When you first purchase the SA58 from Peacekeeper at Level four, you’ll notice it has a quad rail which you can use to your advantage to add specific modifications for scopes. To make the SA58 reliable in close quarters and long distance, you have to factor in two of its biggest flaws. First, the SA58 is loud! Standing next to church bells probably makes less noise than its gunshot noise. We recommend not to use it as a silent weapon anyways. Secondly, like most assault rifles its recoil is high. The SA58’s recoil can be reduced to a certain limit which will make it reliable, efficient and even more powerful.

For this weapon, you’ll want to add the Holosun reflex sight, the DSA SPR stock (which reduces recoil by almost 43%), the 21-inch barrel for SA58 7.62×51, the VLTOR CASV FAL, the FAB AG FAL Pistol grip, and the DS Arms Austrian Style 7.62x51muzzle brake for SA-58. We suggest you use the 7.62x51mm M61 ammo for this weapon.

6. M1A

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The Springfield Armory M1A is considered a high-tiered weapon. It can easily become very overpowered, dealing one-shot kills against other players. Much like the RSASS, the M1A can be effectively modified for long range shooting and mid-range power. We are almost tempted to say even at its current version, it is enough to be effective in the battlefield. For our list though, we want to make sure your enemies run in fear. We’ll share two recommendations for mod options, geared to your specific play style. Whether you prefer to fight at a distance or handle enemies up close, we’ll show you how to modify the M1A to end battles quickly.

For a mid-range hybrid customization, you’ll want to add the VALDAY 1P87 holographic sight, HK E1 Stock for AR-15, the SI Advanced receiver extension buffer tube, the Zenit Rk-2 Foregrip, the Lantac Dragon 7.62×51 muzzlebrake, the Lantac Blast mitigation device and the direct thread adapter for the blast mitigation device. Additionally, you’ll want to add the Magpul MBUS Gen.2 Frontsight and Rearsight mods, and the 22-inch barrel for the M1A, while also keeping its default grip.

For long range customization, you’ll need the M14 Ultimak M8 upper part, the CASV 14 mount paired with the Vulcan MG 3.5 Night scope or the NcStar MPR45 paired with the UT4 mount, the Socom 16 7.62×51 muzzlebreak & compensator for M14 or just the 22-inch barrel for the M14 if reducing sound is not a concern. We also suggest sticking with its default ammo and purchasing higher tier ammo from level four vendors, once leveled up.

5. HK416

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Available from Peacekeeper level three, the HK416 can be modified to have no recoil. This makes it particularly powerful because of its high rate of fire (at 850 RPM) and ability to deal heavy damage. Having an already tiny amount of recoil, this easily tops other weapons in terms of performance, effectiveness, stats and ammo. You can cause mayhem in the battlefield with it, effectively slicing through people with rapid fire chain shots. To begin, you’ll want to add the Holosun reflex sight. Additionally, you’ll need the GRAL-S Pistol grip, the 10-inch barrel for the HK416, an extended quad rail, MOE stock and a rubber butt pad. Also, you’ll want to add the RK-2 foregrip, the raptor charging handle, the KAC QDC compensator 5.56×45 and the NT-4 suppressor. If you want to cause absolute carnage, you’ll want to use the M995 ammo for this weapon. It will easily tear through enemies, but be warned, it’s very expensive.

4. M4A1

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The M4A1 assault rifle is a versatile gun that has an insane variety of attachments that can transform it into just about any type of weapon within its limits. It’s fire rate of 800 rounds per minute and its muzzle velocity make it a threat in short range and long range. This weapon can be a dangerous with the right modifications and can offer interchangeable pieces to suit all types of players. The combinations are endless because almost every attachment can be suited for this weapon. Here are the best attachments for high ergonomics and low recoil.

You’ll want the M4A1 Bare Lower Receiver, the MUR-1S Upper Receiver, the SI Advanced Receive extension buffer tube, the MOE stock, a Raptor charging handle, the GRAL-S, the 406mm Molot Barrel for AR-15, the MK12 low profile gas block, your choice between a silencer or the VP-09 muzzle break. In addition, you’ll want the Zenit, Rk-2 foregrip, and the M-lock 2.5 inch guide. With this combination, you’ll have a supreme weapon that will be tough to match. Many of these mods are available after level three and four.

3. MP7

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The lightweight and compact MP7 is a fantastic option for close-quarters combat. The insanely recoil-free weapon is overpowered in some ways but can lack in others, specifically in penetrating armor.  Yet, when modified correctly, it can suit many players needs and handle just about any incoming foes. Its simplicity doesn’t require too many additions. So, the best possible modifications for this weapon require the Zenit RK-2 Foregrip, the Magpul MBUS Gen.2 Rearsight and Frontsight, and the B&T Rotex 2 4.6×30 silencer. In addition, the best ammo for this gun is the 4.6x30mm AP SX. Its balance of armor penetration and damage make it the most ideal for the MP7.

2. VSS Vintorez

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Much like the AS VAL, the VSS Vintorez sniper rifle has a suppressor built-in the weapon. The AS VAL is more like an assault rifle, while the VSS is more like a sniper. You should add the Zenit RP-1 charging grip, the Axion Cobra Mount or the Pilad mount, and the Leupold Mark 4 HAMR assault scope. The best ammo is arguably the 7N12 BP ammo. It offers the best stopping damage, with high penetration and damage ratio. If you’re at level three with Parlor, consider getting the SP-6.


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This extremely effective silenced automatic rifle has a built-in integral suppressor. It’s not intended for long distances but provides a high firing rate and limited recoil. This deadly weapon can help you navigate the battlefield silently. The AS Val only handles a few attachments. So, to start with, you’ll want to select the best scope. The reliable OKP-7 Dovetail or the Cobra sight with mount provides a great scope. The default stock reduces the recoil the most, so we recommend you stick with it. In addition, you should add the TOZ 6P29M Mount, the charging grip RP-1, the AS VAL Dust cover and the VSS suppressor for massive recoil reduction. For the ammo, the 9X39mm SP-6 provides the best performance for the AS VAL.


To conclude, these customizations can help you make the best possible weapons.  Like any game of this scope, every player’s experience will be different, as will the weapons to find. Keep your eyes out for the weapons we’ve listed for the best chance at surviving this game.

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