It wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game without a pump-action Shotgun, right? Sledgehammer Games‘ Vanguard is bringing back the familiar Combat Shotgun – which you might also know as the M1897 or the Trench Gun – and we have everything you need to know about the best Combat Shotgun loadout on offer. If you want to rush in and get the job done, this one is for you.
Vanguard’s Combat Shotgun – Shotgun
The Combat Shotgun does everything you’d expect a pump-action Shotgun to do, really. It does decent damage at closer ranges but you’re going to need at least two shots to kill enemies. The rechamber speed, or the “pump speed” is manageable but not as instantaneous as the other semi-automatic Shotguns available. However, there are some drawbacks…
As a Shotgun, damage range is an issue. Similarly, the base reloading speed of the Combat Shotgun is far from the best in class. That means you’re going to need to prepare for a push and reload as soon as you can. However, it’s important to use this weapon to its last shell. Reloading early could be costly if you’re caught out.
With all of this in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the best Combat Shotgun loadout available at the moment. With the right attachments, this is one of the best close-range options on offer.
Best Combat Shotgun loadout and class build
The Combat Shotgun is good, but this is how you make it great.
- Muzzle – M97 Full Choke
- Barrel – Sawed-Off
- Optic – N/A
- Stock – CGC 2m Wire
- Underbarrel – Mark VI Skeletal
- Magazine – 16 Guage 7 Round
- Rear Grip – Fabric Grip
- Ammo Type – Inendiary
- Proficiency – Frenzy
- Kit – Quick
Following this, here are the Perks you should look at choosing to make the most of this Combat shotgun.
- Secondary Weapon – Machine Pistol
- Lethal – Thermite
- Tactical – Stim
- Perk One – Fortified
- Perk Two – Radar
- Perk Three – Tactician
Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty Vanguard is going to be a fantastic multiplayer experience, however, there are going to be some changes along the way. With this in mind, we’ll keep this Combat Shotgun loadout guide up to date with whatever buffs or nerfs that might be introduced.