With the new update, weapon balance got applied to almost every single weapon. This CoD Mobile weapon guide topic is AK-47, one of the most popular weapons in the game. It was a top-tier assault rifle in this game, the king of BR, if not the best in MP. So after the balance update, is it still the meta in this game? Without further ado, let’s find it out. The AK-47 is a famous Russian assault rifle made in 1947. 

It is well known for its brutal damage, it is by far, one of the most popular weapons in any kind of FPS game. The performance of the AK-47 was very impressive, so it was and is among the top 5 weapons on any CoD list. The AK-47 is a mid to long-range fighter. It has high damage and high recoil, causing the gun to kick harder upon firing. However, the recoil is mostly vertical, so it is still easy to control. 

AK-47 Stats and Damage

The AK-47 is a slow but powerful weapon, with good accuracy and high recoil. By default, it has 30 bullets in the magazine, with a fire rate of 545 rounds per minute. The default mag size is pretty standard for an assault rifle, which should be enough for the weapon. The quick reload time of the weapon is 1.9 seconds, and the full reload time is 3.1 seconds, which is slower than most assault rifles. Its ADS speed is 300 milliseconds, which is below the average of assault rifles. There is no change to the weapon base stats except for the movement speed. The movement speed is 6.4 meters/second, and ADS movement speed is increased to 3.1 meters/second, which is almost 70% faster than it was. This is a huge buff for weapon mobility. On the other hand, the weapon damage range got balanced as well. 

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

Now let’s take a look at the damage and range of this weapon, to see how it performs in terms of time to kill in different ranges. The AK-47 features high damage, with very little damage drop-off at range and a rather tight hip-firing spread. The weapon damage range got balanced in a [revious update. Its mid-range damage is enhanced, but range and damage are decreased in the longer range. Now It deals 39 damage to the head, 33 damage to the body in close range, up to 28 meters, 26 damage from 29 to 31 meters. From 32 meters upwards, it deals 23 damage, which requires 5 shots to kill without a headshot. Since it’s a slow weapon, the time to kill the figure isn’t quite impressive in close range.

After the update, its long-range combat ability got nerfed due to the damage decrease. In BR, due to the damage reduction from the vest, weapon damage is not consistent, it has 1 floating damage in all ranges. The extremely high damage and slow damage drop, along with the range, makes AK-47 the best weapon in the BR. The downsides of the gun are the rather low fire rate, forcing the player to be accurate, and the very high recoil it has. However, the reliance on headshots in close-range combat does make it hard to use in MP since, without a headshot, the time to kill in close range is below the average. Thus, the 5.45 Caliber ammo was introduced to remedy this situation.

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

It makes AK-47 an aggressive weapon in MP as well. To rank this weapon, it has very good damage, fairly good accuracy, and average weapon mobility. The AK-47 is a user-friendly weapon, thanks to its easy-to-control recoil. It is still one of the meta in this game, regardless of a few nerfs and buffs during the Season updates. 

AK-47 MP Loadout

In MP games, weapon mobility is most important, it determines how fast you can kill. Since AK-47 is a slow weapon, you will have to use the 5.45 Caliber ammo. The 5.45 Caliber ammo is completely a game-changer. It boosts the weapon fire rate from 554 to 711 rounds per second. As you will see in the game, now it does 25 damage up to 14 meters. This makes AK-47 4 shots to kill in close range without relying on headshots, which is essential for MP. As a result, the time to kill in close range is increased to 253 milliseconds. The downside of this attachment is it reduced the damage in range, which weakens the weapon in long-range. It also adds some vertical recoil as well, makes AK-47 even harder to control. 

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

To increase weapon mobility, you will use the MIP Light Barrel (Short) and No stock. These two attachments largely increase the ADS speed and movement speed, at the cost of the weapon’s accuracy and recoil control. Then use the OWC Laser Tactical, which not only improves weapon accuracy but also helps in ADS speed. To finish up the build, add the Rubberized Grip tape which helps in recoil control, as the AK-47 has huge vertical recoil with this build. This is a max mobility build. The default ADS speed is 18 frames, which is 300 milliseconds. With this build, the ADS time is reduced to 11 frames. It is faster than most assault rifles, which is about the same level as SMGs. This gives the weapon a huge advantage in MP. 

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

Next, let’s compare the recoil patterns. The bullet spread accuracy of the default AK-47 is not bad, and the recoil is mostly vertical. So it is not hard to control the recoil once you get used to this weapon. However, the default vertical recoil is huge. In this MP build, you’ll trade weapon control for better mobility, the recoil is even worse than the default. This makes it harder to control the weapon in the longer range, so this build is rather for aggressive players to engage the enemy at close range in MP. To sum up, this is a max mobility build, that is primarily designed for close to mid-range fights in MP. It effectively increases the mobility and fire rate of the weapon, while losing some damage in a longer range.

AK-47 BR Loadout

Now let’s move on to the BR build. In BR games, the weapon damage range is always our first concern. The default range of the AK-47 was the best for mid to long-range combat. So it is always the first-choice assault rifle in BR. However, since the nerf of damage is at long ranges, you will have to focus on improving the damage range in this build. To achieve that, use the Monolithic Suppressor and the OWC Ranger barrel. Together, they can increase the damage range of this weapon by 65%. The effective range is extended from 28 to 46 meters. With this build, the damage nerf has no impact on this weapon, as there is no damage drop at all. In longer-range combat, weapon accuracy is also a very important fact. 

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

Use Granulated Grip tape and the OWC Laser Tactical to boost weapon accuracy and ADS speed. Next, add the Ranger Foregrip to boost the control and accuracy of the weapon to the next level. This helps to stabilize the weapon in a longer range. This here is a maximum range BR build, let’s see how it performs against the default AK-47. First of all, let’s test the ADS speed. You trade weapon mobility for better range and accuracy in this build, so the ADS speed is quite slow. However, you won’t need to worry too much about the ADS speed, if you use this weapon mainly for a longer range. It is worth mentioning, that the ADS movement speed is really good after the buff of AK-47. Next, let’s compare the recoil patterns. As you will see, the bullet spread accuracy is improved by this build, and the recoil is only half of the default. 

Call of Duty Mobile Weapon Guide, The AK-47 Goes to the Gunsmith

Since it has low vertical recoil, AK-47 is still the best weapon that can eliminate enemies at long distances. Last but not least, let’s check the range improvement. Over 30 meters, the damage of the default AK-47 dropped from 33 to 23, whereas there is no damage drop with this build even above 40 meters. As most common fights in BR happen in between 10 and 40 meters, this gives the weapon a huge advantage in mid to long-range combat. The AK-47 can only be found as an uncommon weapon on the ground in BR, the customized blueprint can be found in airdrops.

To sum up, this is a build with max damage range with good accuracy, specially designed for BR. It effectively increases the accuracy and control of the weapon, at a cost of movement speed. It is also an easy-to-use weapon, as the recoil is low and mostly vertical. Overall, the AK-47 is still the king of BR, despite the nerf of long-range damage. With the right build, you can easily laser your enemy at any range. Not to mention the buff of ADS movement speed, which makes the weapon more powerful in this game.