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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Weapon Guide: M8A1 (Best Class Setup and Best Game Strategies)

The M8A1 Assault Rifle is a unique burst fire weapon in Call of Duty Black Ops 2 as it shoots 4 bullets per burst. However, it has very low damage so only if you get all 4 bullets on target will you get a one burst kill (unless you get a headshot for one of the bullets). I rarely got one. However, when you use the select fire attachment and use the M8A1 in Full-Auto mode it is a very good weapon to say the least. This guide explains how to use it well and what the best class setup for it is.

There is a YouTube video at the end of this guide with a visual version of this guide.

Automatic fire is better than burst and semi automatic fire as with an automatic weapon you have the option to burst fire and fire like a semi automatic weapon whereas if you are locked into either you won’t have any of the other modes available. Semi Automatic and Burst Fire weapons tend to be weak at close range, but when you can shoot Full-Auto that effect is negated. So whenever you have the option to use the select fire attachment for a burst or semi automatic weapon do so.

The M8A1 in Full-Auto mode is very powerful up close with hip fire. When you are at close range using hip fire is best. At medium range start with hip fire and then aim down the sights which often gets you an initial hit before the enemy and helps win gun fights. At long range burst fire to keep the little recoil the M8A1 does have in check. Since the M8A1 is an assault rifle you are going to have to use cover to stop enemies from shooting you too easily. Move from cover to cover to advance your position. However, don’t stay behind one bit of cover for longer than absolutely necessary, when no more enemies are in sight move on.

The M8A1 is very good at taking objectives, so be sure to go for them aggressively.

The class setup I recommend is the following:

Best Class Setup for the M8A1 Assault Rifle in Call of Duty Black Ops 2

If you are near the objective you tend to be surrounded by lethal and tactical equipment designed to kill you in all sorts of ways. Flack Jacket and Tactical Mask reduces the chances of being affected by said equipment. Since you are going to be aggressive chances are you will be shot whilst you are shooting other enemies. This will cause you to flinch which will offset your aim from your intended target. Toughness reduces flinching.

Semtex is a good option for an aggressive class since it is fast to throw and kill. Concussion grenades can be swapped out for flash grenades depending on your preferences. I preferred using the Fast Mag over a pistol secondary as the M8A1 reloads very quickly already and is much more lethal than any pistol (although that can be said for almost every primary in the game).

Because you are near fast combat, or rather in it, the Quickdraw Handle will allow you to react to enemies appearing out of nowhere much quicker and will help you tend to survive those engagements. Select fire is good since the M8A1 is a burst fire weapon.

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9 responses to “Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Weapon Guide: M8A1 (Best Class Setup and Best Game Strategies)”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I’m a competitive cod player, and im a pro. I play for a team and we all use m8a1: stock and reflex. Quickdraw is proven to not do anything to ar’s and stock is an upgraded version of it. Subscribe to LeGiT_Prophecy thank you

  2. Anonymous says :

    I just wanted to say,the M8A1 damage is high,not low.
    Idiot.

  3. Niko yearwood says :

    I just wanted to say before I actually post that I love your series and if we can talk about it I would love to and help you on future weapon guides in bo2, and also in ghost. when I play I like to be versatile and quick. Here’s my setup for it – m8a1,reflex,QuickDraw
    ghost,lightweight
    scav
    tac mask
    semtex
    and I use flashbang or shockcharge

  4. Anonymous says :

    It´s not a bad weapon but….

  5. Anonymous says :

    select fire sucks on that gun because the damage is low duhhh trust me ive tried you would be better off using the an94. get medium to long range shots with that gun and keep tapping that trigger and it shoots pretty fast anyways. if you are up close indoors use the kap40 or the tac45 and u will do amazin. trust me guys my KD is 2.68 i know what to do.

    • Anonymous says :

      Yes i agree with you because the select fire is a useless attachment, you have to learn how to get a good trigger finger, and if you do that then use the five-seven or tac-45 ( probaly tac-45 in my opinion) and you will be unstoppable. My KD is 4.12 so i know what i’m doing and im a master rank 2 in leauge play.

  6. Anonymous says :

    About the head shot thing, I have a Diamond M8A1, and I have found, through some research, that the M8A1 actually has no head shot multiplier, in other words, headshots do not do extra damage. The M8A1 actually bounces upwards when shot each bullet hits higher than the other, meaning you probably wont get the headshot. Don’t aim for the head unless you actually want the camos, and remember no head shot multiplier.

  7. Anonymous says :

    Jip a great weapon.. love it ! Thanks for the setup will try it today !

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