We all spend so much time focusing on the META in Warzone. So many forgotten weapons. Today, we're taking a look at a classic Call of Duty gun, the M1 Garand.
The M1 Garand is an ancient weapon from the World War II era. It was the most common weapon distributed to the American soldiers on the battlefield during the war. Its legendary status has carried over to Call of Duty.
The M1 Garand has been in Call of Duty since Call of Duty began. Players parachuted into Normandy during the D-Day invasion of France in the opening scenes of the original Call of Duty released in 2003. It has appeared in nearly every Call of Duty game in some form since.
With the release of Vanguard, it was an easy assumption that the Garand would once again be an equippable weapon. In fact, it was added to Warzone early in an attempt to build hype for the upcoming 2021 WWII shooter.
Though this gun is undoubtably a classic in the franchise, it never really took off in Warzone or even Vanguard. There is plenty of good reasons for that too. We spent the morning levelling it up and getting a feel for its strengths and weaknesses. Here is what we think.
Firstly, its worth remembering that this is a standard issue weapon from a war that happened over 80 years ago, this thing was never meant to compete with modern weapons or even the more notible guns from that era. Every soldier and his dog were handed one of these things, with the more powerful and faster firing weapons handed to more highly trained soldiers or officers. Why would the M1 Garand be more overpowered than the DMR for example. Weapon advancements and research has come a long way in those eight decades.
What is it good for? Sadly, after our time levelling this gun up and trying different game modes, it doesnt really fit into any particular type of playstyle. At shorter ranges it's slow movement and slow fire rate make it hard to kill players that are sliding into you or breathing down your neck. At longer range you are really going to feel like you are firing marshmellows, although it is pretty accurate and doesn't have much bullet drop. It just hasn't got that killing power you need at range. It's low impact allows most players to escape before you can get the 3rd or 4th shot that you need to eliminate them. Medium range is this gun's best area but you're still going to get beat in most fights with it.
It's a shame that this weapon underperforms in Warzone. It is a staple in the Call of Duty franchise and we hope that one day, although an unreasonable request, that this gun plays some part in the meta, even if just for a week or two so it gets shown the respect the older timer deserves.
The M1 Garand audio is the closest thing to ASMR in Warzone. Video below...