M4A4 | Weapon Guide | CS:GO

The M4A4 is the default weapon of choice for Counter-Terrorists in CS:GO, only to be surpassed by its Terrorist counterpart, the AK-47, due to it’s lack of one-shot-kill ability against opponents with helmets (only 90 damage). Still, you should aim to master both, since you will use them in most of your games. As a bonus the M4A4 lets you move the fastest among the rifles. On CT side it is recommended to buy the M4A4 as the standard weapon after the light rounds, when you are not playing AWP.The M4A4 is very effective on all distances, but especially for medium and long distance. To improve your general aiming refer to our How to aim better in CS:GO guide.

  1. Shooting techniques
  2. Spray patterns and recoil compensation
  3. Properties
  4. M4A4 or M4A1-S

M4A4 Video Tutorial by Hatton

Shooting techniques


Tapping with the M4A4 is not as popular as with the AK-47, since you can’t kill an enemy with full head armor with a single shot. It’s still worth practicing for long distance combat. Just aim for the head and shot only once, wait until your (dynamic) cross is fully reset and repeat as fast as possible. This technique avoids spray effects altogether. Since it take only milliseconds, you can actually shoot pretty fast. Practice shooting at the exact same spot on a wall, until you got the timing perfectly.


Bursting with the M4A4 is the most effective shooting techniques. Against an armored opponent, 2 bullets to the head or 5 to the body will do the job. To practice bursting aim for the head and shot 2-4 times. While the first 2-3 shots are pretty accurate, after that you need to pull down slightly so compensate for the recoil. Practice this by shooting against a wall. If you do not have dynamic crosshair (most don’t these days), you know that the your aim is reset, when your weapon model is back into default position (it goes up and back while bursting). You can use bursting in combination with side stepping / strafing in order to be harder to hit. Use bursting especially for close to medium distances.


Spraying can be effective with the M4A4 in short distance fights against multiple opponents, due to its high rate of fire. Even if you don’t hit a headshot (for which you should always aim) the first hit will most likely throw off your opponents aim. To learn to control the spray pattern of the M4A4 try this aiming exercise, which we already shared in the “How to aim better in CS:GO” Guide.


  • Open an empty server
    • e.g. map de_dust2_se
  • Configure the server for training in the console
    • sv_cheats 1 (Cheat Mode on)
    • impulse se 101 (16000 money)
    • sv_showimpacts 1 (show impacts)
    • sv_infiniteammo 2 (infinite ammo)
  • Buy an M4A4
  • Practice:
    • shoot against a wall and control your spray pattern
    • start with trying to do only single shots
    • then 2 which also usually land on the exact same spot, depending on the weapon
    • then 3, now practice to pull down at the right moment to land all bullets on the same spot
    • then 4 and so on
    • progress to more shots only when you have mastered one level

Spray patterns and recoil compensation

M4A4 Spray PatternM4A4 Recoil Compensation

Mastering the above techniques (especially the full spray) takes a lot of  practice time to master. To speed up your learning curve, look at the following animated pray patterns by twowordbird. The first shows the exact spray pattern (without randomness) of the M4A4, while the second show the movement your mouse needs to do to compensate it. Try to follow the seconds pattern with your mouse, then try to repeat it in the game.


Stats overview for the M4A4 | CS:GO | Weapon Guide

Stats overview for the M4A4 by Hatton

M4A4 Properties
Price $3100
Magazine capacity 30/90
Firing mode(s) Automatic
Rate of fire 666 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorists
Reload time 3.1 seconds
Movement speed 225
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 33
Armor Penetration 70%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-4-2 CT

M4A4 or M4A1-S

The question which one to use, M4A4 or M4A1-S, is quite often raised. In most cases you want to use the M4A4, because of it’s greater magazin capacity. A total of 120 bullets on the M4A4 versus only 60 bullets on the M4A1-S makes it hard to defend a position solo or to delay several opponents. On the other hand, if you play more of a support role (with someone else on the same spot) and are also the one rotating quickly to the next spot, you can have a stealth advantage with the M4A1-S, because of its slight long distance advantage,  its quiet nature and the fact, that it doesn’t leave tracers through smoke grenades. Due to it’s smaller spray pattern, the M4A1-S is also more beginner friendly, a fact that doesn’t matter much with more experience.

M4A4 vs M4A1-S by adreN
Property M4A4 M4A1-S
Price $3100 $3200
Magazine capacity 30/90 20/40
Spray pattern large medium
Damage 33 33
Sounds loud silent (almost)
Tracers through smoke yes no

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