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The Best Weapons in Escape from Tarkov - Eft Weapon's Tier List

The Best Weapons in Escape from Tarkov - Eft Weapon's Tier List

Escape from Tarkov weapons Tier list - an in-depth analysis of selected weapons in EfT

The Best Weapons in Escape from Tarkov
in-depth analysis and Tier List included

Introduction

The sheer size of Escape from Tarkov's arsenal can overwhelm even the most experienced FPS players. There are over 60 firearms now available in the game, with many more still on the way, and we didn't even mention the Weapon Modification System yet... EfT offers the most advanced weapon modding system currently available in gaming. All weapons are modular, end every part can be changed for its better (or worse) counterpart. There are no real limitations to this system, you can, for example, attach multiple Gunsights and Scopes to a single Rifle, but this, as you can probably imagine, is not the best idea. Possibilities are almost unlimited, and exploring them on your own could be VERY expensive and time-consuming, and you will not be guaranteed to get expected results. This is where our Guide and 5 level Tier List come in.  They were created to be the best, the fastest, and the simplest way of learning the basics of the gun selection in Escape from Tarkov, and they feature the most powerful as well as the most interesting weapon choices currently available.

Table of Contents​​​​​​

1. Tier 1 Weapons
2. Tier 2 Weapons
3. Tier 3 Weapons
4. Tier 4 Weapons
5. Tier 5 Weapons

 

Selected Tier 1 Weapons

These are the Best Weapons available in the game. They are accurate, have great handling characteristics, and most of all, they can pierce even the heaviest armor present in the game with right Ammunition Choice.


M4A1
Place of Origin United States 
Type Selective-Fire Carbine
Manufacturer and Production Period Colt, 1993 - present
Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO
Feed System 30-Round Box Magazine, Other Box Magazine Sizes
Action Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 2.9kg (empty)
Available in-game Customization Pistol Grips, Receivers, Magazines, Stocks, Handles
Weapon Description - Colt M4A1 Assault Rifle was designed on the basis on AR-15 and is a lighter variant of the M14A2.  In Escape from Tarkov M4 is The Best choice for Medium-Range engagements, as it offers great gun handling characteristics, that can be further enhanced by proper customization. With standard ammo, it can pierce through Class 4 Body Armor.

 


AK-74N
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Assault Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Kalashnikov Concern, 1974 - 1991
Caliber 5.45x39mm
Feed System 30-round or 45-round RPK-74 Box Magazine
Action Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 2.97kg (empty)
Available in-game Customization Grenade Launcher, Gas Blocks, Muzzle Breaks, Pistol Grips, Rear Sights, Stocks, Receivers, Magazines, Scope Mounts, Handles
Weapon Description - The AK-74N is a version of a standard AK-74 equipped with a Nightscope Mount. It is not ass accurate as M4 and requires some more mods for optimization. Ak-74N can pierce through Type 4 Body Armor with a proper choice of ammo. Overall, this is one of the best assault rifles in the EfT.

 


RSASS
Place of Origin United States 
Type Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Remington Arms, 2010 - present
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO
Feed System 20-Round Magazine
Action Semi-Automatic
Weight 5.49kg
Available in-game Customization Magazines, Pistol Grips, Handguards, Scopes, Stocks, Barrels, Rear Sights
Weapon Description - The Remington Semi-Automatic Sniper System or RSASS is a rapid firing, accurate sniper rifle. Thanks to its powerful 7.62x51mm cartridge it pierces through any armor available in the game with ease. The semi-automatic platform provides a great tactical advantage at long ranges. This is, no doubt The Best Sniper Rifle in the Escape from Tarkov.

 


AS VAL
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Assault Carbine
Manufacturer and Production Period Tula Arms Plant, 1987 - present
Caliber 9x39mm
Feed System 20-Round Box Magazine
Action Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 2.59kg
Available in-game Customization Muzzle Suppressors, Magazines, Receivers, Pistol Grips, Charge Handle, Stocks, Additional Mounts
Weapon Description - VAL Assault Carbine was designed for USSR's special forces. It features integrated suppressor and is one of the best weapons for stealth takedowns in the game thanks to that. It uses a powerful 9x39mm subsonic round and can pierce through any armor with the right ammunition choice. It performs poorly at long ranges, however, because of a massive shell dropoff over distance.

 


VSS Vintorez
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Special Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Tula Arms Plant, 1987 - present
Caliber 9x39mm
Feed System 10-Round or 20-Round Box Magazine
Action Gas-Operated
Weight 2.59kg
Available in-game Customization Muzzle Suppressors, Magazines, Stocks, Receivers, Charge Handle, Additional Mounts
Weapon Description - The VSS Vintorez is a suppressed sniper rifle designed in the Soviet Union for special forces operations. It uses the same ammunition as the VAL, and as such has the same strengths and drawbacks. High shell drop-off must be accounted for when sniping at medium to long ranges. In skilled hands, this is The Best stealthy weapon in the EfT.

 

Selected Tier 2 Weapons

These weapons are a great choice for beginners, and low-level players in general, but they lack the raw power of the Top Tier Weapons


AKM
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Assault Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Kalashnikov Concern, Tula Arms Plant, 1959 - 1978
Caliber 7.62x39mm
Feed System 10, 20, 30 or 40-Round Box Magazine, 75-Round Drum Magazines from RPK
Action Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 3.58kg
Available in-game Customization Grenade Launcher, Gas Blocks, Muzzle Brakes, Receivers, Pistol Grips, Rear Sights, Front Sights, Magazines, Stocks, Charge Handles
Weapon Description - A Modernised version of the AK-47 with enhanced accuracy, lighter weight, upgraded ergonomics, and better firing mechanisms. The AKM lacks power and gun handling of the Tier 1 weapons, but still remains a good choice for new players. With proper ammunition choice, it can pierce through Class 4 Body Armor.

 


AKS-74U
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Assault Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Tula Arms Plant, 1979 - 1993
Caliber 5.45x39mm
Feed System 20, 30 or 45-Round Box Magazine, 60-Round Casket Magazine
Action Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 2.7kg
Available in-game Customization Stocks, Pistol Grips, Magazines, Charge Handles, Muzzle Breaks, Gas Blocks, Receivers
Weapon Description - AKS-74U is a modified version of a standard AK-74, that features foldable stock. It was designed primarily for special forces and airborne infantry. This variant of AK-74 is less accurate and has worse gun handling, but still can pierce through any armor with a right choice of ammo. Thanks to its relatively low price it is the best starting weapon in Escape from Tarkov.

 

Selected Tier 3 Weapons

These weapons are either too expensive for what they have to offer, or just fairly practical, cheap and accessible weapons for beginners.


SKS
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Semi-Automatic Carbine
Manufacturer and Production Period Tula Arms Plant, 1945 - 1956
Caliber 7.62x39mm
Feed System 10-Round Stripper Clip, Internal Box Magazine, 20-Round SKS Magazine
Action Semi-Automatic, Gas-Operated
Weight 3.68kg
Available in-game Customization Rear Sights, Stocks, Muzzle Breaks, Magazines
Weapon Description - Designed right after World War II, the SKS copied main design features of the German StG-44. When the AK-74 entered service, most of the SKSes were shipped to countries allied with USSR. In Escape from Tarkov, the SKS is a solid choice for low-level players, as it is capable of piercing through armor if the best ammo is used.

 


Vepr KM / VPO-136
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Assault Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Vyatskiye Polyany Molot Machine-Building Plant,
1961 - present
Caliber 7.62x39mm 
Feed System 30-Round Box Magazine
Action Semi-Automatic
Weight 3.58 kg
Available in-game Customization Grenade Launcher, Gas Blocks, Muzzle Breaks, Receivers, Pistol Grips, Stocks, Front Sights, Rear Sights, Magazines, Charge Handles
Weapon Description - Vepr KM / VPO-136 is a civilian, semi-automatic version of the AKM Assault Rifle, designed for sports use and hunting. Vepr sits at Tier 3 because it lacks the automatic fire mode, and its firepower suffers because of that. Despite the lack of spray'n'pray capabilities, Vepr might be the best choice for new players that prefer medium to long range combat.

 


Saiga-9
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Semi-Automatic Carbine; Submachine Gun
Manufacturer and Production Period Kalashnikov Concern, the 1990s - present
Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum
Feed System 30-Round Box Magazine, 10 Round Plastic Double Stack
Action Semi-Automatic, Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Weight 3.0kg
Available in-game Customization Stocks, Pistol Grips, Charge Handles, Magazines, Muzzle Breaks, Receivers, Gas Blocks, Rear Sights
Weapon Description - Saiga-9 is a Russian, civilian Semi-Automatic carbine based on PP-19 Bizon SMG's (Bizon-2 and Bizon-1). Designed mainly for shooting Sports, Saiga is fairly accurate but lacks fully-automatic fire mode. Being a 9x19mm SMG it is very weak against armored targets, and too expensive for what it has to offer. It can be purchased with Roubles

 


SIG MPX
Place of Origin United States 
Type Submachine Gun
Manufacturer and Production Period SIG Sauer, 2013 - present
Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum
Feed System 10, 20 or 30-Round Box Magazine, 
Action Short Stroke Gas-Operated, Closed Bolt
Weight 2.9kg
Available in-game Customization Magazines, Pistol Grips, Charge Handles, Stocks, Receivers
Weapon Description - SIG MPX's Charging handle is based on the AR-15 platform, which allows mounting of a wide range of Sighting devices and scopes. Just as the Saiga-9, The MPX is too expensive for what it does, and the lack of armor-piercing capabilities disqualifies it from high-level usage.

 


SR1MP Gyurza
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer and Production Period TsniiTochMash, the early 1990s - present
Caliber 9x21mm Gyurza
Feed System 18-Round Box Magazine
Action Double Action
Weight 0.9kg
Available in-game Customization Additional Mounts, Magazines
Weapon Description - Semi-Automatic pistol designed for special forces, and the Federal Security Service. High projectile power was the main design goal. Gyurza, like all other pistols, is a close-range weapon, that is ineffective against high-grade Body Armor.

 


DVL-10
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Lobaev Arms, 2009 - present
Caliber 7.62x51mm NATO
Feed System 10-Round Box Magazine
Action Bolt-Action
Weight 5.1kg
Available in-game Customization Stocks, Magazines, Scopes, Barrels, Pistol Grips
Weapon Description - The DVL-10 is a Light tactical Sniper Rifle that features an integrated suppressor. This is accurate and powerful sniper rifle capable of piercing through every armor available in the game, but its bolt-action mechanism and the very high price tag greatly lowers its usage potential. Pick this weapon only if you are rich and expecting a lot of long-range combat.

 

Selected Tier 4 Weapons

Tier 4 is reserved for weapons best used for fighting Scavs and low-level Players. They are generally inexpensive but do not offer any Armor Piercing capabilities with standard ammunition. When trying to fight armored opponents with them, try shooting them in the legs.


P226R
Place of Origin West-Germany 
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer and Production Period SIG Sauer, 1983 - present
Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum
Feed System 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 or 20-Round Magazine
Action Mechanically Locked, Recoil-Operated
Weight 0.8kg
Available in-game Customization Pistol Grips, Barrels, Receivers, Magazines, Tactical Attachments
Weapon Description - Service-type, full-sized pistol chambered with 9x19 Parabellum. As all other 9x19 caliber weapons it is most effective against unarmored targets, and at close ranges. P226R is generally too expensive for what it does; if you want to use a pistol, Gryuza is the best choice.

 


SV-98
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer and Production Period Kalashnikov Concern, 1998 - present
Caliber 7.62x54mmR
Feed System 10-Round Magazine
Action Bolt-Action
Weight 6.2kg
Available in-game Customization Bipod, Muzzle Breaks, Tactical Attachments, Rear Sights, Scopes, Magazines
Weapon Description - The SV-98 is a bolt-action sniper rifle designed for Russian special forces. It was used in combat in Chechnya. It suffers from the same drawbacks as the DVL-10, main difference being its less powerful round. Still, with a good choice of ammunition SV-98 does well against armored targets.

 


MP-443 Grach
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer and Production Period Izhevsk Mechanical Plant, 2003 - present
Caliber 9x19 Parabellum
Feed System 17-Round Box Magazine
Action Short Recoil, Locked Breech
Weight 0.95kg
Available in-game Customization Pistol Grips, Magazines, Additional Mounts
Weapon Description - The MP-443 Grach is a standard-issue sidearm in the Russian military. Its accuracy and firepower are rather underwhelming, so its potential uses are limited.

 

Selected Tier 5 Weapons

These are weapons suited only for fighting against completely unequipped Players and Bots but still offer some fun gameplay experience in the right conditions.


TT
Place of Origin Soviet Union 
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer and Production Period Tula Arsenal, Izhevsk Arsenal, Zastava Arms, 1930 - 1955
Caliber 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Feed System 8-Round Box Magazine
Action Short Recoil Actuated, Locked Breech, Single Action
Weight 0.87kg
Available in-game Customization Muzzle Breaks, Magazines, Pistol Grips, Barrels, Tactical Equipment
Weapon Description - Developed in the 1930s for a Soviet military, this pistol has achieved legendary status. Too bad that the Escape from Tarkov's version doesn't live up to its legend. TT's performance is rather underwhelming, and other pistols are best chosen instead.

 


MP-153
Place of Origin Russian Federation 
Type Semi-Automatic Shotgun
Manufacturer and Production Period Kalashnikov Concern, 2001 - present
Caliber 12x70mm
Feed System Three or Five-Round Tubular Magazine
Action Semi-Automatic
Weight 3.62kg
Available in-game Customization Additional Mounts, Stocks, Magazines, Handguards, Barrels
Weapon Description - MP-153 is a 12gauge Semi-Automatic Shotgun designed by Chief Designer Alexander U. Dorf for hunting purposes. In EfT it is best suited for fighting unarmored targets at very close range, therefore its uses are greatly limited.

 

END NOTE

Do note that there are a lot more weapons available in the game, and describing them all would take unbelievable amounts of time, so we have chosen the best, and the most interesting ones for each Tier. Please keep in mind that every EfT weapon's characteristics can be enhanced by proper modding (this is not always cost-effective, however), and the firepower of most Escape from Tarkov's firearms can be largely improved with the right choice of ammo.

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