|Maverick M4A1 Carbine|
|Rate of fire||666 RPM|
|Weight (loaded)||3.22 kg|
|Projectile weight||4 g|
|Muzzle velocity||2900 ft/s|
|Muzzle energy||1570 J|
|Reload time||3.07 seconds|
| Movement speed|
(units per second)
- For its alternative version in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, see M4A1-S.
The Maverick M4A1 Carbine, often referred to as the M4, is an assault rifle featured in the Counter-Strike series, exclusive to the Counter-Terrorists. The counterpart for the Terrorists is the CV-47.
The M4A1 is a moderately powerful CT assault rifle. Its acceptable power, combined with its incredibly controllable recoil, low spread, and excellent rate of fire, makes it an effective CV-47 counterpart. The M4A1 can be mastered for nearly every situation. For these reasons, the M4A1 is one of the most popular weapons in the Counter-Strike series, especially by CTs.
In all installments the M4A1 features in, the rifle is able to be equipped with a silencer, reducing the weapon's noise level. In Counter-Strike and Condition Zero, the silencer allowed the M4A1 to inflict more damage but with worse damage falloff, accuracy, and recoil, whereas the silencer in Source only reduced sound with no downsides.
|CS 1.6 and CS:CZ|
|Hitbox||Primary Attack||Secondary Attack|
|Chest & Arm||31||21||32||22|
|Chest & Arm||32||23|
The M4A1 is a moderate weight weapon. While wielded, the player's movement speed is 230 units per second (default speed is 250), meaning they suffer moderate speed reduction. The M4A1 is one of the many weapons able to shoot underwater.
- Fairly high damage per bullet
- Excellent at close to medium range
- Low recoil and accurate
- High accuracy can be maintained when fired in bursts
- The silencer is ideal for stealth
- The silencer increases damage at close range in GoldSrc games
- Higher rate of fire than the CV-47
- Lighter than most assault rifles
- Damage per shot is inferior to the AK-47
- Fairly expensive
- The silencer worsens damage falloff, accuracy, and recoil in GoldSrc games
- Outclassed at long range combat by sniper rifles
- The M4A1 is often the best general-purpose weapon for CTs in buy rounds due to its high effectiveness and cheapness.
- Due to the low recoil and good rate of fire, the M4A1 can be a deadly weapon against enemy players at close-range. Basically, users can continuously fire this rifle if they are accustomed to the recoil.
- Eliminating targets is normally easy; just be sure to score headshots and keep firing to finish off assailants.
- Aim for the chest and spray bullets when encountering an enemy assailant at medium range. This strategy may allow you to score a headshot. Alternatively, fire in bursts and aim for the head.
- Recoil has slightly increased in Source. Fire in bursts to maintain accuracy.
- Unlike the CV-47, this rifle is not made to engage enemy players at long range, although it is possible to successfully hit an opponent in the head.
- For long ranged combat, using a silencer may not be preferable unless enemy is not aware of your position. Firing in short bursts is recommended and avoid engaging snipers unless in close proximity.
- In the GoldSrc games, equipping the silencer increased the M4A1's damage, at the cost of increased damage falloff and lower accuracy, relegating the rifle to close-range combat.
- If you plan to use the silencer, be sure to attach it before entering combat, preferably during freeze time.
The Maverick M4A1 Carbine is seen used by Counter-Terrorist NPCs in half of the game's levels, and the player's M4A1 can still be equipped with its silencer from the multiplayer games, but as enemies can detect the player regardless of whether it is equipped, its only advantage in the Deleted Scenes is the increased damage output at close range. The M4A1 can be used in the following missions:
- Counter Terrorist Training: Provided at the weapons counter at the shooting range. Can also be seen behind the weapons counter.
- Recoil: The player starts the level with the weapon.
- Building Recon: Shortly after finding the nuke has been taken, the player comes across a squad of SAS engaged in a firefight. When entering the room the squadron is in, there will be a counter on the right-hand side, behind which is the rifle. Another M4A1 can be found in the final area where the boss is fought, but cannot be picked up if the player already has the rifle.
- Downed Pilot: In the hidden area with the T-90. The rifle is lost when the player is captured, but another M4A1 will be on a table outside the cell they wake up in.
- Alamo: The player starts the level with the weapon.
- Rise Hard: The player starts the level with the weapon. The rifle is lost when the player is captured.
- Truth in Chaos: The player starts the level with the weapon.
- Sandstorm: The player starts the level with the weapon.
- The sound of removing the suppressor is the sound of attaching the suppressor played in reverse.
- The M4A1's "cocking" or "cycling" sound is the same as the Krieg 550 Commando
- The M4A1 in the GoldSrc games will always have a suppressor attached in third person perspective, regardless of actual suppression. This is fixed in Counter-Strike: Source.
- In the Xbox version of Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, and the Deleted Scenes, the M4A1 drawing animation is faster when suppressed. This, however, does not affect the actual draw time.
- The Counter-Strike: Source suppressed firing sound is re-used for the Cleaner's Carbine in Team Fortress 2 (an unlockable weapon for the Sniper class).
- The Counter-Strike: Source unsuppressed firing sound is re-used in Left 4 Dead for the Assault Rifle.
- In some versions of Counter-Strike, the model of the M4A1's fire selector switch is turned to semi-auto, although the weapon fires in full-auto.
- In Counter-Strike and Source, when the player reloads the M4, the animation has the player pull back the forward assist during the reload and draw animation. However, on a real M4A1, the forward assist is actually struck forward after reloading to make sure the bolt is properly seated so the weapon doesn't malfunction.
- In Condition Zero, Deleted Scenes and Xbox Counter-Strike, the player correctly pulls the charging handle during the reload and drawing animations.
- The reload animation has the player pull out the magazine directly without pressing the mag-release, which is impossible in real life.
- Interestingly, in Counter-Strike Beta, the player does press the mag-release when reloading, but does not pull the charging handle.
- In Counter-Strike: Source, the suppressed M4A1 doesn't have its flash suppressor fully covered, which in reality would make the suppressor pointless.
- Before Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the weapon was one of the four to retain its real name (at least partially), the others being the Five-SeveN, MAC-10, and M249.
- In Counter-Strike and Source, the dust cover over the ejection port only opens when a round is fired and closes immediately afterwards. In reality, it will remain open once the bolt is cycled and has to be closed manually.
Behind the scenes
- The weapon had a usable ACOG scope during the Counter-Strike Beta that was eventually traded for the suppressor in Beta 6.5.
- The effect of the ACOG scope is similar to the one found in AUG and Krieg 552.
- The scope is, however, still featured in the post-6.5 world and player models along with the HUDs and kill icons. The Xbox version introduced new HUD icons, but still had kill icons depicting it with the scope. The Source games correct these errors.
- The pre-6.5 world and player models, oddly enough, had neither scopes nor suppressors, matching them to the post-6.5 viewmodels.
- The M4A1 was to appear in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as evidenced by Alpha screenshots. It was replaced by the M4A4 during the Beta.
- Its playermodel in the Alpha screenshot is the same as in Counter-Strike: Source.
- The M4A4 was still referred as the M4A1 and in fact had the latter's HUD and kill icons. The game files still refer to the M4A4 as the M4A1.
- The Beta's sound files featured unused suppressed firing sounds and suppressing/unsuppressing sounds. This suggests that the M4A4 simply reused the M4A1's sound files or that the M4A4 itself was to have a suppressor.
- Due to popularity and fan-base demand, the weapon was reintroduced as the M4A1-S during the Arms Deal Update, albeit different in many ways.
- M4A1 at Wikipedia.