Game(s) Game icon 730
Price $3100
Origin Usa flag United States
Caliber 5.56 caliber
Magazine capacity 30 / 90
Firing mode(s) Automatic
Rate of fire 666 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorists
Reload time 3.1 s
Counterpart AK-47
Movement speed
(units per second)
225 / 250 (90%)
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 33
Recoil Control 20 / 26 (76%)
Accurate Range 28 m
Armor Penetration 70%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-4-2 CT
Entity weapon_m4a1

More accurate but less damaging than its AK-47 counterpart, the M4A4 is the full-auto assault rifle of choice for CTs.
―Official description

For the M4A4's predecessor, see Maverick M4A1 Carbine.

The M4A4 is a Counter-Terrorist rifle featured exclusively in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, replacing the previous Maverick M4A1 Carbine. It has the M4A1-S as its alternative load out.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 131 92
Chest & Arm 32 23
Abdomen & Pelvis 40 28
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.



  • The M4A4 has high accuracy and moderate recoil, especially when fired in bursts. However, spraying bullets is not always recommended, unless you're in close proximity with the enemy.
    • At longer ranges, burst fire, unless an opponent has a sniper rifle, like the AWP. Retreating when an experienced sniper has spotted you is more recommended than recklessly charging in an open area.
    • In medium and close ranges, you can spray bullets at the torso or stomach. Be sure that you are accustomed to the recoil however.
    • Although headshots from the M4A4 are not always lethal, you can aim for the head at close ranges. A headshot might kill if an opponent is already hurt, or at least deliver heavy damage.
      • Experienced players with AK-47 rifles may outgun M4A4 users at mid to long ranges. To counter this, try to burst-fire as the M4A4 has lower recoil or find a way to gain close proximity due to higher rate of fire of the weapon.
  • This rifle can easily counter assailants armed with higher recoil and/or lower rate of fire weapons, especially if opponents have trouble controlling their weapon at close ranges. Examples include the AK-47 and the SG 553.


  • If you were ambushed by a M4A4 user, try to disengage with users at close range as soon as possible. Use a flashbang and maintain distance.
    • More powerful close range weaponry, such as shotguns, can counter enemy users. The Sawed-Off is a good example.
  • Although somewhat risky, the AK-47 is considered far better to use at close proximity as it inflicts higher damage.

Comparison to the M4A1-S



  • Larger magazine and more reserve ammo (30 / 90 vs 20 / 40)
  • Shorter length compared to the M4A1-S with a suppressor attached
  • Faster rate of fire (666 RPM vs 600 RPM)


  • Inflicts roughly the same amount of damage to unarmored opponents (33, negligible 1 point of difference in headshot)
  • Same price ($3100)
  • Same reload time (3.0 seconds)
  • Same kill award ($300 (Competitive) $150 (Casual))
  • Same movement speed (225)
  • Same accurate range (28 m)
  • Same penetration power (200)


  • No attachable silencer
  • Less accurate when moving
  • More damage falloff
  • Worse recoil control (20 vs 19)


Weapon Specialist
M4A4 Expert csgo M4 AR Expert
Kill 1000 enemies with the M4 Assault Rifle.


  • The M4A4 is the only somewhat fictional weapon, as the M4A1 is the most recent iteration of the M4 carbine that the United States Military has produced, and the A4 variant does not exist. The A# designator indicates the iteration / version of the firearm after its original issue. For example, the M16A4 is the 5th and most current iteration of the M16 Rifle after 4 revisions.
  • The weapon model is likely based upon the CQB-R / Mk. 18 Mod 0 carbine (an M4A1 carbine equipped with the Close Quarters Battle Receiver) judging from the handguard rail covers, buttstock design, and ARMS#40 flip-up rear iron sights. The only discrepancy is the difference in barrel length.
  • In Global Offensive, the M4A4 is the only weapon to have a "Contraband" quality skin, the Howl (meaning it is no longer obtainable via weapon cases or a Trade Up Contract), due to the original Howl plagiarizing artwork without copyright permissions. As a result, the remaining Howl skins in circulation demand extremely high prices.
    • A similar instance occurred with the M4A4 | Griffin. However, the artwork was only changed, but the skin was not made Contraband.
  • The M4A4 originally had a different firing sound but during the development of the game, it was changed to sound much more like the original M4A1.
  • The M4A4 shares its reload animation with the M4A1-S and SCAR-20.
    • All three involve "slapping" the side of the gun. This is actually slamming down the bolt catch (a small, paddle-shaped lever on the side of the receiver). Although meant pressed with the thumb, some shooters prefer slapping it for convenience.
    • Some gun experts refer to this process as "sending the bolt home".
  • The M4A1 in Counter-Strike Online 2 is based on the model of the M4A4.
  • In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the M4A4 was the most common rifle purchased by CT players. However, after the M4A1-S was added, the M4A4 dropped in popularity by human players considerably[1] and is more commonly wielded by bots.
  • The weapon entity name shares its name (weapon_m4a1) with its predecessor from previous Counter-Strike games even though it does not match the actual weapon.

External links


  1. Counter-Strike Blog: Balancing Act

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