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"Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" Rifler Guide

What Is 'Rifling'?

"Rifling" in Global Offensive: Counter Strike is a term used to define the role of some of the best professionals that the game has to offer. It means someone with expert marksmanship and cat-like reflexes. To perfect the role, one must acquire the necessary skills with both Counter-Terrorist and Terrorist rifle weaponry.

Since each side has its own repertoire of rifles, it's important to practice your aim in casual matches before heading into the matchmaking arena. Rifling has been around since Counter Strike's pre-beta days over a decade ago.

In more modern days, players who choose to be riflers can choose between the Terrorist's AK47 and Galil and the Counter-Terrorist's M4 (unsilenced and silenced) and the Famas. We will take a look at what each weapon has to offer and how you can utilize your skills to become a legend in matchmaking.

1. The AK47

The favored weapon of choice when it comes to rifling is also one of the more difficult weapons in its class to master. Becoming talented with the AK47 requires the most practice and patience when aiming. Its recoil is above and beyond any of the other rifles of its nature, so it makes hitting your target not an easy task.

Although its recoil is outrageous in comparison to CT's other rifle selections, it still packs the biggest punch out of all these weapons. Its armor-piercing bullets and powerful impact make for an easy kill if you can land a well-placed shot on your foe.


Kills helmet wearers in one hit

Less accurate than CT counterparts

High damage output

Very high recoil

Fast reload

Loss of accuracy in longer bursts

High first-shot accuracy

Slower firing rate than the M4A1

High skill gap

Less mobility

Cheaper than CT counter parts

Can only be bought by Terrorists

Effective at all ranges

Loud firing sound, easy to reveal position

No side-to-side sway in first 8 shots

Sometimes inconsistent

2. Galil

The Galil is one of the rifles that you can purchase on the Terrorist side when you're facing economic turmoil, or if you're having no luck with the AK47. There are some people who actually prefer the Galil over the AK due to the increase in magazine size and decrease in cost. However, the Galil does a lot less damage in comparison to the AK.

There are definitely some people who think that the Galil is one of the stronger weapons in the game as far as rifles go. However, the obvious choice should be the AK47 if you're looking to get the most out of your rifling experience and statistics.


Largest magazine capacity

Less accurate than the AK & M4


Lower damage than the AK

Cheapest rifle on Terrorist side

Loses accuracy in longer bursts

Moderate accuracy

High recoil

High rate of fire

Low movement speed

Decent penetration


Lower recoil than the AK47


The Famas.

The Famas.

3. The Famas

The Famas is one of the most reliable weapons in Global Offensive. It comes equipped with all the stats that a rifler would need. Although it is lacking somewhat in damage, it does have a higher magazine than the silenced version of the M4.

The Famas has been one of the more popular choices for the Counter Terrorist side because of its cheap price in comparison to the expensive unsilenced version of the M4. People who use the Famas enjoy its powerful accuracy and spray. Its recoil is a bit overwhelming at first, but you can get the hang of it almost immediately after picking one up.


3-round burst capability

Slightly weaker than the AUG

Cheapest CT rifle

Low accuracy if fired in automatic

Very accurate at long range in burst

Low rate of fire if in burst mode

Highest fire rate in CSGO

Smaller mag than the unsilenced M4

Larger mag than the silenced M4

Long reload time

The M4A1.

The M4A1.

4. M4A1 Carbine (Silenced)

This weapon is the preferred rifle for a lot of players in Global Offensive. Not only does it cost less than its brother rifles, it also comes equipped with a silencer which can be extremely advantageous on various maps.

At first it was the European professionals who decided to trade out the unsilenced M4 for this silenced and inexpensive version. It didn't take long for the North American and South American professional teams to follow the same path. However, in recent years, it's become more apparent that the small clip size (20 rounds) compared to its brother's 30-round clip can be vital as well.


Fairly high damage per round

Lower damage per shot than the AK

Excellent at close to medium range

$200 more than the AK47

Accurate if shot in bursts

Not very accurate in long bursts

Silencer adds perfect stealth

Counter Terrorist exclusive weapon

Higher fire rate than the AK


Good mobility


Low recoil and accurate


The M4A4.

The M4A4.

5. M4A4 Carbine

The M4A4 carbine is a rifler's dream come true. This was before the silenced version of the rifle was released into Global Offensive. A lot of players fondly remember the M4A4 for its clip size and its damage output in comparison to the weaker and small mag sized M4A1-S.

The bullet penetration is well above any of the other rifles on the Counter Terrorism side. However, it's important to remember that dueling an AK47 player who is precise with his aim is dangerous, considering that it has less damage overall in comparison to the AK.

Overall both rifles, the silenced version and this version, are great rifles to become experts with. They have less recoil than the Terrorist rifles but they pack a smaller punch. If you find yourself in longer gun battles and running out of rounds in your clip early, switch over to the M4A4.


Larger magazine than the silenced M4

Costs more than the silenced M4

Larger amount of starting ammo then M4

No silencer

High rate of fire

Less damage than the AK47

Larger than average clip size

Less accurate in larger bursts

Good mobility


Important Warm-Up Exercises

  • Go into a deathmatch and try to finish one or two games with each of the rifles you want to practice with. So for example, do one entire game for the AK, one entire game for the M4A4, and then you can go into competitive matchmaking to try your luck.
  • Make sure you always practice the back-up rifles, no matter what, before heading into the matchmaking system. This will at least give you a backup plan if you start to fail or become inconsistent. Even though you think the Galil and Famas are trash, you should be able to use them if stressed economically.
  • Play with the intention to win, but no matter what, don't forget that you're playing a game which is also intended to have fun. If you start to notice a negative trend in your game play or attitude, address it or switch to another activity.
  • When you play as a rifler, you must always be capable of holding down one of the bombsites if you're playing as CT. If you're playing as a Terrorist, you should be capable of making clean entries into the bombsites and defending the bomb planter. These two ingredients, if consistently applied, can create a monster rifle player.


Samuel Franklin on September 10, 2014:

Love my M4A4 Carbine!