CS1.6 AK47 and M4A1 Guide

WRITTEN BY VESSLAN – Currently ADREN[GX] – Top Euro Champ
Formerly Swift and SK among other things. 


A lot of people requested some input on how to handle the AK47 and the Colt rifles more effectively. I have two words to say about these weapons: recoil control! That is the most important task, and I will try to show you some tricks of how to be able to control the recoil more effectively.

I have recorded a demo, but you must note that this demo is for educational purposes only. The demo will show you how to practice recoil control and burst control, as well as information on when to use what.

Single Shot, Burst Shot, 2-5 Shots, and Spray

First off, I will state the difference between the following subjects: single shot, burst shot, 2-5 shots and spray.

The single shot is a technique that I use in only one situation, and it is quite complicated unless you are good with the rifles. There are times when a good player makes a nice burst of 2-5 shots with the AK47, but starts to lose control of the crosshair and recoil. A good player could single burst to finish the enemy off, effectively. You can watch the demo to get a better understanding of this concept.

When using the AK47 I burst a different amount of bullets depending on the distance between me and the enemy. Anything between two shots (when the enemy is really far away, while he’s moving) to 3-5 shots when the enemy is at medium range. You can also try to end the burst by performing single bursts towards the lower health points of the enemy. Note that this technique is better used if you crouch. It is possible to perform if you stand up, but the bullets become very random this way. If you do this while you strafe, remember to make pauses and stand quite still for just a very short moment when you make the vital bursts.

The technique for being able to hit with a lot of bullets is quite simple if you know how to. For example if you use normal settings, not invert mouse, then you should pull the mouse backwards/towards yourself and make the crosshair expand so it’s in a “zero mode” what I mean with that is that the crosshair won’t move more than outwards/expanding but all bullets will go straight, if you dont pull the mouse towards yourself the recoil/weapon will bounce up.

The opposite goes for those who use Invert mouse, push the mouse slightly forward at the same time as you shoot. The more bullets you intend to shoot the more you have to move the mouse back/forth. This is of course what is called recoil control.

Frames Per Second

A lot of people think that the amount of frames per second is important for the rifles, but personally, I don’t think it is. My computer consists of an Intel Pentium IV 1.4 GHz, with an NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4600. Unfortunately it cannot provide me with the proper frames that I would really like so I am stuck with frames of above 50 in heavy battles. It is all about being able to hit with the bullets rather than having a crosshair that shrinks as fast as it can with 100 frames per second.

I compete at a lot at tournaments, so practicing with a low frame count has some advantages. Since the bullets still go straight with a larger crosshair, I am forced to hit fast and hard early up in battles. So, when I play with high frame counts, I am more exact with my aim while players that are used to high frame counts also are used to being able to adjust after they miss in the beginning. Some people want the same conditions at home and at tournaments, so they buy powerful computers, but the statement above is my personal opinion.

If you spray, you will want a high frame count, because the more frames per second you got, the better will your spray and recoil control become. There are still a few small tricks to learn when spraying wildly.

Spraying: Colt

The colt is really nice to spray with, as most people probably know. The demo I have recorded is showing me, sitting on the catwalk on de_nuke, trying to drag spray the colt. I practise the spray on multiple targets without letting the fire button go. If you look closely, you can see that the bullets actually follow the upper bracket of the crosshair.

Another trick you can find useful while spraying is to avoid looking at the crosshair while spraying and try to follow the pattern of the bullets, such as where they hit and where they are heading. What works for me is that, when I know that I will be in a lot of close combat action, I use the yellow crosshair color so that I will not see the crosshair as much as I would with a green crosshair. This way, I can focus on the bullets instead of the crosshair.

Another question that usually comes up is: silencer or no silencer? This, to me, is a personal preference. I prefer spraying without the silencer. I like the sound more and it DOES make more damage. I usually use silencer when I am in a hideout position, trying to surprise my opponents, etcetera. Using it when you fire through walls is also great, because the enemy won’t hear where the bullets are being ejected from. In the demo I show some good silencer positions for de_nuke.

Spraying: AK47

Spraying with the AK47 is really hard, but there is a minor trick that you can try if you like to. Try pulling the mouse diagonally to the lower left, since the recoil tends to go up to the upper right. You should definitely sit down when you spray. This way, it will be easier to control the recoil.

I just shared this tiny guide he wrote on rifles but there is also his demo which demonstrates the usage of the rifle which you can get by accessing the guide links thru [www.gamers.nu] as I listed above.

Click on > Go To AK47 & Colt Strategy Demo – Below the guide to DL it – You will need to have a working copy of CS1.5 to watch this demoguide.


Another thing to do is record a 10-15 minute demo of yourself playing and then watch yourself and review how you are shooting, are you reacting fast enough? are you firing accurately? are you accurate but aiming below the head so instead of getting headshots your hitting body?

If your aiming at the chest 4-5 round sprays are fine, tho if you tried more then 4 at the head the bullets afterwards would hit above targets head.

Or go to my old 1.5 demos kinein (frank) , wicked triggers (morris) 1.5 demos ARCHIVED AT euphNET and find the ones where we rifle.

1.3 gigabytes of demos in just my folder alone !

The only one I can remember from the top of my head would be the efekz match on aztec when I was terrorist [ must watch ].

Or the sexy clan match on de_inferno ( when I was CT )

By the way bodyshot gunners are effective but also need to work on being able to drag their fire into enemy heads. As you see where your firing you should by the 4th bullet raise your crosshair up to their heads.

Accurate Headshot gunners tho > bodyshot gunners

1 bullet to the dome > 4-5 bullets to the chest

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