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PUBG Guide: Best Guns for Close Range Combat  

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Modified 06 Mar 2019

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become a sensation since its launch and needs no special introduction.

Getting into a Battle Royal game and understanding the mechanics of it is easy, but surviving the entire duration of the match could turn out to be a daunting task, especially during the latter stages of a round when the safe zone is a much smaller area.

During these situations, it is ideal to prep yourself for close-quarter combat situations as encountering opponents is a much more frequent affair, which makes it quintessential to have perfect weapons that are extremely destructive at close ranges.

Find below the best weapons that you could use for close range combat:


All the shotguns are wonderful at close ranges as they deal maximum damage to opponents even when they're wearing armour.

However, these weapons are only good at close ranges, and one should avoid using them at longer distances as the damage caused by shotguns is negligible. Moreover, players must time their shots to perfection as failing to score a hit leaves them open to counterfire.



After the shotguns, SMGs are your next best bet for close-quarter combat situations. The UMP9 chambers 9mm rounds in 30-round magazines and deals 39 base damage. Sporting four attachment slots alongside three firing modes, the versatile SMG offers the players better choice in planning their strategy.


The Vector is another SMG that is great for close and medium range combat situations. It chambers .45 ACP rounds and deals 34 base damage to opponents. The low amounts of recoil and high rate of fire make it a favourable weapon for many PUBG players.

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Moreover, this SMG houses all the five attachment slots, giving the player extra customisability for all battle conditions.

However, with a magazine size of only 13 rounds, having an Extended Mag attachment is a must while employing the Vector for close-quarter combat situations.


The M416 assault rifle is a very versatile weapon in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as it is not only effective in close ranges but also deals good levels of damage at both medium and long ranges.

Chambering 5.56mm ammo in 30-round magazines, the M416 inflicts 43 base damage. The stock version of the weapon offers supreme stability and manageable recoil, and with five stock attachments, this assault rifle is a wonderful choice at all distances for both beginners and experienced PUBG gamers. 

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PUBG Mobile, on the other hand, is available for both iOS and Android devices. 


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Published 17 Jan 2019, 09:28 IST
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