Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Weapon Guide:AN-94 Assault Rifle Guide

Ladies and Gentlemen who are reading this I have loved the AK-47 of the COD series since MW2. Black Ops 1 brought the AK-47 into the lime light and it was my absolute favorite assault rifle in the game, back in MW2 it was the Prestige weapon, you either stayed at level 70 to use the AK or leave it after you Prestige.

The AK has returned in the form of it's successor the AN-94, however this time you can bring it with you into your next Prestige but be warned though, this weapon is not a very easy weapon to you, however after reading the stats and weapon performance abilities I list you will be slightly confused.

Let's begin.

Weapon Profile
The AN-94 is an advanced Russian assault rifle that was introduced in 1994, the weapon was named the Avtomat Nkonova after it's chief designer Gennadiy Nikonov and it fires the unique 5.45x39mm, same as the AK-74.

The weapon had a unique recoil reduction and firing system, able to fire the first two shots at 1,800 RPM the user would not feel the recoil until the rounds left the barrel after the shots fired the gun would cycle down to 600 RPM.

The weapon was meant to be the general issue rifle for the Russian Federation and Associated States or RFAS, 1,000 rifles were constructed but was officially declared not in production as of 2006.

In Game Weapon Performance
In game the AN-94 is unlocked at Level 55 and is a moderate damage assault rifle, it deals a total of 40 points of damage up close and 24 at a distance. For reference this is the same damage profile as the M-TAR. However it's penetration damage performance is better than most assault rifles which gives you a bit more of an advantage firing opponents behind cover.

The recoil is moderate. It doesn't kick high up but will raise ever so slightly upwards when you continuously fire the weapon by holding down the trigger.

ADS speed is common for the Assault rifle class at 0.25 seconds, raise and drop time is also common. Raise speed is .70 seconds and .35 when Dropping the assault rifle to switch to a secondary.

The range is good but at a distance of 29 meters the damage drops off to 33, meaning that ranges where assault rifles would normally still perform well will result in you getting several hit markers.

The unique fire system of the real AN-94 is duplicated in Black Ops 2 but the weapon doesn't fire exactly at the same rate of the actual weapon, the first two shots fire at 900 RPM but quickly slows down to 625 RPM when you hold down the trigger. If Select Fire is equipped then the fire rate changes, if the weapon is switched to burst fire, you fire at 937 RPM and if you switch it to fully automatic firing it fires at 750 rounds, recoil does change but not too bad to where it isn't controllable.

To cut the middle man though you can tap the trigger button over and over again and the weapon will constantly fire at 900 RPM, be warned though, the magazine size will deplete quickly and recoil will be difficult to maintain.

The reload time is a tad bit on the slow side at 2.39 seconds if there is still rounds in the magazine and raises to 3.12 seconds if your magazine was completely empty.

The iron sights are decent but to me the iron sights actually helped me get a lot of  headshots which actually made unlocking the golden camo pretty easy.

However it all comes down to preference, any of the optics will be a good choice.

Here comes part where the AN-94 isn't actually an easy to use weapon.

Although the AN-94 has low recoil, a unique firing mode and decent damage here is where the AN-94 needs to be mastered though.

It's fire rate is slow and it's range ability is somewhat lacking. The weapon's slow fire rate may cause you to loose fire fights and it's ranged combat lacks strength that many other assault rifles have. You could be left in the dust as you had no chance of killing your opponent.

It's a unique weapon and still holds it's own in many engagements but even with the moderate recoil you could loose a fire fight ever once in awhile, for this class build we will focus on it's short ranged combat abilities and make it quick on the draw and able to take out opponents behind cover.

Class Build
You will need the Primary Gunfighter Wildcard and Perk 2 Greed and unfortunately sacrifice one perk out of Perk Tier 1.

Equip the Quick-Draw Handle with FMJ and the Mili-Meter Scanner, for a weapon that can take down idle opponents behind cover and opponents attempting to get behind said cover. With it's all ready moderate wall penetration ability we will enhance this ability for our benefit.

For Perk Tier 2, equip Scavenger with Fasthands for our lethal equipment

For Tier 3 equip Dexterity to be ready and able to mow down your opponents.

Your last point should be used for the C4 lethal equipment. The C4 is an anti-camper tool and is powerful against opponents, if your MMS catches an idle opponent behind  cover where you AN-94 might not penetrate, an open window, doorway or gap with the proper toss of the C4 pack will result in your camping opponent dead and maybe frustrated.

Fast hands will reduce the amount of time it takes to toss the pack of C4 and will allow you to quickly recover from your toss, which then you can run into your opponents placement and resupply yourself with another pack of C4 and ammunition for the AN-94.

This build unfortunately doesn't have the steady aim of Toughness nor the benefit of a Secondary weapon but has the benefit of quickly demolishing entrenched opponents and snipers with fast and swift recovery, it is a pro-player class build, on paper this class may seem difficult to use but through practice and experience can quickly become the ultimate anti-camper class and a class that adopts a run and gun play style, if used in the right hands.

The Verdict

While the AN-94 is a unique weapon to be mastered and lacks a major aggressive punch it still is a weapon that if used in the right hands will have no opposition and will be a snipers' and campers' nightmare.

Idle foes and foes escaping to cover will not escape your sight or reach. At first the weapon may seem difficult but through experience and use, you may end up performing a lot better with this weapon than most others.

Thank you for reading and I hope you've learned something useful.

The next Weapon Guide will be on the M8A1 Assault Rifle.

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