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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 in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & Counter-Strike 2, replacing the previous Maverick M4A1 Carbine. In Global Offensive, it has the M4A1-S as its alternative loadout.


The M4A4 is based on the Mk 18 Mod 0 carbine, fitted with an ARMS#40 flip-up rear iron sight and KAC free-float RAS handguard with rail covers.[2] This rifle is derived from the standard M4A1, but uses a different upper receiver (known as the Close Quarters Battle Receiver). This allows for the use of a shorter barrel - very useful for fighting in tight spaces.

In-game, the weapon holds 30 rounds and has 90 rounds in reserve.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 131 92
Chest & Arm 32 23
Abdomen & Pelvis 41 28
Leg 24 24
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Movement speed in hammer units per second
Running 225
Walking 117
Crouch walking 77


  • The M4A4 has high accuracy and moderate recoil, making it good for firing bursts. However, spraying is not always recommended, unless the enemy is in close proximity. At longer ranges, it is better to burst fire or tap fire.
  • In medium and close ranges, the M4A4 can spray bullets at the torso or stomach and quickly deliver lots of accurate shots.
    • Crouching can quickly and easily compensate for the early-spray recoil.
  • Although headshots from the M4A4 are not always lethal, aiming for the head is still recommended, moreso at long range. A headshot might kill if an already injured opponent, or at least deliver enough damage that another bodyshot can finish.
  • Compared to the M4A1-S, the M4A4 offers a larger magazine and reserve capacity, making it more suitable for a defensive role where more ammo is needed.

Update History

May 23, 2024
  • The price of the M4A4 has dropped from $3100 to $3000
September 28, 2016
  • Increased fidelity and reduced distortion in fire sounds for Famas, Galil, Aug, SG553, M4A4, M4A1-S, unsilenced M4A1-S, and AK47.
August 3, 2016
  • New accuracy recovery method and new recovery rates for the M4A1-S, M4A4, and AK-47. See details HERE.
December 15, 2015
  • Reverted recent changes to pistols and the AK-47, M4A4, and M4A1-S (see the CS:GO blog for details).
December 8, 2015
  • Adjusted recovery time on the AK47, M4A4, and M4A1-S assault rifles to reduce the range at which spraying is preferable to tapping/bursting.


The M4A4 appears in the headshot training in the Weapons Course. It can also be selected as a as one of the few primary weapons in the speed training.


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


  • The name M4A4 implies that the weapon is a theoretical further iteration of the M4 carbine. In the United States Military, the A# designator indicates the iteration / version of the firearm after its original issue, and M4A1 is currently the latest iteration of the M4 carbine procured by the US military.
    • The weapon however also resembles an M4A1 with the Close Quarters Battle Receiver and SOPMOD accessories, a variant of the M4 with a 10.3 inch barrel as opposed to the standard 14.5 inch 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 can demand extremely high prices. Valve basically did this for no reason because it's not copyrighted anymore.
    • 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 bolt catch (a small, paddle-shaped lever on the side of the receiver) on the side of the gun, a process also known as "sending the bolt home". Although meant pressed with the thumb, some shooters prefer slapping it for convenience.
  • 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[3] 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.

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