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This page covers the Standalone version of DayZ. For information on the Mod see Mod:M4A1
M4A1
M4A1.png
General
CategoryWeapons > Rifles
Size21 Slots (7x3)
Ammunition
Cartridge5.56mm Round
Magazine(s)30rnd STANAG/(coupled), 10/20/30/40rnd 5.56mm CMAG
Damage
Shock (Head)20,000
Shock500
Damage (Blood)-500
Damage (Health)-200
Bleed Chance200%
Specifications
Fire Mode(s)Semi / Full
Effective Range400m
Rate of FireHigh
RecoilLow
NoiseModerate
Zeroing50, 100, 200, 300, 400
with ACOG: 500, 600, 700
Attachments
ButtstocksM4 Buttstock OE,
M4 Buttstock QB,
M4 Buttstock MP
Handguards (Rails)M4 Handguard MP,
M4 Handguard RIS,
M4 Handguard Plastic
Sights and OpticsACOG Optics, BUIS,
RV1 RDS Optics,
M68 CompM2 Optics,
M4 Carryhandle Optics
IlluminationWeapon Flashlight
SuppressorsSuppressor 556
BipodsATLAS Bipod
BayonetsM9A1 Bayonet
Occurrence
Location(s)Helicopter Crash Sites
RarityUncommon
ColoursBlack, Green


"The M4 carbine is a family of firearms that was derived from earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, which was in turn derived from the original AR-15 rifle that Eugene Stoner designed and ArmaLite made. the M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, with 80% part commonality."
— In-game description


The M4A1 is a common military weapon which can only be found at Helicopter Crash Sites throughout Chernarus. It is chambered for the 5.56 x 45 mm NATO cartridge.

The M4A1 carbine is part of the family of firearms that was derived from earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle, which was in turn derived from the original AR-15 rifle that Eugene Stoner designed and ArmaLite made. The M4A1 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, with 80% parts commonality.

Note: In the current version (0.44.123800) the RV1 RDS Optics, BUIS, M4 Carryhandle Optics, M68 CompM2 Optics aren't working properly, because, when you right click to focus on your optics, the optics are really small or at least smaller than in previous versions, so aiming is really difficult due to that problem.

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[edit] Strategy

The M4A1 is designed almost completely for close-quarters combat. The M4A1's inaccuracy impedes it beyond medium range, even when the weapon is in pristine condition. Attachments such as the ACOG 4x Sight as well as the Magpul Stocks and Magpul Handguards will significantly help increase the rifle's effective distance but it will still lag behind other rifles like the Mosin 9130.

Even with a Magpul-upgraded M4A1 with an ACOG 4x sight (see attachments for further information), the M4A1 is still inaccurate at even medium range (250-300m). It is recommended to switch the rifle to Semi-Automatic ("T" Key) to reduce recoil at long range. It is important to learn how the rifle shoots and works in order to maintain a reasonable range with the gun, as well as the use of flanking, ambushing, and/or suppression. It is tactically sound to take advantage of the rifle's close-range effectiveness; automatic fire coupled with compact size creates an excellent close-quarters weapon.

Note: Users have reported differences in accuracy which may stem from the gun's condition. Other factors that come into play are health, control of breath (resting/prone position and using right-click to stabilize), condition of all parts (including mags/ammo). There does not appear to be any "wind" factor for shots. Many users have been able to repeatedly make headshots on targets > 250m out using ACOG optics with the bipod deployed, fully healthy in a prone position.

[edit] Attachments

The M4A1 has many attachments with various purposes, these parts may uncommonly be found at Helicopter Crash Sites and buildings.

[edit] Buttstocks


[edit] Handguards


[edit] Sights and Optics


[edit] Illumination


[edit] Bipods


[edit] Suppressor


  • Cannot be equipped simultaneously with the Bayonet.

[edit] Bayonet


  • Cannot be equipped simultaneously with the Suppressor.