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This page covers the Standalone version of DayZ. For information on the Mod see Mod:M4A1
Category Assault Rifle
Size 18 Slots (6x3)
Weight 1746 g
Cartridge 5.56mm Rounds
Repairable With Weapon Cleaning Kit
Fire Modes Automatic
Rate of Fire High
Dexterity 3.00
Recoil Low
Noise Moderate
Absorbency 10%
Hit 8.0
Health -200
Blood -500
Shock 500
Shock (Head Shot) 20000
Bleed Chance 200%
Magazines 30Rnd STANAG
30Rnd STANAG (Coupled)
10Rnd CMAG
20Rnd CMAG
30Rnd CMAG
40Rnd CMAG
Buttstocks OE
Handguards Plastic
Optics Carryhandle
Reflex Sight
M68 CompM2
Suppressors Suppressor NATO
Illumination Weapon Flashlight
Bipods ATLAS Bipod
Wraps Ghillie Gun Wrap
Location Military West
Rarity Rare
Variants None
Colors Black, Green

The M4 carbine is a family of firearms that was derived from earlier carbine versions of the M16 rifle. The M4 is a shorter and lighter variant of the M16A2 assault rifle, with 80% parts commonality.

The M4A1 is an uncommon weapon which can be found at military locations throughout Chernarus. It is chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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: When the ATLAS Bipod is deployed and while the player is prone, the M4 has almost no recoil besides a slight pull to the right.

Attachments[edit | edit source]

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

Buttstocks[edit | edit source]

Handguards[edit | edit source]

Sights and Optics[edit | edit source]

Illumination[edit | edit source]

Bipods[edit | edit source]

Suppressor[edit | edit source]

  • Cannot be equipped simultaneously with the Bayonet.

Bayonet[edit | edit source]

  • Cannot be equipped simultaneously with the Suppressor.

Wraps[edit | edit source]

Crafting[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Weapon Review[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The M4A1 did not spawn for the duration of 0.59. It is possible this was done on purpose, as it was then spawned illegitimately by hackers -- making it easier to track them down.