Call of Duty

Vanguard 1911 Pistol Banned in Tournaments Due to 'Sniper-like' Capabilities

One pistol has been banned from competitive tournaments in Call of Duty Vanguard after players discovered it could eliminate others across the map...
One pistol has been banned from competitive tournaments in Call of Duty Vanguard after players discovered it could eliminate others across the map... / Activision

One pistol has been banned from competitive tournaments in Call of Duty Vanguard after players discovered it could eliminate others across the map in two shots.

It seems that Vanguard players have wasted no time in figuring out how to best take advantage of the new 10-attachment system. While it isn't surprising that a plethora of high-powered builds has cropped up in-game, this class loadout for the 1911 takes it to a whole new level. This has resulted in an uproar from the COD community which ultimately culminated in a ban from Checkmate Game tournaments.

Vanguard 1911 Pistol Banned in Tournaments

According to a post on the organizer's verified Twitter account published on Monday, Nov. 8, CMG (@CMG_Esports) has "restricted" the 1911 pistol in "all tournaments and ladder matches." The exact rule has been written out and highlighted on CMG's website.

It states: "RULE UPDATE: All of the following items are restricted effective 7pm EST Nov 8th - all Assault Rifle Magazine Attachments, The BAR, the Type 100, the Top Break and the 1911 pistol."

Other tournament groups have since followed, including CODAgent and UMG Gaming.

When asked why the tournaments weren't targeting the individual loadout or attachments, themselves, rather than the weapon, former Fortnite-pro turned CMG daily operation staff @DuhV explained that some of the attachments couldn't be seen in the kill cam. Therefore, it was "impossible" to ban them as there was no surefire way to determine whether players were taking advantage.

However, that doesn't mean players can't enjoy the build in their own lobbies. The "two-shot 1911 pistol" was originally uncovered by dylan (@Flexd_) and posted to their Twitter profile on Sunday, Nov. 7. They described the loadout as "2 bullets no matter where." It contains the following attachments:

  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Barrel: Gracey Short No. 2
  • Kit: Quick
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Trigger Action: Hair Trigger

Just make sure to swap your loadout before registering for any new competitions.