During the early game in DayZ, you’ll be left to defend yourself mostly with sticks, bats, makeshift knives, and even your fists. However, as you begin to explore the world more, you’ll start to come across guns and firearms that are going to be crucial for your survival. Aside from zombies and loot, there are also a lot of guns you can find in the game’s world – if you’re lucky.
Knowing which guns to choose in DayZ is important as you will always have limited inventory. A good gun should be able to protect you from up close and from afar. If you’re on the lookout for some of the best weapons in the game, then you should consider these guns first. You’ll also see where to find these weapons specifically too.
The Mlock-91 is one of the best pistols in the game. While it’s not as powerful as automatic rifles, this weapon is going to help get you through a lot of trouble and it’s very easy to handle. Most importantly however the Mlock-91 is very useful up close. It’s perfect for taking out those uber-aggressive zombies on the map.
You can find the Mlock-91 mostly in police stations and military locations. It needs 9x19mm bullets, holding up to 15 rounds per magazine. What’s great about this weapon is that it only weighs 1kg and it takes up around 6 inventory slots only. The Mlock-91 isn’t normally used as a primary weapon but it does work well as a last resort sidearm.
If you’re looking for a gun with heavy firepower, then be on the lookout for the Magnum. In terms of damage and stopping power, you can’t go wrong with this hand cannon. It can be found in houses mostly so make sure to scour every nook and cranny of each house you loot especially in urban areas. They can be found inside farms as well.
The Magnum needs .357 ammo and it is able to hold 6 rounds. While powerful, the Magnum does have its downsides. For one, it has a very low fire rate so accuracy with it is a must. The biggest downside though is that since the weapon packs a mean punch, it makes a louder than average sound and it can easily draw both zombies and humans alike to your location.
There’s a saying among DayZ players – “always have a sniper rifle with you”. If you can, you should definitely focus on getting the Mosin 91/30 which can be found in hunting grounds, towns, and villages. In hunting locations, you can even find the Mosin lying around on the ground or resting alongside trees.
To use the Mosin, you’ll need to hold 7.62x54mmR ammo of which the gun can hold at least 5 rounds. Out of all the sniper rifles in the game, the Mosin has the longest range and it’s very accurate too. It’s perfect for taking out threats from a distance but it is best used against other players, should you spot one and choose to loot them as well.
You’ll find yourself getting up close and personal with zombies and humans alike regularly in DayZ. Having a double-barrel shotgun ready at bay like the BK-43 is always going to be a good idea. You can find this powerful shotgun in small towns and villages instead of urban areas. It’s mostly found lying on top of tables and it can take 12ga buckshot, 12gs rifled slugs, and 12ga rubber slugs for ammo.
The BK-43 is best used at close range as it does very minimal damage from mid to long range. However, the upside is that it can damage enemies in a small spread instead of one focused area. Keep in mind that the BK-43 is also very loud so it would be best to use this weapon only in emergency scenarios as you are going to be drawing enemies to your location very easily after using it.
The KAS-74U is a mix between an assault rifle and an SMG. It’s the perfect weapon at mid-ranged fights because it’s easy to carry and it’s easy to use. Thanks to its high fire rate, the weapon also deals massive damage, given that you are accurate with it. It takes 5.45x39mm ammo of which it can hold 30 rounds per magazine.
You can find the KAS-74U lying around the military locations. It weighs 2 KD G and can take up to 18 inventory slots. All in all, the KAS-74U is a well-balanced weapon. It has the highest rate of fire in the game so it’s easy to waste ammo with it if you aren’t careful enough.
When it comes to overall utility, any DayZ player will argue that the best weapon in the game has to be the AK-M. It weighs 2 kgs and it can take up 24 inventory slots as well. This is a minor downside as the AK-M is a weapon that works well in various ranges. Moreover, it’s highly customizable too so you can adjust it to fit long-range or close-range combat.
It needs 7.62x39mm ammo. There are 30-round and 75-round magazine variants of the AKM as well. Aside from being able to upgrade its mags, you can also attach scopes to the AK-M.
The AK-M can only be found inside military locations. These areas are going to be packed with zombies and other weapons but if you find the AK-M among the loot, the struggle will be well worth it. Aside from its high fire rate, another upside to the AK-M is that it functions both on full-auto and semi-auto settings as well.
These are the best guns in DayZ. Keep in mind that while powerful, these weapons are best used against other humans instead of zombies. The drawback to these weapons is that they’ll always draw the attention of nearby enemies so it’s best to go with melee for zombie fights. Still, having these guns at your disposal is going to be vital for your survival.