Player vs player combat is the way of life in rust, it’s kill or be killed. For most players, getting a base going is no trouble at all, it’s only once that base starts to get a bit of attention does it become an issue and you have to defend your gear.
While it is possible to defend your base using only a bow, you should work towards obtaining a significant armory. This will provide a huge advantage for your defenses, allowing you to use whatever weapon you need for the situation at hand. These guns are not easy to obtain though, you’ll need to loot it off a corpse or spend days struggling to find the required parts. For this reason, easiness to obtain does affect rankings, although not by much. Here’s the top 10 best weapons in Rust!
10. Pump Shotgun
Not many things are more satisfying than one-shotting an enemy at close range. All shotguns can do this but the pump variant is much better, as it has a faster fire rate, holds more rounds and is simple to craft. You can easily acquire this gun with 15 high quality metal, 2 metal pipes and a spring. Yep, that’s it. As you can see, it more than deserves to make the top 5 on the list!
9. Bolt-Action Rifle
The bolt-action rifle is by far the best long range weapon in the game. Possessing insanely high damage, range and accuracy, it’s a sniper’s wet dream. With such insane effectiveness comes an insane cost, 30 high quality metal is the main culprit. The rifle body, 5 metal pipes and 2 metal springs are uncommon but getting so much high quality metal can be a chore. Congratulations if you do manage to craft this beauty and enjoy your cross-map headshots!
The Thompson deserves a mention on the list but it’s quite awkward to use, although it has better damage than the MP5A4. Overall though, this entry deserves its place as its the best SMG available. Unfortunately, sub-machine guns have issues in Rust as they tend to be out-performed at all but close to medium range.
However, the MP5A4 is nothing to turn your nose up at, you can craft it yourself so it’s a good medium-tier weapon until you can reach the higher entries on this list!
Introduced far more recently than many of the other weapons on this list, the Spas-12 is a powerful semi-automatic shotgun that can cover entire areas in buckshot. A crazy max-damage of 136 combined with a fire-rate of 180 is mind-boggling, but there’s a justification for such power.
With just a 5% of obtaining this gun in a supply drop and a 1% chance of a military tunnel scientist dropping it, you’ll probably never own one. Such a pity too, but it’s fair when you look at the insane damage it can produce.
The Python hits like a truck, very few weapons can compare to it in terms of damage. Two shots are required to down your opponent, such damage is way too good to pass up. So why is it only at number 8? It has weaknesses of course, high recoil make it difficult to land multiple shots. It also has only 6 shots per magazine and a fairly long reload time. It requires skill and precision to use, something which other guns don’t need as much.
5. M39 Rifle
Difficult to use but with 50 damage per shot, the M39 rifle could well be the best medium ranged weapon in the game. A huge magazine size is very forgiving, providing enough shots to get through a group of targets.
Practice first though, the recoil can be quite staggering, especially with a sight/scope equipped. If you can master this beast, you’ll be unbeaten at all but the closest or furthest ranges!
4. LR-300 Assault Rifle
Sporting high damage, accuracy and fire-rate, the LR-300 is a great choice in all situations. It’s one of the coolest looking guns in the entire game and is arguably the most reliable and versatile. Of course, such an awesome weapon is really hard to get hold of as its only found in crates, airdrops and attack helicopters. You’ll often expend many a valuable resource to get your hands on this gun.
Far more accurate than the bolt-action rifle, the L96 is an uncraftable weapon found most commonly in elite crates, supply drops and locked crates.
Deals 80 damage per shot, with a rate-of-fire of 23. Lower damage over time than the craftable sniper but you’re more likely to hit your shots at range. Faster reload time helps as well.
Overall it’s one of the most satisfying weapons in Rust. Roof camping has never been more fun!
2. Assault Rifle
The Assault Rifle, otherwise known as the AK, is easily one of the best all-round weapons in the entire game. It’s definitely a late-game weapon, you can’t enjoy such awesomeness after 20 minutes of game time. Its potency in combat is almost unrivaled, with high damage & rate of fire allowing it to perform at all ranges. Unlike most other late-game weapons, the crafting cost is reasonable and shouldn’t bare too much weight on your resources.
Reliability, versatility and combat capabilities are the reason this weapon is number 2!
I’ll first point out the fact you can only get this gun from an attack helicopter’s remains making it the fourth weapon on the list that you can’t craft. Usually this would be such a huge hindrance that it wouldn’t make the top 3 but my god, it’s so good. In fact, it could be argued that it is the best weapon in the game (the two above it are easier to obtain). The M249 has a huge magazine capacity of 100, crazy high damage and a high rate of fire. It’ll easily mow down entire armies of enemies.
The downsides are its high reload time and exceptional recoil but these are barely a factor to a decent player. If you ever get your hands on this weapon in vanilla, that makes you a good player!