Every CS:GO player has to make a few important decisions in their life – USP or P2000? Five-seven or CZ-75? And perhaps most importantly, M4A1-S or M4A4?

The M4A1-S used to be more popular thanks to its silencer and increased accuracy. However, since being nerfed to reduce the firerate the M4A4 has taken over, with a 30/90 magazine capacity and a higher firing rate.

The M4A1-S update in 2018 has given it a buff with more ammo, so it’s time to revisit the debate.

M4A1-S or M4A4 – which do CS:GO pros use?

According to HLTV.org stats, the CS:GO M4A4 is historically more popular. Of all weapons used in pro matches, M4A4 is used 15.6% of the time compared to 9.23% for the M4A1-S.

Despite the recent buff, the gap has increased. In 2018, pros use M4A4 20.18% of the time and only 2.54% for the silenced M4A1!

M4A1-S or M4A4

Stats from HLTV.org

Pros such as G2 kennyS, G2 shox, apeX, and NaVI Edward often favor the M4A1-S. Most CS:GO pros use the M4A4, including FaZe Niko, NaVi s1mple, and Astralis dev1ce.

Even the UMP is more popular than the M4A1 thanks to its use as an eco SMG. We’ll see if the potential new CS:GO gun the MP5 changes that.

M4A1-S Skins or M4A4 Skins

With both guns being similar, some players make their choice based on aesthetics.

Some of the top M4A1-S skins include M4A1-S Golden Coil, Mecha Industries, Chantico’s Fire, and M4A1-S Cyrex. 

The most popular M4A4 skins include the M4A4 Howl, HellFire, Dragon King, and M4A4 Asiimov.

M4A1-S Golden Coil - ElecSpo.com

CS:GO M4A1-S vs M4A4 Stats

Let’s put these two bad boys head to head.

M4A1-S vs M4A4 Stats

The stats are virtually identical, with a $3100 cost, $300 reward for each kill and 33 damage. The M4A4 stands out for having much higher ammo. The M4A1-S is much more accurate while moving and offers a silencer to mask your position on the map.

Overall, the CS:GO M4A4 is the better choice in 2018, but it all comes down to personal preference.