The AK-47 is probably the best (automatic) weapon in CS:GO, since it is able to one-shot-kill even with armor, if you hit the head or neck.
If you have not yet decided which weapon you want to master first, this is an excellent choice for the terrorist side.
It is very effective on all distances, but especially for medium and long distance.
It is recommended to buy the AK-47 as the standard weapon after the light rounds, when you are not playing AWP.
Since normaly only one player is playing on op, the AK-47 is the most played weapon in the game.
It is commonly observed even among pros that players on the CT side will switch the M4 for an AK-47 laying on the ground, if there is no AWP nearby.
Spray patterns and recoil compensation
Being good at aiming is pretty much half of what makes you a better CS:GO Player.
The other half is game sense, map knowledge and team play.
Aiming is a deep and complex subject, so even this will only be an overview containing the most important elements and best practices.
We break down aiming into the following areas:
Recoil / Spray Pattern Control
• The player who learns to focus on headshots will almost certainly be the better in the long run.
• Placing your crosshair at the most likely spot where the head of an opponent will appear is one of the best way to improve your aiming.
This is usually at the corner of a wall or obstacle.
Practice to “glue” your crosshair to the corner of the wall you want to pass at head level.
• This minimizes the distance you need to move your mouse to hit your target and makes you appear a lot faster.
This is crucial when you are peeking around corners, defending a specific angle or even while rushing.
Just make it a standard practice to always aim at head level and adjusting for different distances.
Recoil / Spray.
The easiest way to learn about the spray pattern of your favorite weapon is to empty a whole magazine into a wall.
All weapons go up (first 6-8 shots) and then left or right and back.
You can compensate this recoil effect by moving your mouse in the opposite direction of the spray pattern.
This takes a lot of practice to get the timing and movement at several distances right.
Shooting Techniques TAPPING Aim for the head and shot only once, wait until your (dynamic) cross is fully reset and repeat as fast as possible.
This technique avoids spray effects altogether.
Since it take only milliseconds, you can actually shoot pretty fast.
Practice shooting at the exact same spot on a wall, until you got the timing perfectly.
Some players only use this technique with the AK-47, because of its one-shot-kill ability, but most prefer to use it mostly for long distance combat.
BURSTING Aim for the head and shot 2-4 times.
While the first 2 shots are pretty accurate, after that you need to pull down slightly so compensate for the recoil.
Practice this by shooting against a wall.
If you do not have dynamic crosshair (most don’t these days), you know that the your aim is reset, when your weapon model is back into default position (it goes up and back while bursting).
You can use bursting in combination with side stepping / strafing in order to be harder to hit.
Prefer this technique in close to medium distances.
SPRAYING The AK-47 sprays a lot more in CS:GO than in CS 1.
But if you are in short distance fights and have to face multiple opponents, it is quite effective to spray.
Even if you don’t hit a headshot (for which you should always aim) the first hit will most likely throw off your opponents aim.
Properties AK-47 Properties
Magazine capacity 30/90
Firing mode(s) Automatic
Rate of fire|600 RPM
Used by Terrorists
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)