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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Blackout
For a similarly named melee weapon, see MVP.
For other uses, see MP.

The VMP is a submachine gun featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]

"Full-auto submachine gun. Versatile weapon with a high fire rate and magazine capacity, with moderate recoil."
— Weapon Description


The VMP is occasionally wielded by NRC troopers and Grunts in the campaign, and is frequented by both Sarah Hall and Peter Maretti. It is also used with a BOA 3 sight by Rachel Kane during the assault on the aquifer facility in Egypt.


Originally intended as a personal defense weapon for police and security forces, the VMP has been adopted for military use around the world for its light carry weight and high stopping power.

Not originally intended for sustained gunfights, the VMP trades magazine capacity for a higher powered round and overall weight reduction. Combined with the weapon's high rate of fire, this can make the VMP difficult to control during continuous fire. While many shooters berate this design as a mistake, many more have learned to adapt their shooting style and have come to rely on the VMP's ability to quickly deliver a volume of high-powered rounds.

The VMP's simple but robust design ensures reliability, and a variety of aftermarket configurations make up for its shortcomings.


  • Ammo: 5.58x33mm
  • Length: 448.2mm
  • Weight: 1.9kg
  • Barrel: 238.5mm
  • Production Years: 2061 - Present
  • Country of Origin: Italy


The VMP is unlocked at Level 1, available after using an unlock token.

The VMP is a high fire rate SMG capable of a four hit kill to the body in Core, but at long range it will drop off to a six hit kill to the body. While the VMP lacks in range and recoil stability, the weapon is reliable enough to handle close quarters and medium ranged gunfights, resulting with the VMP's popular use among players in the community.

The VMP's fire rate is above average in comparison to the rest of the SMGs, firing at 909 RPM. While it does fire slower than the Vesper and other traditional four shot SMGs, the VMP's high fire rate compensates for its low damage. The VMP's recoil is high, tending to pull up and to the right. Combined with the high fire rate, this results with the VMP being unreliable at long ranges, and can be a challenge to use at medium ranges for inexperienced players. However, the large magazine and swift reload helps balance out the VMP's poor handling characteristics.

The VMP shares the same attachments as the other SMGs. Quickdraw, Grip, Stock, and Laser Sight all help boost the VMP’s reliable statistics, allowing the user to quickly ADS in a gunfight, experience less recoil, strafe in and out of gunfire and increase hipfire accuracy. Coupling Quickdraw, Grip and Stock with perks such as Afterburner, Fast Hands and Blast Suppressor will allow the user to aggressively push the opposition, quickly reacting to gunfights and utilizing their thrusters to their maximum potential, maintaining a high amount of pressure throughout the player's game.

The suppressor works well with the VMP, since the range on the weapon is already low, the suppressor's 30% range reduction doesn't affect the VMP as much as other weapons in the same category. Combining the Suppressor with perks such as Ghost, Tracker and Dead Silence allows the player to flank around the outer lanes of the map, picking off opponents without alerting their teammates.

Fast Mags and Extended Mags increase the amount of time a player can spend in a gunfight. Fast Mags decreases the time it takes to reload the VMP and Extended Mags increases the VMP’s already high magazine count from 40 rounds to 56 rounds. Combining both attachments with perks such as Flak Jacket, Scavenger and Tactical Mask allow the player to continuously spray into opponents, not needing to worry about Lethals, Tacticals and the threat of running out of reserve ammunition. This setup could be used in an objective gamemode, where the player focuses on defending an objective point throughout the game.

FMJ and Rapid Fire don’t contribute as much to the VMP as other attachments do, FMJ increases the VMP's damage properties against cover and scorestreaks, and Rapid Fire increases the VMP's fire rate by 6%, from 909 RPM to 964 RPM. Many players will not attempt to hit people through cover with a Submachine Gun and notice a difference in the fire rate, resulting with the two attachments showing up less frequently in multiplayer games.

The VMP also shares the same diversity in sights as the other SMGs. The Reflex and ELO sights replace the base iron sights with easy to use Optics. The Recon Sight has a higher magnification than the Reflex and ELO, trading short range use for medium range use, something that doesn't synergize well with the VMP, but does help reduce recoil a little bit (not as much as the Varix 3 and BOA 3 sights, though). The Varix 3 allows the user to toggle between two magnifications: 1x and 3x. The Varix 3 also helps lower the recoil of the VMP, resulting with an efficient yet awkward choice of sight. The BOA 3 acts like a hybrid of the Varix 3, Reflex, and ELO sights. Not only is the BOA 3 open, but it also helps reduce the VMP's unpredictable recoil.

The VMP is a very versatile submachine gun. It has a high fire rate and a high damage output. It has a 40 round capacity, which is comparatively high for an SMG and has user friendly iron sights. The VMP is hard to control, resulting with attachments such as the Grip, BOA 3, and Vairx 3 helping reduce the weapon's recoil. The VMP is a popular weapon in Call of Duty: Black Ops III; its reliability has resulted in its prominent use throughout both public and competitive games.


The VMP can be found in every Zombies map, available to buy off the wall for 1300 points and can also appear in the Mystery Box for 950 points. The VMP shares the same reliability as its multiplayer counterpart, as it is an efficient early-game wallbuy. Its high magazine size, high reserve ammunition, and high fire rate allow players to accumulate a large amount of points without sacrificing usability. In later rounds, the weapon loses effectiveness; its high fire rate and low damage typically results with players constantly running out of ammunition. 

When Pack-A-Punched it becomes The Impaler, receiving a higher damage profile and more reserve ammunition. While The Impaler still has the same ammunition problems in later rounds, the weapon is still a considerable choice, especially if the user also has a low mobility weapon such as a Light Machine Gun.

VMP vs The Impaler[]

VMP The Impaler
VMP BO3 The Impaler BO3
Damage 95-50 140
Multiplier head: x5
chest: x1
abdomen: x1
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 909 RPM 909 RPM
Magazine size 40 40
Max ammo 240+40 400+40
Mobility High High
Extras FMJ, higher damage, more reserve ammo




For attachment variants, see VMP/Attachments.
For camouflage images, see VMP/Camouflage.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]

"Full-auto submachine gun. Fast firing with more ammo and slower handling."
— Description

The VMP was added to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in the Operation Dark Divide update.





The VMP can be obtained from the Mystery Box for 950 points on all maps. When upgraded by the Pack-a-Punch Machine it becomes The Dark Impaler, gaining an increased base magazine size of 80 (100 w/Ext. Mags), increased reserve ammo of 480 (600 w/Ext. Mags) and increased damage.


Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]

  • When Pack-a-Punched in Zombies, the VMP model includes the Extended Magazine's appearance and reloading animation, despite the weapon not gaining a higher magazine capacity.
  • The Data Vault description of the VMP fits with the beta version that had a lower 20-round magazine, as it states that "the VMP trades magazine capacity for a higher powered round and overall weight reduction".

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]

  • The VMP shouldn't exist in the time period of Black Ops 4 which is set in 2040s. According to Black Ops III, the VMP began production in 2061.