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For the attachment in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, see Select Fire.

Fire mode is a function featured on several fully automatic guns in Call of Duty which allows the player to choose how the gun is fired. It can be toggled on default by pressing the N key on PC or by pressing stick on consoles. The player has complete freedom on whether or not it is used as it doesn't have to be used at any point in the game. There are two variants of this:


The two basically do as the title suggests, Single Fire stops the gun from being fired fully automatically which can help save ammo due to recoil having a smaller impact and prevents ammo burning. It is the most common version found on guns. Overall this is better for long range though should be avoided in close battles. Likewise, Full Auto mode makes the gun fully automatic but in turn can waste ammo. Guns which use it are:

  • FG-42 (Semi-auto increases hipfire accuracy).
  • MP-44
  • PPSh-41 (Full-auto reduces melee time).
  • Thompson (Semi-auto decreases hipfire accuracy).


Found only on the BAR, rather than making the gun semi-automatic, this instead reduces the rate of fire. Whilst reducing its overall DPS, it helps save ammo with more accuracy and lower recoil.


  • In Call of Duty 2, in iw_06.iwd , there is a sound file called Alt_Fire_Switch.mp3 This could possibly mean a fire mode switch was planned but cancelled.

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