CS:GO: An Overview of The Popular Firing Styles

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CS:GO: An Overview of The Popular Firing Styles

We take you through the most popular firing styles in CS:GO.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that requires you to have a specific set of skills in order to be successful. Besides knowing the ins and outs of the game, you need good teammates, positioning, and excellent aim. The latter is one of the biggest problems players need to overcome and it is the thing that differentiates those who are good at the game.

There is no secret formula that will improve your aim in CS:GO. Some people expect to become a lot better simply by watching videos. Sadly, it doesn’t work like that because the only way of becoming a better aimer is by playing as much as possible. Thanks to deathmatches, you can become a lot better, but it will take time.

Despite the fact that you need to play a lot, a few tips and tricks might come in handy. The information you are about to read won’t be enough to instantly become a better player. However, it will help you once you start playing.

Learning each gun’s specifics

The first important thing you have to do to improve your aim in CS:GO is to learn more about each gun’s specifics. People who haven’t played the game may seem like every weapon is the same, but this is not the case. Pretty much every gun has its specific shooting animations, which means you need to know how to use them.

For example, the AK-47 is completely different from the M4A1, which is why some players have problems using both weapons. Of course, you will need to learn how to take advantage of them sooner or later because they are among the most important guns in the game.

Since we are about to take a look at the most popular shooting styles in CS:GO, the only way to make the most out of them is if you know how they work. This is especially true when it comes down to busting because some weapons are a lot different than others.


After we’ve pointed out the importance of learning more about each weapon in the game, it is time to be more specific. First, we’d like to look at “bursting” and everything you need to know about it.

The term “bursting” is used when someone uses his left mouse button to fire several bullets at once. The idea here is not to press the button and keep shooting until you are out of ammo. Instead, you should try to control how many bullets you’re shooting.

Learning how to burst in CS:GO is not easy and it will probably take a lot of time. However, once you master this mechanic, you will be able to control your bursts and use them to your advantage.

There are different kinds of situations where you might want to use your burst. For example, some people do that when they have to take a mid-range fight. Others like to burst versus AWPers because they should be able to kill the given player.

Using the burst firing option can do wonders in many situations, but only if you learn how to control it. For example, pressing the fire button for too long means you will start spraying, which is not something you want in every situation. 

Unfortunately, Bursting has its flaws that you should be aware of. One of them is related to your accuracy. If you miss someone with your initial burst, you have to wait for around a second (depending on the weapon) to fire again. This might be enough for your opponents to kill you.


Since bursting is complicated, some people rarely decide to use this shooting method. Most of them can’t control their recoil and the number of bullets they use per burst. As a result, they prefer to focus on the so-called tap shooting or tapping.

Tap firing can be an excellent option in a variety of situations. Despite being the slowest firing method, it can work well in long-range combats, especially with weapons such as the AK-47. The idea of tap firing is to use one or two bullets at a time and try to land a headshot. Some people use tapping for body shots, but it is definitely better if you aim for the head.

It should be noted that tap firing is not good in close-range fights. Although you might get lucky and land a headshot, if you miss, you are most likely dead.

As for the weapons you can use, tap firing can work with pretty much anything. However, it definitely shines with the AK-47 due to the weapon’s high damage output. A single headshot is usually enough to kill a target from any distance.

Aside from the AK, you should try to tap shoot with things like Deagle, M4A4, and USP. Once you learn how to use this firing mode, you will become a lot more successful.


Last but not least, we have the classic “spray and pray” tactic that some people use until they reach Global Elite. This looks like the easiest aiming tactic in CS:GO, but in reality, it is one of the hardest to master. 

There are all sorts of things you need to know about spraying before deciding whether it is worth it. Of course, the obvious advantage is the fantastic DPS because if you land your shots, you can kill a target in seconds. However, landing those shots is never easy, no matter your weapon. With that being said, some guns are better than others for spraying.

The biggest drawback of using this aiming method is your accuracy. Sadly, this is the most inaccurate firing method, especially if you use it in long-distance shootings. In fact, spraying usually only works in close range.

Another crucial thing you should know about spraying is that once you commit to it, you can’t really switch to another method. This means you need to think carefully about whether using it is worth it.

As for the weapons you can use, it all comes down to personal preferences. Generally speaking, people prefer to focus on SMGs and rifles with high fire rates, such as the AK. However, you can spray with pretty much anything.

CS:GO: An Overview of The Popular Firing Styles
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.