CS:GO isn’t about flash grenades and headshots, it’s about looking beautiful. Valve has released more than 30 sets of weapons so far, each containing a dozen-some guns of varying rarity and elegance. The latest release came just last Thursday, the Chroma update.
We’ve already gathered the most expensive CS:GO skins (a story we’ll update sometime soon). These are the cheapest weapons that I think look nice; think of it as our budget ballistic fashion line. I’m excluding guns that are underused or have been nerfed to oblivion, like the M249 and the CZ-75.
Note: CS:GO weapon prices naturally fluctuate. We’ve listed the lowest prices in the market at publication time.
M4A1-S - Boreal Forest, Minimal Wear ($0.55)
The Boreal Forest grants the CT’s standard rifle an early-’90s action movie kind of look. The M4A1-S is one of the most expensive weapons to buy skins for, but if you’re willing to spend a bit more for something you’ll hold onto longer, get the M4A1-S Basilisk (FN) at $3.53.
If you prefer the unsilenced model, get the M4A4 Faded Zebra StatTrak ($2.64) and dress it up with your favorite meme stickers. You’re going to be using the M4 a lot—a junk M4 that tracks your kills is a worthwhile upgrade over one that doesn’t.
P250 - Supernova, Minimal Wear ($0.64)
There are plenty of dirt-cheap, attractive choices for P250s. My pick is the Supernova, a weapon skin that also serves as a gentle reminder that all we know will one day be obliterated by the inevitable heat death of the universe. Alternatively, the dated Hive (FN) hovers around $0.50 these days. If you want to pay as little as possible, grab a verdant Boreal Forest (MW) to pair with your M4.
Five-SeveN - Urban Hazard, Factory New ($0.25)
One of my favorite skins period, on one of the game’s best pistols. Candy apple red atop a gravel-grey base.
MP7 - Urban Hazard, Factory New ($0.14)
If the Urban Hazard had higher rarity I imagine that they’d fetch ludicrous prices. Thankfully, the arms dealers at Valve, in their generosity, allowed someone else to pay $2.49 to buy a key to open a case, revealing this weapon in disappointment in order to sell this to you for 1/10th of that price on the Steam Market, making an extra 5% fee from the transaction. Thanks, Gaben.
AK-47 - Jungle Spray, Field-Tested ($0.37)
Being one of the most widely-used weapons in the game means that, like the M4, AK’s don’t come cheap. And also like the M4, I’m recommending the best-looking grassy camo color for the AK, which beats the hell out of dull skins like Safari Mesh and Predator around the same price.
AWP - Pit Viper, Field-Tested ($3.53)
These days you can’t own a decent AWP for less than $6, partly because there are only about a dozen AWP skins in total on the market. The Pit Viper’s the cheapest one with any sort of non-earthtone paint job.
Glock - Night, Minimal Wear ($0.50)
The Glock is an ugly, ugly gun. It’s tiny, it’s blocky, and its viewmodel doesn’t capture at all how much you feel like Jack Bauer you feel when you’re holding a real one. Brass is probably the closest that CS:GO comes to making the gun look appealing. I have a Water Elemental, and I’m embarrassed to use it every pistol round.
Still, it’s a default weapon, so we can expect the Glock to be tucked into the seam of your pants 90% of the time you’re playing as a Terrorist. The Night skin, Minimal Wear, is 1/16th the cost of its Factory New condition.
Desert Eagle - Heirloom, Field-Tested ($0.87)
Although the Heirloom has risen in price since late last year, it’s still a relatively expensive-looking skin that can be had cheaply. The gilded details stand out nicely against its silver body, and it’s an example of a skin (partly thanks to its name) that looks natural with a little wear on it—just pretend it’s a hand-me-down from Counter-Dad.
For you fancier Juan Deaglers, Cobalt Disruption (FN), at $3.70, is the most regal Deagle that can be had for the price of a coffee.
SSG 08 (Scout) - Blue Spruce, Minimal Wear ($0.05)
There are very few smart-looking Scout skins—even the expensive, conspicuous ones look truly dumb. I’d encourage you to skip buying a skinned Scout altogether. If you like to snipe on the cheap, though, a Blue Spruce will make your Scout look like Listerine for just a nickel. Spring for the Acid Fade (FN) at about a dollar if you feel like dropping a few more pennies.
USP-S - Stainless, Minimal Wear ($0.49)
I love the clean look of this USP skin. It looks swell with a StatTrak bolted on if you want to drop the extra $5.
P90 - Module StatTrak, Minimal Wear ($1.11)
Nova - Koi StatTrak, Factory New ($1.10)
CS:GO’s best shotgun (don’t argue—I once saw a fresh-faced noob with 12 HP bag three ranged headshots in a one-on-three situation with the bomb planted) deserves some good paint on its thin frame. The Koi StatTrak (FN) is a great value at a buck and a little more, but true penny-pinchers can opt for the Candy Apple (FN) at just $0.14.
Tec-9 - Isaac, Minimal Wear ($0.23)
The Tec-9 is back in fashion thanks to a recent buff that lowered its recoil significantly, and the Isaac skin is a sharp-looking costume for it that can be had cheaply.
MAG-7 - Heaven Guard, Field-Tested ($0.09)
An inoffensive StatTrak weapon for a dime. It gives you wings, and your enemies 30 damage per pellet.
FAMAS - Pulse, Factory New ($1.20)
I love high-contrast, bright weapon skins, and Pulse fits this description at about a dollar.
Galil AR - Blue Titanium, Factory New ($0.35)
I’ve happily carried a StatTrak version of this metallic Terrorist backup rifle for months, but the normal version of the gun is about a quarter.