A comparison for the first and last released skin of every CS:GO rifle
In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, while the players bring aim, technical playstyles, and tactical skill, rifles do the bulk of the physical work in every round. They are responsible for the physical fragging power that a team brings to each round, and are always selected over alternatives when the necessary funds are present. Because rifles are so commonly purchased and vital to CS:GO, so are their skins. The reason why AWP, AK-47, and M4A1-S skins are so expensive and popular is the sheer dominance of the weapons in-game. Every collector, professional player, or even casual player directs a significant portion of the money they spend on skins to buying weapon skins for rifles.
Since the Arms Deal Update of August 2013 introduced weapon skins, hundreds of them have been designed and released for the game’s rifles. These skins range from costs of $0.03 to upwards of $150.000. This article compares the first and most recently released skins for all 11 rifles, including short descriptions of each weapon skin, the collection they originate from, and the price range they typically go for. All price ranges are noted from Battle Scarred to StatTrak Factory New unless otherwise noted.
Galil AR: Orange DDPAT vs Destroyer
The first released Galil AR was the Orange DDPAT and released in the eSports 2013 Case on the day of the Arms Deal Update, alongside it’s shotgun counterpart; the Sawed-Off | Orange DDPAT. The skin features a DDPAT (camouflage) combination of orange, black, and gray, and ranges from a price of $11.54 to $387.98.
The newest Galil AR is called Destroyer and was released as one of the Mil-Spec skins of the Recoil Case that released in July 2022. While they may just look like stripes at first glance, the beige design on the black base of the skin forms the word “Destroyer.” The skin ranges from a price of $0.11 to $1.19.
FAMAS: Doomkitty vs Meow 36
Just like the Galil AR | Orange DDPAT and several other skins on this list, the first FAMAS ever called Doomkitty was released in the eSports 2013 Case. The skin is painted with an overlapping display of cats, and at a small float range from 0.22 to 0.08, the skin ranges from $3.00 to $3.37.
The latest introduced FAMAS Meow 36 is another of the six rifle skins released in the Recoil case. The finish of the skin is simple: a dark emerald base with the number 36 in large text near the back, and ranges from a price of $0.12 to $2.07.
AK-47: Case Hardened vs Ice Coaled
The surface hardened finish of the first AK-47 skin released is one of the most sought-after in the game, especially due to the wide range of patterns available with different paint seeds. The skin was released in the original CS:GO Weapon Case as part of the Arms Deal Collection. While the cheapest case hardened goes for roughly $118 and the most expensive for $1,092, certain sought-after patterns, such as the 661 paint seed blue gem, can go for as much as $150,000.
The newest AK-47 named Ice Coaled was released in the Recoil Case, and while far less notable than the Case Hardened, the newest AK-47 skin remains at a high price range for a four month old classified skin at $11 to $128. The Ice Coaled is recognized as being similar to a gun from the hit FPS Valorant, due to its modern feel and blue/green color gradient.
M4A1-S: Dark Water vs Night Terror
The silenced alternative to the M4A4 was released simultaneously with weapon skins, with the first M4A1-S skin being the Dark Water of the CS:GO Weapon Case. The skin features a chrome finished aquatic array in a charcoal theme. Similarly to several other original CS:GO skins from the Arms Deal update, the Dark Water has a small float range from 0.26 to 0.10, and it’s price ranges from $62 to $108.
The latest M4A1-S released in CS:GO is the Night Terror, which is described as featuring “scattered thoughts from the mind of an insomniac.” The skin was released in the Dreams and Nightmares Case as one of the “Nightmare” themed skins, and unlike most other skins, the dark and disruptive theme of the skin has caused the minimal wear and battle scarred versions to be significantly more popular and expensive than the rest. The skin ranges from $1.99 in Field Tested to $12.21 in StatTrak Battle Scarred.
M4A4: Modern Hunter vs Poly Mag
The first M4A4 released into CS:GO was the classic M4A4 | Modern Hunter. The skin, which was released as a Restricted Rifle in the Militia Collection of August 2013, features a gray base covered with hunting camouflage. The Modern Hunter is capped at a float of 0.06, and thus the factory new version is very expensive, with the price ranging from $17 to $287.
The most recently released M4A4 is the M4A4 | Poly Mag: a simple black base with a clear polymer magazine and a tan grip, hand guard, and stock. The skin was released alongside several others in this article as a part of the Recoil Case, and its price currently ranges from $0.13 to $3.12.
SSG 08: Lichen Dashed vs Turbo Peek
The SSG 08 | Lichen Dashed is a Consumer Grade skin of the Aztec collection, which was released on August 14, 2013. The skins features a simple range of green with splotches of gray in between. Similarly to the M4A4 | Modern Hunter, it is capped at a float of 0.06, and ranges from a price of $1.08 to $11.93.
The most recent SSG 08 added into Global Offensive is the well known Turbo Peek. The skin was released over a year ago as a part of the Operation Riptide collection in the Operation Riptide Case, and has since skyrocketed in popularity. The skin features neon painted lines and cars, and ranges from a price of $2.92 to $33.
SSG 553: Ultraviolet vs Dragon Tech
The notorious and first released SG 553 | Ultraviolet is well known among unboxers for being a popularly dropped skin in the CS:GO Weapon Case of August 2013. The skin features a simple black base painted with a solid purple hue, has a float cap of 0.06, and ranges from a price of $14 to $95.
Unlike the simple design of the Ultraviolet, the most recently added SSG 553 displays a beautiful emerald colored dragon. The SG 553 | Dragon Tech is a member of this year’s Recoil Case, and has a minimum float cap of 0.7. The skin ranges from a price of $1.00 to $9.33.
AUG: Wings vs Sand Storm
The first AUG called Wings was released in August 2013 as a part of the original CS:GO Weapon Case. The skin features a simple black base with a metallic silver decal of a pair of wings. The skin is only possible in factory new and minimal wear with a minimum float cap of 0.14, and ranges from a price of $13 to $14.
The newest released AUG | Sand Storm was released in September 2021 as a part of the Mirage 2021 Collection. The main stock of the skin features a bright copper sand storm(hence the name), while the hand grip and scope attachment is painted a deep red. The skin has a higher minimum float cap of 0.5 and ranges from a price of $2.01 to $33.00.
AWP: Lighting Strike vs Chromatic Aberration
The first ever AWP released in CS:GO is the classic AWP | Lighting Strike of 2013’s CS:GO Weapon Case. The skin features a simple purple base with a beautiful design of a lightning strike streaking across the skin. Like many of the original skins of CS:GO, the Lightning Strike has a very low float cap at just 0.08, making minimal wear significantly rarer than factory new. The skin ranges from a price of $503 to $1000.
The most recent AWP released in Global Offensive is the second most popular skin of the Recoil Case, second only to the USP-S | Printstream. The skin features a high tech array of pink and black stripes, with the stock featuring a black base with layered white and pink additions. The Chromatic Aberration ranges from a price of $20 to $167.
G3SG1: Arctic Camo vs Dream Glade
The G3SG1 | Arctic Camo is the only skin on our list that was released in the Office Collection of 2013, which featured a wide array of bright white skins. The Arctic Camo is a simple camouflage combining patches of white, gray, and light blue, and has a float range between 0.06 and 0.80. The skin ranges from a price of $3.34 to $143.77.
The most recent G3SG1 released in CS:GO is a member of the Dreams and Nightmares Case that was released in January of 2022. The Dream Glade features a display of assorted green leaves that open up to a dreamy blue sky in the middle of the gun, directly below the scope. The skin ranges from a price of $0.32 to $3.71.
SCAR-20: Splash Jam vs Poultrygeist
The SCAR-20 | Splash Jam was released on August 13, 2013 as a part of the Militia Collection. The skin features a black base coated with a hydrographic pink hunting camo. It is capped at a float of 0.06, and the factory new version has sold for unbelievably high prices compared to higher float conditions. The skin ranges from a price of $3.94 to $763.
The final skin on our list of oldest vs newest skins for every rifle in CS:GO is the SCAR-20 | Poultrygeist. The skin features a near psychedelic display of chickens in a battlefield, and has an unusual float cap of 0.57. From the angle of the shooter, it is nearly impossible to discern the unique display on the Poultrygeist, which ranges from a price of $0.15 to $0.80.
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Since the arrival of weapon skins on August 14, 2013, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has never been the same. The incredible range of rifle skins available in the game is truly unmatchable, and we hope you enjoyed our list covering the original and most recent weapon skins for each rifle type. Want to see an article like this for a different weapon type? Let us know on Twitter