The CLARION is a 5.56mm assault rifle in a bullpup configuration. It is light-weight, and the design decreases the overall length, but its' distinguishing feature - apart from its' unconventional looks - is an absurdly high rate of fire. It derives it's name from the shape of the gun; the clarion is a shrill, narrow-tubed war trumpet.
The Clarion is an assault rifle with an extremely high rate of fire and very good damage-per-second (DPS). This makes it a perfect weapon for clearing rooms of enemies or taking down several groups very quickly. In unmodified form, it performs poorly at longer ranges, as the high fire rate and relatively low stability throws your aim off extremely quickly. Certain mods however can improve its performance at longer ranges and make it much more versatile.
With its higher rate of fire, the Clarion tends to drain ammunition extremely quickly but this is offset by the extremely high number of bullets that are received from each pickup, making ammo a rather small issue if the user is sensible with it. It also has a high total ammo count of 240, meaning the weapon can last quite a while if one cannot move from cover to pick up the ammo drops.
With the unique Short Barrel and a Fire Breather Nozzle, the Clarion can reach 40 damage. Adding the G2 Grip allows it to maintain a respectable accuracy of 16 as well, making it a very viable choice for Very Hard and Overkill difficulties.
Like the FAMAS it is based upon, the Clarion works best when fired with very short bursts of 3-4 rounds.
As the biggest strength of the gun is its high fire rate, adding the Single Fire mod is a very poor choice.
With the Short Barrel increasing damage, equipping The Bigger The Better suppressor only deducts 2 damage, the Clarion would have higher damage than if equipping the suppressed barrel, with the same concealment penalty (but less accuracy).
The Clarion serves as an excellent weapon for stealth missions, due to its fairly good concealment stats, and as backup when the heist goes loud, especially on pro jobs.
The Clarion suffers from poor accuracy and damage but nevertheless can be modified to have decent stats with a large ammo pool. the following build provides good damage (40), low but usable accuracy (56) and good stability (84). A drawback of this build is that it requires a Damage Boost card drop to be completed and relies on Auto Fire to maximize and balance out stats.
Note once Fast and Furious is unlocked it is possible to omit the Auto Fire mod to increase accuracy at the cost of some stability and still break (40) damage.
To be used in close quarters battles only, highly recommend to bring a side arm for long range engagements. This build is great for missions such as "Bank Heist" but useless in day one "Watchdogs". This setup can rip apart entire rooms worth of cops in a close range fire fight, And haves a almost infinite amount of ammo if you pick up the ammo packs off dead cops and have the right skills.
The Clarion has a high base Concealment (24) compared to many assault rifles and although you can increase its concealment with mods, if your not using The Professional skill, its best to trade 2 concealment (22) to maintain low but decent accuracy (52), with low damage (35) and average stability (72).
This build is meant to be used with Silent Killer and The Professional to take advantage of the Clarions large ammo pool and high ROF in conjunction with armor piercing. This rifle is especially potent at killing specials at medium and close ranges as well as general CQB. Further, pairing a weapon with extremely high ROF (such as the Clarion) with the Grinder perk deck allows the player to regenerate health at a tremendous rate. The result is a silenced assault rifle that deals good damage (47.2), with low but decent accuracy (68) and very high stability (92).
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight, the Raven's Flip-up Sight or the GROM and Platypus 70's iron sights. Currently bugged and not appearing as intended on certain weapons, for a list see here. They're still listed below even if broken.
The G2 Grip of the Clarion is based on the fiberglass pistol grip of the FAMAS G2 assault rifle.
The G2 Grip was originally called the Retro Handguard and in the achievement, Retro Grip. Since it is the grip used by the newer G2 model rather than the older in-game F1 model, "Retro" was contradictory and as a result the item was quietly renamed in an update.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
It is based on the original French FAMAS F1 assault rifle, pointed out by the small trigger guard and straight magazine. The in-game magazine has 30 rounds loaded, despite using a 25-round pre-STANAG model. Some of the other unique components are from various real-world FAMAS variants, mostly G2 derivatives.
The Short Barrel is from the cut-down G2 Commando variant.
The Long Barrel was designed for a semi-automatic civilian version of the FAMAS G2.
The Sniper Barrel comes from the G2 Sniper, an obscure DMR version.
Installing the G2 Grip changes the rifle into the newer intermediary FAMAS G1, the G2 has a slightly different handguard, magazine well and magazine release.
Real-world FAMAS rifles are usually manufactured with bipods integrated onto their fore-ends, while the in-game Clarion lacks them. The bipod mounts are still visible on the weapon model, however.
The Clarion lacks the 3-round burst fire mode of the real-world FAMAS despite having the fire-selector set to the "3" (3-burst) position.
Its in-game name is a reference to the Counter-Strike series, the name of the FAMAS in said games (Clarion 5.56) which was originally a misspelling of the actual weapon's nickname ("Clairon", translated to English as "bugle"). French troops dubbed the rifle as such due to it having a similar profile to that of a bugle.
Prior to update 35.1, all of the barrel attachments were stuck in front of the original muzzle brake, rather than fully engulfing it as with the other weapons.