Gathering weapons is important to defend yourself, but in each PlayerUnknown’s Battlefields game, you want know what you’re going after. Whether you want the tried-and-true assault rifle and sniper combo, or you’re more comfortable with shotguns and SMGs, you’re likely to find a lot of the gear you need for your guns before you find the guns themselves.
You already know not to pick up every piece of trash you come across as you play PUBG, but it’s worth learning what items are worth carrying around as you search for your ideal weapons. If you see scopes you like (usually of the 4x or 8x variety), extended quickdraw magazines, and other attachments you know go on your favorite weapons, snag them for later. You might not find them again once you have the gun you need. You can always throw away gear you’re not using by dragging it over to the left side of the inventory screen, but when you find what you want, you’ll be set to outfit it exactly the way you like.
Attachments may seem like they’re not a big deal, but they can drastically change your weapons’ performance if you have them. For instance, the SCAR-L is kind of a pain to use when you first find it, but add on the right attachments and suddenly it’s potentially the best, most effective assault rifle in PUBG, thanks to replacing its sights and controlling its recoil. Having the right gear for your gun can make you more effective, so experiment, find what you like, and learn to look for it in your looting travels.