After a game of Deathmatch/Arms Race for a warmup, I usually play a round of Competitive matchmaking. Around halfway into the match, my gun skins usually become silhouettes of the model. Why does this happen and how do I fix it?

Black silhouette gun model

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    I've personally encountered issues where the correct skin fails to load and it instead uses the default. I've not encountered what you describe though... My theory is it's not loading the skin but I'm not sure how to fix it. You might try setting cl_forcepreload to 1 in the console
    – Frank V
    Oct 31, 2014 at 14:05

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Gun skins / camos seem to cause crashes for some PC configurations. Disabling your skins does nothing, since OTHER PLAYERS use theirs....

All you have to do is the following in video settings:

  • Model/Texture Detail to LOW
  • Shader Detail to HIGH

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