Best M16 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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The M16 assault rifle continues to be a popular pick in Black Ops Cold War, but this reliable rifle’s kill potential greatly increases when you use this lethal loadout. 

This burst AR’s highly accurate firing pattern, fantastic range, and decent damage make it a popular pick across Cold War’s multiplayer modes. However, the M16 really dominates on the game’s larger maps and 40 player Fireteam: Dirty Bomb mode. While it may not deal as much damage as the overpowered AK74u loadout or have the blisteringly-fast fire rate of the MP5, it certainly packs a mean punch.

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If you’re after a reliable Tactical Rifle that can effortlessly secure you those all-important headshot kills, then the M16 is one gun that you’ll want to add to your arsenal. In fact, this burst-fire weapon can even compete against the game’s semi-automatic assault rifles and SMGs, making it an extremely versatile pick.

Best M16 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

M16 loadout Activision / Treyarch
The M16 could end up being one of the best guns in the current meta.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your M16 in Cold War:

  • Millstop Reflex
  • Infantry Compensator 
  • Steady Aim Laser
  • Field Agent Foregrip 
  • 45 Rnd Mag
  • Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Raider Pad


  1. Flak Jacket
  2. Scavenger
  3. Ghost


  • Lethal: Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

While you can still build a decent M16 loadout with just five attachments, this build is greatly enhanced by the three additional attachments gained from the Gunfighter Wildcard. In fact, these extra attachments make this particular M16 ridiculously powerful.

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The Millstop Reflex provides a 1.37x magnification, offering a clear sight that doesn’t clutter the screen and giving the gun great precision across multiple engagement ranges. 

Next up is the Infantry Compensator and Field Agent Foregrip. Both of these attachments decrease the M16’s vertical recoil, making it extremely useful when you’re trying to aim for those all-important headshots. Meanwhile, the Steady Aim Laser gives you decent hipfire accuracy when you need to blast your foes in close-quarter firefights.

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The Airborne Elastic Wrap adds a 30% increase to your ADS speed and 90% Flinch Resistance, allowing you to remain competitive against semi-automatic guns. While the MP5 and Milano will likely make short work of you in close-quarter scenarios, you’ll at least have a fighting chance in these situations. 

M16 Activision / Treyarch
The M16 may be a burst rifle, but its TTK is still incredibly quick.

Meanwhile, the 45 Rnd Mag gives you plenty of extra bullets to snag those all-important multi-kills, which is a must if you wish to get access to the best scorestreaks. You also want to add this mag attachment if you’re planning to play Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb mode.

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This massive 40 player map can get a little hectic, so having the extra bullets will give you the firepower needed to shred through even the most well-armored foes. 

Rounding things off at the bottom of the list is the Raider Pad. This attachment increases your sprint to fire speed and aim walking movement speed, allowing you to quickly zero in on targets. The Raider Pad is incredibly important, especially when playing on the game’s more intimate maps. After all, being able to snap onto a target’s head and beam them with deadly bursts will always be beneficial. 

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