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Best M16 Warzone class loadout: Attachments, Setup, Perks

Published: 7/Apr/2021 13:53 Updated: 23/Apr/2021 10:27

by James Busby


The iconic M16 assault rifle has been dominating Warzone lobbies for a while now, but the Season 3 nerfs have changed the current meta loadout.  

While the burst ARs have never historically done well in Warzone, the M16 has quickly proven this wrong. In fact, this Black Ops Cold War burst rifle has wreaked havoc across Verdansk thanks to its highly accurate firing pattern, incredible range, and high damage. 

However, the Season 3 update has impacted the M16’s performance. The nerfs have increased the time between bursts by 10% and lowered the neck damage multiplier from 1.8 to 1.1, which has greatly impacted the M16’s lethality. 


If you’re still after a reliable post-patch M16 loadout that can still secure you plenty of kills, then our best M16 class has outlined all the attachments you should be using to help you dominate the competition.

How to unlock the M16 in Warzone

M16 loadout
The M16 proves that burst rifles can compete in Warzone.

Unlocking the M16 in Warzone is incredibly simple and only requires you to reach level 10 in Black Ops Cold War or Warzone. Once you’ve unlocked it, simply head over to Warzone and begin making your class from the loadout screen.

Of course, now you’ve got the weapon, you’ll need an effective M16 loadout that will push it to its limits. Luckily, this updated M16 class is guaranteed to help you beat the competition.


Best M16 loadout for Warzone

Activision / Treyarch
The M16 is one of the few burst rifles that is actually worth using.


  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 15.9″ Strike Team
  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Underbarrell: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd

This specific M16 build is all about reducing the gun’s ADS time and increasing its effective damage in medium-range gunfights. While a lot of M16 loadouts will focus on making the weapon deadly at long range, this class is designed for aggressive players who want to push their opponents with the M16.

In fact, these particular attachments make the gun ridiculously powerful. The Visiontech 2x optic provides a great magnification, offering a clear sight that doesn’t clutter the screen and gives the gun optimal precision at close and medium range.

After that, you’ll want to equip the Field Agent Foregrip to significantly reduce the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This will ensure you always have the precision needed to take out an opponent before they can retaliate.


While a lot of builds focus on reducing the M16’s speed, this loadout sacrifices some of this to aid the weapon’s effectiveness across mid to longer engagement ranges.

M16 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
This loadout really does pack a punch.

Next, you’ll want to use the 15.9″ Strike Team barrel to increase the M16’s fire rate and reduce the downtime between shots. This will allow you to compete against the likes of the lightning-fast MAC-10 loadouts that thrive in close-range gunfights.

Of course, as with any Cold War AR, you’ll want to run the Agency Silencer to boost the gun’s effective damage range and remain undetected on the radar.


Finally, don’t forget to equip the 45 Rnd mag to ensure you never run out of ammo in an intense gunfight.

While it may not be as potent as the STANAG 60 Rnd mag, it won’t reduce your ADS time, meaning you’ll be able to quickly zap onto any targets in an instant. After all, being able to take down multiple foes with deadly bursts will always be beneficial.

Best M16 setup (Perks & equipment)

M16 loadout Warzone
Activision / Treyarch
The M16 may have been nerfed, but this setup still hits pretty hard.
  • Perk 1: E.O.D.
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Secondary: MAC-10
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Senso

Just like our PPSh and Swiss K31 loadouts, this M16 class also utilizes EOD and Amped. EOD greatly reduces the damage from non-killstreak explosives and fire, while  Amped gives you faster weapon swap and equipment speeds.


The Overkill perk enables the use of our MAC-10 loadout, which still remains one of the most lethal SMGs in Warzone Season 3. While Overkill keeps you competitive across all engagement ranges, you’ll still want to pick up Ghost as soon as you can.

Lastly, both the Semtex and Heartbeat Sensor help track down nearby enemies and give you the tools needed to flush out nearby campers.

Alternative M16 class loadout

AUG Black Ops Cold War
The AUG nerf has done little to stop this gun’s reign of terror.

The AUG is another burst rifle gun that has been popping off across Verdansk, and despite receiving a nerf to its base recoil, the AUG continues to be a decent pick. Make sure you check out our AUG loadout guide to begin wracking up those kills.

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