Best Modern Warfare 2 weapons: Ultimate tier list with meta loadouts

M4 loadout in Modern Warfare 2Activision

Modern Warfare 2 has brought a fresh set of armaments to the table and finding the best weapons can be a struggle. Our guide aims to simplify that and keep you one step ahead of the competition.

Modern Warfare 2 is here and the game’s first meta is starting to take shape. While there’s still a lot we haven’t seen, there are a few strong weapons that have become the clear favorites early on.

This meta will look familiar to fans of the series, especially to anyone who played the previous Modern Warfare or who dropped into Verdansk back in the nascent days of Warzone.

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Best meta Modern Warfare 2 weapons ranked

5. Kastov 752

Modern Warfare 2 Kastov 762 attachments loadout


  • Muzzle: T2L-90 V3
  • Barrel: IG-K30 406mm
  • Optic: Slimline Pro
  • Rear Grip: True TAC Grip
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56


  • Base Perk 1: Overkill
  • Base Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

The M4 and Taq-56 excel in long range combat, but the Kastov 762 may be the ultimate long range AR in Modern Warfare 2. Its time to kill speed stands out because it stays consistent over longer ranges unlike other options in the class.

Our build helps transform the weapon into an absolute powerhouse and alleviates any issues with controlling recoil.

4. TAQ-56

TAQ-56 MW2 Loadout


  • Muzzle: Komodo Heavy
  • Barrel: 14.5″ Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Optic: Slimline Pro


  • Base Perk 1: Overkill
  • Base Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

Its currently a toss up between a few AR options for the top spot. Each weapon provides something different. Most CDL players have been switching between the TAQ-56 and M4 in kickoff tournaments.

The M4 is more of an all rounded weapon, while the TAQ-56 is one of the hardest hitting weapons in the game, at the cost of a slower fire rate. Our loadout ensures you can quickly shred through enemies at any range.

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3. SP-R 208

SP-R 208 in MW2 menus


  • Barrel: 12.5″ Carbon Barrel
  • Optic: Forge Tac Delta 4
  • Stock: ZRL T70 Pad Extension
  • Comb: Aim-assist 406
  • Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt


  • Base Perk 1: Scavenger
  • Base Perk 2: Overkill
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

The SP-R 208 is the perfect quickscoping weapon and it has the ability to one-shot enemies before they know what hit them.

Our build maximizes the weapons manuverabilty and ADS speed, making it lethal from any range.

2. M4

Modern Warfare 2 meta M4 loadoutActivision
This M4 is a long-range menace but can also handle closer engagements without too much struggle.


  • Barrel: Tempus Hightower 20″ Barrel
  • Laser: 4MW Laser Box
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
  • Rear Grip: XTEN Grip


  • Base Perk 1: Tracker
  • Base Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

Featuring a generous amount of recoil and a quick TTK, the M4 looks like it’s set for another big year, after dominating Modern Warfare 2019.

While it doesn’t operate exactly like its 2019 counterpart, it’s arguably just as effective now as it ever was, provided that you have the right loadout.

1. Kastov-74U


  • Barrel: BR209 Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 5.45 High Velocity
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip
  • Stock: Markeev R7 Stock


  • Base Perk 1: Scavenger
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

The Kastov-74u is an iconic SMG in Call of Duty, but it classifies as an AR in Modern Warfare 2. It challenges the M4 in range, and packs a punch in close-quarters combat as well.

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We went with a loadout that improves the weapons harder to control recoil kick, while also improving its mobility and hip fire capability. Its impressive damage output is on full display up in the faces of enemies.

What is the best gun in Modern Warfare 2?

Identyfying the best gun in Modern Warfare is nearly an impossible task as everyone has their own play style and preferences for picking the perfect loadout.

As showcased above, we believe the Kastov-74U is currently the strongest gun in the current meta. Our choice is subject to change as the game’s meta evolves, but for now you should give this powerful AR a try for yourself.

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With a lethal TTK and strong damage at close range, it’s a deadly choice if you want a versatile weapon that can take out enemies in an instant.

All guns in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles

Kastov 762 Modern Warfare 2Activison
There is a wide range of Assault Rifles to choose from in Modern Warfare 2.
Weapon Description Guide
M4 Fully automatic Assault Rifle that is well balanced at any range Loadout/Class
TAQ-56 Fully automatic Assault Rifle with a powerful damage output and steady recoil control  Loadout/Class
Kastov 762 Fully automatic workhorse Assault Rifle Loadout/Class
Lachmann-556 Fully automatic Assault Rifle that trades speed and mobility for damage in longe range engagements  Loadout/Class
STB 556 Fully automatic Assault Rifle, most effective at medium range with the correct attachments. Loadout/Class
M16 A three-round burst Assault Rifle that’s most effective in medium-range gunfights. Loadout/Class
Kastov-74U Fully automatic Assault Rifle, excelling in short-range combat Loadout/Class
Kastov 545 Fully automatic Assault Rifle with a decent fire rate and a complement of deadly bullets Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 SMGs

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There are currently 8 SMGs in MW2.
Weapon Description Guide
Vel 46 Fully automatic SMG with an easy to control recoill pattering and blistering fast fire rate Loadout/Class
MX9 Fully automatic SMG, sacrificing bullet range for manageable recoil control  Loadout/Class
Lachmann Sub Fully automatic extremely reliable SMG Loadout/Class
Vaznev-9K Fully automatic SMG powerhouse  Loadout/Class
FSS Hurricane  Fully automatic SMG, capable of annihlitating enemies up close  Loadout/Class
Minibak Fully automatic SMG, boasting an impressive TTK speed, ADS time, and quick mobility  Loadout/Class

PDSW 528

Fully automatic fan favorite SMG that dominates with the right attachments  Loadout/Class

Fennec 45

Fully automatic SMG, standing out among the other weapons for its lethal TTK Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 Sniper Rifles

Modern Warfare 2 sniper gameplayActivision
Sniper Rifles make for the perfect weapon selection on Ground War or for holding angles in MW2.
Weapon Description Guide
MCPR-300 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, sacrificing mobility for an extended damage range Loadout/Class
Signal 50 Anti Material Sniper Rifle, offering an impressive fire rate and range Loadout/Class
LA-B 330 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, packing a unique lightweight build Loadout/Class
SP-X 80 Magnum Sniper Rifle, best used for quick scoping and running and gunning Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 Marksman Rifles

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MW2 features a wide array of deadly Marksman Rifles.
Weapon Description Guide
LM-S Semi-Automatic Marksman Rifle, providing unmatched accuracy in long range egagements  Loadout/Class
SP-R 208 Bolt action Rifle designed for precise long range fights Loadout/Class
EBR-14 Devestating Semi-Automatic rifle that shreds through enenmies at mid or long-range. Loadout/Class
SA-B 50 Speedy Bolt-Action Rifle optomized for lightweight builds and increased manuveriability  Loadout/Class
Lockwood MK2 High power lever-action rife, emulating the feel of an old-west cowboy Loadout/Class
TAQ-M Sluggish Fully-Automatic Rifle that more than makes up for its deficiencies in power  Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 Shotguns

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Weapon Description Guide
Lockwood 300 Break-Action Shotgun sacrifices ammo capacity for extended range and tighter bullet spread Loadout/Class
Expedite 12 Hard to control Semi-Automatic Shotgun, but absolutley lethal in the right hands  Loadout/Class
Bryson 800 Reliable Pump-Action Shotgun, customizable for either close or medium range engagements Loadout/Class
Bryson 890 frustratingly flawed Pump Action-Shotgun that can still be deadly up close Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 LMGS

Weapon Description Guide
556 Icarus Lightweight Fully Automatic LMG, offering a great ammo capacity without the annoying tradeoffs  Loadout/Class
HCR 56 Heavy Fully Automatic LMG, that may feel a bit heavy, but capable of packing a punch Loadout/Class
RAAL MG Fully Automatic LMG which stands out among a stacked lineup of weapons Loadout/Class
RAAP H Large but powerful Fully Automatic LMG Loadout/Class
RPK Fully automatic LMG capable of shredding through enemies at long range with an easy to control recoil Loadout/Class
Sakin MG38 Devestating Fully Automatic LMG that can be a tad speedier than other class offerings  Loadout/Class

Modern Warfare 2 Battle Rifles

Weapon Description Guide
Lachmann-762 Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic rifle that packs a punch with the proper loadout Loadout/Class
SO-14 Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic rifle with a sub-par recoil control Loadout/Class
TAQ-V Fully Automatic rifle that boasts a moderate fire rate, but dominates medium range to long range egagements  Loadout/Class
FTAC Recon A high powered Battle Rifle that delivers severe damage at medium range  Loadout/Class