Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2 [Top 6]

This guide ranks all six LMGs in Modern Warfare 2 from worst to best.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 allows you to equip some of the best weapons ranging from different weapon categories. These are designed for players who like to use weapons with a huge magazine size, as LMGs typically hold between 60 to 100 rounds. Today, in our guide, we are going to talk about the best LMGs in Modern Warfare 2 and rank them all just as we did the best SMGs in MW2.


Key Takeaways 

  • LMGs are meant for situations where you can not afford to reload your weapon again and again.
  • There are a total of six LMGs available in Modern Warfare 2.
  • The 556 ICARUS is the best LMG in the game as it is effective in long-range scenarios. 

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2

At the time of writing, there are a total of six LMGs in the game. Some of these are unlocked by default, while others become available as you level up your character and other weapons. In any case, each LMG is different, and you must learn about all of them to select the right one. 

RPK

The first LMG we would like to mention on our list is the RPK. This LMG is considered the big brother of the AK-47. Even if you look at it, you can tell that both look pretty similar. 

Just like most of the other LMGs in the game, the RPK has a total of 75 rounds in this magazine, and 75 rounds in the reserve. Thanks to this, you won’t have to worry about continuously reloading your weapon during a fight. But this is what LMGs are for, right? 

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
RPK – Image Credits [Exputer]
The RPK LMG has a long, heavy barrel attached to it, thanks to which it can work effectively in long-ranged scenarios as well. There are also plenty of other modifications available for this weapon as well, which you can use to further boost its stats. However, the RPK can be somewhat a little difficult to control compared to the other options.

Overall, the RPK is a decent LMG. This weapon is not unlocked by default and you need to complete a certain task before you can use it. This includes leveling up the Kastov 762 to level 16, after which the RPK LMG will become available for use. 

Best Loadout For RPK LMG

The attachments we recommend for the RPK LMG are:

  • Optic: XRK On-Point Optic
  • Barrel: TAC 597
  • Stock: Heavy Support Stock
  • Underbarrel: TV Wrecker Grip
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip
  • Perk 1: Bomb Squad
  • Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Perk 3: Ghost
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade
  • Lethal: Claymore

The optic we recommend for the RPK LMG is the XRK On-Point. However, the choice of optic varies from player to player, so it’s going to be different for everyone. As for the barrel, we suggest you use the TAC 597 as it increases the range, hip-fire accuracy, movement speed, and bullet velocity. However, this does come at the cost of lower ADS speed.

On the other hand, as LMGs can be a bit difficult to control, we recommend pairing the RPK with the Heavy Support Stock and the TV Wrecker grip. This will increase its stability and recoil control. Finally, for the rear grip, we recommend the True-Tac Grip. The grip will increase the sprint-to-fire speed and the ADS speed of the LMG. 

RAAL MG

Next up, we have the RAAL MG. This is yet another LMG that holds 75 rounds in its magazine. However, its reserve ammo is higher than the one mentioned above, 150. 

RAAL MG happens to be one of the strongest LMGS in the entire game. In fact, it offers the second-highest base damage among them. Thanks to this, you can quickly take down your targets in only a few shots. Its accuracy is also somewhat decent, and the recoil control offered by this weapon makes it easier to control the shots. 

RAAL MG
RAAL MG – Image Credits [Exputer]
However, when it comes to mobility, RAAL MG isn’t the best option. It is not the kind of weapon you can expect to use in run-and-gun situations. After all, it is an LMG, and such weapons are meant for situations when you either want to defend a certain point or push your enemies into the corner.

Overall, the RAAL MG is a great LMG. However, it is not an early-game weapon as you will first need to reach level 25. Afterward, the LMG will automatically get added to your inventory. Furthermore, you will need to level up this weapon significantly before you can unlock some decent attachments for it. 

Best Loadout For RAAL MG

We recommend the following attachments to be paired with the RAAL MG:

  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot or Slimline Pro
  • Stock: FSS Riot Stock
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Muzzle: NILSOUND 90
  • Underbarrel: Demo Narrow Grip
  • Perk 1: Double Time
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Tactical: Frag Grenade
  • Lethal: Claymore

The choice of optics is going to be different for every player, but we recommend using the Cronen Mini Red Dot or Slimline Pro. Both of these are excellent optics that go well with the RAAL MG. However, if they don’t suit your playstyle, you can use some other one.

Now, to increase the ADS speed of the LMG, we have used the FSS Riot Stock. For this purpose, we have also added the FSS OLE-V laser, as it does a remarkable job of increasing the overall ADS speed.

If you want to make this LMG work at longer ranges, we recommend you use the NILSOUND 90 as it increases bullet velocity and the overall range. And to increase the weapon’s recoil stabilization, we recommend the Demo Narrow Grip. The reason why we recommend this Underbarrel is it boosts recoils stabilization without hurting the ADS speed. 

Sakin MG38

As discussed above, LMGs are meant for situations where you need to defend something from the enemy team or push them into the corner by making bullets rain on them. For this purpose, you need a weapon with plenty of bullets in its magazine. 

As for the Sakin MG38, it holds a total of 100 rounds in its clip. This makes it the best LMG when it comes to magazine size, as others are not even close to it. By using this weapon, you can defend an important point without worrying about reloading again and again. 

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
Sakin MG38 – Image Credits [Exputer]
The best part about the Sakin MG38 is that you don’t have to go the extra mile to unlock this LMG, as it is unlocked by default. Therefore, you can start using it as soon as you enter the world of Modern Warfare 2. There are also numerous attachments available for this weapon, which you can use to increase its overall damage, ADS speed, and more. 

Overall, the Sakin MG38 is a pretty amazing LMG that can help you take down your target in only 3-4 shots. When paired with the right attachments, you can transform it into one of the deadliest weapons in the entire game. However, keep in mind that the Sakin MG38 is not the best when it comes to mobility. 

Best Loadout For Sakin MG38

The loadout we recommend for the Sakin MG38 is:

  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Rear Grip: Bruen Q900 Grip Wrap
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV
  • Barrel: 20″ Bruen Silver Series
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Perk 1: Bomb Squad
  • Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Perk 3: Hardline
  • Tactical: Frag Grenade or Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex

We recommend the Croner Mini Pro optic for the Sakin MG38 as it can help you operate the weapon in long-range situations smoothly. On the other hand, the Bruen Q900 Grip Wrap is also recommended for range, as it improves the overall recoil and accuracy of the weapon.

For the laser, we suggest the Schlager PEQ Box IV. Just like the previous attachment, this one also improves the accuracy of the LMG. And to boost it even further, you can use the 20″ Bruen Silver Series barrel. And finally, for the underbarrel, we recommend the FSS Sharkin 90. This will improve the stability of the LMG and make it easier for you to control it. 

RAPP H

If you’re a fan of accuracy, you will instantly fall in love with the RAPP H LMG. It is one of the most accurate LMGs in the game, offering an amazing fire rate. However, you won’t be able to use this weapon at the start of the game, as you will first need to level up the Lachmann-566 to level 16. Afterward, the RAPP H will get unlocked.

If you played Warzone, you might already know how popular this LMG was in it. In fact, at one point, it was considered one of the best guns in the battle royale. The same can be said for Modern Warfare 2, as the weapon is still going strong in it.

RAPP H
RAPP H – Image Credits [Exputer]
Although many players think of the RAPP H as an LMG that is difficult to handle, its recoil pattern is pretty to control. Even if you are new to the game, you will face no difficulties while controlling this weapon. If you pair it with the right attachments, you can further improve its handling stats. This makes the RAPP H an ideal choice for new and even old players.

Overall, the RAPP H is one of the best LMGs in Modern Warfare 2 when it comes to accuracy. Just like most of the other weapons on our list, this one also has 75 rounds in its magazine, and 150 rounds in reserve. 

Best Loadout For RAPP H

We recommend the following attachments for the RAPP H LMG:

  • Optics: SZ Reflex
  • Barrel: Romeo FT 16” Barrel
  • Muzzle: Sakin Tread-40 Comp
  • Underbarrel: Hound-9G Grip
  • Rear Grip: LMK64 Grip
  • Perk 1: Overkill
  • Perk 2: Battle Hardened 
  • Perk 3: Fast Hands
  • Tactical: Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex or Thermite

The SZ Reflex optic pairs well with the RAPP H LMG. To make the weapon work effectively in long-ranged scenarios, we recommend using the Romeo FT 16″ Barrel. This will increase the bullet velocity and allow the RAPP H to perform well in both mid to long-range scenarios. 

As for the muzzle, we suggest the Skin Tread-40 Comp as it increases the recoil control. However, while it will allow you to control the weapon easily, it does come at the cost of lower ADS speed. On the other hand, we recommend the Hound-9G underbarrel as it increases the overall accuracy of the RAPP H.

And finally, for the rear grip, we suggest the LMK64. This one increases the sprint-to-fire speed and the overall ADS speed of the weapon. Therefore, it will help overcome the negatives of the Sakin Tread-40 Comp muzzle. 

HCR 56

If you’ve played every Call of Duty game, you might be already familiar with the HCR 56. This is not the first time we’re seeing this LMG, as it has already been featured in some of the previous games from the series. Therefore, most of you might have already used this LMG, but its stats are different in Modern Warfare 2.

To begin with, the HCR 65 has an amazing damage output and you can expect it to help you take down your target in only a few shots. In fact, it offers one of the highest base damage among all the other LMGs present on our list. The weapon is also excellent when it comes to handling and mobility, and you won’t have a difficult time controlling it. 

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
HCR 56 – Image Credits [Exputer]
The biggest downside of the HCR 65 is its low fire rate. Furthermore, it has the smallest clip size compared to other LMGs, as it can only hold 60 bullets. Therefore, it is not the ideal choice for those players who want an LMG with a massive magazine size. But once you level it up, you’ll unlock attachments that can remove these flaws from the HCR 56.

Overall, the HCR 56 is a powerful LMG designed for those who want a weapon with high base damage along with great mobility and handling. It might not be the best when it comes to magazine size, but you can increase it with the right attachments. If you are interested in using this LMG, you will first need to level up the STB 556 to 20. 

Best Loadout For HCR 56

We recommend the following loadout for the HCR 56:

  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Muzzle: RF Crown 50
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Comb: FTAC C11 Riser
  • Perk 1: Bomb Squad
  • Perk 2: Battle Hardened 
  • Perk 3: Fast Hands
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade or Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex or Thermite

As the recoil of LMGs can be high, you need to use attachments that can reduce it. For this purpose, we recommend the RF Crown 50 and FSS Sharkfin 90. The RF Crown 50 increases the horizontal and vertical recoil, while the FSS Sharkin 90 improves the aiming idle stability.

Next, we recommend using the 5.56 High-Velocity rounds. As you might have guessed from the name already, these rounds increase the bullet velocity. For the comb, we suggest the FTAC C11 Riser as it goes well with the HCR 56. 

556 ICARUS

Finally, we have the 556 ICARUS. This one holds the top spot in our guide about the best LMGs in Modern Warfare 2. This isn’t a surprise considering it belongs to the same group as M4, and we already know how amazing that AR is. 

To unlock the 556 ICARUS, you will need to take the M4 to level 18. Yes, the weapon won’t be available until you have made significant progress, but the wait will be worth it considering how powerful the LMG is. It has an amazing damage output, and its mobility is also greater than all of the other LMGs on our list.

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
556 ICARUS – Image Credits [Exputer]
Another amazing thing about the 556 ICARUS is its range. The LMG can help you take down targets that are far away, and you don’t have to worry about losing control of it as its recoil pattern is pretty easy. You can also pair it up with different attachments to further enhance it.

Overall, the 556 ICARUS is the best in its category, and no other LMG can come close to its might. This is the kind of weapon that can be trusted in multiple situations as it can help you bag in a lot of kills quickly. As for its clip size, it is 75. 

Best Loadout For 556 ICARUS

We recommend the following attachments for the 556 ICARUS:

  • Optic: Forge Tac Delta 4
  • Barrel: FTAC Coldforge 16” barrel
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Rear Grip: XTEN Grip
  • Stock: Corio Precio Factory
  • Perk 1: Tracker
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Fast Hands
  • Tactical: Frag Grenade or Smoke Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex

For optics, you need something that provides good accuracy and range, and there is no better choice than the Forge Tac Delta 4. Next, you need to increase the damage range and bullet velocity of the 556 ICARUS. For this, we recommend the FTAC Coldforge 16″ barrel. 

To improve the handling of the LMG, we suggest the Corio Precio Factory stock, as it gives a boost to the recoil control and aiming stability. For this purpose, we also recommend the VX Pineapple as it further increases the recoil control and accuracy. And finally, for the rear grip, you need to use the XTEN Grip, as it improves the overall handling stats of the 556 ICARUS. 

This was everything you needed to know about the best LMGs in Modern Warfare 2. At the time of writing, we only have six of them available in the game. However, we can expect the developers to add more of them through future updates.

In the meantime, if you want something that can help you excel in close-ranged situations, then you might want to check our Modern Warfare 2 best shotguns. Also, learning about how to level up weapons quickly will be a wise thing to do, as this will help you with unlocking attachments. 


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