6 Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2 [Our Picks]

After spending over 100 hours in Modern Warfare 2, here is my recommendation for the best LMGs.

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.

Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2

Here is an Overview of the best LMGs.

WeaponsReload Time (s)ADS Time (ms)Fire Rate (RPM)Time To Kill (ms)Base Move Speed (m/s)
RAAL MG6.7510.0556.0152.0-
Sakin MG386.3460.0652.0184.04.27
RAPP H5.55470.0800.0225.04.26
HCR 563.13425.0741.0162.04.31
556 ICARUS5.67370.0779.0231.04.38


The Best Easy-to-use LMG
Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
RPK – Image Credits [Exputer]
Reload Time ADS Time Fire Rate Time To Kill Base Move Speed
3.08s 430ms 600 RPM 200ms 4.33 m/s
  • Why I chose this: Impressive base stats that make it a versatile weapon. 

The first LMG I would like to mention on the 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?

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 I 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
  • High Damage and Firepower
  • Relatively good mobility
  • Large Magazine capacity
  • Relatively faster reloading time
  • Fast TTK
  • Heavier to carry


Best Early-Game LMG
RAAL MG – Image Credits [Exputer]
Reload Time ADS Time Fire Rate Time To Kill Base Move Speed
6.7s 510ms 556 RPM 152ms N/A
  • Why I chose this: It gives decent recoil control with impressive damage.

Next up, I 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. 

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

I 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
  • Manageable Recoil
  • High bullet velocity
  • Reliable accuracy in close-mid range
  • Poor mobility
  • Long reloading time

Sakin MG38

The LMG with high Magazine Capacity.
Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
Sakin MG38 – Image Credits [Exputer]
Reload Time ADS Time Fire Rate Time To Kill Base Move Speed
6.3s 460ms 652 RPM 184ms 4.27 m/s
  • Why I chose this: High ammo capacity that allows me to be more offensive.

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. 

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 I 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
  • High base damage
  • Reliable muzzle velocity
  • Impressive magazine capacity
  • Long reload time
  • Bullet spread on continuous spray

HCR 56

The best LMG for Close-Range.
Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
HCR 56 – Image Credits [Exputer]
Reload Time ADS Time Fire Rate Time To Kill Base Move Speed
3.13s 425ms 741 RPM 162ms 4.31 m/s
  • Why I chose this: Good rate of fire, which makes it a suitable fir for close range.

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’ve seen 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 the list. The weapon is also excellent when it comes to handling and mobility, and you won’t have a difficult time controlling it. 

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

I 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
  • Fast TTK
  • Good Accuracy
  • Attachments versatility
  • Poor handling
  • Bad mobility


The best Well-Balanced LMG.
Best LMGs In Modern Warfare 2
556 ICARUS – Image Credits [Exputer]
Reload Time ADS Time Fire Rate Time To Kill Base Move Speed
5.67s 370ms 779 RPM 231ms 4.38 m/s
  • Why I chose this: Versatile firearm in LMG category and fits in multiple build types.

Finally, I have the 556 ICARUS. This one holds the top spot in our guide. This isn’t a surprise considering it belongs to the same group as M4, and you  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.


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.

Best Loadout For 556 ICARUS

I 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
  • High TTK
  • Large ammunition capacity
  • Reliable fire rate
  • Less mobility
  • Slightly high recoil

My Take On Best LMGs

LMGs are lethal weapons in quick matches of MW2. However, this category requires a bit of training and game sense to master them. Personally, I love using heavy LMGs against enemies as it enables me to rush fearlessly on and do clean squad wipes. If want to try LMGs on the battlefield, you can test out the options from my picks and see which one works out the best for you. 

This was everything you needed to know about the best LMGs in Modern Warfare 2. At the time of writing, there are only six of them available in the game. However, the developers can expect 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 the 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. 

Additionally, I suggest taking a look at Huzaifah Durrai’s comprehensive review of Modern Warfare 2 for an in-depth analysis.


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