COD MW2: Best Guns & Loadouts [Season 6]

After spending 80+ hours and testing out a number of weapons from different categories, I recommend the following Loadouts for MW2!

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 packs some of the best guns, loadouts, and an arsenal of small to big weapons that shooter fans would love to get lost into. The class setups builds, and custom-designed loadouts are the meat of any meta in COD, and that is why I have listed the 10 best weapons in Modern Warfare 2 you should have if you want to be on the winning team. 

Key Takeaways
  • MW2 currently features many weapons in different categories and classes.
  • Each category has plenty of options, and players can try the best ones on the battlefield. 
  • The selection of the best weapon is highly subjective and depends on the player’s fighting style.
  • Adding attachments to the weapons further enhance their capabilities.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Loadouts

Here is an overview of my best loadout recommendations in MW2.

WeaponsRear GripBarrelLaserUnderbarrelStockMuzzleOpticAmmunationMagazineBolt
FSS HurricanePhantom GripFSS-X7 Barrell4MW Laser Box VX Pineapple Vert 6Demo Quicksilver Stock----
M4Phantom GripTempus Hightower 20″ Barrel--Demo Fade Pro StockEcholine GS-X Suppressor--45 Round Mag-
Lachmann Sub MP5LM Cronus GripFTAC M-Sub 12″-FSS Sharkfin 90-SA Schalldampfer 99--50 Round Drum-
FTAC ReconSupport CP90 GripBull Rider 16.5 Barrel-Edge-47 Grip--Cronen Mini Red Dot.458 Overpressure +P--
Expedite 12Schlager Void Grip-1MW Quick Fire Laser-Resonance Stock Collapsed--12 Gauge Dragon’s Breath-Expedite L-Bolt
M16XTEN Grip--VX PineappleCorio Precio Factory-SZ SRO-7--5.56 Armor Piercing
Lachmann 556LMK64 GripLach-12 BarrelSchlager PEQ Box IV-Lachmann S76 Factory StockEcholine GS-X----
Kastov-74U-11.5” T-H4 Barrel4MW Laser BoxFSS Sharkfin 90-Komodo Heavy Comp----
TAQ 56FSS Combat Grip14.5″ Tundra Pro BarrelSchlager PEQ Box IV---Cronen Mini Red Dot5.56 High Velocity--

FSS Hurricane

The SMG with high Firing Rate.
FSS Hurricane [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
48/34/34/31 3 169 ms 401 708
  • Why I chose this: Excellent choice for players who want a high TTK SMG.

One of the best submachine guns in Modern Warfare 2 is the FSS Hurricane, but only if it has the optimal loadout for it. The FSS Hurricane gives up some of its stopping capability and range in exchange for a larger capacity for ammunition and improved stability.

Because of its power, consistency, and strength, I  feel that it is currently leading the pack in the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty: MW2 right now. This submachine gun is capable of much more than only being used at close to medium ranges. 

After unlocking attachments, and when fitted with the appropriate combinations, the FSS Hurricane submachine gun has the potential to perform very well in both mid-range and long-distance confrontations.

Best FSS Hurrican Loadout

  • Side Arm: X13 Auto
  • Stock: Demo Quicksilver Stock
  • Laser: 4MW Laser Box 
  • Rear Grip: Phantom Grip
  • Barrel: FSS-X7 Barrell 
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple Vert 6
  • Basic Perk 1: Double Time 
  • Basic Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Bonus Perk: Hardline
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix 
  • Secondary: X12 
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade 
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade 
  • Field Upgrade: Battle Rage 
  • Good in close and mid-range
  • High base damage
  • Attachment slots add versatility
  • Impressive bullet velocity
  • Lower accuracy
  • Hip-fire bullet spread

M4

The Jack-Of-All-Trades.
M4 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
44/28/28/28 4 218 ms 385 824
  • Why I chose this: Easy to use, versatile weapon, and also popular in the COD community.

The M4 has remained one of the go-to guns for players since the early Call of Duty games. It is a well-rounded Assault Rifle that is already the easy pick for most writers here at eXputer who played COD MW 2. If this is your first time playing Modern Warfare 2, I suggest that you begin with an M4 and the loadout that I have chosen for you so that you can take the fight all the way to glory.

The best part about the M4 Assault Rifle is that you can get your hands on it straight away when you start Modern Warfare 2. This means that there is nothing special that you have to perform in order to get the weapon. 

Best M4 Loadout

  • Receiver: M4
  • Muzzle: Echoline GS-X Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus Hightower 20″ Barrel
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
  • Rear Grip: Phantom Grip
  • Magazine: 45 Round Mag
  • Base Perk 1: Bomb Squad
  • Base Perk 2: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stun Grenades
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Good Firing Rate
  • Reliable base Damage
  • Attachments versatility
  • Accuracy in close as well as mid-range
  • Not fastest TTK

Lachmann Sub MP5

The SMG with high TTK in close quarter.
LACHMANN SUB [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
47/34/34/32 3 146 ms 467 824
  • Why I chose this: Impressive close-range capabilities.

Lachmann Sub, aka MP5, is by far the best weapon in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 if you like to play CQC. If you don’t, then you’re better off using FSS Hurricane, which I think is a slightly better gun than Lachmann Sub due to its medium range.

Even though MW 2 renames this infamous SMG as Lachmann SUB, die-hard COD players will instantly recognize MP5 by its size and lethality of it. They may even use it as a go-to weapon for the entire meta, and that is completely understandable.

Best Lachmann Sub MP5 Loadout

  • Side Arm: X12
  • Barrel: FTAC M-Sub 12″
  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: LM Cronus Grip
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
  • Lethal Equipment: Proximity Mine
  • Tactical Equipment: Snapshot Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Reliable TTK
  • Decent Mobility
  • Impressive Muzzle Velocity
  • High Ammo capacity 
  • Limited Range
  • Accuracy decreases with distance

FTAC Recon

The High-Damage Battle Rifle in MW2.
FTAC RECON [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
101/58/49/47 2 133 ms 435 450 (610)
  • Why I chose this: Most impressive base stats in the Battle Rifles category.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the FTAC Recon is one of the first combat rifles you’ll be able to obtain. It’s also one of the best guns to use when playing multiplayer mode at launch, so make sure you pick it up as soon as you can. The FTAC Recon is one of the few ARs in the game that is deserving of the praise that it receives.

It’s a strong and snappy AR weapon with a medium range that you may use to land headshots from cover as your friends rush through. It should come as no surprise that this weapon performs best when used at medium range; close-quarters combat is not where it shines.

Best FTAC Loadout

  • Receiver: FTAC Recon
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Rear Grip: Support CP90 Grip
  • Barrel: Bull Rider 16.5 Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Edge-47 Grip
  • Ammunition: .458 Overpressure +P
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
  • Lethal Equipment: Proximity Mine
  • Tactical Equipment: Snapshot Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Impressive TTK
  • High base Damage
  • Good Fire Rate
  • More versatile
  • Limited ammo capacity
  • Low mobility

Expedite 12

The best semi-auto Shotgun.
EXPEDITE 12 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
300/300/300/300 1 0 ms 730 146
  • Why I chose this: The semi-auto capability proves useful in intense situations.

The Expedite 12 is a pump-action shotgun that has a high damage output and performs very well in CQC. However, since it has a large damage drop-off, it is difficult for it to have any type of effect at longer distances. The shotgun is eerily similar to the Model 680 shotgun that was featured in the 2019 installment of Modern Warfare.

Even though the Expedite 12 is not at the top of my list of the best weapons, it is still quite powerful in multiplayer when used in conjunction with the appropriate class loadout. I have provided recommendations for the best loadout setups for the Expedite 12 that are able to eliminate opponents with a single shot while engaged in close-quarters combat.

Best Expedite 12 Loadout

  • Stock: Resonance Stock Collapsed
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Void Grip
  • Ammunition: 12 Gauge Dragon’s Breath
  • Laser: 1MW Quick Fire Laser
  • Bolt: Expedite L-Bolt
  • Base Perk 1: Overkill
  • Base Perk 2: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix 
  • Lethal Equipment: Stim Shot
  • Tactical Equipment: Thermite grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Battle Rage 
  • Quick reloading speed
  • Semi-auto mode
  • Decent base damage
  • Good in close range only
  • Slow maneuverability

M16

Best Burst-Round Assault Rifle.
M16 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
51/39/34/30 3 241 ms 324 498 (990, 766*)
  • Why I chose this: Optimal option for burst-fire lovers.

The M16 is built with a robust burst-firing mechanism, which allows it to perform very well in mid-range engagements. On the other hand, visual recoil might obscure one’s eyesight while seeking to secure a kill, but that can be fixed if you slot in certain attachments.

Players who have leveled up their Icarus 556 Light Machine Gun to level 13 are able to obtain the M16, which is one of the most sought-after ARs in Modern Warfare 2. It might be difficult to choose which M16 loadout is the strongest. Because of this, I have compiled a list of the best loadouts for the M16 class setup that you should use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Best M16 Loadout

  • Side Arm: X13 Auto
  • Optic: SZ SRO-7
  • Stock: Corio Precio Factory
  • Rear Grip: XTEN Grip 
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple 
  • Ammunition: 5.56 Armor Piercing 
  • Basic Perks: Double Time and Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Hardline
  • Ultimate Perk: Overclock
  • Tactical: Shock Stick
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Inflatable Decoy or Dead Silence
  • Impressive Firing Rate
  • Great Accuracy and Recoil Control
  • Decent base damage
  • No auto-mode
  • Challenging at close range

Lachmann 556

The Well-Balnced SMG
LACHMANN 556 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
44/36/32/28 3 162 ms 444 740
  • Why I chose this: It is beginner-friendly and easy to carry.

The Lachmann 556 in COD MW2 is a potent assault rifle, offering versatility for various playstyles, class setups, and loadouts. Despite the current popularity of the Lachmann Sub, the assault rifle’s unique hybrid design combines the strengths of ARs and SMGs, providing surprising speed and efficiency.

As a lightweight hybrid, it enables swift maneuvering through opponents and objectives in the fast-paced multiplayer mode of Modern Warfare 2. The Lachmann 556 strikes a perfect balance, excelling in both speed and versatility. For those looking to main this weapon in the first meta of COD MW2, we’ve outlined the ideal loadout below.

Best Lachmann 556 Loadout

  • Muzzle: Echoline GS-X
  • Barrel: Lach-12 Barrel
  • Rear Grip: LMK64 Grip
  • Stock: Lachmann S76 Factory Stock
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV
  • Basic Perk 1: Overkill
  • Basic Perk 2: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix
  • Tactical: Stim Shot
  • Lethal: Thermite
  • Field Upgrade: Inflatable Decoy
  • Easy to use
  • Recoil Control
  • Decent Accuracy
  • Slow TTK

Kastov-74U

Best Close Range Assault Rifle
Modern Warfare Beat Loadouts For Kastov-74U
Kastov-74U Best Loadouts In Modern Warfare 2 – [Image credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
77/42/38/35 3 178 ms 473 675
  • Why I chose this: It has high TTK and Firing Rate.

When using the 74u class setup gun in Call of Duty: Warzone 2, it is imperative that you move carefully and ensure that you are in the optimal position in order to defend your long-range squadmate successfully or from enemy rushers. Because of this, I believe that my suggested loadout will provide you an advantage in long-range battles and guarantee that your precision in taking out the opposition will be increased.

The sole drawback of utilizing a Kastov-74u in MW2 is that the gun has a significant amount of recoil. To effectively engage foes at a medium range, you need to maintain full control of the weapon.

You have to make your way through the Kastovia weapon platform before you can unlock the Kastov 74U. First, you need to achieve level 23, which will allow you to access Kastov 762 as well as the Kastovia platform. 

Best Kastov-74U Loadout

  • Side Arm: X12
  • Barrel: 11.5” T-H4 Barrel
  • Laser: 4MW Laser Box
  • Muzzle: Komodo Heavy Comp
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Base Perk 1: Tracker
  • Base Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Bonus Perk: Quick Fix
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Portable Radar
  • Good base damage
  • Reliable Iron Sight
  • High Fire Rate
  • Limited range
  • Less versatile

TAQ 56

Best Beginner-Friendly Assault Rifle
TAQ-56 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
43/34/31/29 3 185 ms 367 647
  • Why I chose this: Best beginner option for Assault Rifle lovers.

The TAQ-56 excels in mid-range combat because of its relatively rapid rate of fire and high damage output, both of which are matched by very few other ARs.

Due to the fact that the Taq-56 already offers a remarkable firing rate, my loadout is focused on improving the weapon’s accuracy in long-range engagements. The recoil may be troublesome at longer distances when more control is necessary to strike the target, despite the fact that it is a good alternative in those engagements that take place at a medium range.

Best TAQ 56 Loadout

  • Sidearm: X12
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Rear Grip: FSS Combat Grip
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV
  • Barrel: 14.5″ Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Perk 1: Bomb Squad
  • Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Bird’s Eye perk
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Portable Radar
  • Low Recoil
  • High Bullet Velocity
  • Versatility in attachments
  • Slower TTK

Signal 50

The Sniper Rifle with One-Shot Kill capability
Signal 50 [Image Credit: eXputer]
DMG STK TTK DPS RPM
234/163/102/91 1 0 ms 361 133
  • Why I chose this: It features the most impressive stats in the Sniper Rifle category.

Signal 50 is equipped with 50-caliber rounds, and it also has a firing type that is semi-automatic and remarkably simple to manage even while intense combat is taking place.

Because the gameplay of this weapon cannot be compared to that of other semiautomatic machine guns (SMGs), such as the MP5, learning this gun calls for a great deal of patience. This is something that not many players have. Hence the majority of players depend on close-quarters combat strategies by equipping SMGs.

Best Signal 50 Loadout

  • Sidearm: X13 Auto
  • Base Perk 1: Overkill
  • Base Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Resupply
  • Ultimate Perk: Bird’s Eye
  • Lethal: Claymore
  • Tactical: Shock Stick
  • Field Upgrade: Portable Radar
  • Excellent Fire rate
  • Impressive Accuracy
  • Effective at very long-range
  • One-Shot kill
  • Low mobility
  • Recoil

My Take On Best Loaoduts

Going through various class types and choosing the optimal one may seem daunting initially. Hence, I suggest taking the time to grasp the mechanics of each category and experiment with my recommended choices to determine the most suitable fit for your playstyle. The selection of a class type is a personal decision, and every player needs to invest time in discovering the one that aligns perfectly with their preferences.

That wraps up my Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 best guns and their loadout setups or builds if you’re going to main these weapons. The meta so far seems balanced, and SMGs are once again a little too powerful, especially in maps where the spaces are a little too tight. 

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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