COD MW2: BEST Battle Rifles & Loadouts [Detailed Comparison]

After immersing myself in MW2 for over 120 hours, I recommend the following setup for Battle Rifles.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is finally out, and players are stampeding across the Multiplayer maps to level up their guns. Talking about the guns, Call of Duty MW2 has introduced a brand new weapon category known as the ‘Battle Rifles’. So, for today, let’s pay attention to the specifics and discover what the Best Battle Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 are.

Key Takeaways
  • The Battle Rifles category features Four Weapons in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 introduces TAQ-V, SO-14, Lachmann-762, and FTAC Recon and Cronen Squall as the Battle Rifles.
  • These Battle Rifles are capable of inflicting serious damage but are hard to control due to their high recoil.
  • The FTAC Recon and Lachmann-762 are considered two of the Best Battle Rifles in MW2.

If you think you’re a decent shooter in the Call of Duty MW2 multiplayer lobbies, keep reading to learn about the best battle rifles. All four Battle Rifles have been ranked below from worst to best. For your convenience, here is a summary of the best battle rifle loadouts you can use:

BEST Battle RiflesAttachments
TAQ-V- Muzzle: Nilsound 90
- Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
- Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
- Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
- Stock: TV XLINE PRO
SO-14- Muzzle: Husher-65 Silencer
- Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
-Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
- Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic
- Magazine: 25-Rounds Mag
Lachmann-762- Muzzle: Kastovia DX90
- Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
- Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic / Slimline Pro
- Barrel: Romeo FT. 16″ Barrel
- Stock: LM-S Factory G79 Stock
FTAC Recon- Muzzle: Shred CP90
- Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
- Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
- Magazine: 15-Round Mag
- Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stick

TAQ-V

Battle Rifle with good base Damage.
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TAQ-V in Modern Warfare 2 [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: The weapon has reliable base damage and controllable recoil.

The first inclusion in my list of the Best Battle Rifles in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is the TAQ-V. Even though the gun is quite similar to the others, it still falls at the 4th spot, in my opinion, mainly due to the fact that TAQ-V has the highest TTK as compared to all the other Battle Rifles in MW2. On top of that, its counterpart Assault Rifle, TAQ-56, is a much better option for multiplayer games.

  • In comparison with the other rifles, the TAQ-V potentially takes a bit longer to unlock.
  • To get access to the gun, you need first to use the TAQ-56 Assault Rifle and upgrade it to Level 11. T
  • he TAQ-V comes with a 20-Round Magazine and 60-Rounds in Reserve.
  • Looking at the positives, you will have good mobility with the TAQ-V, and the recoil is manageable as well. 

Best Attachments For TAQ-V In MW2

Here are all the Best Attachments for TAQ-V in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

  • Muzzle: Nilsound 90
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Stock: TV XLINE PRO

Since the TAQ-V can be used as an Assault Rifle, there are a lot of combinations you can make with its attachments. In my opinion, the above-mentioned setup is by far the most balanced build for TAQ-V in MW2. However, if you want to, you can make a few adjustments.

  • Firstly, you can dump the stock and go for a 30-Round Mag.
  • Additionally, the Iron Sight on the TAQ-V is pretty neat.
  • Therefore, you can also let go of the optic, especially if you’re planning to use the gun in CQC or mid-range.
  • On the contrary, if range matters to you, then you could try hooking up a larger barrel to the TAQ-V.
  • High base damage
  • High muzzle velocity
  • Good firing rate
  • High recoil
  • Less mobility

SO-14

Battle Rifle with greatest Fire Rate.
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SO-14 in Modern Warfare 2 [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Very good and reliable at extreme close range conditions.

Continuing my list of MW2 Best Battle Rifles, I have the SO-14. Out of all the Battle Rifles, the SO-14 has the highest fire rate, which means you can compensate for your bad aim. However, it does come with a lot of recoils and is considered one of the hardest battle rifles to use. With that said, let’s dive deeper into its details and break down the best attachments you can apply to the SO-14 in Modern Warfare 2.

  • Given how quickly the gun fires, it is reasonable to suggest that you can rule the lobbies if your aim is impeccable.
  • On the other hand, the SO-14 can be very challenging for beginners to use.
  • It is best for such gamers to experiment with using the gun in precise burst sprays as opposed to firing blindly at their foe.
  • The base version of SO-14 has a 20-Round Mag with 60 bullets in reserve.
  • Due to the gun’s rapid-fire rate, you may have a safe area for missing some shots if you attach a larger magazine to it.

Best Attachments For SO-14 In MW2

Now that we’ve gone through the strengths and drawbacks of the high-speed Battle Rifle, you can now sway the attention towards the Best Attachments for SO-14 in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

  • Muzzle: Husher-65 Silencer
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic 
  • Magazine: 25-Rounds Mag

There you have it, my take on the best attachments you can get for the SO-14. Since the gun has a high fire rate, you will use up the rounds fairly quickly. Hence, it is best to have a larger mag. 

  • Other than that, you could make a few changes as per your liking to the build of SO-14.
  • For instance, you could switch out the Underbarrel for the 22″ Boremaster Barrel to increase the Bullet velocity of the gun.
  • Whereas, if you’re planning to use the SO-14 in close to mid-range, then you can also remove the VLK 4.0 Optic and use the Slimline Pro optic sight.
  • You could also use the SO R55 Adapter Stock to enhance your movement with the gun further.
  • Fast TTK
  • Full and semi-auto mode
  • High damage
  • Very High recoil in full auto

Lachmann-762

The most versatile Battle Rifle.
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Lachmann-762 in Modern Warfare 2 [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Pretty reliable in close as well as mid range interactions.

In my opinion, the Lachmann-762 and the SO-14 were pretty close to each other in terms of performance. It was hard to rank both of these, but after putting some thought into it, the Lachmann-762 just beat SO-14 when it came to statistics. With that said, let’s learn a bit more about the Lachmann-762 and its best attachments in Modern Warfare 2.

  • Lachmann-762 will probably be one of the first Battle Rifle you encounter in Call of Duty MW2.
  • You can unlock it by reaching Level 16 in Military Ranks, which is quite easy to do if you’re playing the game regularly.
  • The bullet count is pretty good; hence, you can ignore the magazine attachment when it comes to the Lachmann-762.
  • Considering its fire rate and recoil, it’s best to use the gun with small gaps while firing.
  • Keep a safe distance from your enemy and take 3-4 shots in quick succession, then let the gun ease down so that you can control its recoil.

Best Attachments For Lachmann-786 In MW2

Now that we’ve covered the brief overview of the gun, here are the Best Attachments for Lachmann-786 in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

  • Muzzle: Kastovia DX90
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic / Slimline Pro
  • Barrel: Romeo FT. 16″ Barrel
  • Stock: LM-S Factory G79 Stock

After all, attachment preference is a matter of personal taste. However, I did my best to provide you with the best attachments you can get for the Lachmann-786 in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

  • Despite that, I would like to point out some possible changes that you can go for depending on your playstyle.
  • The Lachmann-786 already comes with a 20 Bullet Mag; however, if that seems less to you, then you can also attach the 30-Round Mag by removing the Barrel or Stock.
  • Apart from that, if the recoil still seems too much to handle, then you can remove the Barrel and use the FTAC Ripper 56 Underbarrel for the Lachmann-786 in MW2.
  • Short range dominant
  • Semi and full-auto mode
  • Good firing rate
  • Less effective in long-range
  • Challenging recoil

FTAC Recon

The overall best Battle Rifle.
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FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2 [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Most impressive base stats in the Battle Rifles category.

The FTAC Recon is by far the Best Battle Rifle in MW2 in the new weapon category. If you’re seriously considering running these weapons in your loadout, then the FTAC Recon should be your priority because it’s the best option. 

FTAC Recon belongs to the M4 family, which is why it automatically becomes one of the best weapons among the other Battle Rifles. You can easily unlock FTAC Recon in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 by upgrading M4 until it reaches Level 13.

  • Of course, the recoil is pretty hard to control, as was the case with every other Battle Rifle.
  • Nonetheless, the FTAC Recon comes with a 120 ms TTK in Call of Duty MW2.
  • The base weapon can only hold 10 Rounds in a magazine.
  • Hence, you need to make your shots count when using the FTAC Recon. If you’re prone to missing your bullets, then things could get ugly on the battlefield. 
  • Swift TTK
  • Good at mid-range as well
  • More versatile
  • Limited ammo capacity
  • Low mobility

Best Attachments For FTAC Recon In MW2

Before you jump into the game, here is a quick look at the Best Attachments for FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2.

  • Muzzle: Shred CP90
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Magazine: 15-Round Mag
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stick

These are the best attachments for FTAC Recon in Call of Duty MW2 Multiplayer mode. Once, Warzone 2.0 is out, the loadout will change drastically since the gameplan of that mode is completely different.

Firstly, if you think you can manage the recoil well enough, then you could let go of the Underbarrel and opt for an Optic to give you that extra range. Any mid-range optic should be good enough for the FTAC Recon. Other than that, you could also go for an Extended Barrel for better damage and range.

My Opinion On Battle Rifles

The Battle Rifle weapons catalog, for now, is quite brief in MW2. It only features five guns, which are TAQ-V, SO-14, Lachmann-786, FTAC Recon, and Cronen Squall.  The Battle Rifles can be considered as a weapon type heavier than the ARs but lighter than the Marksman Rifles. They have a slower fire rate with high damage. 

However, these rifles are one of the toughest gun types to use in Modern Warfare 2 because of their recoil. Hence, the weapons I mentioned above can be quite irritating for newbies in COD MW2.

Gaining knowledge about the Best LMGs, SMGs, Shotguns, and Snipers will help you create the Best Loadouts in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Link up your loadouts with the Best Equipment and Perks, and you’ll start doing some serious business in the multiplayer lobbies.

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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