Modern Warfare 2: BEST FTAC Recon Loadouts [Gear + Builds]

The BEST FTAC Recon loadout in Modern Warfare 2 requires attachments that focus on minimizing recoil and maximizing damage

The FTAC Recon is one of the best guns in Modern Warfare 2 that you unlock early on. It is a rifle for players who excel in accuracy. Although SMGs are currently popular in the game, the FTAC Recon will give you an edge over other players if you use it in the right way. Some of the best loadouts build in Modern Warfare 2 are perhaps of the FTAC Recon, which will allow you to literally two-shot your enemies.

Key Takeaways
  • FTAC Recon is a high-damage battle rifle with 10 bullets per magazine.
  • Although it is difficult to use due to high recoil, having the right attachments will allow you to take down enemies easily.
  • You should be using FTAC Recon in medium to long-range fights. For close-range fights, you can use X13 Auto or Lachmann Sub.
  • To unlock FTAC Recon, you will need to upgrade the M4 to level 13.

Firstly, let’s overview the best loadouts for the FTAC Recon in MW2:

Loadout Build 1- Barrel: Bull Rider 16.5 Barrel
- Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
- Rear Grip: Support CP90 Grip
- Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
- Ammunition: .458 Overpressure +P
X13 Auto- Base Perk 1: Scavanger
- Base Perk 2: Battle Hardened
- Bonus Perk: Spotter
- Ultimate Perk: Bird's Eye
- Tactical: Stun Grenade
- Lethal: Drill Charge
Trophy System
Loadout Build 2- Barrel: Bull Rider 16.5”
- Laser: 1MW Laser Box
- Optic: SZ Lonewolf Optic
- Stock: Ravage-8
- Rear Grip: Xten Grip
Lachmann Subb- Basic Perk 1: Overkill
- Basic Perk 2: Double Time
- Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
- Ultimate Perk: Bird’s Eye
- Tactical: Thermite Grenade
- Lethal: Stim Shot
Trophy System

Best FTAC Recon Loadout In MW2 (Option 1)

COD Modern Warfare 2: BEST FTAC Recon Loadout 1
The BEST FTAC Recon Loadout Without Overkill [Image credit: eXputer]
There are a total of five attachments that you will add to your FTAC Recon loadout build. There are three primary goals in the loadout build. They are to increase the stability of the gun, keep the recoil in control, and maximize damage. The loadout build will allow you to strafe shoot quicker and allow you room for error if the first couple of bullets do not land on point.

Since FTAC Recon has quite room for customizability, you will need these attachments for the best loadout in the game.

  • Barrel: Bull Rider 16.5 Barrel
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Rear Grip: Support CP90 Grip
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Ammunition: .458 Overpressure +P

Advantages Of The Attachments

Firstly, for the barrel, we will be using the Bull Rider 16.5 mainly due to its ability to reduce the recoil. However, apart from giving you better recoil control, it will also increase the hip fire accuracy, bullet velocity, and damage range.

The purpose of the VX Pineapple as an under-barrel is to increase the weapon’s accuracy by controlling the gun kick control and increasing the aim of walking steadiness. Moreover, it is ideal if you use hip fire more often, as it increases hip fire accuracy and provides hip recoil control. Similarly, the Support CP90 Grip as a rear grip will enhance the flinch resistance and aiming stability.

These two factors are arguably the best for a ten-bullet weapon. However, the Support CP90 Grip will cause your movement speed to decrease slightly. But since the weapon is not really used for close ranges, it will not affect you much. For the Optic, on the other hand, you need to pick Cronen Mini Red Dot as it is simple and provides you with a clear and precise aim even while shooting.

Lastly, for the ammunition, the .458 Overpressure +P will increase the enemy flinch when you hit them. As the enemy will find it difficult to strafe or take cover due to flinching, you will not need to be highly accurate in hitting your shot. However, be careful as the enemy might decide to fight instead of fleeing due to the flinch, so make sure you do the job as soon as possible.

Class Build Of Loadout 1

The best perks and equipment that you should have in the game for the best FTAC Recon loadout are:

  • Basic Perk 1: Scavenger
  • Basic Perk 2: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Bird’s Eye
  • Secondary Weapon: X13 Auto
  • Tactical Equipment: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal Equipment: Drill Charge
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Secondary Weapon

X13 Auto as a Secondary Weapon
Secondary Weapon: X13 Auto [Image credit: eXputer]
The X13 Auto will serve you well in close-range combats. Although it is a secondary weapon, it has incredible auto fire, which is capable of dealing lethal damage. It is a reliable, sturdy, and useful option, especially if you are planning to utilize all perks.

Since you will have trouble dealing with enemies within the fifteen meters range, you can instantly switch your weapon to X13 Auto, which has seventeen bullets in one magazine and take down the enemy quickly.


The tactical equipment in Modern Warfare 2 that you will use for the best FTAC Recon loadout is the Stun Grenade. Although your mission is to stay in one place and shoot, the stun grenade can come in handy when someone is rushing you.

On the other hand, for lethal equipment, you will need the Drill Charge. In Modern Warfare 2, the Drill Charge allows you to launch grenades even through a wall. It will let you eliminate enemies without even having first-hand sight contact.

Lastly, for the field upgrade, we recommend you keep the Trophy System. If you are in an area that is hard to reach, the enemies will use different tactics. The most comment tactic is to use grenades. So, in order to overcome it, you can simply place a trophy system that will simply nullify the grenades.

Best FTAC Recon Loadout In MW2 (Option 2)

Modern Warfare 2: BEST FTAC Recon Loadout With Overkill
The BEST FTAC Recon Loadout With Overkill [Image credit: eXputer]
In case you do not want to rely on your teammates for close-range fights or you want to get into the heat of the moment sometimes, then you should definitely use the overkill perk. However, if you plan to use another primary weapon, then we recommend you use the FTAC Recon as a medium to long-range weapon.

Therefore, the attachments that you will be using for FTAC Recon are:

  • Barrel: Bull Rider 16.5”
  • Laser: 1MW Laser Box
  • Optic: SZ Lonewolf Optic
  • Stock: Ravage-8
  • Rear Grip: Xten Grip

Advantages Of The Attachments

Bull Rider 16.5” as a barrel will be great, especially for long-range. It will increase the damage range and bullet velocity and decrease the recoil. The barrel on its own will increase the weight and slow you down considerably. However, now that you will also be getting into close-range fights, you need to make sure your mobility does not compromise.

Therefore, in order to increase mobility after equipping Bull Rider 16.5”, you will need to equip Ravage-8 as stock, Xten as rear grip, and 1MW Laser Box as a laser. Not only will it increase your movement speed, but it will also increase your aim down sight speed.

Lastly, for optics, we prefer you use the SZ Lonewolf Optic, as it will help you distinguish between brown and green palettes at longer distances.

Class Build Of Loadout 2

The best perks and equipment that you should have in Modern Warfare 2 for the best FTAC Recon loadout are:

  • Basic Perk 1: Overkill
  • Basic Perk 2: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Bird’s Eye
  • Second Primary Weapon: Lachmann Subb
  • Tactical Equipment: Thermite Grenade
  • Lethal Equipment: Stim Shot
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Second Primary Weapon

Lachmann Sub in the Game
Lachmann Sub as Secondary Weapon [Image credit: eXputer]
The second primary weapon in the best FTAC Recon loadout will be the Lachmann Sub of Modern Warfare 2. The purpose of the second primary weapon is to take on fights at close range. However, make sure that you are using a loadout targeted especially for close-range fights. An ideal loadout of Lachmann Subb aligning with these strategies will have:

  • Underbarrel: Lockgrip Precision 40
  • Barrel: FTAC M-Sub 12″
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Stock: None

For the under barrel, you should be going with the Lockgrip Precision 40. Standing and shooting is not enough in Modern Warfare 2. You will be using hip-fire more than you think. Therefore, using Lockgrip Precision 40 will be a good option as it will increase your control and hip fire.

The FTAC M-Sub 12” is also best for increasing your damage range. The Cronen Mini Red Dot as an optic will make your aim as simple as it gets. The optic does not zoom in too much, which allows you to see clearly and better than compared to a simple iron sight.

For the muzzle, you will need to pick SA Schalldampfer 99 as it will keep the sound of your shots low while keeping the pesky recoil to a minimum. You require as much speed as possible in close-range fights. Therefore, you will have to remove the stock to make sure it does not compromise your speed.


Although you will be engaging a lot more in fights, your end-game aim should be to camp in a safe place and use the Lachmann Sub as little as possible. In those situations, the enemies will be closing in much more, and to defend yourself, you will need a Thermite Grenade in tactical equipment.

The thermite grenade will make less room for enemies. Moreover, if you get hit in the fight, you can easily get yourself back to maximum health. That is possible by using the Stim Shot, which will be your lethal equipment in the FTAC Recon Loadout 2.

Unlocking FTAC Recon & Attachments

In order to unlock the FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2, you will need to perhaps check the M4 platform. Meaning, either you will have to upgrade the M4 or another weapon in its platform. Once you get your M4 to level 13, the FTAC Recon will be ready to use.

Moreover, to unlock all the attachments in Modern Warfare 2, you should not focus on upgrading FTAC Recon or M4 only. The weapons in Modern Warfare 2 act as a receiver so you can use attachments of different weapons too. So, to get the other attachments you will need to upgrade them as well.

An attachment like Bull Rider 16.5 Barrel can be unlocked by simply reaching level 22 of the FTAC Recon. The VX Pineapple can be unlocked by upgrading the 556 Icarus LMG Receiver to level 15.

To unlock the 556 Icarus LMG Receiver, you will need to reach Level 18 of M4. Similarly to that, the Cronen Mini Red Dot requires level 3 of the FSS Hurricane for unlocking.

All in all, these are the best loadouts for FTAC Recon that you can use in Modern Warfare 2 for almost any range. Unlocking the weapon will not take much time, even if you are entirely new to the game. All you need to do is gather your friends and have a long gaming session that lasts for around four hours. After that, you will finally be using these best loadouts.

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