COD Modern Warfare 2: Best PDSW 528 Loadout

The PDSW 528 is an iconic SMG with an impressive fire rate and a large magazine. Here's the best loadout to rock with it!

The PDSW 528 is the starting SMG players will have in their class setup as they begin Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (COD MW2). However, like most of the other best guns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, pairing it with the right loadout can make all the difference. Therefore, this guide will go through the best class loadout build that new and existing players can use when picking up the PDSW 528 in Modern Warfare 2 (MW2)!

Key Takeaways
  • The PDSW 528 is a versatile SMG that can be used effectively in close-quarters and long-range combat.
  • The best PDSW 528 loadout will depend on your playstyle, but some of the most popular attachments include the:
    • FTAC Series IX 14.5″ barrel.
    • Bruen Cubic Comp muzzle.
    • Integrated Reflex Rail.
    • TV TacComb comb.
    • Point-G3P 04 laser.
  • The best perks for the PDSW 528 loadout include Double Time, Tracker, Hardline, and Ghost.
  • The best secondary weapon for the PDSW 528 loadout is the X12 Auto.
  • The best tactical and lethal equipment for the PDSW 528 loadout is Flash Grenades and Semtex.

For your convenience, here’s a quick look at the full Loadout setup for the PDSW 528 in Modern Warfare 2:

- Barrel: FTAC Series IX 14.5″
- Muzzle: Bruen Cubic Comp
- Rail: Integrated Reflex Rail
- Comb: TV TacComb
- Laser: Point-G3P 04
X12- Base Perk 1: Double Time
- Base Perk 2: Tracker
- Bonus Perk: Hardline
- Ultimate Perk: Ghost
- Tactical: Flash
- Lethal: Semtex
- Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
- Field Upgrade 2: Battle Rage

Best PDSW 528 Loadout Attachments

PDSW 528
PDSW 528 [Image credits: eXputer]
Players can equip the PDSW 528, pictured above, with up to five modifications or attachments to change its statistics. For the best results, we recommend going with the following attachments:

  • Barrel: FTAC Series IX 14.5″
  • Muzzle: Bruen Cubic Comp
  • Rail: Integrated Reflex Rail
  • Comb: TV TacComb
  • Laser: Point-G3P 04

This loadout focuses on mobility. The increased movement and sprint to fire speeds mean that players can quickly dart around the map and take down any foes they come across. They will be able to do this effectively at closer ranges thanks to the better hip fire accuracy this setup brings. Furthermore, the weapon’s ranged capabilities are also bolstered by increasing its damage range and bullet velocity while making the recoil more manageable.

Regardless, as is often the case with SMGs, this weapon will not excel at range. For that, we recommend trying out some of the best snipers in the game such as the Signal 50.

The table below highlights the stat changes this loadout offers.

Movement Speed +2Recoil Control -2
Sprint to Fire Speed +2Aiming Stability -2
Hip Fire Accuracy +2Aim Down Sight Speed -1
Bullet Velocity +1Aim Walking Speed -1
Damage Range +1Aim Walking Speed -1
Horizontal Recoil Control +1Laser Visible at Hip
Vertical Recoil Control +1Optic Rail Mount
Precision Sight Picture 

Barrel: FTAC Series IX 14.5″

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
FTAC Series IX 14.5″ [Image credits: eXputer]
The barrel players should go for is the FTAC Series IX 14″ which can be seen in the image above. This brings mobility and hip fire improvements, meaning that players can get around faster to close the gap before spraying down enemies from the hip. This helps in the fast-paced style we recommend for this SMG.

Moreover, the barrel makes the weapon more effective when engaging at extended distances. It does so by increasing the damage at range while also increasing bullet velocity. This also makes the weapon feel snappier at these ranges since your shots land instantly.

Muzzle: Bruen Cubic Comp

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
Bruen Cubic Comp [Image credits: eXputer]
The Bruen Cubic Comp is our choice of muzzle, as shown above. The main function of this attachment is to help control some of the PDSW 528’s erratic recoil. It, hence, further bolsters the weapon’s effectiveness at range by making it easier to land shots on distant targets.

Conversely, the muzzle does reduce aim down sights speed of the weapon. However, since our loadout focuses more on hip fire, this should not be of much consequence.

Rail: Integrated Reflex Rail

Integrated Reflex Rail
Integrated Reflex Rail [Image credits: eXputer]
The rail is an attachment slot specific to the bullpup design of the PDSW 528. Here, the Integrated Reflex Rail is a great option, as seen above. It provides much better sight than the default iron sights of the weapon. Moreover, unlike the Optics attachments, this does not have the downside of reducing aim down sight speeds.

Another benefit of the Integrated Reflex Rail is its movement speed buff. This helps greatly in our mobility-centric class setup for the PDSW 528 SMG in Modern Warfare 2 (MW2). As a result, you can cover distance quickly while being a harder target to hit.

Comb: TV TacComb

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
TV TacComb [Image credits: eXputer]
The TV TacComb, shown in our image, is a tactical comb designed to increase weapon speed. It does so by improving the aim down sight speeds, which helps counter some of the ADS nerfs provided by our other attachments.

More notably, though, the attachment increases players’ sprint to fire speed. This means that after sprinting, players will be able to get their shots off more quickly. This lets players pursue more of a run and gun style of gameplay, which this PDSW 528 class loadout build excels at in Modern Warfare 2 (MW2).

Laser: Point-G3P 04

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
Point-G3P 04

Finally, we decided to go with the Point-G3P 04 laser. This is a green laser sight targeted towards hip fire and mobility.

By increasing your weapon’s hip recoil control and hip fire accuracy, it makes hip fire an effective option in close-ranged gunfights. This removes the need to aim in and negates the reduced aim down sights speeds this loadout brings. It also has the additional benefit of increased sprint to fire speed.

The only downside here is that the laser is visible to enemies. However, the continuously mobile playstyle this loadout encourages means that players will not be holding angles for long anyways.

Best PDSW 528 Loadout Perks

Perks are an important selection in any Call of Duty loadout because of the impactful abilities and buffs they bring to the table. As such, we have selected the best perks that play nicely into the playstyle that we have curated for the PDSW 528. Here is our selection:

  • Base Perk 1: Double Time
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Hardline
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
Best Perks
Best Perks for the PDSW 528 [Image credits: eXputer]
First up, we have Double Time as our base perk, which increases Tactical Sprint duration and crouch movement speed. This increases mobility by letting players sprint at increased speeds for longer when they need to catch up with fleeing opponents or flee themselves when things go south.

The next base perk is Tracker. This lets players see recent footsteps of enemies. Therefore, players can use this coupled with their increased movement speeds to effectively go on the hunt and track down enemies.

For the Bonus Perk, we have selected Hardline, which reduces the cost of each equipped Killstreak by 1, or of each equipped Scorestreak by 125. Therefore, it can greatly help players get those coveted bonuses and lead to even more kills.

The Ultimate Perk in our loadout is Ghost, which makes players invisible to UAVs, Portable Radars, and Heartbeat Sensors. Since UAVs are among the most common Killstreaks/Scorestreaks in the game, having this perk equipped is a big bonus. Players can, therefore, easily execute flanks undetected and get the drop on enemies.  

Best PDSW 528 Class Equipment

The equipment includes the secondary, tactical, lethal, and field upgrades that go with your setup. Here are our recommendations for the best equipment for your PDSW 528 class loadout build in Modern Warfare 2 (MW2).

  • Secondary: X12
  • Tactical: Flash
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Field Upgrade 2: Battle Rage

Secondary: X12

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
X12 [Image credits: eXputer]
The X12, seen in the screenshot above, is a light semi-automatic pistol with noticeably better stats than the default P980. It stores 17 rounds, making it a good choice in situations where your primary runs out of ammo and you need to engage more opponents.

Like most semi auto pistols in Modern Warfare 2, the X12 can take down enemies in enemies within two to three shots at closer ranges. Moreover, the pistol has manageable recoil which makes it usable at increases distances as well. This makes it a very trusty sidearm to go along with your SMG.

Tactical: Flash

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
Flash [Image credits: eXputer]
For the Tactical, we recommend the classic Flash grenade for the best entry frag potential. The grenade blinds and deafens any targets within a small radius, leaving them vulnerable to counterattack.

When used correctly, the Flash makes it easier to push into rooms and crowded corridors. Players can even throw the grenade while firing, making it easier to gain the upper hand without letting up the pressure.

Lethal: Semtex

Semtex [Image credits: eXputer]
The Semtex, as seen in the image, is an alternative to the Frag grenade. Instead of a cookable fuse, the Semtex has a sticky surface. This means that it can stick to and go off against any surface, making it more reliable.

As such, having a Semtex gives you explosive firepower and can help take out targets from a distance.

Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
Dead Silence [Image credits: eXputer]
The Dead Silence Field Upgrade, shown in our image above, silences players’ footsteps for a short duration and resets the duration after every kill.

This can help players sneak up on enemies and pull off some great flanks. The quick recharge times also means that the upgrade will be available when needed.

Field Upgrade 2: Battle Rage

Best PDSW 528 SMG Class Setup Loadout Build
Battle Rage [Image credits: eXputer]
Players can unlock a second Field Upgrade slot upon reaching level 45.

For this slot, our selection is the Battle Rage perk, which injects your player with a stimulant that regenerates health quickly, resists tactical equipment, and constantly refreshes Tactical Sprint.

The perk perfectly complements the PDSW 528’s playstyle by enabling rapid traversal and quick successive engagements with resistance to slowdowns like Flashes and Stuns.

How To Unlock PDSW 528 Custom Loadouts

The PDSW 528 is the starting SMG the game. As such, players do not have to grind as they otherwise would when unlocking weapons in Modern Warfare 2. Players can then start customizing their weapon by unlocking the Gunsmith at level 4. At this point, the weapon can be equipped with different attachments to alter its characteristics.

Afterward, players can unlock more attachments and modification slots by leveling up their PDSW 528 and specific other weapons. The last modification slot on the weapon is unlocked at level 16.


That concludes our best loadout and class setup guide on the PDSW 528, a very capable SMG in Modern Warfare 2 (MW2) that can be deadly with the right build. Be sure to give our recommendations a try and let us know if they improve your experience with the iconic SMG!

Moreover, if SMGs are not your thing, you should check out some of the assault rifles in the game. Rifles such as the M4, M16, and Lachmann-556 are very good options here. And for everything else related to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, stick to eXputer!

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Sulaymaan Ahmad

Sulaymaan Ahmad is a Senior Writer on eXputer who covers all the latest and greatest games. He has an engineering background and a knack for decimating players in First-Person Shooter games. He also enjoys narrative-driven games with characters he can emotionally invest in. His love for gaming has been going strong for several years. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering || Written 150+ Guides || Mainly Covers Strategy Guides on eXputer

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