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Best guns in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded: Every weapon ranked

Modern Warfare 2 has over 50 weapons, so we’ve ranked every one from best to worst and counted down the top 10 in Season 2 Reloaded.



Best weapons in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 features over 50 weapons for players to unlock and level up. Naturally, some are better than others. We’ve ranked every weapon in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded from best to worst, and counted down the top 10.

Using the best weapons is as important in Modern Warfare 2 as in any Call of Duty. With even more weapons such as the Tempus Torrent and ISO Hemlock arriving throughout Season 2, players are absolutely spoiled for choice. With so many weapons to unlock and get the Mastery camos for, you may be struggling with what to use.

Now that we’ve had time to try all of Modern Warfare 2’s weapons in Season 2 Reloaded, we’ve ranked all 60 from best to worst and counted down the top 10 following the Season 2 Reloaded update.

Best guns in Modern Warfare 2: Ranked list

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Before we count down the 10 best guns in Modern Warfare 2, we’ve ranked every weapon in the game from best to worst.

But, just because some weapons are lower down on the list doesn’t mean that they’re ineffective. You’ll be able to find success with almost every weapon on the list, you just might have to adjust your playstyle.

  1. TAQ-56
  2. M4
  3. Vaznev-9k
  4. Kastov 762 
  5. Lachmann Sub
  6. Kastov-74u
  7. ISO Hemlock
  8. Chimera
  9. SPR-208
  10. Fennec 45
  11. RPK
  12. Tempus Torrent
  13. TAQ-V
  14. STB 556
  15. M13B
  16. SP-X 80
  17. FSS Hurricane
  18. RAAL MG
  19. Minibak
  20. LA-B 330
  21. Kastov 545
  22. PDSW 528
  23. MCPR-300
  24. Sakin MG38
  25. Signal 50
  26. Rapp H
  27. Lockwood Mk2
  28. P890
  29. X12
  30. SA-B 50
  31. TAQ-M
  32. EBR-14
  33. 556 Icarus
  34. .50 GS 
  35. Basilisk
  36. HCR 56
  37. KV Broadside
  38. Lachmann-556
  39. VEL 46
  40. BAS-P
  41. Expedite 12
  42. Victus XMR
  43. SO-14
  44. LM-S
  45. Bryson 800
  46. Bryson 890
  47. Lockwood 300
  48. FTAC Recon
  49. Crossbow
  50. M16
  51. MX9
  52. Lachmann-762
  53. X13 Auto
  54. Dual Kodachis
  55. Combat Knife
  56. RPG-7
  57. Strela-P
  58. Riot Shield
  59. Pila
  60. JOKR

Best guns in Modern Warfare 2

10. Fennec 45

fennec smg in cod mw2
The Fennec 45 claims a spot in the top ten after the Season 2 Reloaded update.

Much like other guns in its class, the Fennec 45 boasts incredible short-range damage potential, speed, and mobility. It may take a few matches for Modern Warfare 2 players to get used to its tricky recoil pattern, but the reward is worthwhile.

If you stick to close-range gunfights, the Fennec 45 will tear through enemies with ease in Modern Warfare 2.

9. SP-R 208 – Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

SP-R 208 in Modern Warfare 2
Looking to quickscope? Look no further than the SP-R 208.

Quickscoping is as dominant as ever in Modern Warfare 2 and while Sniper Rifles are powerful choices, it’s the SP-R 208 Marksman Rifle that most players gravitate towards.

The SP-R has an incredibly fast ADS speed and can one-shot almost anywhere in the torso, allowing players to earn one-shot kills with ease. The SP-R 208 managed to avoid a nerf in the Season 2 Reloaded update, but we’ll be surprised if it stays this powerful for too long so it’s worth using ahead of Season 3.

8. Chimera

Chimera in Modern Warfare 2
Stuck between an Assault Rifle and SMG? The Chimera gives you the best of both.

The Chimera is very similar to the M4 with its versatility, great mobility, and incredible headshot multiplier.

Striking the perfect balance between traditional Assault Rifle and SMG, the Chimera allows you to dart around the map and then take down players quickly thanks to its high fire rate and low recoil. But if you manage to get a headshot in the mix, you’ll have one of the fastest-killing weapons in your hands.

7. ISO Hemlock

ISO Hemlock in Modern Warfare 2
It hasn’t taken long for the Hemlock to make a splash in multiplayer.

After being introduced in the Season 2 update, the new ISO Hemlock Assault Rifle has already made quite the name for itself, beating out some top-tier weapons to claim a top 10 spot.

The Hemlock’s slow fire rate could be offputting to some, but it more than makes up for it with extremely low recoil. It also packs a mean punch, making each bullet count with higher damage than its rivals.

It has been so powerful since arriving that Modern Warfare 2 players were begging the devs to ban the weapon in Ranked Play.

6. Kastov-74u

Kastov-74u in Modern Warfare 2
The Kastov-74u may have been knocked down a few spots, but it still packs a punch in Season 2 Reloaded.

There’s almost no debating that the Kastov-74u Assault Rifle is one of the best guns in Modern Warfare 2. With low recoil, high mobility, and an ultra-fast time to kill, you simply can’t go wrong with the Kastov-74u.

This Assault Rifle feels more like an SMG, packing the stopping power to beat both weapon classes at their best ranges. Although it received a small nerf back in Season 1 Reloaded, it’s still a contender to this day.

5. Lachmann Sub (MP5)

Lachmann Sub in Modern Warfare 2
Fans love the MP5, and it’s easy to see why.

MP5s are traditionally fantastic choices in any Call of Duty, and this remains true with Modern Warfare 2’s Lachmann Sub. It has almost everything you want from an SMG, having the fast TTK when up close. It’s forgiving too, so you don’t even need to be a super accurate player to get the most out of it.

Of course, you won’t be winning those long-range gunfights so use it like a traditional SMG and you’ll have no trouble dominating Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer.

4. Kastov 762

Kastov 762 assault rifle in Modern Warfare 2
The Kastov 762 will serve you well in MW2 – if you can handle its recoil.

Modern Warfare 2’s Kastov 762 Assault Rifle is a better version of the Kastov 545, although slightly more difficult to use.

What makes the Kastov 762 so effective is its damage, where you’ll win almost any face-on-face gunfight out to around 38 meters. The confines of 6v6 multiplayer make it almost the perfect choice, it’s just a little bit more difficult to use than some of the other options on this list.

3. Vaznev-9k – Best SMG in Modern Warfare 2

Vaznev 9k in modern warfare 2
The versatile Vaznev-9k is a popular choice in Ranked Play.

The Vaznev-9k is a powerful but easy-to-use SMG that will serve you well on any map, and in any situation.

Like the M4, the Vaznev-9k has almost everything going for it — solid damage, high mobility, and low recoil. It doesn’t excel in any one category so it might lose those extremely close or long-range battles, but you’ll be able to win the majority of your gunfights with ease.

2. M4

M4 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2
They don’t come more reliable than the M4.

The M4 has been a consistently powerful weapon in every Call of Duty game, and of course, it’s an excellent choice in Modern Warfare 2 as well.

Being the first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock and its Platform leading to other great choices, there’s no reason not to try out the M4 when you’re just starting out and building your first loadout. But even if you’ve been playing for a while, it’s so consistently reliable that you’ll almost never feel at a disadvantage. We just haven’t ranked it at number one because it doesn’t excel in any one category.

1. TAQ-56 – Best gun in Modern Warfare 2 right now

TAQ-56 assault rifle in modern warfare 2
The TAQ-56 or SCAR is a CoD staple, and it’s the best gun in Modern Warfare 2 right now.

An absolute classic, the SCAR is in Modern Warfare 2 as the TAQ-56 and players are delighted to see it’s finally at the top of the meta. The AR quickly entered the spotlight thanks to its excellent damage range, incredibly low recoil, and unique iron sight.

Assault Rifles are incredibly powerful in Modern Warfare 2 and the TAQ-56 can dominate up close and from a distance. So, it’s no surprise to see the TAQ dominating Ranked Play matches and becoming the best weapon in Modern Warfare 2 Season 2 Reloaded.

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