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Best Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2: Every AR ranked

If you’re looking for the best Assault Rifle to use in Modern Warfare 2, we’ve ranked every AR and revealed the top choices.

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Assault Rifles have always been incredibly powerful in Call of Duty so we’ve placed every Modern Warfare 2 AR into a ranked list and counted down the best you can use, discussing their strengths and weaknesses.

Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty, striking the perfect balance between close and long-range. Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 has nine Assault Rifles available to players, including classic weapons such as the M4, SCAR, and AUG.

If you’re looking to find the best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, then look no further. We’ve placed every Modern Warfare 2 AR into a ranked list and counted them down in order, explaining their strengths, weaknesses, and those you should avoid entirely.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles ranked list

Ghost with assault rifle in modern warfare 2

Before we count down all of Modern Warfare 2’s best Assault Rifles, we’ve ranked all eight weapons in descending order:

  1. Kastov-74u
  2. Kastov 762
  3. STB 556
  4. M4
  5. M13B
  6. TAQ-56
  7. Lachmann 556
  8. M16
  9. Kastov 545

Best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles

9. Kastov 545

Kastov 545 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

Unfortunately, Modern Warfare 2’s Kastov 545 is just the poor man’s Kastov 762. Even though it has its look, it brings over none of its power and simply isn’t worth using.

The Kastov 545 has incredibly low damage at close range and it doesn’t get better at longer distances either, meaning you’ll be at a disadvantage in almost any fight you’re in.

The good news is that the Kastov 762, the infinitely better choice, is first on the Platform. But, you’ll need to use the 545 if you want to unlock the Kastov-74u.

8. M16

M16 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

The classic M16 Assault Rifle has returned in Modern Warfare 2 but you’ll find it extremely weak beyond extremely close quarters.

If taking fights at close-range, the M16 will allow you to secure quick and easy one-burst kills, but it falls apart beyond a few meters. Its bursts spread out so much that only a couple of bullets from each will land, making these fights incredibly difficult.

7. Lachmann 556

Lachmann 556 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

The Lachmann 556 is your traditional long-range Assault Rifle, dominating in Modern Warfare 2’s longer-range fights but struggling up close.

If you’re the kind of Assault Rifle player that likes to lock down lanes and beam players over distance, then you’ll find great success with the Lachmann 556. Its only downside is its close-range TTK so avoid pushing into tight spaces.

6. TAQ-56

TAQ-56 assault rifle in modern warfare 2

It’s difficult to rank Modern Warfare 2’s top four Assault Rifles in order, but we’ve put the TAQ-56 at number four because it’s not quite as versatile as the other choices.

We finally have a powerful SCAR after Warzone players were begging for buffs, and it’s one of the best choices in the game so far. Its damage profile is similar to the Kastov-74u but has more power and less recoil over range, so while it dominates up close, it’s extremely effective at longer distances too.

5. M13B

M13B assault rifle in warzone 2

The brand-new M13B Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2 can only be earned through the DMZ, but once unlocked, the AR is an incredibly great choice of weapon.

The M13B boasts a fast fire rate which can seriously shred enemies and put them down in extremely fast fashion. On top of that, the M13B also has low recoil, which is an extremely dangerous combination that makes it worthy of being one of the best AR’s in the game.

4. M4

M4 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

Although the classic M4 doesn’t excel in any particular category, its jack-of-all-trades nature puts it in the top three best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles.

The first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock, the M4 will be able to carry you all the way into the later levels and you’ll never feel at a disadvantage. The M4 basically has everything you want from an Assault Rifle, you’ll just find the top two choices a bit stronger.

3. STB 556

STB 556 assault rifle in Modern Warfare 2

The STB 556 is the AUG’s Assault Rifle variant in Modern Warfare 2 and it’s one of the best versions of the weapon we’ve ever seen.

Boasting the fastest close-range TTK of any Assault Rifle, the STB 556 will melt anyone it comes face-to-face with. But it’s not just a close-range weapon, as it retains high damage at longer distances too. Combine that with a relatively fast fire rate and low recoil, and you have an almost unstoppable Assault Rifle.

2. Kastov 762

Kastov 762 assault rifle in Modern Warfare 2

The Kastov 762 is an all-around beast of an Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, dealing high damage with fast bullet velocity.

Even with no attachments the Kastov 762 feels fantastic, and it only gets better once you start equipping attachments. However, its strong recoil does affect its performance in certain situations.

1. Kastov-74u

Kastov-74u in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2’s Kastov-74u has taken the community by storm, becoming the most popular pick and arguably the strongest weapon in the game, being banned in the CDL.

The Kastov-74u is very much a close-range Assault Rifle, acting more like a heavy SMG than a traditional AR, boasting a monstrously fast TTK. While it acts more like an SMG, that doesn’t stop it from shredding enemies from range with the right attachments, earning the top spot on the list.

If you’re looking for an Assault Rifle to grind and unlock Gold for, then the Kastov 762 comes at the top of our list.


If you’re looking for more guides to help in your Modern Warfare 2 grind, be sure to check out how to level up fast, as well as the best controller and PC settings.

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