Best FTAC Recon loadout for Modern Warfare 2

Liam Mackay
FTAC Recon Battle Rifle in Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith

Modern Warfare 2’s FTAC Recon Battle Rifle is one of the most powerful choices there is. We’re breaking down the attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to build the best FTAC Recon loadout for Modern Warfare 2.

Modern Warfare 2 brings Call of Duty back to the 21st century, bringing over 50 modern-day weapons to multiplayer and Warzone 2 post-launch. One of the most powerful weapons in the game is the FTAC Recon Battle Rifle, a semi-automatic descendant of the M4 that can two-shot players in the chest.

If you’re looking to dominate with the FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2, here are all the attachments, Perks, and Equipment needed to build the best FTAC Recon loadout.

Best Modern Warfare 2 FTAC Recon loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Shred CP90 Compensator
  • Barrel: 419mm EXF Barrel
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Reflex
  • Magazine: 15-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: XTEN Grip

We’re kicking off the best Modern Warfare 2 FTAC Recon loadout with the Shred CP90 Compensator Muzzle and 419mm EXF Barrel to turn the weapon into a two-shot monster at closer ranges. It does get quite bouncy when shooting from further out, so ensure you’re playing to the weapon’s strengths.

The choice for the Optic is up to you, but the Cronen Mini Reflex is a solid selection for close to medium-range fights.

You’ll find the default 10 rounds might not be enough to take down several enemies, so we’ve bumped it up with the 15-Round Mag. This magazine will damage the FTAC Recon’s mobility, so using the XTEN Grip will offset that.

Best FTAC Recon Modern Warfare 2 Perks & Equipment

Dead Silence Field Upgrade in Modern Warfare 2
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Flash Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

We’re going with the classic combination of Battle Hardened and Bomb Squad (E.O.D) to protect you from all manner of equipment when using Modern Warfare 2’s FTAC Recon.

Then, for a bonus Perk, Fast Hands is perfect to make up for the smaller 15-Round Mag. On the other hand, Ghost is always a solid choice for the Ultimate Perk, so we recommend using it with the best FTAC Recon loadout.

Flash Bangs are incredibly powerful in Modern Warfare 2, so we’re pairing them with Semtex to blind and then explode your enemies. Finally, Dead Silence ensures you can move around the map stealthily for some nifty flanking strategies.

How to unlock FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2

M4 weapon platform progression in modern warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2’s FTAC Recon can be unlocked through the M4 Platform, where it will become unlocked once you rank the M4 up to Level 13.

Thanks to the universal attachments, you should have some FTAC Recon attachments available by the time you unlock it.

Best alternatives to FTAC Recon in Modern Warfare 2

There are plenty of viable alternatives to Modern Warfare 2’s FTAC Recon Battle Rifle such as the classic M4 or KASTOV-74u.

But if you’re looking for something that dominates at close-range, then the Lachmann Sub is another great option.

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Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam made use of his passion for FPS games, including Call of Duty, by writing for sites such as The Nerd Stash, Red Bull Gaming, and GAMINGbible before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].