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Best Marksman Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 Season 1: Ranked list

Here are the best Marksman Rifles to use in Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, including a full list of the weapons ranked.

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For those struggling to decide which Marksman Rifle to use in Modern Warfare 2, here is the best Marksman Rifle and all of them ranked from best to worst so you know which to avoid.

Modern Warfare 2‘s multiplayer has an abundance of weapons to choose from, catering to whatever playstyle you wish to take on.

Some enjoy close-range combat, while others prefer more precise, long-range engagements. If your playstyle is the latter, perhaps you are looking at the Marksman Rifle category, or maybe you just need to get some attachments and camos.

Whatever the reason you’re looking to use Marksman Rifles in Modern Warfare 2, here are all of them ranked from best to worst, and what we think is the best Marksman Rifle in the game.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Marksman Rifles ranked list

There are a total of six Marksman Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 Season 1, so if you’re struggling to decide which one to go with, we’ve ranked them from best to worst:

  1. SP-R 208
  2. SA-B 50
  3. Lockwood MK2
  4. TAQ-M
  5. EBR-14
  6. LM-S

Best Modern Warfare 2 Marksman Rifles

6. LM-S

LM-S marksman rifle in modern warfare 2

Last on our list is the LM-S Marksman Rifle, which is a semi-automatic rifle that has the best fire rate of all the weapons in the class.

The reason it’s last on the list is because it simply doesn’t pack enough punch in Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, especially at range, meaning you’ll need to put several bullets in a player to put them down.

5. EBR-14

ebr-14 in modern warfare 2

The EBR-14 just edges it over the LM-S, as it’s also a semi-automatic rifle but it is much more consistent and has better accuracy, which can be key in long-range combat.

If you deck this EBR-14 out with the right attachments, it can be a two-shot kill from most ranges, making it a great choice for those looking to use a semi-automatic weapon.

4. TAQ-M

taq-m in modern warfare 2

Next up is the TAQ-M, which is another semi-automatic rifle, but with a 6.5mm sniper round and modular design.

This means it is much more effective at range compared to the previous weapons, as well as having better mobility and accuracy. The TAQ-M is also very consistent at range, being a two-shot kill.

3. Lockwood MK2

Lockwood MK2 in Modern Warfare 2

In third place we have the Lockwood MK2, which can be difficult to use, but once mastered, it’s a one-shot machine on most maps and is even useful at close/medium range.

Its biggest downfall is the fire rate being a lever-action rifle, but this also makes it very satisfying to use, as once you master its rhythm, you’ll be taking foes down with ease.

2. SA-B 50

modern warfare 2 sa-b 50

In second place we have the SA-B 50, which is one of the Marksman Rifle category’s bolt-action rifles.

The SA-B has great damage and accuracy, but its range and fire rate make it miss out on the top spot, as it just isn’t as consistent as the number one choice.

1. SP-R 208

SP-R 208 with MW2 logo

The best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare 2 is no doubt the SP-R 208. This weapon has the best-in-class recoil control and accuracy, meaning you won’t miss a shot. It also has great damage and range.

The only thing that lets this weapon down is the fire rate, but if you’re hitting your shots, that isn’t much of a problem. The SP-R 208 is essentially a mini Sniper Rifle that is extremely mobile, making for a great quickscoping weapon.


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