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Best SMGs in Modern Warfare 2: Every Submachine Gun ranked

If you’re looking for the best SMGs to use in Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, we’ve ranked every Submachine Gun from best to worst.

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Best SMGs in Modern Warfare 2

SMGs are the perfect weapon for speeding around the map and taking close-range fights in Call of Duty, and Modern Warfare 2 has an excellent line-up. We’ve ranked every Modern Warfare 2 SMG to reveal the best choices.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 is here with over 50 weapons to unlock and level up, and Submachine Guns are as powerful as ever. If you’re the kind of CoD player that likes to dart around the map and get in players’ faces, then an SMG is the weapon for you.

Luckily, there isn’t an SMG in Modern Warfare 2 that’s particularly bad, but there are some that are much better than the rest. With that in mind, we’re ranking every Modern Warfare 2 SMG in the game, revealing the best choices for your play style after the update’s buffs and nerfs.

Best Modern Warfare 2 SMGs ranked list

Modern Warfare 2 player using FSS Hurricane SMG

Before we break down every Modern Warfare 2 SMG, we’ve ranked every Submachine Gun from best to worst:

  1. Lachmann Sub
  2. Fennec 45
  3. BAS-P
  4. Vaznev-9K
  5. PDSW 528
  6. FSS Hurricane
  7. VEL 46
  8. Minibak
  9. MX9

Best Modern Warfare 2 SMGs

9. MX9

MX9 in modern warfare 2

Unfortunately, we’ve ranked the MX9 the worst SMG in Modern Warfare 2 because of its low damage-per-mag and lack of versatility.

Like any SMG in this list, the MX9 will deal a lot of damage at close range but it steadily drops off until it’s simply unusable. You’ll still be able to perform well with the MX9 but any other SMG on this list will be a better option.

8. Minibak

minibak in modern warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2’s Minibak suffers from the same problem as the MX9 where it sees a major damage drop-off, but until that point, it can outgun a lot of the other SMGs.

The Minibak’s time to kill (TTK) stays on par with the other SMGs until about 30 meters when it completely falls off and will be even worse than the MX9. But, its close-range damage is solid and it has a large magazine so stick to smaller maps and you won’t feel like you’re at a major disadvantage.

7. VEL 46 (MP7)

VEL 46 in Modern Warfare 2

The VEL 46 is the MP7 of Modern Warfare 2 and it will serve you extremely well in Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer. Unfortunately, we have to knock it down for its lack of versatility, where it will be incredibly bouncy when using early-game attachments.

But, stick to close quarters and you won’t have any trouble winning gunfights thanks to its fast TTK that stays respectable even over range — you just have to land your shots.

6. FSS Hurricane

fss hurricane in modern warfare 2

The FSS Hurricane dominated Modern Warfare 2’s beta and it’s one of the best weapons you can use when just starting out.

The Hurricane excels thanks to its large mag and high bullet velocity, but the damage just isn’t on par with some of the other SMGs in this list. But, because it’s so easy to use it’ll suit any playstyle in Modern Warfare 2.

5. PDSW 528

PDSW 528 P90 in Modern Warfare 2

The PDSW 528 P90 became a top contender as soon as it was in Modern Warfare 2’s players’ hands, and for good reason.

With a TTK that’s right up there with the other great choices on this list, the PDSW 528 dominates thanks to its high mobility and low recoil. You’ll be able to dart around the map, taking advantage of its quick aim down sight speed to instantly get the upper hand.

4. Vaznev-9K

Vaznev 9k in modern warfare 2

Now that most Modern Warfare 2 players have worked through their weapon Platforms, the Vaznev-9k is starting to attract attention.

Looking and feeling very similar to the Kastov-74u but faster, the Vaznev-9K is an incredibly dominant weapon at close range. With low recoil and a fast time to kill, it’s a great all-rounder that will dominate the SMG category at essentially any range.

3. BAS-P

modern warfare 2 bas-p smg

The newest addition to SMGs in Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 is the BAS-P SMG. This weapon has come in extremely strong, featuring a very fast fire rate with low recoil, which is a deadly combination.

The only thing holding this weapon back is its damage range, becoming a bit of a bullet sponge at longer lines of sight.

2. Fennec 45

fennec 45 in Modern Warfare 2

If you’re looking for a fast-killing SMG that simply deletes players then look no further than Modern Warfare 2’s Fennec 45.

Similar to its Warzone version, the Fennec uses its blisteringly high fire rate to kill players in an instant. What makes it even better is that it has extremely low recoil, meaning its fast time to kill is easy to achieve.

1. Lachmann Sub – Best SMG in Modern Warfare 2

Lachmann Sub in Modern Warfare 2

Every Modern Warfare 2 player wanted the Lachmann Sub MP5 during the beta and it appears to have retained all of its power going into the full game.

The Lachmann Sub is essentially the perfect SMG, having low recoil, great mobility, and a fantastic TTK at close range. Jack-of-all-trades weapons are rarely the best in the game but we’re making an exception with the Lachmann Sub because it basically has no downside.


If you’re looking to unlock these fearsome SMGs in Modern Warfare 2, make sure to check out our guide on leveling up fast, as well as the best Assault Rifles to use in Modern Warfare 2.

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