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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Best secondary weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The pistols and shotguns you should have at your side in Black Ops Cold War.



Secondary weapons are extremely effective in Black Ops Cold War, so here are the best weapons and attachments you can be using.

For the first time since Modern Warfare 2, shotguns are a secondary weapon in multiplayer. Being able to carry a shotgun in your pocket to dominate in a close-range situation is a very powerful addition. Pistols have also seen a buff since Modern Warfare, with Cold War’s slower time-to-kill (TTK) allowing pistols to keep up with other weapons at close-range.

While any of the secondary weapons are viable in Cold War, these are the most effective you can carry.

Best secondary weapons


This classic pistol packs a serious punch in Black Ops Cold War. After pistols being lackluster with Modern Warfare’s fast TTK, Cold War’s slower TTK allows the 1911 to shine.

Make sure to equip the STANAG 14 Rnd magazine, SWAT 5mm Laser Sight, and 6.53″ Task Force Barrel to maximize its potential. The rest is up to you.

You could also opt to dual wield the 1911, making it especially effective at close range but almost unusable from further away.

Hauer 77

This Pump Shotgun is almost unbeatable in close-quarters situations. With the right build, the Hauer will be able to one-shot enemies in almost all indoor areas. Being able to carry an Assault Rifle as a primary, then having a weapon capable of one-shotting at close range is a deadly combination.

Equip the Hauer with the 21.6″ Heavy Reinforced Barrel, Duckbill Choke, Swat 5mW Laser Sight, and Shotgun Stock. These attachments combined will make the shotgun fast and powerful up close, with a boost to range allowing for a quick two-shot kill. The fifth attachment depends on your playstyle.

Gallo SA12

Commonly known as the SPAS-12, this semi-auto shotgun has quickly become a ‘meta’ weapon in Cold War’s multiplayer. While it doesn’t have the same one-shot potential as the Hauer, its fire-rate more than makes up for it.

At close range, the Gallo can outgun SMGs and Assault Rifles. With the right attachments, it can even be effective at mid-range as there is very little time to react to this shotgun’s fast fire-rate.

Attachments needed for the Gallo are very similar to the Hauer’s. Make sure you’re using the 21.4″ Heavy Reinforced Barrel, Duckbill Choke, Swat 5mW Laser Sight, and STANAG 12 Rnd Tube. These attachments make the shotgun more accurate when firing from the hip and also boost its range.

Cigma 2

With the prevalence of Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth having a loadout dedicated to taking out enemy Air Support.

The Cigma 2 rocket launcher is capable of locking on to enemy Air Support, giving it the edge over the RPG. Run the Cigma with the Cold Blooded Perk equipped to help your team out against Scorestreak-induced spawn traps to take away the enemies’ advantage.