Best M16 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 2

Liam Mackay
Player holding M16 in Black Ops Cold War

The M16 tactical rifle is one of the most powerful and iconic weapons in Call of Duty history, the Black Ops Cold War’s version of the gun can definitely pack a punch with the right loadout.

This classic weapon has been seen in many iterations of the Call of Duty franchise, appearing in both the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series. In Black Ops Cold War, it was immediately identified as one of the most powerful guns you could run, and things haven’t changed during Season 2.

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The M16 is becoming increasingly popular in Call of Duty’s battle royale modes too, with many using the M16 in Warzone to great effect over long distances.

If you want to run the M16 during intense matches on Black Ops Cold War, we’ve got the perfect loadout to help you maximize damage and find those all-important kills.

Best Cold War Season 2 M16 attachments

  • Optic: Sillix Holoscout
  • Muzzle: Silencer
  • Barrel: 15.9″ Strike Team
  • Body: SOF Target Designator
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 RND
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Buffer Tube

The M16 is a burst-fire rifle capable of killing players with two bursts at range, and one burst in close quarters combat. With Cold War having a slightly slower time-to-kill, the M16 is one of the most dominant weapons in the game.

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To make the M16 a truly powerful weapon, it’s worth running the Gunfighter wildcard, which allows you to put three additional attachments on your gun. The M16 is perfect for holding lanes and playing a little more passively, so we’ve suggested some attachments that will get kills quickly while still letting you move at speed should you need to rotate.

The Sillix Holoscout optic will help you aim at distance, while the silencer will ensure your position doesn’t pop up on the minimap, altering enemies to your presence. The 15.9″ Strike Team Barrel is the perfect partner for the muzzle, as it will increase your fire rate by 22%, making up for the slight damage reduction from the silencer.

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Best Perks to use with Black Ops Cold War’s M16

Tactical Mask perk
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Quartermaster
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Running the right perks can be the difference between victory and defeat in Cold War. Running Tactical Mask will reduce the effectiveness of enemies using stuns or flash grenades to blind you and remove you from your position.

The M16 is perfect for sitting and watching a lane, so watching your back is a must. Quartermaster will give your Field Equipment a boost, so running Field Mics will help you keep an eye on what’s behind you, while Ghost will take you off the radar of enemies and their UAVs.

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Image Credit: Treyarch

About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].