Best guns in Modern Warfare 2 Season 6: Every weapon ranked

Liam Mackay
Best weapons in Modern Warfare 2

MW2 offers a ton of weapons for you to unlock and level up, but if you’re curious about the best guns in Modern Warfare 2 after the Season 6 update last year, we’ve ranked all the MW2 weapons from best to worst, including a countdown to the top 10.

Modern Warfare 2 received its final content update with Season 6, right before the release of MW3. You can choose from over 70 weapons in MW2, with Assault Rifles dominating the meta, like in most Call of Duty titles.

With so many weapons to unlock and get the Mastery camos for, you may be struggling with what to use. We’ve tested every weapon in Modern Warfare 2, ranking all 77 of them from best to worst, and counted down the top 10.

Here are the best weapons in Modern Warfare 2 Season 6.

Every Modern Warfare 2 weapon ranked

Modern Warfare 2 operators exiting plane
There are plenty of great weapons in Modern Warfare 2.

Before we count down the 10 best guns in Modern Warfare 2, we’ve ranked every weapon in the game from best to worst.

Just because some weapons are lower down on the list doesn’t mean that they’re ineffective. You’ll be able to find success with almost every weapon on the list, you just might have to adjust your playstyle.

  1. TAQ-56
  2. Vaznev-9k
  3. Kastov-74u
  4. M4
  5. Kastov 762
  6. SA-B 50
  7. ISO Hemlock
  8. Lachmann-556
  9. SP-R 208
  10. FR Avancer
  11. VEL 46
  12. Fennec 45
  13. Tempus Razorback
  14. TR-76 Geist
  15. Chimera
  16. FJX Imperium (Intervention)
  17. Lachmann Shroud
  18. KV Broadside
  19. ISO 9mm
  20. STB 556
  21. M13B
  22. M13C
  23. Cronen Squall
  24. PDSW 528
  25. Carrack .300
  26. Lachmann Sub
  27. SP-X 80
  28. RPK
  29. RAAL MG
  30. BAS-P
  31. Signal 50
  32. MCPR-300
  33. TAQ-V
  34. Sakin MG38
  35. Tempus Torrent
  36. Rapp H
  37. Lachmann-762
  38. FSS Hurricane
  39. LA-B 330
  40. MX Guardian
  41. 556 Icarus
  42. HCR 56
  43. Kastov 545
  44. Lockwood MK2
  45. Minibak
  46. Victus XMR
  47. ISO 45
  48. TAQ-M
  49. Bryson 800
  50. FTAC Siege
  51. EBR-14
  52. 9mm Daemon
  53. Expedite 12
  54. GS Magna
  55. X12
  56. Bryson 890
  57. .50 GS 
  58. SO-14
  59. Lockwood 300
  60. P890
  61. LM-S
  62. Basilisk
  63. Dual Kamas
  64. Tonfa
  65. FTAC Recon
  66. Crossbow
  67. Pickaxe
  68. M16
  69. MX9
  70. X13 Auto
  71. Dual Kodachis
  72. Combat Knife
  73. RPG-7
  74. Strela-P
  75. Riot Shield
  76. Pila
  77. JOKR

Best guns in Modern Warfare 2

10. FR Avancer

The FR Avancer AR on the new Punta Mar map.
The FR Avancer is a versatile weapon in MW2.

After being introduced in the Season 5 update, the FR Avancer Assault Rifle, also known as the FAMAS in Black Ops, made quite the name for itself, beating out some top-tier weapons to claim the last spot on this list.

The gun has an elevated fire rate, moderate damage range, good handling, and time-to-kill that makes it unbeatable at mid-long ranges against other Assault Rifles or even SMGs.

9. SP-R 208

SP-R 208 in Modern Warfare 2
The SP-R 208 is a very reliable option at mid-long distances.

Quickscoping is as dominant as ever in Modern Warfare 2, and while Sniper Rifles are powerful choices, it’s the SP-R 208 that most players gravitate towards.

This Marksman Rifle has an incredibly fast ADS speed and can one-shot almost anywhere in the torso, allowing players to earn one-shot kills with ease. The SP-R 208 avoided a nerf in previous seasons, but we’ll be surprised if it stays this powerful for too long.

8. Lachmann-556

lachmann-556 in modern warfare 2
Lachmann-556 has an easy-to-control recoil, allowing players to laser down their enemies in MW2.

The Lachmann-556 is a high-powered Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, capable of downing enemies over long distances thanks to its great accuracy over range.

After the surprise nerfs and buffs to several weapons in MW2 with the October 23 update, the Lachmann-556 is emerging as a popular AR option. While this AR had a decent TTK over long-range, the devs increased its close and mid-damage range, making it a versatile option for your matches in MW2.

7. ISO Hemlock

ISO Hemlock in Modern Warfare 2
ISO Hemlock is a powerful AR for longer ranges but lacks hip fire accuracy.

The ISO Hemlock is an easy-to-use Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, thanks to its low recoil, high damage, and fast mobility. It’s a well-rounded option for players looking to dominate at medium to long ranges.

This AR has received plenty of balance changes since its introduction in Season 2, however, there’s been no change to its stats in Season 6. With several nerfs to popular ARs this season, ISO Hemlock has remained a strong pick.

6. SA-B 50 – Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

sa-b 50 in modern warfare 2
The SA-B 50 claims a spot in the top ten in Season 6.

The SA-B 50 stands out as a top-tier Marksman Rifle in the game, optimized for speed and precision. it has great maneuverability and mobility. While it may have a lower fire rate and recoil control compared to other rifles, its superior handling and mobility set it apart as an exceptional choice among Marksman Rifles.

After a significant buff in overall speed including ADS, movement hip spread, and a slight damage range increase with the Season 6 update, this gun has increased its popularity allowing players to destroy enemies at mid to long ranges in the game.

5. Kastov 762

Kastov 762 assault rifle in Modern Warfare 2
The Kastov 762 will serve you well in MW2 – if you can handle its recoil.

Modern Warfare 2’s Kastov 762 Assault Rifle is a better version of the Kastov 545, although slightly more difficult to use. What makes the Kastov 762 so effective is its damage, where you’ll win almost any face-to-face gunfight out to around 38 meters.

The confines of 6v6 multiplayer make it almost the perfect choice, it’s just a little bit more difficult to use than some of the other options on this list.

4. M4

M4 Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2
They don’t come more reliably than the M4.

The M4 has been a consistently powerful weapon in every Call of Duty game, and of course, it’s an outstanding choice in Modern Warfare 2 as well.

Being the first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock and its Platform leading to other great choices, there’s no reason not to try out the M4 when you’re just starting out and building your first loadout. But even if you’ve been playing for a while, it’s so consistently reliable that you’ll rarely feel at a disadvantage.

3. Kastov-74u

Kastov-74u in Modern Warfare 2
The Kastov-74u also packs a punch in Warzone 2.

There’s almost no debating that the Kastov-74u Assault Rifle is one of the best guns in Modern Warfare 2. With low recoil, high mobility, and an ultra-fast time to kill, you simply can’t go wrong with the Kastov-74u.

This Assault Rifle feels more like an SMG, packing the stopping power to beat both weapon classes at their best ranges. Although it had its headshot damage nerfed previously, it’s still a contender to this day.

2. Vaznev-9k – Best SMG in Modern Warfare 2

Vaznev 9k in modern warfare 2
The versatile Vaznev-9k is a popular choice in Ranked Play.

The Vaznev-9k is a powerful but easy-to-use SMG that will serve you well on any map and in any situation. Like the M4, the Vaznev-9k has almost everything going for it — solid damage, high mobility, and low recoil.

Even after having its close-mid damage distance reduced in the previous seasons, the Vaznev will always be useful, no matter the map or mode.

1. TAQ-56 – Best gun in Modern Warfare 2

TAQ-56 assault rifle in modern warfare 2
The TAQ-56 or SCAR is a CoD staple, and it’s the best gun in Modern Warfare 2 right now.

An absolute classic, the SCAR is in Modern Warfare 2 as the TAQ-56, and players are delighted to see it’s still at the top of the meta. The AR quickly entered the spotlight thanks to its remarkable damage range, incredibly low recoil, and unique iron sight.

Assault Rifles are extremely powerful in Modern Warfare 2, and the TAQ-56 can loom up close and from a distance. The weapon received a slight nerf in previous seasons, but it hasn’t knocked it off the top spot for Season 6.

For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

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].