Best guns in Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 Reloaded: Every weapon ranked

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Modern Warfare 2 features over 60 weapons for players to unlock and level up. Naturally, some are better than others. We’ve ranked every weapon in Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 Reloaded from best to worst and counted down the top 10.

Using the best weapons is as important in Modern Warfare 2 as in any Call of Duty. With even more weapons such as the FTAC Siege and GS Magna arriving in Season 3 Reloaded, players are absolutely spoiled for choice. With so many weapons to unlock and get the Mastery camos for, you may be struggling with what to use.

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Now that we’ve had time to try all of Modern Warfare 2’s weapons in Season 3 Reloaded, we’ve ranked all 64 from best to worst and counted down the top 10 following the Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 update.

Best guns in Modern Warfare 2: Ranked list

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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.

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  1. TAQ-56
  2. Vaznev-9k
  3. M4
  4. Kastov 762 
  5. Lachmann Sub
  6. FJX Imperium (Intervention)
  7. Kastov-74u
  8. SPR-208
  9. ISO Hemlock
  10. Chimera
  11. STB 556
  12. M13B
  13. Cronen Squall
  14. VEL 46
  15. PDSW 528
  16. Fennec 45
  17. SP-X 80
  18. RPK
  19. RAAL MG
  20. BAS-P
  21. Signal 50
  22. MCPR-300
  23. TAQ-V
  24. Sakin MG38
  25. Tempus Torrent
  26. Rapp H
  27. Lachmann-762
  28. FSS Hurricane
  29. LA-B 330
  30. 556 Icarus
  31. HCR 56
  32. Kastov 545
  33. Lockwood Mk2
  34. Minibak
  35. KV Broadside
  36. Victus XMR
  37. SA-B 50
  38. TAQ-M
  39. Lachmann-556
  40. FTAC Siege
  41. EBR-14
  42. Expedite 12
  43. GS Magna
  44. X12
  45. .50 GS 
  46. SO-14
  47. P890
  48. LM-S
  49. Bryson 800
  50. Bryson 890
  51. Basilisk
  52. Lockwood 300
  53. FTAC Recon
  54. Crossbow
  55. M16
  56. MX9
  57. X13 Auto
  58. Dual Kodachis
  59. Combat Knife
  60. RPG-7
  61. Strela-P
  62. Riot Shield
  63. Pila
  64. JOKR

Best guns in Modern Warfare 2

10. Chimera

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The Chimera claims a spot in the top ten in Season 3 Reloaded.

Much like other guns in its class, the Chimera boasts incredible long-range damage potential. However, it sets itself apart from other Assault Rifles by also offering incredible speed and mobility. It may take a few matches for Modern Warfare 2 players to get used to its tricky recoil pattern, but the reward is worthwhile.

If you stick to mid-range gunfights, the Chimera will tear through enemies with ease in Modern Warfare 2.

9. ISO Hemlock

It didn’t take long for the Hemlock to make a splash in multiplayer.

After being introduced in the Season 2 update, the ISO Hemlock Assault Rifle made quite the name for itself, beating out some top-tier weapons to claim a spot on this list.

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The Hemlock’s slow fire rate could be offputting to some, but it more than makes up for it with extremely low recoil. It also packs a mean punch, making each bullet count with higher damage than its rivals.

It has been so powerful since arriving that Modern Warfare 2 players were begging the devs to ban the weapon in Ranked Play. It did get hit with a significant nerf in Season 3 Reloaded, which knocks it back a few places on our list.

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8. SP-R 208 – Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

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Looking to quickscope? Look no further than the SP-R 208.

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

The SP-R 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 managed to avoid a nerf in Season 3 Reloaded, but we’ll be surprised if it stays this powerful for too long so it’s worth using ahead of Season 4.

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7. Kastov-74u

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The Kastov-74u still packs a punch in Season 3 Reloaded.

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 received a small nerf back in Season 1 Reloaded, it’s still a contender to this day.

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6. FJX Imperium (Intervention) – Best Sniper Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

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The Intervention made its long-awaited comeback in Season 3.

The Intervention is Call of Duty royalty, and fans will be relieved to hear that it’s an absolute monster in Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 Reloaded. Arriving in Season 3 as the FJX Imperium, this classic Sniper has everything a player could possibly want from a long-range weapon.

It packs a mean enough punch to consistently one-shot kill enemies at a distance, along with the mobility and ADS speed to make it a solid option at mid-range too.

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It hasn’t taken long for the Intervention to take over multilayer matches, and it’s only this low down due to how better-suited other weapons are on more compact maps.

5. Lachmann Sub (MP5)

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Fans love the MP5, and it’s easy to see why.

MP5s are traditionally fantastic choices in any Call of Duty, and this remains true with Modern Warfare 2’s Lachmann Sub. It has almost everything you want from an SMG, having the fast TTK when up close. It’s forgiving too, so you don’t even need to be a super accurate player to get the most out of it.

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Of course, you won’t be winning those long-range gunfights so use it like a traditional SMG and you’ll have no trouble dominating Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer.

4. Kastov 762

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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-on-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.

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3. M4

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They don’t come more reliable than the M4.

The M4 has been a consistently powerful weapon in every Call of Duty game, and of course, it’s an excellent 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 almost never feel at a disadvantage.

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While it doesn’t excel in any one category, it’s versatile and easy enough to use that it more than deserves a spot on the list of the best weapons in MW2.

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

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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. It’s become the go-to SMG for Ranked Play, and it’s certainly easy to see why.

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Not only can it destroy players up close, but it’s also got a solid range so it can more than hold its own at mid-range too. No matter the map or mode, the Vaznev will always serve you well.

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

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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 excellent damage range, incredibly low recoil, and unique iron sight.

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Assault Rifles are incredibly powerful in Modern Warfare 2 and the TAQ-56 can dominate up close and from a distance. The weapon received a slight nerf in Season 3 Reloaded, but it hasn’t knocked it off the top spot.

It’s no surprise to see the TAQ dominating Ranked Play matches and becoming the best weapon in Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 Reloaded.

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

Best Modern Warfare 2 PC settings | Best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings | Best Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 | Best audio settings for Modern Warfare 2 | Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play rewards | Best Ranked Play loadouts for Modern Warfare 2 | Best SMGs in Modern Warfare 2

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