Best Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2: Every Season 3 Reloaded AR ranked

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Modern Warfare 2 features a wide assortment of incredibly powerful Assault Rifles to choose from, and it can be difficult to decide which one to use. So, we’ve put them into a ranked list and broken down the best ARs you can use in Season 3 Reloaded.

Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty, striking the perfect balance between close and long-range. Season 3 Reloaded didn’t add any new Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 but brought significant buffs and nerfs.

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If you’re looking to find the best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, then look no further. We’ve placed every Modern Warfare 2 AR into a ranked list and counted down the top five, explaining their strengths and weaknesses.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles ranked list

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Modern Warfare 2 has 11 Assault Rifles to choose from.

Before we count down all of Modern Warfare 2‘s best Assault Rifles, we’ve ranked all eleven weapons in descending order:

  1. TAQ-56
  2. Chimera
  3. M4
  4. Kastov-74u
  5. Kastov 762
  6. ISO Hemlock
  7. M13B
  8. STB 556
  9. Lachmann 556
  10. Kastov 545
  11. M16

Best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles

5. Kastov 762

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The Kastov 762 is one of MW2’s most versatile weapons.

The Kastov 762 is an all-around beast of an Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, dealing high damage with fast bullet velocity.

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Even with no attachments the Kastov 762 feels fantastic, and it only gets better once you equip a barrel or muzzle. While the Kastov-74u just edges it out, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with this classic Call of Duty weapon.

4. Kastov-74u

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The Kastov-74u is the ideal hybrid of an Assault Rifle and an SMG.

Modern Warfare 2’s Kastov-74u continues to take the community by storm, long being one of the strongest close-range weapons in the game.

The Kastov-74u is very much a close-range Assault Rifle, acting more like a heavy SMG than a traditional AR, boasting a monstrously fast TTK. While you should use it more like an SMG, it can still shred enemies from range with the right attachments.

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3. M4

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The M4 is a Call of Duty classic.

Although the classic M4 doesn’t excel in any particular category, its jack-of-all-trades nature puts it in the top five best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles.

The first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock, the M4 will be able to carry you all the way into the later levels and you’ll never feel at a disadvantage. The M4 basically has everything you want from an Assault Rifle, you’ll just find a couple of the other choices stronger in certain situations.

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2. Chimera

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The Chimera is a fantastic close-range Assault Rifle.

The Chimera arrived all the way back in Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 and it’s been a top choice in close-range multiplayer maps ever since.

Boasting a fast fire rate and rapid time to kill, the Chimera is the perfect weapon if you’re taking close-range gunfights. It might not kill quite as fast as the Kastov-74u at close range but it’s much more versatile, giving it the edge.

1. TAQ-56 – Best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2’s best Assault Rifle is the TAQ-56.

The SCAR is CoD royalty at this point, so it’s no surprise that the Modern Warfare 2 iteration, the TAQ-56, is the best Assault Rifle in the game. Its impressive damage range, almost non-existent recoil, and clean iron sights make it an absolute monster on almost any MW2 map.

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Its popularity has also rolled over into Ranked Play, with the TAQ-56 becoming the go-to AR among the very best players. Pound for pound, the SCAR is one of the strongest weapons in Season 3 Reloaded.

If you’re looking for an Assault Rifle to grind and unlock Gold for, then the TAQ-56 comes at the top of our list.

If you’re looking for more guides to help in your Modern Warfare 2 grind, be sure to check out some of our other content:

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