10 most popular weapons in Modern Warfare 2 Season 5 Reloaded

Luca Di Marzo
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Modern Warfare 2 Season 5 Reloaded is underway, and now is the perfect time to look at which weapons are the most used in the game. Here are the top 10 most popular guns in Modern Warfare 2 Season 5 Reloaded.

Modern Warfare 2 Season 5 Reloaded delivered three new weapons across the game including the new Lachmann Shroud SMG, 9mm Daemon Pistol, and the Pickaxe Melee. The update pushed the number of Modern Warfare 2 weapons to over 70, and with so much choice, it’s difficult to know which guns to use.

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The Season 5 Reloaded update also shook up the Modern Warfare 2 meta with buffs and nerfs, so we’ll take a look at the most popular weapons in the game. The most popular weapons are usually not only powerful but also easy to use, which makes them hard to ignore in Modern Warfare 2.

Warzone stats site WZRanked compiles Modern Warfare 2 data as well, and by analyzing said data, we can discern which weapons are the most popular in the game.

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Here are the 10 most popular weapons in Modern Warfare 2 Season 5 Reloaded.

The Intervention Sniper Rifle in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2.Activision
The Intervention is ideal for MW2 quickscoping.

The FJX Imperium resembles the classic Intervention Sniper Rifle. The weapon boasts great handling, which makes it ideal for quickscoping in Modern Warfare 2, just like the classic Sniper Rifle in the 2009 title.

It’s been a hit since its arrival in Season 3 but has been knocked back a few spots during Season 5 Reloaded. Nonetheless, it managed to maintain a pick rate of 2.3%, which proves just how popular the original weapon was.

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9. SA-B 50 – 2.7%

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The SA-B 50’s maneuverability makes it a great option for quickscoping in MW2.

The SA-B 50 emerges as a premier Marksman Rifle within the game, fine-tuned for both swiftness and accuracy. With excellent maneuverability and mobility, it truly shines with a 2.7% pick rate.

Although its fire rate and recoil management may be slightly lower compared to other rifles, its exceptional handling and mobility distinguish it as an outstanding selection among Marksman Rifles.

8. Lachmann Sub- 3.3%

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The Lachmann Sub is MW2’s version of the classic MP5.

The Lachmann Sub, better known by veteran players of the franchise as the MP5, storms into the most popular weapons list in Modern Warfare 2 with a 3.3% pick rate, making it a great option among the competitive SMG category in the game.

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This gun encompasses nearly all the attributes you’ll desire in an SMG, delivering a rapid time-to-kill at close ranges. Furthermore, its forgiving nature implies that precision prowess isn’t an absolute necessity to fully capitalize on its potential.

7. Kastov-74u – 3.4%

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The Kastov-74u offers a sensation akin to an SMG.

The Kastov-74u Assault Rifle stands among the finest firearms in Modern Warfare 2 with a 3.4% pick rate in Season 5 Reloaded. Its minimal recoil, remarkable maneuverability, and lightning-fast time-to-kill make the Kastov-74u an undeniable powerhouse.

This Assault Rifle provides a feeling similar to an SMG, boasting the firepower to outmatch both SMGs and traditional Assault Rifles in their respective optimal ranges.

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If you’re looking to quickscope, the SP-R 208 is your best option.

The SP-R 208 is the most complete Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare 2, landing as the sixth most popular weapon in the game’s Season 5 Reloaded with a 3.8% pick rate. Players love their quickscoping loadouts, and you can certainly build the SP-R 208 with maximum speed in mind.

It’s one of the first weapons that players unlock at level 7, which further adds to its popularity, and it certainly is satisfying to pull off a few kills with the SP-R 208 in quick succession.

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5. Kastov 762 – 5.6%

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The Kastov-762 is a straight shooter in MW2.

Given how powerful and steady the Kastov 762 is, this weapon has found its way into the top five most popular guns in the game. This goes to show that Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifle options are phenomenal, and a 5.6% pick rate is nothing to scoff at.

With the best attachments, the Kastov 762 is a laser beam of an AR that’s perfect for holding down lanes in Hardpoint or Domination.

4. Fennec 45 – 5.8%

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The Fennec is one of the fastest-firing SMGs in Modern Warfare 2.

The Fennec’s early popularity in Modern Warfare 2 stemmed from its dominance in Warzone 2. With the launch of Warzone 2, the Fennec 45 SMG was the undisputed number one SMG option, but nerfs have seen the weapon take a backseat both in the battle royale and multiplayer.

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Despite nerfs, the Fennec is still a top option as it manages to maintain the fourth spot on this list. Its 5.8% pick rate proves that some stuck with it even after the nerfs. It kills incredibly quickly, but it’s not without a wild recoil pattern that will require some expert hands to tame.

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The Vaznev remains one of the most reliable weapons in Modern Warfare 2.

The Vaznev-9k is another weapon that absolutely dominates close-range gunfights in Modern Warfare 2. However, experienced players can also make the weapon dominate at medium range.

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This unexpected versatility makes it difficult to ignore, and with an 8.2% pick rate, it manages to be the most popular SMG in the game.

2. M4 – 11.2%

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The M4 is as versatile as they come in Modern Warfare 2.

The M4‘s 11.2% pick rate is symbolic of its steady all-rounder nature. It’s been a consistent fan-favorite since the launch of Modern Warfare 2.

As with other M4 weapons in the franchise, Modern Warfare 2’s M4 is the pinnacle of versatility and balance. It will perform to a high standard in a variety of situations. It has the mobility and ADS speed to be quick and clean in close quarters, alongside the stability and power to take out targets at long range.

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The TAQ-56 is the most popular weapon in Modern Warfare 2 with a dominant 19.6% pick rate, completely blowing the second-place weapon out of the water.

This Assault Rifle will feel familiar and nostalgic to players with its unique and clean iron sight that positions players in its deadly ring. Much like the Vaznev, the TAQ-56 was the meta Assault Rifle option for CDL pros and will continue to shine in Ranked Play.

The TAQ-56 is also supremely easy to control. It doesn’t have a substantial weapon kick, which will allow you to hit all of your shots. If you do manage to hit your shots, you’ll notice an incredibly quick TTK at a variety of ranges.

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Those are the top ten most popular weapons in Modern Warfare 2. For more, check out our other guides:

Best Modern Warfare 2 PC settings | Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play rewards | Best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings | Best mouse & keyboard settings for Modern Warfare 2 | Best Marksman Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 | Best Modern Warfare 2 FOV settings | Fastest ways to rank up weapons in MW2

About The Author

Luca is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via his Twitter @TheLucaDiMarzo.