Warzone stats reveal surprise pick for best SMG in Season 2

Nathan Warby
Warzone Pacific Caldera with Owen Gun

Warzone’s close-range meta has been constantly changing and evolving since the move to Caldera, and the stats have revealed the best SMG to run currently in Season 2.

Warzone is consistently being updated with new patches, each of which brings a host of nerfs and buffs to Caldera’s growing roster of weapons. This means that keeping on top of which guns are dominating the meta can be extremely tricky.

The close-range meta is one of the most hotly contested areas in Warzone Season 2, especially after the popular MP40 got hit with a nerf back in February. If you’re looking for a new SMG to run, stats have revealed that the Owen Gun is now the best of the bunch.

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Owen Gun in Warzone

In a video posted by IceManIsaac, the Warzone YouTuber revealed that the Owen Gun is currently Warzone Season 2’s top SMG. After comparing its numbers to other weapons in its class, it was found that the Owen Gun can drop enemy players in under a third of a second.

This impressive time-to-kill is down to the gun’s “incredible” damage per mag, which Isaac claims dwarfs that of the Welgun or MP40. After the increase in player health by 50 HP in Vanguard Royale, this TTK has seen the Owen Gun take Caldera by storm.

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We’ve also listed IceManIsaac’s Owen Gun loadout below so you can really get the most out of your setup.

IceManIsaac’s Warzone Season 2 Owen Gun loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Hockenson 142mm Rapid
  • Optic: Saturn 1.35x Lens
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Acrobatic
  • Perk 2: Quick

This build focuses on mobility and making the Owen Gun a monster in close-range fights. The Recoil Booster Muzzle and Hockenson 142mm Rapid Barrel are key here, as they both boost the fire rate, which is vital on SMGs.

You’ll want to be darting around the map as quickly as possible, so Acrobatic and Quick buff your overall speed. Meanwhile, the Removed Stock and Mark VI Skeletal boost the ADS speed, allowing players to get those crucial early shots in.

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Sights often come down to personal preference, but Isaac opted for the Saturn 1.35x Lens due to its extra accuracy. Both the Slate Reflector or M38/Slate 2.5x custom would also be solid options.

However, the main downside to the Owen Gun is that it can often feel “unwieldy,” so the Polymer Grip and 7.62 Gorenko Round Drums will help keep some of the recoil in check. Loading them up with Hollow Point ammo will also offer an extra dose of stopping power in short-range gunfights.

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So, there you have it, the Owen Gun is currently the top SMG in Warzone Season 2, and with this loadout, you’ll be dominating matches in no time. For more on Warzone, JGOD’s list of the best weapons in Vanguard Royale.

Image Credits: Activision

About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].