Best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifle (Season Two)

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March 21, 2023: The battle rifle category contains some underrated gems to dominate MW2 multiplayer. Scroll down to find the best one to use!

The best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifle is a topic catching the attention of Call of Duty players. The new weapon category acts as a hybrid between assault rifles and sniper rifles, giving players even more options when they're creating a loadout for multiplayer action.


The current selection shares a similar set of characteristics thanks to their semi-automatic firing mechanism, high damage output, and somewhat sluggish mobility. These properties combined with endless customisation opportunities allow the community to dominate over the course of a match.

Before we reveal more about the best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifle, check out our guides showcasing the Modern Warfare 2 maps and the best Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle to use.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifle?

S Tier TAQ-V

So far, the TAQ-V is the best MW2 battle rifle to use. The immense firepower and its fully automatic nature enable players to eliminate opponents in the blink of an eye.


Alongside the firepower, there are limitless customisation options to utilise thanks to the gunsmith.

Modern Warfare 2 battle rifle tier list

S Tier TAQ-V
A TierSO-14
Z TierFTAC Recon Lachmann 762

Due to its incredible damage output, the TAQ-V leads the charge at the top of our list.


Despite immense power, the Lachmann 762 sits at the bottom of the list due to its sluggish mobility and painfully slow sprint-to-fire time.

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How many battle rifles are in Modern Warfare 2?

There are a total of four battle rifles available to use in Modern Warfare 2. As the game cycle progresses, there's a high chance this number will increase thanks to seasonal updates bringing in new weapons as part of the battle pass and through in-game challenges.


We'll continue to monitor the popularity of battle rifles and if there are any major buffs or nerfs, we'll update our list accordingly.

Are battle rifles good in Modern Warfare 2?

Having spent plenty of time getting to grips with the FTAC Recon and the Lachmann 762, the battle rifle is a unique weapon category that provides a viable alternative between an assault rifle, sniper, and marksman rifle.


Depending on how Infinity Ward goes about weapon balancing, we expect battle rifles to feature in the loadouts of many players wanting to compete against assault rifles in the heat of battle.

That's everything there is to know about Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles. For more, check out our guide containing details on the next Modern Warfare 2 double XP event.