Best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 loadout

Modern Warfare 2 player aiming down sights of gun
Credit: Activision

Modern Warfare 2 player aiming down sights of gun
Credit: Activision
March 7, 2023: Is the HCR 56 any good heading into Season Two Reloaded? Scroll down for the best loadout and the best attachments.

The best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 loadout continues to make an impact in multiplayer while Infinity Ward continues to refine weapon balance. The developer's latest dose of multiplayer action contains a brand-new weapon arsenal for players to master. One of the new guns is the HCR 56 light machine gun (LMG).

This particular LMG heavily resembles the AUG HBAR from 2009's Modern Warfare 2 and just like its predecessor, it packs a lethal punch in mid-range engagements. As with most LMGs, mobility levels are far from ideal but there are plenty of attachments to improve movement speed.

Elsewhere in the Call of Duty world, check out our guides showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle and the Modern Warfare 2 maps available in multiplayer.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 loadout?

RF Crown 50
Cronen Mini Pro
FSS Sharkfin 90
5.56 High Velocity
FTAC C11 Riser

Rather than focusing on outright damage, this build enhances range, accuracy, and recoil control as the damage of the HCR 56 is already high.

This build also includes a slight improvement in weapon handling, making it a bit easier to use in the heat of battle.

Best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 attachments

The Modern Warfare 2 gunsmith contains a huge range of attachments capable of transforming any weapon to suit any style of play. In the case of the HCR 56, this unbeatable combination is guaranteed to make an impact over the course of a match:

  • Muzzle: RF Crown 50
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Comb: FTAC C11 Riser

This combination of attachments guarantees high levels of accuracy are maintained in all scenarios. The mobility of the HCR 56 is much better than other LMGs in the category so the combination of RF Crown 50 and FSS Sharkfin 90 guarantees low recoil is maintained.

Sprint-to-fire time is slow across the board and in order to address the problem, the FTAC C11 Riser comb makes all the difference when reacting to any opponents that come into view.

Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 LMG in gunsmith
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How to unlock HCR 56 in Modern Warfare 2

The HCR 56 is one of several weapons part of the Bruen Bullpup Platform weapon family. This means unlocking it is slightly different to working through the ranks.

To obtain the LMG, rank the STB 556 to level 20.

Best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 perks and equipment

Once the best HCR 56 attachments are equipped, finding a perk package and a combination of equipment capable of adding some extra firepower alongside the LMG is the next step. Here are our recommendations.


  • Battle Hardened (Base)
  • Double Time (Base)
  • Resupply (Bonus)
  • Quick Fix (Ultimate)

Double Time increases Tactical Sprint which is essential when moving around with the HCR 56. Resupply is an unorthodox choice but having an unlimited supply of equipment makes all the difference.


  • Claymore (Lethal)
  • Stun Grenade (Tactical)

Claymores are incredibly annoying but they guarantee a few extra kills when placed around a corner or just outside a doorway.

Is the HCR 56 good in Modern Warfare 2?

The HCR 56 has the potential to become the best Modern Warfare 2 LMG thanks to its impressive damage output. With the right attachments equipped, mobility isn't much of a problem which allows players to contend with more mobile assault rifles.

That's everything there is to know about the best Modern Warfare 2 HCR 56 loadout. For more, check out our guide highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG and the latest intel on Modern Warfare 2 double XP events.

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