Best Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle 2022

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Image showing Modern Warfare 2 player holding marksman rifle
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February 2, 2023: With Season Two not far away, we've adjusted our tier list so you know the very best marksman rifle to use for the rest of Season One.

The best Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle is already catching the attention of players dropping into the two beta weekends. Designed to act as a hybrid between an assault rifle and a sniper, marksman rifles tend to feature a high damage output alongside mobility levels superior to the aforementioned categories.

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In mid-range combat, marksman rifles are more than capable of beating assault rifles and submachine guns but at extremely long distances, the damage drop-off can cause plenty of hitmarkers to appear.

Before we reveal more about the best Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle to use in multiplayer, check out our guides showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG to use along with all there is to know about the next Modern Warfare 2 double XP event.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle?

  • SP-R 208
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  • LM-S

Although it's still the first season of post-launch content, the SP-R 208 is the very best marksman rifle in Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. This bolt-action beast has the capability to eliminate enemies with a single bullet which acts as an ideal counter to assault rifles and snipers.

Alongside the SP-R is the LM-S. Although it continues to fly under the radar, the rifle is an excellent option if you plan on dropping into the action and racking up plenty of kills along the way to victory.

Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle tier list

S Tier SP-R 208 LM-S
A TierLockwood MK2 EBR-14 TAQ-M SA-B 50

The competition in the marksman rifle category is incredibly tight, with several weapons providing excellent mid-range and long-distance capabilities. However, leading the charge is the SP-R 208.

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Its ease of use combined with the ability to score a kill with a single bullet makes it popular for those that want to pick players off from a distance and those that want to run around quickscoping the opposition.

Image showing Modern Warfare 2 players firing marksman rifle
Credit: Activision

How many marksman rifles are in Modern Warfare 2?

Modern Warfare 2 contains six marksman rifles. As the seasons progress, we expect this number to increase as Infinity Ward adds new weapons to the arsenal through challenges and battle pass content.

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Modern Warfare 2 season 1 start date

Although the Modern Warfare 2 cycle is in its early stages, attention is already turning to the launch of season 1. The first season of post-launch content begins on November 16 and coincides with the launch of Warzone 2.

As it's the first update for Infinity Ward's latest offering, expect a huge variety of content to make its way into multiplayer.

That's everything there is to know about the best Modern Warfare 2 marksman rifle. For more, check out our guides containing intel on the best Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle and the Modern Warfare 2 maps arriving in multiplayer.