Best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 loadout

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June 8, 2023: Season 4 is right around the corner and the best TAQ-56 loadout remains one of the very best ARs to use. Find the best attachments and more in our guide.

The best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 loadout is essential intel for those wanting to make an impact with an assault rifle (AR) when Season 4 gets underway. Although the Modern Warfare 2 arsenal continues to expand, this particular AR keeps standing tall at the top of the pile.

Featuring a relatively high rate of fire and damage output that few ARs can match, the TAQ-56 excels in mid-range combat. While it's a strong option in those mid-range battles, the recoil can prove problematic at longer distances where more control is required to hit the target.

Before we reveal more on the best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 loadout, be sure to check out our other guide highlighting the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 loadout?

Attachment Name
MuzzleFTAC Castle Comp
Barrel14.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
StockTV Cardinal Stock
UnderbarrelFSS Sharkfin 90
Rear GripFSS Combat Grip

Instead of focusing on one specific area, this particular build provides slight improvements across the board. With better damage, recoil control, and more, the TAQ-56 is much easier to use.

Firepower is already a strong point so most of the improvements come in the form of recoil control and aim-down sight (ADS) speed.

How to unlock the Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56

As mentioned above, the TAQ-56 is available to use once you hit Level 19. All you need to do is play the game and work your way through the ranks!

We recommend making the most of a double XP event or using some double XP tokens in order to reach the unlock requirements as fast as possible.

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Best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 attachments

Thanks to the Modern Warfare 2 gunsmith, there's an extensive range of attachments available to equip onto the TAQ-56. Here's what we recommend in Season 3 Reloaded:

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Barrel: 14.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Stock: TV Cardinal Stock
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Rear Grip: FSS Combat Grip

Kicking things off is the FTAC Castle Comp muzzle that provides huge improvements to horizontal and vertical recoil. For a boost in mobility, the TV Cardinal stock enhances sprint speed and aim walking speed alongside the FSS Combat grip which reduces recoil even further.

Overall, this build contains the perfect balance between high damage and high mobility, making it incredibly strong in mid-range and long-distance duels.

Best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 perks and equipment

Once the best TAQ-56 attachments are sorted, spending a bit of time finding a perk package and equipment combination is the next step in order to build the perfect loadout. Here's what we recommend to use until Season 4 launches.


  • Bomb Squad (Base)
  • Battle Hardened (Base)
  • Fast Hands (Bonus
  • Quick Fix (Ultimate)

The combination of Bomb Squad and Battle Hardened provides resistance to explosives, flash, and stun effects which is particularly useful when players throw all kinds of utility at you over the course of a match.

The best bonus perk to use in Modern Warfare 2 is Fast Hands thanks to the increase in reload speed and weapon swap speed.

Lastly, we've gone with Quick Fix as our ultimate perk thanks to the faster health regeneration it provides.


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

It's very difficult to go wrong with a frag grenade equipped in Modern Warfare 2. Cook it to perfection before throwing it to guarantee plenty of damage is dealt to anyone standing near it.

If the grenade doesn't score the kill and the opposition puts up a fight, follow up with a smoke grenade for some temporary cover while you regroup.


Lastly, Dead Silence is a no-brainer regarding field upgrade selection. The quiet footsteps give you the perfect opportunity to get behind enemy lines and spring a surprise attack.

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Is the TAQ-56 good in Modern Warfare 2?

Thanks to this attachment combination, the TAQ-56 is up there among the best assault rifles in Modern Warfare 2. Once you tame the recoil, it's very easy to use in all situations and if you can react in enough time, you can defeat submachine gunners in a close-quarters battle.

That's everything there is to know about the best Modern Warfare TAQ-56 loadout. For more, check out the best Modern Warfare 2 sniper rifle to use.

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