Best Modern Warfare 2 guns and weapons

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February 5, 2023: Ahead of Season Two, we've tweaked our tier list so you know the best MW2 guns and weapons to dominate multiplayer for the rest of Season One.

Looking for the best Modern Warfare 2 guns to use in multiplayer? With the opening season in full swing, there's plenty of choice thanks to an extensive arsenal of weaponry.

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Arguably the most important part of a Call of Duty multiplayer is the selection of weaponry available - and the MW2 guns will be no different.

Before we take a look at the best Modern Warfare 2 guns, be sure to check out our guides on the game's system requirements and all of the Field Upgrades available to use in multiplayer.

What are the best Modern Warfare 2 2022 guns?

As players drop into the action, players are on the hunt for the strongest weapons to use and after some extensive testing, the Kastov 762 and the VEL 46 are proving extremely popular.

Additionally, the SP-R 208 marksman rifle and the Kastov 74u are other viable options to use in your loadout.

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Kastov 74u

Although the Kastov 74u shares similarities to the AK-74u submachine gun, it slots into the assault rifle category and excels in close-quarters and mid-range engagements. There's a high chance it receives a nerf before the start of season one so make the most of its immense power by using the best Modern Warfare 2 Kastov 74u loadout.

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FSS Hurricane

Thanks to its incredible versatility, the FSS Hurricane is a very strong weapon for those looking to dominate in a number of different situations. Armed with a 50-round magazine as standard, it's very easy to deal with large groups of opponents with deadly precision. Take a look at the best Modern Warfare 2 FSS Hurricane loadout to deal maximum damage.

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Lachmann 762

The Lachmann 762 is an immensely powerful battle rifle and despite its lack of mobility, it can take down a nearby player with a single bullet. The power combined with its impressive range allows players to compete at extremely long distances with ease. For the strongest build, check out our guide showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 Lachmann 762 loadout.

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Lachmann Sub

The Lachmann Sub, better known as the MP5, has incredible movement speed which makes all the difference in hectic close-quarters battles. Additionally, its laser-like accuracy ensures every bullet lands on the intended target. It's safe to say that this is the best Modern Warfare 2 gun to use. For more intel, check out our guide containing the best Modern Warfare 2 Lachmann Sub loadout to use.

Kastov 762

Heavily resembling the AK-47 from the previous titles, the Kastov 762 is one of the very best assault rifles to use in the entire game. Despite its slow aim-down sight (ADS) time, the immense power of the rifle guarantees a fast time to kill and with limitless attachment combinations, it's easy to gear the rifle to suit any style of play. Here's the best Modern Warfare 2 Kastov 762 loadout to use.

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Expedite 12

The short and powerful range of the Expedite is useful in close-quarters scenarios but at longer distances, the damage drop-off is far too great to make more of an impact. As a secondary weapon, however, it's perfect for dealing some extra damage over the course of a match. Take a look at our guide showcasing the best Modern Warfare 2 Expedite 12 loadout for more intel.

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Lachmann 556

Acting as the platform to unlock the Lachmann Sub, the Lachmann 556 is a strong assault rifle. Its rate of fire is very easy to control and with a superior range to the M4, you can deal plenty of damage when adapting a passive style of play.

Pair it with a Lachmann Sub using the Overkill perk and you have a loadout that's very difficult to beat. For the best attachments, take a look at our guide containing the best Modern Warfare 2 Lachmann 556 loadout.

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M4

The M4 is a Call of Duty staple and in Modern Warfare 2, it's very easy to find success with this assault rifle in hand. Armed with a fast rate of fire and high mobility, you can capitalise on multiplayer's incredibly fast time to kill. Check out our best Modern Warfare 2 M4 loadout guide for the best variations to use as soon as the servers are switched on.

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M16

Another franchise staple is the M16. The burst rifle is incredibly difficult to control so it's unlikely to find a spot in the meta anytime soon. However, its high recoil does allow you to score headshots with relative ease. If you're after a challenge, this is the weapon to master. For the best attachment combination, take a look at our guide revealing the best Modern Warfare 2 M16 loadout.

556 Icarus

Looking for an LMG armed with solid mobility and firepower? Look no further than the 556 Icarus. It's not competing with the M4 or Lachmann Sub but it's still an effective choice for those wanting some mid-range firepower. Check the best Modern Warfare 2 556 Icarus loadout for a closer look at the LMG.

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FTAC Recon

Although it's slower than most Modern Warfare 2 assault rifles, the FTAC Recon comes with high accuracy and a wealth of customisation options to ensure its impressive damage output is maintained at all distances. One or two well-placed shots are usually enough for another kill to appear on the scoreboard. To master the rifle, check out the best Modern Warfare 2 FTAC Recon loadout guide containing the best set of attachments.

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Fennec 45

The Fennec 45 isn't the best Modern Warfare 2 SMG on offer but its blistering rate of fire stands out from the crowd. In exceptionally close-range situations, it deals with opponents in the blink of an eye but in a mid-range fight against a Lachmann Sub, it stands no chance in the current meta. If you want to excel with this particular SMG, check out our best Modern Warfare 2 Fennec 45 loadout guide.

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TAQ-56

The TAQ-56 comes with plenty of power but a slower fire rate than the M4 and Lachmann 556 meaning it just falls short in the race to become the best Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle. Despite this, it's still worth using in multiplayer. For more intel, check out our best Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 loadout for multiplayer action.

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RAPP H

The high damage output of the RAPP H results in high recoil that's difficult to control even with plenty of recoil-busting attachments equipped. The fast pace of play leaves you a sitting duck if you try and navigate the map with this particular LMG and while it may not compete with other assault rifles and SMGs, mounting on a low wall overlooking a busy area of the map provides plenty of chances to make an impact. For the best attachments, take a look at our best Modern Warfare 2 RAPP H loadout guide.

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Lockwood MK2

Marksman rifles return in Modern Warfare 2 and while they're an interesting alternative to assault rifles and snipers, they don't leave a mark on the meta. The Lockwood MK2 does have one-shot potential but the possibility of scoring a hitmarker is far too high even with the fast time to kill. Unless it gets a buff, it's worth avoiding the Lockwood MK2 for the time being. However, if it's grabbed your attention, check out the best Modern Warfare 2 Lockwood MK2 loadout.

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Sakin MG38

There aren't many positives when it comes to the Sakin MG38. High fire rate and recoil make it impossible to control leaving you vulnerable to more accurate weapons in the arsenal. However, if you can tame the beast, it can deal with enemies very quickly. For a closer look at the strongest attachments, take a look at our guide containing the best Modern Warfare 2 Sakin MG38 loadout.

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LM-S

The LM-S is the weakest marksman rifle on offer. Although its high rate of fire is appealing, it can't score one-shot kills whereas the Lockwood MK2 can.

In the current meta, it's definitely worth avoiding this particular rifle until Infinity Ward decides on giving it a much-needed boost to compete with the rest of the arsenal. However, if the LM-S has caught your attention, the best Modern Warfare 2 LM-S loadout allows you to make an impact.

Modern Warfare 2 2022 gun tier list

Tier AR SMG LMG Sniper Battle Rifle Marksman Rifle Shotgun Pistol Launcher
SKastov 762 Lachmann 556 TAQ-56 Kastov 74uLachmann Sub FSS Hurricane VEL 46 Vaznev 9K Fennec 45Sakin MG38 RPK HCR 56MCPR-300 SP-X 80TAQ-VSP-R 208 EBR-14Expedite 13 Bryson 800X12 .50 GS X13 AutoRPG-7 JOKR
ASTB 556 Kastov 545 M13BPSDW 528 Minibak MX9556 Icarus RAAL MGLA-B 330 Signal 50Lachmann 762 SO-14 FTAC ReconLockwood MK2 LM-SLockwood 300 Bryson 890P890PILA
BM16BAS-PRAPP HTAQ-MBasiliskStrela P

At the moment, our definitive Modern Warfare 2 gun tier list is slowly filling out as we compare and contrast all weapons in the arsenal. We'll continue to update it as buffs and nerfs start to appear

Modern Warfare 2 gunsmith

Although details are slim, Infinity Ward has overhauled the Gunsmith system. Players can only select five attachments on the gun of their choice alongside an in-depth tuning system that allows players to refine various attachments and how they function during matches.

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In addition, you can test out your tweaks in the firing range, which makes its first appearance since the launch of Call of Duty: World War II.

That's all we know about the Modern Warfare 2 guns so far. Once we find more information, we will update the article with all the latest intel. For more, check out our guide showing the Modern Warfare 2 perks appearing in multiplayer.