Best Warzone 2 M16 loadout

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Image showing Warzone 2 player holding M16 assault rifle
Credit: Activision
March 7, 2023: Ahead of Season Two Reloaded, we've tweaked our guide to showcase the strongest M16 loadout and the best attachments to tame this tricky AR.

The best Warzone 2 M16 loadout is a question catching the attention of many players as the focus begins to turn towards Call of Duty's brand-new battle royale experience. The launch of Warzone 2 brings a brand-new arsenal of weapons to master and one of them is extremely familiar to fans of the Modern Warfare series.

The M16 assault rifle (AR) has featured in Call of Duty titles in some capacity since the launch of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Armed with a deadly three-burst firing mechanism and plenty of firepower, the AR could find itself dominating the early metagame.

Before we take a closer look at the best M16 Warzone 2 loadout, check out our other guide showcasing the best Warzone 2 SMG to use as part of a loadout.

What is the best Warzone 2 M16 loadout?

Attachment Name
MuzzleXTEN Ported 290
Barrel14" Carbine Shroud
OpticSZ Mini
StockCorio Precio Factory
Rear GripSupport CP90 Grip

This build takes the edge of handling and mobility but the improvements in accuracy and recoil make it much easier to tame the M16.

The chances of the rifle appearing in the meta are slim but it's still a fun alternative to use.

How to unlock M16 in Warzone 2

As the M16 is part of the same platform as the M4, you'll need to reach a specific level by using the AR in either Warzone 2 or Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.

To do this as fast as possible, check out our guide on how to level up guns as fast as possible.

Best Warzone 2 M16 attachments

Thanks to a revamped Gunsmith arriving in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, there's a wealth of attachments to unlock, Whether it's a universal attachment or one available by working through a specific weapon platform, you can gear the M16 to suit any style of play. Here's the strongest combination to use:

  • Muzzle: XTEN Ported 290
  • Barrel: 14" Carbine Shroud
  • Optic: SZ Mini
  • Stock: Corio Precio Factory
  • Rear Grip: Support CP90 Grip

This set of attachments has a heavy focus on controlling the high recoil of the M16. The combination of the XTEN Ported 290 and Support CP90 Grip provides huge stability while the 14" Carbine Shroud barrel improves damage output to ensure no drop-off takes place.

Image showing M16 in Modern Warfare 2 gunsmith
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Best Warzone 2 M16 perk package and equipment

Once the best M16 attachments are ready to go, selecting a perk package and equipment combination is a surefire way to improve versatility. Here's what we recommend.

Perk package


  • Double Time (Base)
  • Tracker (Base)
  • Focus (Bonus)
  • Birdseye (Ultimate)


  • Semtex (Lethal)
  • Stun Grenade (Tactical)

Is the M16 good in Warzone 2?

Assault rifles equipped with a burst-fire mechanism rarely make an impact in the meta but there's a chance of the M16 slotting into the loadouts of several players in the early stages of the first Warzone 2 season.

However, once players manage to find alternatives to the AR, expect its popularity to fall off as Season 1 progresses. Although it may not become a mainstay of the meta, the M16 will always act as a solid alternative for those wanting to use different weapons.

That's everything there is to know about the best Warzone 2 M16 loadout. For more, check out our guide containing all the intel on the Warzone 2 map.

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