Modern Warfare 2 Ultimate Weapon Tier List with Meta Loadouts

Tahmid Shihab Murshed
By Tahmid Shihab Murshed
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Modern Warfare 2 features a vast arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. As a result, it becomes confusing to pick the right loadout. But rest assured, here’s a detailed tier list featuring all the weapons of Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 features many unique weapons that have been a part of the CoD titles for a while. However, a few weapons have made it into the game for the first time. Among all these options in MW2, choosing the ideal weapon is complicated, which is understandable.

However, we tested the weapons to determine the best weapons for dominating Modern Warfare 2. These weapons were selected based on their versatility, usability, and damage output. Moreover, these weapons feature excellent fire rates and are easy to use for most game modes.

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All the Weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

There are a total of 66 weapons in MW2 that are divided into distinct categories. There are nine different weapon types: Assault Rifles (AR), Sub-Machine Guns (SMG), Shotguns, Light-Machine Guns (LMG), Sniper Rifles, Marksman Rifles, Launchers, Handguns, and melee weapons.

Here’s a list of all the weapons in MW2:

Assault Rifles (AR)

  1. Lachmann-556
  2. M4
  3. M16
  4. Kastov-74U
  5. TAQ-56
  6. STB 556
  7. Kastov 762
  8. Kastov 545
  9. Chimera
  10. ISO Hemlock
  11. Tempus Razorback

Battle Rifles

  1. FTAC Recon
  2. Lachmann-762
  3. TAQ-V
  4. SO-14
  5. Cronen Squall

Sub-Machine Guns (SMG)

  1. Lachmann Sub
  2. FSS Hurricane
  3. Fennec 45
  4. BAS-P
  5. MX9
  7. VEL 46
  8. PDSW-528
  9. Vaznev-9K
  10. BAS – P
  11. ISO 45


  1. Expedite 12
  2. Bryson 800
  3. Bryson 890
  4. Lockwood 300
  5. KV Broadside

Light-Machine Guns (LMG)

  1. 556 Icarus
  2. RAPP H
  3. Sakin MG38
  4. RAAL MG
  5. HCR 56
  6. RPK

Sniper Rifles

  1. Signal 50
  2. LA-B 330
  3. MCPR-300
  4. SP-X 80
  5. Victus XMR
  6. FJX Imperium

Marksman Rifles

  1. LM-S
  2. Lockwood MK2
  3. SP-R 208
  4. EBR-14
  5. SA-B 50
  6. TAQ-M
  7. Tempus Torrent

Melee Weapons

  1. Combat Knife
  2. Riot Shield
  3. Dual Kodachis


  1. Basilisk
  2. 50 GS
  3. X12
  4. X13 Auto
  5. P890
  6. GS Magna
  7. FTAC Siege


  1. PILA
  2. JOKR
  3. RPG-7
  4. Strela-P

Modern Warfare 2 Weapon Tier List

Like our other tier lists, this list will start with the S-Tier Weapons with the highest pick rate, popularity within the community, and dominance in the current meta. These weapons will help dominate MW2 with ease.

The next one in line is A-Tier weapons, with the most popularity and decent pick rates. Although they slightly fall behind their S-Tier counterparts, they can be swapped with the S-Tier weapons only if a player likes something particular about that weapon. They are not that dominant in the meta, but they still exist due to their past exposure to the limelight.

The weapons in B-Tier are usable but would not offer the same magnitude of firepower that is available in S-Tier and A-Tier weapons. Consequently, these weapons have a pick rate below one and are generally not seen much in MW2 lobbies.

Then comes the C-Tier weapons, which offer no additional benefit. As such, they have a zero pick rate. These weapons are not up to par with their S-Tier and A-Tier counterparts. These weapons are better left avoided if you want to dominate MW2 lobbies.

As with any other tier list, this is highly subjective and based entirely on our game experiences. Also, the tier list contains direct links to our optimal weapon loadout guide for these individual weapons, updated for the new seasonal update.

Tier Weapons
S – Tier:Kastov-74U, TAQ-56, Vaznev-9K, Lachmann Sub, MCPR-300, ISO Hemlock
A -Tier:Lachmann-556, M4, Lockwood 300, FTAC Siege, MINIBAK, Kastov 762, VEL 46, SP-X 80, SP-R 208, GS Magna
B -Tier:X12 Auto, Expedite 12, 556 Icarus, FSS Hurricane, Kastov 545, RAAL LMG
C -Tier:Rest of the weapons.

Top 5 Best Meta Weapons in Modern Warfare 2

5. MCPR-300

MCPR-300 is the hard-hitting powerhouse of MW2. The large caliber sniper rifle is more than capable of handling long-range gunfights. Moreover, with the proper build, players can use it for close-range engagements. This Sniper Rifle is the ultimate testament to the high potential of all rifles in MW2.

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Here’s the best MCPR-300 Loadout:

  • Barrel: 17.5″ Orca Barrel
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV
  • Magazine: 5-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Cronen Cheetah Grip
  • Stock: FSS Merc Stock

4. Lachmann Sub

The Lachmann Sub is the MW2 interpretation of MP5 SMG. It is regarded as one of the most iconic SMGs in CoD titles. The well-rounded off-weapon can dominate mid-range and close-range engagements without any difficulties. It is a perfect SMG for most game modes in MW2.

Here’s the best Lachmann Sub Loadout:

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Stock: LM Stockless Mod
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10
  • Barrel: 40-Round Mag
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW

3. TAQ-56

The TAQ-56, better known as SCAR-L, is the most robust AR in the game. It is unmatched for long-range engagements. The headshot multiplier and the high damage output make this weapon a killing machine in the right hands.

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Here’s the best TAQ-56 Loadout:

  • Barrel: 17.5″ Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Stock: TV Cardinal Stock

2. Kastov-74U

The Kastov-74U, better known as the AK-74u, is an iconic weapon. The Kalashnikov rifle is a perfect mixture of CQC and long-range firepower. The gun is a hybrid of SMG and AR, making it a strong choice for most respawn game modes.

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Here’s the best Kastov-74U Loadout:

  • Barrel: Shorttac 330MM
  • Laser: RF Crown 50
  • Underbarrel: Operator Grip
  • Rear Grip: True-tac Grip
  • Stock: Markeev R7 Stock

1. Vaznev-9K

The Vaznev-9K is a newcomer to the MW series. It has quickly become a community-beloved weapon for its versatile damage and handling capability. Although an SMG, the gun can do most ARs and Snipers in the game. Its popularity has made it the first GA’d gun in MW2, showing how broken it is for most game modes.

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Here’s the best Vaznev-9K Loadout:

  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Rear Grip: True Tac Grip
  • Stock: OTREZAT Stock

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Modern Warfare 2’s meta remains a mixture of close-range and long-range gunfights. As the game is in its pre-season stage, there is no fixed meta. However, with the release of Season 1 on November 16, the game will slowly shift into a close-range or long-range based meta. A few weapons will also be added to the game with the update. So, we’ll update the tier list with the newer guns and their position in the current meta.

For an overall rewarding multiplayer experience, we recommend players use long-range and mid-range builds for ARs and close-range builds for SMGs to dominate the current meta.

Tahmid Shihab Murshed is an FPS writer at GameRiv. Born with a knack for gaming, he has played all types of games out there. He has a heartfelt love for Call of Duty, and other shooter titles out there.