Best MW2 Assault Rifle class: Modern Warfare 2 AR loadouts (Season 5 Reloaded)

Best MW2 Assault Rifle class: Modern Warfare 2 AR loadouts (Season 5 Reloaded)
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Alex Garton


11th Sep 2023 16:58

Having the best MW2 Assault Rifle class will ensure that you're following the meta, as ARs are firmly the way to go in Modern Warfare 2 right now in Season 5 Reloaded, and we've got all of the top picks for you.

While SMGs have dominated Call of Duty games in the past, it is the time for Assault Rifles within Modern Warfare 2 - with many of them populating the ideal Ranked Play loadouts. You get a balance of power and precision, with relatively high fire rates too, making them perfect for almost every scenario and map.

Continue reading below to find out what the best MW2 Assault Rifle class is, as we've got a list of the best options and the attachments that you'll want to equip in Season 5 Reloaded.

  • If you're looking for an overall MW2 tier list that includes every weapon type, check out our list of the best Modern Warfare 2 guns hub

Best Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifles ranked

5. Tempus Razorback

Image of the Tempus Razorback in MW2, one of the best MW2 Assault Rifle loadouts
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Best Tempus Razorback loadout in MW2

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Barrel: 16" Tankr-V
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: ERG-X1

Coming in at the fifth spot on our list of the best MW2 Assault Rifle loadouts is the Tempus Razorback, and for good reason too. It has boasted a fairly consistent pick rate of 0.6% according to WZRanked since its introduction in Season 4, and it shows no signs of stopping just yet.

With an incredibly fast fire rate, you're able to gun down your foes at all ranges - making this an incredibly strong weapon if you can hit all of your shots. It does this with very little recoil too, making it easy to pick up and use if you're not as confident with your control.

4. Kastov 762

Image of the Kastov 762, which is one of the best Assault Rifles in MW2
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Best Kastov 762 loadout in MW2

  • Muzzle: SA Leveler 55
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Ammunition: 7.62 High Velocity
  • Magazine: 40-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

One Assault Rifle class that has really gained in popularity recently is the Kastov 762, bringing it firmly into the meta and in fourth place on our list.

The 7.62 calibre is the most powerful when it comes to Assault Rifles, meaning that the Kastov 762 certainly packs a punch against your enemies. With an ever-climbing pick rate of 4.0%, the player base certainly seems to think so too.

While it does have a bit of a kick when it comes to recoil, it's high damage and fantastic accuracy shine through for those who are able to keep the gun under control. If you're looking to jump onto the meta in MW2, the Kastov 762 might be the right pick for you.

3. Kastov 74u

Kastov-74u weapon, one of the best MW2 Assault Rifles in Season 4
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Best Kastov-74u loadout in MW2

  • Laser: FSS OLE-V laser
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

Unlike a lot of the other ARs on the list, one of the biggest strengths of the Kastov-74u is its similarities with other SMGs.

The gun is designed for close to mid-range gunfights, making it absolutely perfect for aggressive players who are always on the hunt for the next skirmish. While Modern Warfare 2 does contrastingly favour ARs over SMGs, the 74u's hybrid nature makes it the best of both worlds.

Alongside a brilliant TTK, it also has incredibly good mobility which means you can hunt down your opponents, and take duals on your terms. With a pick rate of 2.0%, you certainly won't be alone when picking it up in Ranked Play.

2. M4

Image of the M4, one of the best Assault Rifle loadouts in MW2
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Best M4 loadout in MW2

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V laser
  • Barrel: Hightower 20" Barrel
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56

The M4 is one of the most iconic guns in Call of Duty history and it's still maintaining a spot near the top of the AR rankings in the current meta. With a pick rate of 6.8%, the M4 sits as the third most popular weapon in the entire game - certainly a statement on its own.

If balance is what you're looking for in an MW2 assault rifle, then you can't go wrong with this trusty weapon that can deliver in almost any situation. With excellent damage, recoil, and handling, there really are few better options to pick from if you're looking to play the meta.

The build above focuses on pushing the M4's damage to the limit while also bolstering its recoil, as well as giving it a fast ADS time so you can snap onto foes.

1. TAQ-56

TAQ-56 in gun case, one of the best MW2 Assasult Rifles in Season 4
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Best TAQ-56 loadout in MW2

  • Muzzle: VLK Koloss Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 17.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Stock: TV XLINE Pro
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip

When it comes to popularity, the TAQ-56 is unmatched in MW2 and currently sits at an unbelievable 25.9% pick rate, making it the number-one weapon in the game, and a whole 14.2% above the next highest gun.

This is mainly down to how easy the weapon is to use with its simple-to-control recoil pattern, which effectively makes it a laser beam. Making short work of enemies at mid to long-range, this is the ideal gun for players who prefer to take a more tactical approach, instead of diving into enclosed spaces.

Remember, the MW2 meta changes with every update, so we'll make sure to keep the list refreshed anytime there's a move in the rankings.

So, there you have it, those are the best assault rifles in MW2 for dominating multiplayer in Season 5, alongside a top-tier loadout for each of them.

Be sure to check out our Modern Warfare 2 homepage for all of the latest news and guides. Alternatively, why not see our picks for the best sniper rifle class loadouts in MW2 here?

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