Best MW2 guns, most popular Modern Warfare 2 meta loadouts & tier list (Season 6)

Best MW2 guns, most popular Modern Warfare 2 meta loadouts & tier list (Season 6)
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Written by 

Alex Garton


20th Oct 2023 17:01


Picking out the best MW2 guns to add to your loadout list is incredibly difficult, especially with the arsenal of weapons expanding with every update. Season 6 was no different, adding the TR-76 Geist AR and ISO 9mm SMG.

Despite these exciting additions, the main focus for players will always be identifying the best MW2 guns in the game's current meta.

To simplify the process, we've put together a top-five list that reveals the best MW2 gun loadouts in the current meta for Season 6 based on their overall popularity, using data from WZ Stats.

5. MX Guardian

MX Guardian MW2
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Best MX Guardian loadout in Modern Warfare 2

  • Muzzle: Bryson Choke
  • Barrel: HYP-LM
  • Trigger/Action: Semi-Auto Trigger
  • Laser: ACCU-Shot 5MW L
  • Rear Grip: Stream-SK

While the Lockwood 300 may rule over the close-range meta in Warzone, there's another shotgun in MW2 that fills the same role.

We're of course talking about the MX Guardian, a weapon which outputs devastating damage in face-to-face skirmishes, making it ideal for multiplayer.

Alongside a setup with plenty of mobility, the MX Guardian can take over a match, especially on smaller maps with plenty of enclosed spaces. Sitting at a 10.2% pick rate, this gun has to be on your loadout list in Season 6.

4. Tempus Razorback

Tempus Razorback MW2
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Best Tempus Razorback loadout in Modern Warfare 2

  • Muzzle: Sakin Tread-40
  • Laser: Corio Laz-44 V3
  • Comb: LTX Eclipse
  • Stock: TR Preamble
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip

The Tempus Razorback's effectiveness at mid-range goes under the radar in Warzone with long-range gunfights being so prevalent. However, in MW2 multiplayer, the bullpup AR truly comes into its own and makes short work of any foes in its path.

With more mobility than a typical AR, aggressive players can fly around the map with this weapon, racking up multiple kills with ease.

Sitting at a 10.7% pick rate, this is the perfect alternative to the TAQ-56 if you're bored of using it over and over again.

3. ISO 45

ISO 45 MW2
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Best ISO 45 loadout in Modern Warfare 2

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Laser: ACCU-Shot 5MW L
  • Magazine: 45 Round Drum
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56

Currently, the second most popular SMG in MW2 at 12%, the ISO 45 is a true contender for the Vaznev-9k in Season 6.

Equipped with impressive mobility, a high damage output, and a relatively steady recoil pattern, this SMG can be a monster at close range.

This gun is at its best when in the hands of a confident and aggressive competitor, willing to take on skirmishes around every corner. If that's you, lock this into your loadout list.

2. Vaznev-9k

Vaznev-9k SMG, one of the most popular weapons in Modern Warfare 2
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Best Vaznev-9k loadout in Modern Warfare 2

  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Laser: Corio LAZ-44 V3
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip
  • Magazine: 45 Round Mag

At number two is the Vaznev-9k, a lethal SMG that makes short work of any opponents at close quarters. Its fast ADS time, top-tier TTK, and brilliant mobility make it the ultimate choice for aggressive players.

So, if racking up kills and collecting score streaks is your goal, the Vaznev is a perfect choice. Currently, the SMG has a 12.1% pick rate and it's likely to continue rising as we head further into Season 6.

1. TAQ-56

The TAQ-56, one of the best guns in MW2
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Best TAQ-56 loadout in Modern Warfare 2

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

Out of all the weapons in MW2, the TAQ-56 sits well above the rest with an astounding 12.7% pick rate. Its combination of damage, mobility, and stability makes it one of the best ARs in the current meta.

Whether you meet a foe in an enclosed space or spot them in the distance, the TAQ-56 will always deliver during intense skirmishes.

The build above pushes the gun to its limits at mid-range and makes it a force to be reckoned with in multiplayer.

What is the best gun in Modern Warfare 2?

Out of all of MW2's guns, picking out the best weapon is an incredibly difficult task, as a lot of the time, the best option will come down to personal preference.

However, based on the statistics and as shown above, the TAQ-56 AR is the best weapon in MW2 with a 12.7% pick rate.

The AR dominates at mid-range and will consistently perform in every match you have it equipped in, so make sure you add the gun to your loadout collection.

List of all weapons in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 sniper in suit
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The MW2 guns and loadouts above are the most popular in the current meta and are guaranteed to perform well in multiplayer.

However, there are countless other options available if you enjoy experimenting with builds and finding hidden gems.

Here's the full list of weapons in Modern Warfare 2:

Modern Warfare 2 shotguns

  • KV Broadside
  • Expedite 12
  • MX Guardian
  • Lockwood 300
  • Bryson 890
  • Bryson 800

Modern Warfare 2 SMGs

  • Lachmann Sub
  • ISO 9mm
  • Vaznev-9K
  • Lachmann Shroud
  • VEL 46
  • ISO 45
  • PDSW 528
  • FSS Hurricane
  • ISO 45
  • MX9
  • BAS-P
  • Minibak
  • Fennec 45

Modern Warfare 2 snipers

MW2 solider shooting foe
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Modern Warfare 2 ARs

Modern Warfare 2 Battle Rifles

Modern Warfare 2 Marksman Rifles

  • Tempus Torrent
  • TAQ-M
  • EBR-14
  • Crossbow
  • SA-B 50
  • SP-R 208
  • LM-S
  • Lockwood MK2

Modern Warfare 2 LMGs

  • Sakin MG38
  • RPK
  • Raal MG
  • Rapp H
  • HCR 56
  • 556 Icarus

So, there you have it, those are the best MW2 guns and loadouts in the current meta that are perfect for dominating multiplayer.

Keep in mind that the best weapons in Modern Warfare 2 are constantly changing, so we'll make sure to update our list regularly and ensure every setup is top-tier.

Be sure to check out our MW2 homepage for all of the latest news and guides, or take a look at the best Akimbo Pistol loadouts in Modern Warfare 2.

Alex Garton
About the author
Alex Garton
Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.
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