Best Search and Destroy classes in MW2: Assault Rifles, SMGs & more (Season 6)

Best Search and Destroy classes in MW2: Assault Rifles, SMGs & more (Season 6)
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


10th Oct 2023 16:11


Finding out what the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2 are for Season 6 is key if you want to succeed in Call of Duty's long-running single-life game mode.

The stakes are at their highest in Modern Warfare 2's Search and Destroy, and having the wrong class can truly spell disaster - and send you straight back to the spectator screen. While you can always check out the best Assault Rifle classes and meta SMG loadouts, opting for these specific Search and Destroy builds will guarantee you success in the game.

So, keep reading to see all of our picks for the best Search and Destroy classes in Season 6 of Modern Warfare 2, as there are some killer options here so you can stay alive longer and win more games.

Best Assault Rifle Search and Destroy class in MW2

the TAQ-56, a weapon in one of the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2
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  • Muzzle: VLK Koloss Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 17.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Stock: TV XLINE Pro
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip

If you want a do-it-all loadout that you can take into Search and Destroy and see success across any map, then we recommend this TAQ-56 loadout - mirroring the top of our list of the best Assault Rifles too.

The TAQ-56 has surpassed the M4 in terms of popularity with a staggering 13% pick rate according to WZ Stats, and is arguably the best weapon in the entire game.

These attachments will increase your overall Mobility while also offering minor boosts to Range, Accuracy, and Recoil Control, letting you increase your survivability and pick up vital kills when you need to.

Best SMG Search and Destroy class in MW2

VZNEV-9K loadout in Modern Warfare 2
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  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V laser
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Magazine: 45 Round Mag

This Vaznev-9K loadout is one of the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2 for those who like to aggressively rush bomb sites and take map control.

The Vaznev-9K is formidable by default - holding a pick rate of 12.8% which is the second highest in the game, but with these attachments, you'll be able to surprise foes with how quickly you can get to power positions and secure a First Blood.

Even if you die in each round, picking up two or more kills with this loadout will ensure that your team is in the ideal position to win, making it the best SMG class you can use in Search and Destroy right now.

Best Sniper Rifle class for Search and Destroy in MW2

Image of the Carrack .300 in Modern Warfare 2
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Carrack .300

  • Muzzle: XRK Kraken
  • Laser: ACCU-Shot 5MW L
  • Optic: SZ Bullseye
  • Magazine: 10 Round Mag
  • Stock: LEX V14

Currently sitting as the most popular sniper in Season 6, the Carrack .300 has emerged immediately as one of the best Search and Destroy classes - and looks to stay there too.

With a 2.6% pick rate, the Carrack. 300 can dispatch enemies in an instant, especially if you can land those all-important headshots.

Its semi-automatic fire rate means that you are not left vulnerable if you miss a shot or if there are multiple enemies, which is incredibly useful when every death matters so much more.

Best Secondary weapons for Search and Destroy in MW2

X12 in MW2
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  • Barrel: XRK Sidewinder-6 Slide
  • Muzzle: Corbus Series-D
  • Trigger Action: XRK Lighting Fire
  • Rear Grip: Cronen Lima-6

In Search and Destroy, you should try to have your Primary Weapon locked and loaded at all times so you can be ready for when someone drops into your field of view.

However, that's not always possible, and that's where a gun like the X12 comes in handy as our pick for the best Secondary for Search and Destroy. It features reliable damage, a fast fire rate, and great accuracy - with a pick rate of 0.7% to prove its popularity.

Best Perks for Search and Destroy in MW2

Perk Package 1, the perks in one of the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2
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  • Base Perks: Double Time and Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Focus
  • Ultimate Perk: Overclock

Perks are a crucial element of Search and Destroy in MW2. Double Time and Bomb Squad are among the best, and available as Base Perks. Double Time will allow you to reach power positions quicker, while Bomb Squad will prevent you from getting taken out by grenades while trying to plant the bomb at an objective.

With only one life in Search and Destroy, it's important to make the most of it. Focus will give you that extra edge in gunfights.

When it comes to Ultimate Perks, Overclock is the clear best-in-slot only because it lets you use your Field Upgrade more frequently.

Best Equipment for Search and Destroy classes in MW2

Dead Silence field upgrade in MW2
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  • Tactical Equipment: Stun Grenade or Smoke Grenade
  • Lethal Equipment: Frag Grenade or Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

Just like Perks, Equipment is an underrated aspect of the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2. Smoke Grenades are invaluable in Search and Destroy, as they can block the sightlines of enemy snipers and lead to uncontested bomb plants. Not everyone should use a Smoke Grenade though, so Stuns are a fine alternative.

Lethal Equipment is largely a personal preference, but you can't go wrong with a Frag Grenade or a Semtex.

Last, but certainly not least, the Dead Silence Field Upgrade is an absolute necessity in Search and Destroy. Footsteps in MW2 are outrageously loud.

Without Dead Silence, it's nearly impossible to flank and get the jump on your opponents. But with Dead Silence, you can slither around the map like a snake and make game-changing plays for your squad.

So, that wraps up everything you need to know about building the best Search and Destroy classes in MW2 Season 6, letting you dominate and stay alive for as long as possible.

Make sure that you also have a look at our Modern Warfare 2 homepage, as we've got so many more guides that can help you out in-game.

Coleman Hamstead
About the author
Coleman Hamstead
Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.
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