Best TAQ-56 Modern Warfare 2 loadout: Attachments, class & perks

Best TAQ-56 Modern Warfare 2 loadout: Attachments, class & perks
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Written by 

Alex Garton


23rd May 2023 17:37


This MW2 best TAQ-56 loadout will give you all of the attachments, perks, and equipment you need to dominate with the deadly assault rifle in Season 3 Reloaded.

You might recognise the TAQ as the SCAR from previous Call of Duty games, and it certainly mirrors its dominant performance in the original Modern Warfare 2. With an unbelievably strong TTK, minimal recoil, and a solid amount of mobility, it's the perfect weapon for racking up countless kills in multiplayer.

So, let's check out the best MW2 TAQ-56 loadout in the game's current meta to push this AR's strengths to the limit.

Best TAQ-56 MW2 Loadout

MW2 Best TAQ-56 Loadout - Attachments
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Here's our choice for the attachments in the MW2 best TAQ-56 loadout:

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

As is the expectation of Assault Rifles, you're going to want to create a balance of mobility and control with the TAQ-56 attachments, as you want to be able to take fights across both short and mid ranges. 

Therefore, it is all about creating a balance of recoil-reducing attachments, but paying close attention to not reduce the aim-down-sights speed and player mobility too much. The TAQ-56 is already a fairly low-recoil gun, with one of its biggest strengths coming from the minimal horizontal recoil, so you won't have to do too much.

Opting for the Commando Foregrip and the VLK Koloss Flash Hider gives you an incredible boost of recoil reduction, allowing you to laser beam foes with ease.

When it comes to the barrel, you can't go wrong with 17.5" Tundra Pro which significantly increases your bullet velocity and damage range. Finally, round off the loadout with the TV XLINE Pro and the Demo Cleanshot Grip for better mobility, sprint-to-fire time, and ADS speed.

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Best TAQ-56 MW2 class: Perks And Equipment

MW2 Best TAQ-56 Loadout - Perks & Equipment
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The perk selection for the MW2 best TAQ-56 loadout won't be too dissimilar from your standard Assault Rifle package, but you will need to climb the levels a bit to make full use of the options available.

Here are the best perks to use with the TAQ-56:

  • Perk 1: Double Time
  • Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands/Focus
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix
  • Field Upgrade: Battle Rage/Dead Silence

For some of the options, we've provided a lower-level equivalent as the optimal setup requires you to reach some of the higher ranks. Double Time and Tracker will be perfect for the constantly-moving gameplay of Modern Warfare 2, giving you the ability to follow enemies' movements, and the speed to catch up to them. 

Focus is a fantastic option for pretty much every gunfight, especially with a lower recoil gun like the TAQ-56, as it keeps your aim on point, but Fast Hands is a great substitute until you reach the level 50 requirement. Quick Fix does require you to get to level 44, but it is well worth the wait due to the health boost, which will keep you in the fight as more enemies pile onto you.

Finally, it is no surprise that Dead Silence is once again the go-to choice for the Field Upgrade, as you really can't get much better than the stealth that it brings. Battle Rage is a good placeholder though, as it will help you survive that tiny bit extra.

In terms of equipment though, you really can't go wrong with whatever you feel works best for you. A pistol is a no-brainer, and the X13 is probably the best of the bunch, but you could also opt for the X12 if you feel more comfortable with a single shot. The Drill Charge is arguably the meta Lethal at the moment, as it works really well at flushing enemies out of a space, and the Stun, Flash, or Stim will all work brilliantly in the Tactical spot too.

How to unlock TAQ 56 in Modern Warfare 2

In order to unlock the TAQ-56 in MW2 you simply need to reach level 19 and the assault rifle will be available to use in Gunsmith.

This shouldn't take you long at all and considering it's one of the strongest options in the Season 3 reloaded meta, it's well worth adding to your loadout list.

Best TAQ-56 alternative in Modern Warfare 2

ISO Hemlock MW2
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If the TAQ-56 doesn't fit your style of play and you're looking for a strong alternative in MW2 Season 3 Reloaded, the ISO Hemlock is definitely a brilliant choice.

Equipped with hard-hitting firepower and a manageable kickback, it's capable of taking over a match in the hands of a talented player.

The gun is a serious meta contender in this patch and while it isn't as popular as the TAQ-56, it's a versatile and strong weapon with the right attachments.

So, that wraps up this MW2 TAQ-56 loadout guide, giving you all that you need to dominate with the classic Call of Duty weapon. If single-shot rifles are more of your thing, or you want to try something a bit different, why not check out our MW2 best SP-R 208 loadout guide.

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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