The best Warzone 2 guns in Modern Warfare 2 and how to unlock them

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The best Warzone 2 guns are a constantly shifting thing, with options like the M4, Fennec 45 and RPK dominating the meta right now. Range and fast kill times are the two main things people want and you rarely get both, which means making choices about you playstyle as much as weapon. 

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There's a big tier list of weapons in Warzone and Modern Warfare 2 that covers everything from ARs to SMGs, Sniper Rifles, LMGs and Shotguns. As well as a base weapon you'll have to pick the attachments from the new Gunsmith to get the best from them. Obviously you'll have a favorite but it's always a good idea to have a few options if the meta changes or updates shift the balance. And if you want some suggestions on overall builds and classes, then check out what we think are the best Warzone 2 loadouts in Modern Warfare 2.

If you aren't using the Overkill Perk to take two primary weapons into Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2 then there's also a range of handguns, launchers, and melee options to think about. We've got the best options for all the best Warzone 2 and Modern Warzone 2 weapons below, so check out our tier list and make your choice.

Best Warzone 2 guns in and Modern Warfare 2

Right now, these are what we think are the best guns in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2:  

  • M4 (Assault Rifle)
  • FTAC Recon (Battle Rifle)
  • SP-R 208 (Marksman Rifle)
  • RKG (LMG)
  • FSS Hurricane (SMG)
  • SIGNAL 50 (Sniper Rifle)
  • Expedite 12 (Shotgun)

Best Warzone 2 Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2

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The M4 and TAQ 56 are probably the best Warzone 2 assault rifles options right now. But there are a lot of other good options depending on what you've unlocked, how you play and the ranges you prefer. 

Best Warzone 2 LMGs in Modern Warfare 2

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Currently the RPK is dominating the best LMG options in Warzone 2, and the overall meta in the game. It's good range, damage and recoil make it an excellent option. 

  • RPK (Unlocks by leveling the Kastov 762 to lvl 16 check out our best Warzone 2 RPK loadout to get the best from it.)
  • Sakin MG38
  • HCR 56 (Unlocks by leveling the STB 556 to lvl 20)
  • 556 Icarus (Unlocks by leveling the M4 to lvl 13)
  • RAAL MG (Unlocks at MR 25)
  • RAPP H (Unlocks by leveling the Lachmann-556 to lvl 16)

Best Warzone 2 SMGs in Modern Warfare 2

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SMGs shine because of their fast time to kill, although you'll  sacrifice range for that so think about using Overkill to pair them with a primary. 

The best Warzone 2 SMGs include things like the Lachmann Sub, Fennec 45, FSS Hurricane and PDSW 528. 

Best Warzone 2 Battle Rifles in Modern Warfare 2

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The all new Warzone 2 battle rifle class uses heavier ammo to give you more range but with worse recoil and slower fire rates. There are four to choose from and while the Lachmann-762 is available to all players, the rest will require you to level up other Assault Rifles and Marksman Rifles to unlock them.

  • Lachmann-762
  • SO-14 (Unlocks by leveling the EBR-14 to lvl 12)
  • TAQ-V (Unlocks by leveling the TAQ-56 to lvl 11)
  • FTAC Recon (Unlocks by leveling the M4 to lvl 13)

Best Warzone 2 Marksman Rifles in Modern Warfare 2

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A good Marksman Rifle can be a powerful weapon in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, giving you access to sniper-like range with a better fire rate. The SP-R 208, ERB-14 and TAQ-M are all strong options and Modern Warfare 2 weapon tuning increase their effectiveness even further. 

  • SA-B 50 (Unlocks by leveling the SP-R 208 to lvl 13. Take a look at our best SA-B 50 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2)
  • ERB-14
  • SP-R 208 (Unlocks at MR 7)
  • Lockwood MK2 (Unlocks at MR 28)
  • LM-S (Unlocks by leveling the Lachmann-762 to lvl 17)
  • TAQ-M (Unlocks by leveling the TAQ-56 to lvl 20)

Best Warzone 2 Sniper Rifles in Modern Warfare 2

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If you can land the shots then almost any of the Sniper Rifles in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 are a good choice, with one hit kills to be had if you have the accuracy. 

  • MCPR-300 
  • SIGNAL 50 (Unlocks at MR 44)
  • LA-B 330 (Unlocks by leveling the SA-B 50 to lvl 16)
  • SP-X 80 (Unlocks by leveling the LA-B 330 to lvl 17)

Best Warzone 2 Shotguns in Modern Warfare 2

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There are four shotguns in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, with the Bryson 800 available to all as standard. Two others can be unlocked by progressing through Military Ranks, however the final one requires you level an adjacent weapon. 

  • Bryson 800
  • Expedite 12 (Unlocks at MR 9)
  • Lockwood 300 (Unlocks at MR 36)
  • Bryson 890 (Unlocks by leveling the Bryson 800 to lvl 16)

Best Warzone 2 Handguns in Modern Warfare 2

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The P890 is the best Warzone 2 handgun right now, dominating the best Warzone 2 Akimbo pistol loadouts - dual wielded it's currently beating most SMG's TTKs, making it a strong option if you can close the range to an opponent fast. 

Best Warzone 2 Launchers in Modern Warfare 2

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There are four Launchers in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, and these are essential in multiplayer for the larger Ground War game type – especially with all of those vehicles roaming around - and less of a thing in Warzone. These weapons can be unlocked by progressing through the Military Ranks.

  • PILA 
  • STRELA-P (Unlocks at MR 14)
  • JOKR (Unlocks at MR 24)
  • RPG-7 (Unlocks at MR 32)

Best Warzone 2 Melee weapons in Modern Warfare 2

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  • Riot Shield (Unlocks as a primary weapon at MR 37)
  • Combat Knife (Unlocks as a secondary weapon at MR 17)
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