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Warzone best pistol: The most powerful sidearm options in Modern Warfare

Modern Warfare best pistol
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If you're not using Overkill then the best Warzone pistol is essential. Your side arm is your reload back up, alt range option to your primary weapon and can make all the difference when you're in a tight spot. And while it'll never compete with a second primary weapon there are some serious contenders in among the hand cannon options. Warzone will throw you into all sorts of situations when it comes to combat, so whether you want to rock the Snakeshot Akimbo set-up that has been nerfed but is still insanely powerful, or you want to know the best Desert Eagle build, you've come to the right place. These are the best Warzone pistols, also more than suitable to use in Call of Duty Modern Warfare too.

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Best .357 Akimbo loadout

Modern Warfare best pistol: Snakeshot Akimbo

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These revolvers unfortunately received a recent nerf but after testing them out post-patch, they're still rather strong. The only drawback is that unless you're using Amped, they take a while to switch to, but aside from that, they can destroy players with ease. Here is the best Akimbo Snakeshot loadout, including how to unlock both the Akimbo perk and Snakeshot attachment.

Barrel: .357 Long
Laser: 5mW Laser
Trigger Action: Match Grade Trigger
Ammunition: Snake Shot
Perk: Akimbo

How to unlock the .357 Akimbo Snakeshot

In order to unlock the Akimbo perk, you have to unfortunately put in a little more effort than simply levelling up the gun. Once you unlock the Recon perk, you need to get three kills in five different matches to unlock Akimbo. From there, you can equip Snakeshot and the rest of the necessary attachments.

Modern Warfare best pistol: Renetti Akimbo

Modern Warfare best pistol: Renetti Akimbo

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If the 357 Snakeshot Akimbo isn't tickling your fancy after the patch, take a look at the Renetti. Rocking this bad boy with the Akimbo perk is also incredibly powerful, and anyone who played Modern Warfare 2 will feel right at home thanks to the burst mod making it almost identical to the Rafficka.

Barrel: Mk3 Burst Mod
Laser: 5mW Laser
Ammunition: 27 Round Mags
Rear Grip: XRK Speed Grip
Perk: Akimbo

Modern Warfare best pistol: .50 GS (Desert Eagle)

Modern Warfare best pistol: Desert Eagle

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Finally, if Akimbo isn't your style at all, whip out the trusty Desert Eagle. A one-shot kill from any range in hardcore and an almost equally impressive hand cannon in core, this monster accompanied my main gun for almost my entire Damascus camo grind.

Desert Eagle Core loadout:

Barrel: FORGE TAC Enforcer
Optic: Corp Combat Holo Sight
Trigger Action: Match Grade Trigger
Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape
Perk: Sleight of Hand

Desert Eagle Hardcore loadout:

Muzzle: Compensator
Barrel: FORGE TAC Enforcer
Optic: Corp Combat Holo Sight
Trigger Action: Heavy Duty Trigger
Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

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