Modern Warfare remains a popular choice for Call of Duty fans, so we’ve placed every weapon in the game into a tier list, and counted down the top 10.
Thanks to its joint progression system between Warzone and Cold War, Modern Warfare has stayed active long after its content cycle ended. We’re only months away from CoD: Vanguard, but many players are still jumping into 2019’s Modern Warfare title.
Some weapons are always more powerful than others, so we’ve ranked every Modern Warfare weapon and counted down the top 10.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Weapons tier list
Modern Warfare players have a ton of weapons at their disposal, with the Gunsmith system allowing players to completely transform them into something new. Before we count down the top 10 weapons, we’ve placed every Modern Warfare weapon into a tier list.
We should also note that these are the best weapons in Core Modern Warfare, as Hardcore completely changes the weapon balancing.
|S-Tier: M4A1, Grau 5.56, AS VAL, MP5, MP7, SP-R 208, MK2 Carbine, Sykov|
|A-Tier: PKM, R9-0 Shotgun, Renetti, Kar98k, Kilo 141, 725, AX-50, Kali Sticks|
|B-Tier: Origin 12 Shotgun, M13, HDR, RAM-7, CX-9, Riot Shield, AK-47, FAL, AUG, AN-94, RAAL MG, Oden, JAK-12, Holger-26, 50 GS, RPG-7, Strela-P, JOKR, SKS, FN Scar 17|
|C-Tier: CR-56 AMAX, Fennec, Bruen Mk9, PP19 Bizon, FiNN LMG, Uzi, ISO, Model 680, M91, SA87, Striker 45, M19, X16, 357, Dual Kodachis, Combat Knife|
|D-Tier: EBR-14, P90, Crossbow, VLK Rogue, FR 5.56, Rytec AMR, Pila, 1911, MG34|
S-Tier weapons are the meta in Modern Warfare – the best of the best. Weapons in A-tier are incredibly strong and extremely viable and can be just as effective as those in S-Tier if used right.
B-Tier guns are useable, and very viable if built right and used in the right circumstances, whereas C-Tier weapons would only need some buffs to increase their popularity.
D-Tier weapons are ineffective, but you can try them out and have some fun with them, while F-Tier guns shouldn’t be in your loadout at all.
Best weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
10. PKM – Best LMG in Modern Warfare
LMGs have always had a place in Call of Duty multiplayer, utilizing their massive magazines to repeatedly take down the competition without ever having to reload.
For Modern Warfare, the PKM is the LMG you want at your side. Possessing the firepower and magazine size that make LMGs great, the PKM can be built to be a speedy option that doesn’t limit you to holding down lanes while mounted.
9. R-90 – Best Shotgun in Modern Warfare
Many Modern Warfare and Warzone players know the power of the “Doof Doof” R-90 Shotgun. Fitted with Dragon’s Breath rounds, the R-90 becomes an absolute monster at close range.
Even if a player manages to get away from the devastating firepower of the R-90, the fire shells will continue to tick away at their health.
8. MK2 Carbine
If you’re looking for something that’s a solid hybrid between quickscoping and traditional sniping, the MK2 Carbine is a great choice. This lever-action Marksman Rifle is perfect for both the chaos of Shoot the Ship and the more tactical nature of Search and Destroy.
Although slower than the Kar98k and SPR-208, its ability to one-hit chest-shot makes it extremely forgiving.
7. Sykov – Best Pistol in Modern Warfare
The Sykov is a full-auto Pistol with 80 Round Drum mags that can be dual-wielded. This allows it to put down an incredible amount of firepower, being more effective than many SMGs and Shotguns at close range. However, its damage quickly falls off.
6. Grau 5.56
With the cleanest Iron Sights of any weapon in the game, the Grau 5.56 is an accurate and powerful choice in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer. If you’re looking to beam enemies across the map with pinpoint accuracy, you can’t go wrong with the Grau.
It can also be converted into an SMG thanks to the Gunsmith system, so can effectively suit almost any playstyle.
The MP7 takes fifth place on our list of the best Modern Warfare weapons thanks to its high fire rate and low recoil. If you’re more of a flexible player who likes to take fights at all ranges in a single game, then the MP7 is perfect for you.
Although it will lose out to some other SMGs and Shotguns at close range, it has much more range potential. With an easy-to-control recoil pattern and fast fire rate, you’ll be able to challenge players at medium range with ease.
4. MP5 – Best SMG in Modern Warfare
The MP5 has long been the best SMG in Modern Warfare. Although it doesn’t have the fire rate of some of the other SMGs, it’s extremely effective in the confines of Modern Warfare’s maps.
If you want to get around the map with speed and accuracy, the MP5 is the weapon for you. It doesn’t quite have the range potential of the MP7, but at close range, it will win the head-to-head fight almost every time.
3. SPR-208 – Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare
Quickscoping has long been a staple of Call of Duty, and the SPR-208 is designed to do just that. The SPR-208 is another Marksman Rifle and is the perfect weapon for quickscoping. Although it has a slightly slower ADS speed than the Kar98k, its bolt time, damage, and magazine size make for a more rounded weapon.
2. AS VAL
A dominant weapon in both Warzone and Modern Warfare, the AS VAL takes second place on our list. Although only having 30 rounds in a mag, this lightweight Assault Rifle simply tears through enemies with its extremely low time to kill.
If you’re taking one-on-one fights in Search and Destroy, for example, the enemy won’t stand a chance against the AS VAL. The only thing holding it back slightly is recoil and small magazine size, but for an SMG/AR hybrid, the AS VAL is perfect.
1. M4A1- Best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has played Modern Warfare. The M4A1 is an all-rounder that excels in every situation, making it the best gun in Modern Warfare.
With clean Iron Sights, minimal recoil, and great mobility, the M4A1 suits any playstyle. You can build it for either close-range combat in multiplayer or for long-range beaming in Ground War, and you’ll have a ton of success with this classic Call of Duty Assault Rifle.
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NICKMERCS explains why he believes Modern Warfare is overrated
Top Twitch streamer NICKMERCS has explained why he believes Call of Duty players think Modern Warfare 2019 is better than it is.
Even though Modern Warfare 2 is almost here, 2019’s Modern Warfare still has an incredibly active player base. However, top streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has explained why Modern Warfare 2019 might not be as good as you think.
Modern Warfare 2019 was the beginning of the Call of Duty franchise as we know it today — for better or worse, depending on who you ask. It brought doors to multiplayer, the Battle Pass, Gunsmith, Warzone, and the live-service seasonal content.
Modern Warfare 2 arrives October 28, bringing new weapons, Warzone 2, and an overhauled Gunsmith. But, top streamer NICKMERCS looked back on Modern Warfare 2019 and explained why he doesn’t believe it’s as good as you think.
“I mean this when I say this, they have not put out a good Call of Duty in years. It has been f***ing years,” claimed NICKMERCS, believing that Warzone has saved CoD. “It really did since Black Ops 3. Black Ops 3 was the last incredible Call of Duty.”
“Modern Warfare was not good. That MW game was f***ing cap… it was okay,” he continued, giving his theory on why players look back on Modern Warfare 2019 so fondly.
“You know what it was? It’s like when you eat a bad meal four or five times and then you have a good meal, so you think it’s great. It was the fact that it’s surrounded by terrible Call of Dutys.”
“You have like two or three back-to-back-to-back really bad Call of Dutys then MW,” elaborated Nick. “MW was like a decent Call of Duty, it wasn’t trash, right? Then after that, you had another two or three bad Call of Dutys.”
With Modern Warfare being the only Call of Duty game that wasn’t “trash” in recent years, Nick believes that it’s considered to be a lot better than it actually is.
He’s hopeful for Modern Warfare 2 though, saying that if the rumors of it bringing weapons and maps from the original MW2 are true, then they “can’t f**k it up.”
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Modern Warfare players furious as new update makes graphics even worse
Issues with Modern Warfare’s graphics are leaving players furious as they look to enjoy the game ahead of MW2.
With Modern Warfare 2 on the horizon, players have gone back to experience everything Modern Warfare has to offer, but graphics issues are resulting in a frustrating ordeal.
Both Cold War and Vanguard arrived after 2019’s Modern Warfare, yet players continue to enjoy the Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty title. The game is beloved by fans of the franchise and many are flocking back to Modern Warfare ahead of Modern Warfare 2‘s October 28 release date.
Unfortunately, the quality of the game has taken a major dip with recent updates practically breaking Modern Warfare’s graphics. Not only are players furious with the storage demands of these recent updates, but they’re not pleased with the visual issues that have appeared.
In case you missed it, Modern Warfare 2 will be the Infinity Ward-developed direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. In an attempt to get a taste of what’s ahead, players have returned to Modern Warfare as the style of play and feel will be similar to Modern Warfare 2.
Previously, issues have been plaguing PlayStation 5 players as the game was rendered unplayable. Fans of the game called out the lack of dev support for the title. Although it’s only natural that the devs focus on delivering a polished Modern Warfare 2 experience, players are disappointed with the current state of Modern Warfare.
Players were shocked by the continued updates for the game that came with a massive download size. In addition, it seems the graphic issues that have appeared as a result of the updates are having a negative impact on players’ perception of MW2: “This just made me not want to purchase mw2.”
Some players questioned if the game was beyond repair at this point with comments like, “this looks like things just got deleted to me, unplayable,” and “another update that further destabilizes the matrix.”
While it is understandable that the devs prioritize the new title, one player suggests that these issues could lead to the poor perception of MW2: “I gotta say, this event is giving a more negative feedback response from the community.”
It’s unfortunate that CoD fans are unable to enjoy the game to build hype for MW2. With the devs focused on the new title, most players agreed that the state of Modern Warfare would not improve, but we’ll keep you posted if it does.
For more, check out the one rumored feature that CoD players would be thrilled to discover in Modern Warfare 2.
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Modern Warfare players slam state of “unplayable” game on PS5
Modern Warfare players have hit out at the condition of the game on PS5, after visual issues have left the game “unplayable.”
Modern Warfare players have hit out at the current condition of the game on PS5, after visual issues and glitches have left the 2019 CoD title “unplayable.”
Despite being nearly three years old, 2019’s Modern Warfare has still retained a healthy player count. With Vanguard failing to make a big impact with the community, those looking for an alternative to Warzone have flocked back to Infinity Ward’s last release.
However, since Modern Warfare is no longer the main focus of the devs, who are gearing up for Modern Warfare 2 later in 2022, fans have been growing frustrated with the condition the game is in.
A number of bugs and glitches have cropped up, and the game appears to be completely broken on PlayStation 5.
Reddit user BchLasagna uploaded a clip on August 7 simply titled: “The state of Modern Warfare on PS5.” It showed the beginning of a Ground War match on Krovnik Farmland, but the map was unrecognizable due to severe visual issues.
Textures on many of the map’s key features had failed to load in, leaving the game looking like a mess. The ground had no grass or detail on it, while trees were replaced with floating blobs of green and brown.
The Redditor added that it “stayed like this the entire game,” ruining the match for everyone in the lobby.
Other players on PS5 have reported similar issues, while some claimed it was actually affecting gameplay. “It’s not even just a visual issue, you sink into the ground and can’t see anything. Makes it unplayable basically,” said Ram5673.
Meanwhile, many replies called out the devs for allowing Modern Warfare to reach this state, especially since the game worked fine when it was the current CoD release. “This game has been crapped all over by the devs. It comes very low on their priorities,” replied Zimifrein.
It’s no surprise that with Modern Warfare 2 set to drop very soon, Infinity Ward’s focus is mostly on the sequel. However, the players that still enjoy Modern Warfare regularly will be hoping to see the problems on PS5 solved sooner rather than later.
For more on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, check out how to fix error 5476 and which packs you need to download for its multiplayer.
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