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Best guns in Modern Warfare: Weapon tier list

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has a varied arsenal of weapons, so we’ve ranked them all in a tier list and counted down the top 10.

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Best weapons in Call of Duty Modern Warfare

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.

Even though it’s no longer receiving dedicated seasons, Modern Warfare has received new maps and weapons such as the CX-9 and RAAL MG, which have expanded the already diverse arsenal of weaponry.

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
F-Tier: Dragunov

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

For a secondary weapon, there’s nothing better than the Sykov. This Pistol arrived long after Modern Warfare’s lifecycle ended, but instantly made an impact in both multiplayer and Warzone.

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.

5. MP7

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.


And those are the top 10 weapons you can use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare! Be sure to check out the best weapons that Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have to offer too.

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Best CX-9 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 6

Here are the attachments and Perks you can run with the highly-anticipated CX-9 SMG in Warzone and Modern Warfare to make its best loadout.

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The CX-9 SMG finally arrived last season and is still a great option in Season 6, so here is how to make the best Warzone CX-9 loadout to dominate your enemies.

The CX-9 was released alongside the Sykov Pistol in Season 4, and in Season 6, it’s still a very viable SMG that can shred at close range.

Although it may be considered a weaker weapon in the meta, the CX-9 is very powerful in both Warzone and Modern Warfare multiplayer and is well-worth unlocking.

Here are the attachments and perks to run with this SMG to make the best Warzone CX-9 loadout.

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Best Warzone CX-9 loadout

Best Warzone CX-9 loadout attachments

  • Barrel: CX-38S
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Stock: CX-FR
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Drums

The best Warzone CX-9 loadout is excellent in those close-quarters engagements, but due to the random nature of Warzone, we’ve built it to be a little bit more versatile.

The CX-38S barrel has two significant benefits. It’s already got a Monolithic Suppressor attached, which frees up a slot, and it improves almost every aspect of the weapon. You’ll see the CX-9 has a more effective range, recoil control, and your shots will be hidden from the minimap.

Next, we’ve added the Tac Laser and CX-FR stock to the best Warzone CX-9 loadout. Your CX-9 will now be much quicker, allowing you to snap onto enemies even if they take you by surprise.

The Merc Foregrip is always a solid choice for Modern Warfare SMGs, as it improves both recoil control and hip-fire accuracy for the best Warzone CX-9 loadout. And finally, the 50 Round Drums will allow you to down and kill multiple enemies without reloading when using the best Warzone CX-9 loadout.

Best Modern Warfare CX-9 loadout

Best Modern Warfare CX-9 loadout attachments

  • Barrel: CX-38S
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Stock: CX-FA
  • Ammunition: 30 Round Mags
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand

This CX-9 is built almost purely for speed but with a larger magazine and longer barrel for taking out targets at medium range.

To start, we’ve opted for the CX-38S barrel, which improves almost every aspect of the CX-9. You’ll see a huge boost in damage range, bullet velocity, and even recoil control – while having your shots suppressed. The only downside is a slower ADS speed, which we’ll correct with the rest of the attachments.

Modern Warfare’s engagements usually take place in the confines of 6v6 maps, so you want a bit more speed with your weapon. To do this, we’ve opted for the Tac Laser and CX-FA stock. With these, your ADS speed, movement, and weapon stability will see a welcome improvement.

And finally, we’ve added the 30 Round Mags and Sleight of Hand Perk. The 30 Round Mag gives a solid boost to magazine size without slowing you down too much, and Sleight of Hand vastly increases your reload speed to keep you in the fight. If you want more bullets in your mag, you can always take the 50 Round Drums instead.

Best perks to use with CX-9 class

Best Warzone CX-9 Perks

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

E.O.D will help you survive a barrage of explosives, keeping you in the fight at all times. Overkill will allow you to take the CX-9 alongside a long-range weapon such as the Krig 6, and then you can take Ghost from your next loadout to hide from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Finally, the Amped Perk allows you to switch between weapons quickly, so you’re never caught defenseless.

Best Modern Warfare CX-9 Perks

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Battle Hardened

Again, E.O.D is vital to ensuring you don’t get taken out by a well-placed Frag Grenade or Semtex.

Then, the Ghost Perk will make sure you can always remain stealthy when an enemy pops a UAV.

Last but not least, Battle-Hardened significantly reduces the effect of Stuns and Flashbangs, so you’re never rendered defenseless by Tactical Grenades.

Most recent CX-9 buffs and nerfs

The best Warzone CX-9 loadout was on the receiving end of a bug and nerf in the August 5 update for the Call of Duty battle royale, which caught plenty of players by surprise, considering the weapon had only been in the game for a short time before Raven Software rolled out an update for it.

You can find all of the changes the August 5 update made to this SMG below:

  • Increased mid damage range from 20 to 21
  • Increased Headshot Multiplier from 1.4 to 1.45

How to unlock the CX-9 in Warzone & Modern Warfare

The CX-9 is a Modern Warfare weapon, so you won’t be able to unlock or use it in Black Ops Cold War. Luckily, it has an easily unlock requirement: Get 2 Longshot Kills while using an SMG in 5 different matches.

Because this is Modern Warfare, you don’t need to finish the match either. You can get two longshot kills with an SMG, back out, and repeat until you’ve unlocked the weapon.

Best alternatives to the CX-9 in Warzone & Modern Warfare

If you’re looking for another SMG in Warzone, the MAC-10 or Black Ops Cold War’s MP5 are regarded as the Season 5 meta SMGs.

For Modern Warfare, the MP7 remains a solid choice, or you could opt for the PP19 Bizon thanks to its large magazine size.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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CoD 2022 reportedly titled ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’

New rumors appear to have revealed the name of Call of Duty 2022, which is expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.

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A new rumor claims to reveal the name of the 2022 Call of Duty title, which is set to be a sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019.

The new rumor, from leaker Tom Henderson, states that the name of the 2022 Call of Duty game will be ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.’

This information lines up with what CharlieIntel has also heard about the 2022 Call of Duty game, although we’d caution that Activision can change the name at any point leading to the reveal.

The 2022 Call of Duty title from Infinity Ward is set to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019 and feature a story that focuses on the Colombian drug cartels.

The game is currently codenamed Project Cortez, according to leaked NVIDIA files.

Infinity Ward’s last title, Modern Warfare 2019, has gone on to become the most successful Call of Duty game of all time. It was the title that also introduced the free to play Warzone experience.

Infinity Ward recently announced the opening of a new studio in Austin, Texas to compliment their California, Poland, and Mexico offices.

Official information on the Call of Duty 2022 title is very sparse and not official announcement is to be expected until late Summer 2022.

The next Call of Duty game is set to be Call of Duty: Vanguard from Sledgehammer Games, releasing on Friday, November 5. Vanguard includes a WWII-based campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies experience.

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RAAL LMG returns to Warzone & Modern Warfare in October 8 update

The RAAL LMG was mistakenly removed from Warzone and Modern Warfare, but Raven Software has now returned it to the Gunsmith.

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Warzone and Modern Warfare fans were left baffled after the RAAL LMG was removed in the Season 6 update. But Raven Software added it back on October 8, confirming it was a mistake.

It was months ago that the RAAL LMG briefly appeared in Warzone as loot and was quickly removed soon after. Then after much waiting, players finally got their hands on the RAAL in Warzone and Modern Warfare, but it was then secretly removed in the Season 6 update.

Players were obviously left baffled as to why it would be removed. But, Raven Software released an update on October 8 that made changes to Iron Trials and also added the RAAL LMG back to the game, confirming it was a mistake.

Whilst Warzone guru JGOD doesn’t believe the RAAL LMG is a meta weapon that all players should be using, he still thinks it’s a viable gun. Which is even more of a reason why players were so shocked to see it disappear without warning.

The removal was made very public knowledge thanks to a Tweet from ModernWarzone, and it took some players off-guard.

But, RAAL fans can relax, as the LMG has been added back to Warzone in the October 8 update. At the end of the patch notes, Raven Software said “Oops,” and confirmed that “the RAAL MG (MW) is back.”

It didn’t quite disappear for everyone, as it seemed that if you had the RAAL MG in a loadout, then you could still use it, but couldn’t alter the attachments on it.


In the meantime, why not check out our loadouts for the new Season 6 weapons: the Grav and .410.

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