Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifle Tier List

DBLTAP's assault rifle tier list for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at launch.
DBLTAP's assault rifle tier list for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at launch. / Activision

Our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II assault rifle tier list is here to break down which of the guns are the best to use as players begin to dive into the new title's multiplayer for the first time.

It's week one with Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer officially here and needless to say, players are already trying to figure out what the best guns to use are. So far, there are 51 different weapons to use, including eight assault rifles, four battle rifles, eight SMGs, four shotguns, six LMGs, six marksman rifles, four sniper rifles, five pistols, four launchers and two melee weapons. Here is a breakdown of the best assault rifles to use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 early on at launch.

Modern Warfare 2 Assault Rifle Tier List

S Tier

  • Kastov-74u

In the S Tier is the weapon that within a week of making its debut, has already been GA'd by the competitive COD community for being too overpowered. Ultimately, with there also being the Kastov 762 and Vaznev-9K in the game, it is a bit of a headscratcher as to what role the Kastov-74u is supposed to fill. Well, at the moment, the Kastov-74u is an AR that plays like an SMG and is a two-shot kill up close.

A Tier

  • M4
  • TAQ-56
  • STB 556
  • Kastov 762

Up next are the four assault rifles that have already begun to convert players into believers of their respective camps. The M4 is the do-it-all AR that all players start out with, the TAQ-56 and Kastov 762 hit really hard in their own ideal damage ranges, and the STB 556 is like the Kastov-74u's more "balanced" sibling.

B Tier

  • Lachmann-556

By itself in the B Tier for now is the Lachmann-556, which might have the easiest recoil pattern to control in the weapon class. As such, however, its ceiling might be a bit limited when pitted in a fair 1v1 fight against the options listed above.

C Tier

  • Kastov 545
  • M16

Lastly, in C Tier are the two ARs that have already given players fits hours into the game's launch. Both the Kastov 545 and M16 are pretty much pea shooters compared to the other options in the weapon class, and could certainly use some buffs.

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