Having to learn what the Modern Warfare best guns are is the first obstacle to overcome in your pursuit to greatness in ranked play.
If you end up running around with the wrong weapon then even the fastest reflexes won't guarantee you a win - that's why you'll want to know exactly what to use in each class.
You can expect everyone else to have this knowledge as well, so don't put yourself at a disadvantage without knowing the best weapons in Modern Warfare ahead of time.
On this page:
- What are the best guns in Modern Warfare?
- How good are the new SKS and Renetti?
- Best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: M4A1
- Best Sniper Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: AX-50
- Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: MK2 Carbine
- Best Shotgun in Modern Warfare recommendation: 725
- Best SMG in Modern Warfare recommendation: MP5
- Best LMG in Modern Warfare recommendation: M91
- Best non-traditional weapon in Modern Warfare recommendation: Crossbow
What are the best guns in Modern Warfare?
With Season 2 now upon us, things have changed a bit from launch. Where long sight-lines and a sharp eye used to be the key to victory, the new maps and some balance changes mean that you're more likely to need fast reflexes and a weapon to match.
One thing that hasn't changed is the sheer brilliance of the M4A1, which remains one of the easiest to use and most reliable weapons in Modern Warfare Season 2.
It's usually best to pair this with an SMG or Shotgun if you plan to be running around a lot. You can still find some good sight-lines if you prefer to play as a sniper, but it's a little trickier than it used to be.
More often than not you'll be finding yourself on the receiving end of the M4A1, which is why you'll want to be using it yourself. Not only is it easy to get your hands on, but it's also viable no matter what rank you are.
To give you a little more detail though, we've included a pick from each of the primary weapon categories, so you can find something that fits you and your style of play. That means if you want to play a sniper, you can, and if you prefer to cuddle people with shotguns, then we can help you out there too.
Even in this second Season, the M4A1 remains a truly monstrous weapon, so make sure you pair it with a different primary weapon using the Overkill perk you unlock at level 8, as this allows you to use two primary weapons.
How good are the new SKS and Renetti?
Before we get into the best of each class, let's look at the most recent new additions with the arrival of Season 3 first:
How to unlock the SKS: Reach tier 31 of the Season 3 battle pass
The SKS is an impressively speedy marksman rifle and a monster in the right hands. It boasts a surprisingly high rate of fire, has good stopping power if you can always land your shots on the head, and even offers great mobility too.
It certainly rivals the powerful MK2 Carbine, though the overall power of the MK2 just edges the SKS out of the top spot. That being said, if you're after something a little nippier, than the SKS may well be perfect for you.
How to unlock the Renetti: Reach tier 15 of the Season 3 battle pass
Pistols are an odd one in Modern Warfare due to the ability to ignore them in favour of carrying two primary weapons. However, the Renetti offers a very well-rounded set of stats and is a very reliable side-arm as a result.
Better yet, you can turn it into a surprisingly powerful weapon by using the Mk3 burst attachment, as it allows it to fire in 3-round bursts, making it quite effective at putting enemies down at close-range.
Now then, let's dive into each of the classes to see why each of these guns is worth talking about:
Best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: M4A1
How to unlock the M4A1: Reach Character Level 6
The M4A1 is an easy-to-use assault rifle that is well above average in nearly every situation. This makes it the perfect choice whether you're just jumping into your first round of multiplayer or if you've already maxed out the Season 3 battle pass.
It's almost hard to believe you get it so early on in the progression, but you'll want to take advantage of it - unless you prefer to use underdog weapons, or a different weapon type entirely.
If you're looking to use it in Warzone - which we highly recommend - our best Warzone loadouts can give you specific attachments to try out.
We'd be remiss to not mention just how good the Grau 5.56 is, which was first introduced in Season 2. With the right attachments, it actually hits a little harder than the M4A1, but it isn't quite as versatile, which is why we're sticking with the M4A1 as our main recommendation instead.
Best Sniper Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: AX-50
How to unlock the AX-50: Reach Character Level 37
Snipers have the AX-50, which isn't unlocked until far later in the progression but has incredible stopping power. More often than not a single shot from it will put an enemy down and it has good mobility when compared to the other options.
This makes it a great choice for people who like to fire once and then move to a new position.
Best Marksman Rifle in Modern Warfare recommendation: MK2 Carbine
How to unlock the MK2 Carbine: Reach Character Level 15
The MK2 Carbine is a particularly powerful marksman rifle and is a good choice if you want to try something a little bit different. It is, however, a rather slow firing, so you'll want to make sure you fit the title of marksman if you're going to use it.
Best Shotgun in Modern Warfare recommendation: 725
How to unlock the 725: Reach Character Level 17
If you prefer close-range combat, then the 725 Shotgun offers formidable stopping power with a surprising range. It's double-barreled and has a fairly tight spread when firing too, this allows it's effective range to be much higher than most shotguns and makes it far more versatile as a result.
Best SMG in Modern Warfare recommendation: MP5
How to unlock the MP5: Reach Character Level 12
On the other hand, the MP5 SMG is an excellent option if you're not as confident in your ability to hit a target at close-range but still like to tussle. While it lacks the speed of the MP7 it has a bit more oomph behind each bullet and offers an easy-to-manage recoil as well. A great choice for enclosed spaces.
Modern Warfare Season 2 has arrived! To get fully involved, you'll need some COD Points first, and once you have, learn about Modern Warfare's best guns, as well as the Akimbo perk. There a lot to learn in multiplayer too, including the best guns in Modern Warfare, how to access Modern Warfare Hardcore modes and Modern Warfare Ground War. Finally, there's the story, with a handful of Modern Warfare campaign missions to complete, as well as how to kill a Juggernaut in Modern Warfare.
Best LMG in Modern Warfare recommendation: M91
How to unlock the M91: Reach Character Level 25
Finally, the M91 LMG sacrifices mobility in favour of pure stopping power and even has a substantial range to boot. Just keep in mind that trying to use it in a close-quarters battle is likely to lead to you losing your life.
As it stands, it's very hard to recommend any LMG over any of the other weapon classes, but the option is there if you want it.
Best non-traditional weapon in Modern Warfare recommendation: Crossbow
How to unlock the Crossbow: Get 5 kills in 25 different matches using a marksman rifle with a reflex optic
Technically speaking, the Crossbow is part of the Marksman Rifle family. That means mid-long range and a focus on accuracy above all.
It can be tricky using one of these rifles anyway, but the Crossbow is particularly challenging to master due to its slow wind up on each shot. However, it does also tend to be a one-hit kill, and you can even upgrade it to use special bolts for even more impact.
The fact the Crossbow is silent makes it useful if you are willing to put the time in to master it - but it's a rather hard sell compared to the other weapons due to its sluggish nature.
That should be plenty of firepower to keep you going. And if you want to fast track your way to certain armaments, learning about Modern Warfare Blueprints can help.