What Weapons Are In Modern Warfare 2020?
The best Call of Duty: Modern Warfare weapons depend very much on the game mode, map, and whether you play standard or hardcore, but all weapons have some clearly defined characteristics that we’ve listed below.
Recommended For Beginners
Assault Rifles are one of the best weapons for beginners due to their automatic firing mode, and relatively low recoil. These weapons are easily controlled, thanks to their manageable handling. This lets beginners ease themselves into the game’s fast pace.
Excellent In Mid Range
Assault Rifles are best used to engage enemies in the mid-range. These weapons are also ideal for beginners who are still learning effective combat distances since ARs can also be somewhat used for close and long-range engagements.
On paper, this is a solid albeit unremarkable assault rifle, but the M4A1 is the best assault rifle in Modern Warfare thanks to its ridiculously low recoil, high rate of fire, and moderate damage per shot.
This assault rifle drops very fast despite lots of vertical recoil. This will likely prove unpopular on console but dominates firefights on PC where skilled players can manage the recoil.
Hard to distinguish this assault rifle from the M4A1 in terms of its time to kill and accuracy, but is let down by a very closed iron sight and some steep recoil. Trim the barrel and increase the ADS time to turn this into a lethal carbine.
– FR 5.56
If you’re veteran of COD 4 then think of the Famas as Modern Warfare 2019’s M16. Precise and packs a serious punch, but you may struggle in cramped spaces. The FR 556 also boasts one burst potential, meaning it will drop enemies ridiculously fast if you land all three hits in the upper chest area.
This Russian bullpup has an astonishingly slow rate of fire for an assault rifle, but the damage and accuracy just about make up for it.
– Kilo 141
A little bit wild when it comes to recoil, but this AR’s combo of high damage and fire rate makes it an efficient killer in close to medium range.
This dishes out almost as much damage per shot as a marksman rifle, but you can expect a slower rate of fire and an almighty kick with each squeeze of the trigger.
– FN Scar 17s
The rate of fire is pretty slow, too, but it’s got a great time-to-kill over long ranges to make up for it.
– RAM-7 (Season 1)
The Ram-7 is like the Tar-21 from the original Modern Warfare games – very strong across the board, but not quite as deadly as the best in class ARs.
– GRAU 5.56 (Season 2)
This modular 5.56 weapon platform is maneuverable and lightweight, with an exceptional range. Precision engineering and world-class after-market barrels give this weapon extreme potential.
Sub Machine Guns
Ideal For Close Range Combat
SMGs are one of the go-to weapons when fighting in enclosed and tight spaces. They make up for their relatively low range with a high fire rate in order to quickly take out enemies that get too close!
The MP5 is the best SMG in Modern Warfare, especially when you use the 10mm conversion kit, which massively increases the damage per shot. Whether you mod it for a run-and-gun playing style or prefer its accuracy, there are few better options for mid-range combat.
Fast-firing with tricky recoil – handy for clearing rooms, less so for battling snipers.
High accuracy is the main selling point of this SMG, but it also has solid stats across the board.
This one will feel familiar to anyone who got their hands on it in the original Modern Warfare – plenty of rounds in the mag, decent damage, and a superb firing rate make this one of the best SMGs in the game.
– PP19 Bizon
This high ammo count SMG has featured in a lot of the previous Call of Duty games, but it feels a little week in Modern Warfare despite its outrageous magazine size. A great pick for hardcore Shipment 24/7.
Modern Warfare 2019’s Uzi is one of the worst iterations to date, although it has a sublime rattle when firing full-auto.
– Striker 45 (Season 2)
A hard-hitting submachine gun chambered in .45 Auto that will shred at longer distances than other weapons in its class.
Powerful Explosive Damage
Launchers are exceptionally strong weapons that can take out groups of enemies, and even some killstreaks such as UAVs and Attack Choppers! However, because of the size of these weapons, handling them can be quite difficult.
Can Damage Users
Be careful not to fire these weapons to an area close to you. Launchers can deal damage to you if you are not careful!
Lock-on or free-fire, the PILA fires rockets at high velocity and deals moderate damage to vehicles and infantry alike.
The Strela-P can lock onto vehicles, so if you’re looking for something to bring a pesky UAV down, then this a versatile rocket launcher as it can also be fired without locking on.
This rocket launcher is a ton of fun in multiplayer, where you can use it to punish teams who group up too tightly.
This fire-and-forget anti-vehicle launcher is back and should be crucial in Ground War.
Silent and agile, this high-performance crossbow fires 20.0″ bolts with exceptional lethality.
Quick Damage Dealers
Handguns are a great sidearm to have when engaging enemies. If you run out of bullets on your primary during a heated battle, you can quickly swap to a handgun and finish off enemies! This is faster than reloading your primary weapon!
– .50 GS
One of the more powerful semi-automatic pistols available, it’s ammunition, deals heavy damage up to intermediate ranges, but it’s tricky to control the recoil, and the rate of fire is appalling.
Semi-automatic 9mm pistol, the M19 has excellent stability with a rapid cycle rate.
Easy to control with a decent rate of fire. This is a decent sidearm to whip out when you only need one or two bullets to finish off an enemy. Plus, it can be heavily modded to suit your playing style – the X16 is the best pistol in Modern Warfare.
A classic pistol you’ll recognize from countless other first-person shooter games, the 1911 has a small clip size but hits very hard for such a fast-firing semi-automatic pistol.
Like the .50 GS the .357 Magnum deals heaps of damage, but you better land every hit as the rate of fire and clip size are disappointing.
Powerful In Close Range
Shotguns are handy in close combat situations. Despite having a low fire rate, they make up for it in sheer power. Their shots travel in a spread, guaranteeing that most, if not all, shots land on an enemy for huge amounts of damage!
– Model 680
High damage and decent range for a shotgun, but as it’s pump-action, you’ll need to land every hit.
A classic over/under double-barrel shotgun, the 725 is devastating up close, but really comes into its own as a mid-range, one-shot killer – you’ll need to tune it up for range, tighter pellet spread, and reload speed.
– R9-0 Shotgun
It takes a while to get used to the double, er double-barrel action of the R9-0 shotgun, but it’s very effective in close-quarters.
– Origin 12 Shotgun
This is a good old-fashioned room-clearer. Walk into a close-quarters situation, hammer away at the trigger, and emerge covered in viscera.
Light Machine Guns
Large Magazine Size
LMGs are weapons that excel in long and sustained fire, which allows you to suppress enemies. Thanks to their large magazine size, you will be able to keep your finger on the trigger for longer.
Best to think of this as the M249 SAW: high rate of fire, high ammo count, and decent damage to boot. The only drawback is some nasty sideways recoil and slow aim time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunsmith allows you to tweak this in a number of ways, so if you can either change it to an AR or extend the clip size and its accuracy over longer ranges.
A very slow rate of fire and high recoil are mitigated by monstrous damage per shot.
Expect an unmatched rate of fire, high damage, and excellent bullet penetration, but an agonizing aim down sight speed.
– Holger-26 (Season 1)
This is similar to the SA87 in that it’s arguably better when transformed into an assault rifle. The modded Holger-26 is still a way off the G36C. It’s a lethal stand-in.
Lower Rate of Fire
Marksman Rifles have a lower fire rate due to their semi-automatic or burst fire modes. However, these weapons are as deadly as any other since the lower rate of fire lets players connect their shots due to lower recoil!
This semi-automatic long-range battle rifle balances a decent rate of fire with high lethality, but you’ll want to get past the iron sights as soon as possible and stick to mid-range engagements.
– MK2 Carbine
A highly accurate lever-action rifle, the MK2 will neutralize an enemy with two chest shots, or one at the right range, making it deadly in the right hands. Slap on as many mobility-enhancing attachments as possible, and the MK2 Carbine is the best marksman rifle in Modern Warfare.
This should probably be in with the sniper rifle class, but if you’ve played any of the WW2 Call of Duty games you don’t need us to tell you how good this relic is and it’s nice to have the option to make it either a lethal sniper rifle or a quick-scoping phenom.
Silent and agile, this high-performance crossbow fires 20.0″ bolts with exceptional lethality.
Scoped Weapons For Long Range
Sniper Rifles allow you to scout out further distances thanks to their long-range scopes. Despite being able to deal high damage at range, their scoped nature does not make them ideal for close-quarters combat.
Low Rate of Fire
Sniper Rifles are able to deal devastating damage in a single shot. You will need to make them count as their rate of fire is low. Take time to line up your shots in order to deal with maximum damage!
High damage bolt-action sniper rifle – one for the quick scopes, and also it’s relatively mobile for its class. While the golden era of quick-scoping is long gone, the AX-50 is doing its best to bring them back with a gloriously sliky bolt-action and scope-in feel.
The Dragunov is a semi-automatic sniper rifle that’s great for mid-range battles where you can spray freely.
This is basically the new .50 caliber sniper rifle, so expect it to drop enemies with a single body shot.
High-Risk High Reward Weapons
Melee weapons require you to get as close as possible to the enemy to hit them. However, landing a hit with a melee weapon guarantees massive amounts of damage to the enemy!
Ideal For Finishing Off Enemies
Melee weapons are best used for finishing off enemies! If you run out of bullets during a heated gunfight, run up and melee them instead of backing away to reload!
– Riot Shield
The Riot Shield is very effective as a secondary weapon as it protects a large amount of your back.
Lethals are equipment that you throw or place on the ground, such as grenades or mines, to kill enemies. Using lethals at the right timing is the key to your success.
– Frag Grenade
– Proximity Mine
– Throwing Knife
– Molotov Cocktail
Tactical Equipment (Also called Tacticals) are pieces of equipment that can harm and disable an enemy player, but it will not kill them unless they are extremely damaged already.
– Flash Grenade
– Stun Grenade
– Smoke Grenade
– Snapshot Grenade
– Gas Grenade
– Heartbeat Sensor
– Decoy Grenade
Camouflages & Attachments
Camouflages return in Modern Warfare, 103 camos in total are earnable at launch for each weapon!
Weapons have between 50-71 levels, depending on the weapon. Each weapon features over 100 attachments.
Practice more and check your abilities in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Challenges on DreamTeam.