The best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles

The best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles deal massive damage at a decent range, though you need to be able to handle the recoil as these weapons kick back

The best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles: a soldier holding a battle rifle over his shoulder

Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles are a new weapon type for the Call of Duty series, and they might even be a new favourite for some thanks to their similarity to some of the best assault rifles in the multiplayer game. The best battle rifle in Modern Warfare 2 is the TAQ-V, with its immense power, you’ll be able to two-shot anyone, even at range. The Lachmann 762 is a more conservative choice if you want to extend a firefight over a long distance. All of the battle rifles are listed below with their strengths, weaknesses, and ideal loadouts.

The best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles

Here are the best Modern Warfare 2 battle rifles:

  • Lachmann-762
  • FTAC Recon
  • TAQ-V
  • SO-14

Modern Warfare 2 Best Lachman-762 Loadout: The Lachmann 762 encased in foam in the Gunsmith menu

Lachmann-762

Our best Lachmann-762 loadout helps with this gun’s recoil and handling, and it’s a great rifle at longer range, while its damage and fire rate is similar to the others in this list. As with the FTAC below, we’ve gone for the VX Pineapple Vert Grip for this reason, while the 15.9” Lachmann Rapp Barrel improves the weapon’s time-to-kill speed and recoil control.

Modern Warfare 2 best FTAC Recon loadout: the FTAC Recon encased in foam

FTAC Recon

If you value damage over accuracy and range, then the FTAC Recon is for you. This is the only battle rifle to come with just ten rounds in it as standard which is why we’ve gone for the 15 Round Mag – you’ll only want to use this weapon if you’re confident with your accuracy. Don’t forget to use the Sakin ZX Grip which improves steadiness and hip accuracy. Check out the best FTAC Recon loadout to learn why we’ve picked these exact attachments.

The best battle rifles in Modern Warfare 2: a TAQ V battle rifle sits in a cushioned gun case

TAQ-V

While you sacrifice the most insignificant amount of handling and damage compared to the FTAC, range and – crucially – accuracy and recoil control are considerably better, while all other stats remain roughly the same. To get the most out of this battle rifle, we have the best TAQ-V loadout here so you can dominate on the battlefield.

The best battle rifles in Modern Warfare 2: a SO 14 sits in a cushioned gun case

SO-14

SO-14 is the least manageable of the battle rifles, featuring the worst recoil control by quite some margin. It also has poor mobility and handling, all forsaken for a massively improved fire rate, though you may have to deal with huge kickback with each shot. The best SO-14 loadout will help you curb that recoil somewhat, so make sure you check it out.

If you’re still not sure about this new weapon type, then you can always weigh up all your options in one place with our best Modern Warfare 2 guns guide. And if you are trying out one of the battle rifles, particularly the TAQ-V, then make sure you pair it up with a good close-range weapon, perhaps one of the best shotguns or SMGs to handle enemies at every range.