Looking for a breakdown of the best Warzone pistols to use with Akimbo? When Warzone first launched pistols were at the very bottom of the list of best Warzone guns to include in your Warzone loadouts. However, the addition of the Akimbo perk has transformed these middling sidearms into unstoppable close-quarters killers. The obvious con is that you can’t aim down sights with dual pistols, but their hip-fire accuracy and time-to-kill is so good that you won’t need to.
Right now there are several highly viable Akimbo pistol builds for Warzone. The reason these are so powerful is that you only need to get one loadout drop to have a class with Ghost, a long-range primary weapon of your choice, and the pistols can act as your best close-quarters option. If you’re going for a loadout without Overkill then these are the ideal secondary weapons. You can always grab a fully modded Warzone MP5 off an enemy after you eliminate them if you want something with a bit more range.
Below we’ll lay out our picks for the top seven Akimbo pistol builds for Warzone. If you only jumped into Warzone recently then you’ll have quite a hefty grind waiting for you to full level these sidearms up.
The best way to do this without paying for Modern Warfare and grinding multiplayer is to jump into plunder – you’ll spawn in with your favourite loadout and the respawn mechanic means you can afford to just focus on getting kills with your pistols.
Best Akimbo pistols for Warzone
Here are the best Akimbo pistols for Warzone:
- Snake Shot .357
- .50 GS
The Sykov may be one of the most powerful weapons in Warzone’s history, and it’s even more broken when you use the Akimbo perk. There’s almost no chance the Sykov goes on without a nerf, so be sure to use the best Sykov loadout while it’s still powerful: Sorokin 140mm Auto, 80 Round Drums, VLK Prizrak, 5mW Laser, and Akimbo.
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Packed with 80 bullets in each magazine, the Akimbo Sykov gives you more than enough bullets to take down multiple enemies at once. The surprising thing about this weapon is the accuracy – it can easily blast through a magazine and will barely even flinch. This loadout was nerfed in the most recent Warzone update, but it’s still one of the more powerful Akimbo setups in the game.
Call of Duty: Cold War guns are now in Warzone – and so is a formidable new Akimbo loadout featuring the Diamatti three-round burst pistol. The Diamatti loadout we recommend for this pistol is the following: SOCOM Eliminator, 7.2″ Task Force, SWAT 5mW Laser Sight, and the Salvo 30 Rnd Fast Mag.
The Akimbo Diamatti has been known to one-burst at close range – so it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular loadouts at the moment. Though this loadout did receive a nerf, it’s still plenty of fun to use and is surprisingly strong on Rebirth Island.
If you dislike the Diamatti’s burst fire shots, the akimbo M19 might be the weapon for you. This is the best M19 loadout in Warzone: Lightweight Suppressor, 5mW Laser, Lightweight Trigger, and Stippled Grip Tape.
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Though technically not as lethal as the Diamatti setup, the M19 does a great job of wiping out enemies at close range. Use this loadout alongside a sniper rifle build to ensure you can quickly eliminate any flanking enemies. The M19 is stocked 17 bullets in each gun, allowing you to take on two people without needing to reload.
Season 2 Reloaded introduced a number of key changes to several unused weapons in the meta, including the Magnum. This update features a redesigned 4.7” Takedown barrel – now named the Tight Snub barrel, this allows the Magnum to deal more damage to enemies and vehicles. Here’s the loadout you should use for the Magnum: 4.7” Tight Snub, Agency Suppressor, STANAG 12 Rnd Fast Mag, Akimbo, and Ember Sighting Point.
With this loadout, shots to the upper torso now deal 101 damage instead of 82. If you can score two hits to the upper torso within a rapid fire burst, you can take down enemies much faster than before. It’s important to note that you must fire the Akimbo Magnums by firing both guns at the exact same time. If you fire the pistols with gaps in between each shot, the bullet trajectory will drastically pull up.
These Renetti pistols can be modded with burst-fire to massively increase their rate of fire and accuracy. Here’s the best Renetti loadout in Warzone: 5mW Laser, Akimbo, Lightweight Trigger, 27 Round Mags, and Mk3 Burst Mod.
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The Akimbo Renetti will only take an enemy from fully-armoured to downed if you’re in their face as the recoil on these ramps up very quickly. However, they are superb for moving in to clean up a fight after you’ve done the majority of damage with your primary, and few weapons fare better if you’re being pushed. You hardly have to think when using these, just point in the general direction of your enemy and they’ll drop.
Akimbo Snake Shot .357
The Snake Shot loadout that we recommend is the following: .357 Long, Lightweight Trigger, Snake Shot, Akimbo, and 5mW Laser. This Akimbo pistol setup essentially gives you a shotgun in each hand and in close-quarters scraps you can down a fully armoured enemy with just four shots – with Akimbo that’s basically two shots. A recent nerf reduced the range so you have to be very close to an enemy to achieve this feat, hence this taking second spot in our list.
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The laser is key for increasing your sprint to fire speed and hip-fire accuracy, so you can run rings around whoever you’re fighting without worrying about accuracy. There is a steep damage drop-off as with any shotgun, but if you stick with these for clearing buildings and rushing teams then you’ll find them unmatched.
Akimbo Desert Eagle/.50 GS
For this build you want to strap on anything that will fight recoil control, we opt for Rubberized Grip Tape, 5mW Laser, Lightweight Trigger, Akimbo, and 13 Round Mags for our Akimbo Desert Eagle build. These are much trickier to use than the other builds in this Warzone pistols guide.
Just like the Snake Shots, this pistol setup will down with two shots from each handgun, but getting consecutive shots to land with the Deagles is no mean feat. We recommend moving cautiously to keep your hip-fire on point, and only shooting while running if you’re on top of the enemy. The Akimbo .50 GS has a lot of potential, but if you don’t like to leave things up to chance then we wouldn’t recommend it.
This perk and many of the pistols that benefitted from it were nerfed a while ago – though the Diamatti loadout is so powerful that it’s very reminiscent of the Akimbo glory days. If you’re looking for alternative options for clearing out campers, our pick is this best Warzone Origin 12 loadout, which will does a great job of mincing anything it’s pointed at.