Modern Warfare: Best Weapon Setups & Gun Tier List (2021)

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2021 (CoD MW) Best Weapon and Guns Tier list, including updated guides for more info on the best guns, weapon attachments, setups, builds, season 6 & more!!!

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Season 6 Best Weapons Tier List

Season 6

Season 6 is underway. It debuts 2 new guns. One is the SPR 208, an unlockable marksman rifle at Tier 15. The second weapon is the AS VAL, an unlockable AR on Tier 31 of the Season 6 Battle Pass.

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SPR 208 - S Rank

SPR 208

SPR 208 is one of the best semi-auto marksman rifle thanks to its high damage, large default magazine size, good aim-down sight and hip fire accuracy. It can one-shot-kill at all ranges if you hit the target's upper torso. Its superior stats and handling earns it an S rank.

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AS VAL - S Rank

AS VAL

AS VAL's insane fire rate and good damage gives it a very fast time-to-kill (TTK). Its recoil is quite high but is quite controllable in close-mid range fights, and comes with a built-in suppressor for all barrels. Therefore, it gets an S Rank.

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Modern Warfare: Best Guns & Weapons - Tier List & Setups (Beginner)

Recommended Weapons For Beginners

Details of these recommended weapons can be found below!!!

M4A1 - Attachments & Setup

M4A1
Check Out M4A1 Weapon Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

The M4A1 is an accurate and fast firing assault rifle that can easily be controlled. This beginner friendly weapon allows new players to get a good grasp of the game mechanics. Despite losing some of its effectiveness in some updates, it's still an extremely reliable weapon!

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Recommended Attachments

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Kilo 141 - Attachments & Setup

Kilo 141
Check Out Kilo 141 Weapon Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

Possesses a high rate of fire, but packs less of a punch when compared to the M4A1. Despite this, it has better handling than the former. This weapon is unlocked at Level 1 and will be a useful weapon up until the end game.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For Kilo 141 Here!

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PKM - Attachments & Setup

PKM
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The PKM features a large magazine size, good accuracy, and a decent fire rate. This can be used to run & gun with the right setup. This weapon is obtainable in the early game and scales well with its great selection of attachments.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For PKM Here!

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MP5 - Attachments & Setup

MP5
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The MP5 is a very accurate and stable close range weapon. Its high DPS makes it excellent in enclosed environments. This weapon also has a variety of attachments which you can equip to suit your playstyle.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For MP5 Here!

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MP7 - Attachments & Setup

MP7
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Weapon Tier And Overview

A weapon with a high fire rate in a controllable, can even outshoot opponents that shot first. An excellent weapon for fast-paced, run & gun action!

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How To Get MP7 Early

How To Get MP7 Early

You can get the custom MP7 blueprint by completing the Boot Camp challenge mission. You will be able to use the MP7 blueprint as soon as you unlock this in the Armory!

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AUG - Attachments & Setup

AUG SMG Basic Information
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The AUG is a very decent SMG with great control and selection of attachments, and is immediately available after unlocking custom loadouts. It can be used in close to mid-range combat and is reliable even if hip-fired.

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Recommended Attachments

AttachmentReason
407mm Extended Barrel407mm Extended BarrelIncreases range, bullet velocity, and recoil control at the cost of the ADS Speed.
5.56 NATO 60-Round Drums5.56 NATO 60-Round DrumsMore damage, more ammo. While it does reduce your mobility and your fire rate, it increases range and damage output.

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M91 - Attachments & Setup

M91
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Weapon Tier And Overview

A weapon that can lock down corridors and provide fire support by using the Mount mechanics. Effective against drones and helicopters for its longer range.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For M91 Here!

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HDR - Attachments & Setup

HDR Sniper Rifle
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A sniper rifle that is able to one-shot players at most ranges, despite having lower bullet velocity. A weapon that can shine in maps with great height differences by sniping through obstacles, but require some skills to use effectively.

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Recommended Attachments

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725 - Attachments & Setup

725
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The 725 is a double-barrel shotgun that is effective in both close to mid range. It guarantees a kill when used in close quarters.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For 725 Here!

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Renetti - Attachments & Setup

Renetti
Check out Renetti Stats here!

Weapon Tier And Overview

Renetti has decent range and extremely easy to control recoil, making it a solid sidearm for beginner players that can't handle the wild recoil of .50 GS or .357. It performs decently in most handgun ranges and is a reliable sidearm for players that don't want a launcher or knife as sidearm and prefer not to use Overkill Perk.

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Recommended Attachments

Pocket SMG Setup

Quick & Accurate Burst Weapon

This setup essentially turns the Renetti into a SMG thanks to its quick burst capabilities. It has the advantage of negligible recoil, almost non-existent ADS speed and fast swapping compared to bringing another SMG with Overkill Perk.

Does Not Need Any Stock

Based on out testing, Desperado Pro Compensator provides the best balance between recoil cut & aiming down sight speed, so no need to use stocks attachments for this setup.

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Modern Warfare: Best Guns & Weapons - Tier List & Setups (Veterans)

Recommended Weapons For Veterans

Details of these recommended weapons can be found below!!!

M13 - Attachments & Setup

M13
Check Out M13 Weapon Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

A slightly upgraded version of the M4A1, the M13 boasts generally better stats but sacrifices a bit in the Damage and Mobility department.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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AK-47 - Attachments & Setup

AK-47
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The AK-47 is a strong and reliable assault rifle that deals a substantial amount of damage to enemies. However, its recoil makes this weapon hard to handle and is only recommended for veterans of the game.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For AK-47 Here!

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R9-0 Shotgun - Attachments & Setup

R9-0 Shotgun
Check Out R9-0 Shotgun Weapon Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

The R9-0 is a special shotgun with a large magazine size. It is able to fire off two shots before needing to be pumped, allowing you to deliver follow up shots if your first shot did not fully kill an enemy. It can one-shot people reliably with the right attachments.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For R9-0 Here!

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RAM-7 - Attachments & Setup

RAM-7 Assault Rifle
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The RAM-7 is an extremely versatile rifle that boasts great control and accuracy. It can accurately hit targets from mid to long range if you can master its recoil, and requires only a few bullets to down enemies.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Get 2 Headshots using Assault Rifles in 25 different matches

Recommended Attachments

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P90 - Attachments & Setup

P90
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The P90 is a high fire-rate SMG that comes with a hefty ammo capacity. Certain attachments can make it into an accurate rifle with decent range, without sacrificing mobility, its hip-fire accuracy, and fire-rate.

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Recommended Attachments

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CR-56 AMAX - Attachments & Setup

CR-56 AMAX
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The CR-56 AMAX scales well with Verdansk's large open world as it a balanced version of the AK-47. With proper attachments, the CR-56 AMAX can be used as a versatile Marksman Rifle or as a very dependable close to mid-range Assault Rifle.

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Get 3 Gunbutt kills while using an Assault Rifle in 10 different matches.

Recommended Attachments

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AN94 AR - Attachments & Setup

AN94 AR
Check Out The AN94 Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

The AN94 is a deadly weapon in the right hands. Its unique firing mode will allow you to keep your shots accurate due to the weapon's low recoil. If you can quickly track and aim down at your targets, getting kills will be easy for you.

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Get 2 Hipfire Kills using an Assault Rifle in 7 different matches

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MG34 - Attachments & Setup

MG34 Light Machine Gun
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Weapon Tier And Overview

An LMG with a fast fire rate that quickly eats up its small magazine size may require some skill to wield. However, fitting this weapon with various attachments will bring out the true potential of this weapon.

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Recommended Attachments

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MK2 Carbine - Attachments & Setup

MK2 Carbine Marksman Rifle
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The MK2 Carbine is a strong Marksman Rifle that is highly accurate and can put down an enemy with a well placed shot. However, it has a low rate of fire when compared to other weapon types, making it a tricky weapon to use.

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For MK2 Carbine Here!

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.357 - Attachments & Setup

.357 Handgun
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The .357 is an accurate and deadly handgun, excellent for finishing off enemies during fights. However, its low fire rate requires a player with precise aim to bring out the best in this weapon. It can become a semi-shotgun with the right attachments

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Recommended Attachments

Check Out The Best Custom Loadout For .357 Here!

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Holger-26 - Attachments & Setup

Holger-26
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The Holger-26 is an LMG that can be outfitted with attachments that can make it into an accurate and sound Assault Rifle. This in turn allows you to fire accurate shots without the need to reload frequently.

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Get 2 Longshot kills using Light Machine Guns in 25 different matches.

Recommended Attachments

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Oden - Attachments & Setup

Oden
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The Oden is a bullpup style assault rifle which uses 12.7 x 55mm ammunition, allowing it to deal high damage. Despite its high damage, it punishes you for missing your shots due to its low mag size.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Recommended Attachments

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FR 5.56 - Attachments & Setup

FR 5.56
Check Out FR 5.56 Weapon Stats

Weapon Tier And Overview

The burst-fire only FR 5.56 may prove to be unwieldy to those used to an automatic assault rifle. But with enough precision and patience, landing a well-placed burst from this weapon will often times reward you with a clean kill.

Check out Best Assault Rifle List & Setup Guide here!

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Recommended Attachments

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SKS - Attachments & Setup

SKS
Check out SKS Marksman Rifle Stats here!

SKS can shoot very fast with manageable recoil up to decent ranges, knowing how to control the first shot recoil will be key to your success with this weapon. It'll work better in open maps with open areas like Ground War.

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Using a Sniper or Marksman Rifle, Get 2 Longshot Kills that are Headshots in 15 different matches.

Recommended Attachments

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Bruen Mk9 - Attachments & Setup

Mk9 Bruen
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Weapon Tier And Overview

The Bruen Mk9 is an LMG that features decent fire rate and low recoil when compared to other LMGs in its class. Its wide variety of attachments allows you to customize the weapon to fit your play style, and make it excel at certain combat situations!

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Get 3 kills when the enemy is near smoke using an LMG in 15 different matches

Recommended Attachments

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Fennec - Attachments & Setup

Fennec
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Weapon Tier And Overview

Fennec has a very easy to control recoil that can hit enemies consistently, same with the Grau 5.56. Its fast fire rate makes missing shots not as painful as slower firing weapons. This loadout works as it keeps things simple at most ranges, with no weird recoil pattern to master.

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Get 5 kills while using an SMG with the Solozero Optics Mini Reflex and Ranger Foregrip in 10 different matches.

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Best Weapon & Gun Evaluation Criteria

The above weapons were selected based on the following criteria:

Versatility

The best weapons must also be able to allow the player adapt to different situations, whether it be in long-range, or close combat situations. These weapons must allow players to be a threat at any given circumstance.

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High Damage Or Fire Rate

The best weapons in the game must also be able to dish out major damage, either by being able to deal tons of damage, or by unloading bullets at a fast rate.

High Accuracy Or Low Recoil

A great weapon must not only be able to deal high damage, but also hit its target consistently. Guns with a high accuracy, or low recoil are selected because of this.

Beginner-Friendly

In the later section of the article, weapons selected must be easy to use or in other words, beginner-friendly. These weapons must be able to allow new players to play competitively.

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Can Improve Veteran Gameplay

The first half of this article focus on weapons that can help veteran players play better, if they can control the weapon. Unlike beginner friendly weapons, these weapons usually has certain traits that the user must be able to control.

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