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Out of any weapon that was usable in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta, the M16 might have actually been the least used. This has nothing to do with its performance, however. Instead, either players simply didn’t know how to unlock it or they didn’t want to put in the effort to unlock it. Either way, unlocking the M16 is a worthwhile endeavor, as the assault rifle has a tremendous loadout in Modern Warfare 2.
In order to unlock the M16 in MW2, players have to rank up the M4 Platform completely. This means unlocking every single Receiver after the base M4 one. Players need to rank up the M4, FTAC Recon, FSS Hurricane, and the 556 Icarus in order to access the M16 Receiver. From there, players are able to equip the rifle and begin leveling it up to access its best set of attachments.
Best M16 loadout in Modern Warfare 2
As veteran Call of Duty players know, the M16 is a three-round burst weapon. It has been included in every single Infinity Ward title since the original Modern Warfare in 2007. While the M16 has seen a reduction in performance since those days, it’s still considered a top-notch weapon given how fast it can kill enemies. If players manage to hit all three bullets to an enemy’s head, they will eliminate that enemy. This means if players are accurate, it only takes one burst to get a kill.
However, to achieve that kind of performance with greater success, players want to equip the M16’s best attachments in MW2.
- Muzzle: Forge-Tac Castle Comp
- Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
- Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
- Rear Grip: Sakin ZX Grip
- Underbarrel: VX Pineapple Vert Grip
This loadout for the M16 will increase its accuracy above all else. Players won’t have to worry too much about having their bursts go astray, which certainly boosts the M16’s viability in MW2.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.