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So far in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there has been no set meta established, even in the slightest. While there are certainly guns being used more than others in multiplayer, this mainly stems from the fact that these weapons are simply unlocked first. In the competitive scene, professional players are still figuring out which weapons are considered a length above the rest.

However, there is one common sight among pro players, specifically the SMG players. That sight is the Vaznev-9K being used as the top SMG in Modern Warfare 2, mainly in part thanks to its best loadout.

The Vaznev-9K is a part of the Kastov Weapon Platform. In order to unlock it, players need to first level up the Kastov-776, then the Kastov-545, and finally the Kastov-74u. Once those guns are leveled up to the right rank, players will be able to equip the Vaznev-9K Receiver and begin leveling this SMG up in the Gunsmith. After players have ascended to the SMG’s max level, they will be able to equip its strongest loadout, which is recommended by the pros.

Best Vaznev-9K loadout in Modern Warfare 2

The Vaznev-9K is incredibly strong at both close and medium range. With the right attachments, it has virtually no recoil, solid damage range, and great mobility. This is all capped off by an above-average fire rate that usually gives players an upper hand in gunfights.

  • Muzzle: AVR-T90 Comp
  • Barrel: KAS-1 381mm
  • Laser: STOVL Dr Laser Box
  • Stock: Markeev R7 Stock
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip
Vaznev-9K loadout Modern Warfare
Provided by Activision

If players really want to use the Vaznev-9K as more of an assault rifle, they can equip the SA Response III barrel over the Kas-1. However, this barrel decreases mobility across the board, so it’s not recommended for those who want to play at closer ranges. This loadout is professionally approved, primarily being used by OpTic Texas’ Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro.

Best Vaznev-9k class setup in Modern Warfare 2

If you want to go a step further, then you can look at our recommendations for the best perks, equipment, and secondary weapon for the Vaznev-9k’s loadout.


  • Base Perks – Battle Hardened, Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk – Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk – Quick Fix

Secondary Weapon

  • Combat Knife


  • Lethal – Frag or Semtex Grenade
  • Tactical – Stim

The perks we’ve chosen complement a rushing playstyle. Battle Hardened and Bomb Squad give players the ultimate protection against equipment, which is important when playing aggressively. Fast Hands provides a faster reload and equipment throwing speed while Quick Fix heals players after they get a kill.

As for the secondary, the trusty knife is the best all-around choice. It allows players to run faster and gives them an option at close-range if they run out of bullets. Finally, we have the basic Frag or Semtex Grenade as the lethal choice and the Stim as the tactical choice.