Modern Warfare 2 M16: How To Unlock & Best Attachments

Nov 18, 2022 · 19


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Modern Warfare 2 is full of recognizable weapons from the previous Call Of Duty games. The M4 and RPK make their return, and the Lachmann Sub bares a striking resemblance to the MP5. However, one of the most recognizable guns within Modern Warfare 2 has to be the M16, which first made its appearance back in the original Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare.

All of you must already be familiar with the M16. It is a 3-round-burst Assault Rifle that leads the way in mid-to-long-range engagements. The gun itself has moderate recoil and range and is tailored for players who have high-precision accuracy. While this gun is tied with the M4 in terms of fire rate and reload speed, the M16 does possess a slightly longer aim-down-sight speed.

Unlock The M16 In Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 M16: How To Unlock & Best Attachments

The M16 is another weapon that cannot be unlocked through the traditional sense of ranking up because it is a part of the M4 Weapon Platform. Therefore, players will have to progress through the M4 Weapon Tree in order to gain access to this gun. First and foremost, you will need to reach level 4 to gain access to Custom Loadouts -- This will give you access to the M4 and the game's weapon progression system to start earning Weapon XP. Next, you will need to reach Weapon Level 18 with the M4 to gain access to the 556 Icarus Light-Machine Gun and then progress it to Weapon Level 13 to unlock the M16.

Players who have the Vault Edition of Modern Warfare 2 do not have to follow these steps because the whole M4 platform is already available to them.

The Best Attachments For The M16

Modern Warfare 2 M16: How To Unlock & Best Attachments

Attachments Pros Cons
ECHOLESS-80 (Muzzle)
  • Sound Suppression
  • Bullet Velocity
  • Damage Range
  • Recoil Smoothness
  • Aim Down Sight Speed
  • Aiming Stability
FSS SHARKFIN 90 (Underbarrel)
  • Aiming Idle Stability
-
S7 MINI (Optic)
  • Precision Sight Picture
  • Aim Down Sight Speed
SAKIN ZX GRIP (Rear Grip)
  • Recoil Control
  • Aiming Stability
SCHLAGER PEQ BOX IV (Laser)
  • Aim Down Sight Speed
-

Finding the right attachments can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to stock and barrel attachments. We do not recommend utilizing a barrel attachment as they significantly nerf the damage range and bullet velocity of this gun. Likewise, we have not chosen a stock attachment either, as they can harm aim-down-sight speed and movement speed quite significantly.

Attachments like the ECHOLESS-80 muzzle works wonders at increasing the M16's effective range. It also offers sound suppression to keep you off the mini-map and even smooth out the recoil. The FSS SHARKFIN 90 and SAKIN ZX GRIP will improve the recoil control and aiming idle stability, making this weapon much more controllable to increase your accuracy for mid-to-long range engagements. Lastly, the SCHLAGER PEQ BOX IV will bump up the aim-down-sight speed of the M16 to compensate for the speed reduction brought on by the previous attachments.

Secondary Recommendations

Modern Warfare 2 M16: How To Unlock & Best Attachments

For this class set-up, we strongly recommend that you carry a swap-to-weapon to utilize in close-range gunfights. While the M16 can definitely be used in this regard, it can often be quite slow and relies on you being able to land all your shots in quick succession -- something that is hard to do up close with a burst weapon. The ideal secondary weapon is the X13 Auto, a machine pistol that has a high DPS but burns through its ammunition fairly quickly. When running this gun, definitely utilize an extended magazine for extra ammo capacity.

Another fine option is the X12, but players will need to have a quick trigger finger and high accuracy to perform well with it. Regardless, this gun can be a reliable swap-to-weapon, especially with an extended magazine attachment or even when it's running Dual Wield.

Best Perks

Modern Warfare 2 M16: How To Unlock & Best Attachments

Base Perks Bonus Perk (Earned in Match) Ultimate Perk (Earned in Match)
Battle Hardened & Scavenger Fast Hands Ghost

Accuracy is key with the M16, so it is important that you carry perks that support this. The first perk we recommend you use is Battle Hardened, as it will minimize the effectiveness of enemy stuns, allowing you to recover quickly. This is especially useful when you are guarding key choke points or you are sitting at a good vantage point and do not want to be disturbed by tactical equipment.

The second perk we recommend is Scavenger. Players with a high kill-death ratio will likely burn through their ammunition in both their primary and secondary quite easily. Though the M16 can be quite forgiving in this regard - because it can eliminate players in a few bursts - Scavenger is still a better option.

Your bonus perk should definitely be Fast Hands. This way, you can quickly reload your primary as well as fast swapping to your secondary in situations where you are vulnerable.

Lastly, we recommend you utilize Ghost to keep you off the radar whilst enemy UAVs are active, as you will be unable to take down enemy killstreaks because you won't be carrying a launcher for this loadout. It is also counterintuitive not to run Ghost, especially when you are already utilizing a suppressor.

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