Modern Warfare 2 SMG Tier List: The Best Submachine Guns in Modern Warfare 2, Ranked

Move over M4, these can also pack a punch.

by Elliott Gatica

The Submachine Gun (SMG) is typically on the stronger side when it comes to the meta in Call of Duty games. They’re fast, versatile, and can oftentimes outclass their mid-ranged counterpart, the Assault Rifle. As we approach the next generation of CoD, they are still a force to be reckoned with. In terms of Modern Warfare 2, you may be wondering what the best SMGs in the game are and this article will cover you with the information.

Best SMG Tier List in Modern Warfare 2

5. Fennec 45

Last, but not surprising at the least is the Fennec 45. Sad days ahead for the Vector fans out there. This gun sounds amazing, especially with that high rate of fire. However, even with the extremely fast TTK in the game, this gun underperformed. With how violent it sounded, it felt more like a peashooter with too much kickback.

Why use a gun that takes half a clip to kill one person when you can use one that does everything better? Unless you want a challenge, by all means, go for it.

4. Vaznev-9k

The Vaznev is still a solid contender on the list of best SMGs around. It definitely provides a lot in terms of its mid-range capabilities instead of just short-range encounters. The main pitfalls of the Vaznev are the gun’s accuracy and slightly lower ammo capabilities taking into consideration the reserve ammo.

Though when successfully worked on by visiting Gunsmith 2.0 once you know what it is you’ll happily be able to get this gun up to par with other weapons higher on the list.

3. FSS Hurricane


Before you were able to create a custom loadout, you have to use one of the few presets that the game gave you. If you weren’t using the Assault class with the M4, you were most likely using the Phantom-Rusher preset with the throwing knife, Dead Silence Field Upgrade, and most importantly, the FSS Hurricane.

Even without the attachments the game preselected for you, this gun is almost as good as the Lachmann. Sporting a decent mag size and firepower, it even gave the M4 a run for its money. This is the standard-issue SMG for Modern Warfare 2, meaning it’s an overall good gun with little downsides to it (if there even are any).

2. Minibak

There isn’t anything ‘mini’ about the capabilities of this SMG. It has an exquisite ammo capacity with 64 rounds in the cartridge and a 128 reserve backup. The stats even impress with high damage and recoil control.

If there was to be one slight downside to this weapon it would have to be the range which is really short although thankfully with a lot of SMGs you will tend to go and pick a gunfight with a close-range enemy in the first place so there is some flexibility with that fact. With some testing and adjustment, you can get the range levels just right for yourself in no time.

1. Lachmann Sub

The MP5 of this game is such a monster. This kind of gun, in general, has always been at the top of the ranks in every CoD iteration. It’s accurate, fast, and can mow down opponents with ease at short and mid ranges.

With a proper setup, you can easily get killstreaks and scorestreaks to further turn the tide in a multiplayer match. The Lachmann is such a satisfying killing machine for the wielder.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and PC.

- This article was updated on November 3rd, 2022

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