The classic three-round burst of the M16 assault rifle will feel better than ever if you utilize its best loadout in MW2.

The M16 is an iconic three-round burst assault rifle in Call of Duty. It has been a fan-favorite weapon for a long time in the franchise and makes a triumphant return in Modern Warfare 2. The AR is dominant a medium ranges and the right attachments make it a nightmare for the opposing team. If you’re looking to put the best loadout together for the M16 in MW2 multiplayer, look no further.

How to unlock the M16 assault rifle

The weapon path for the M4 ends its top branch with the M16.
The M16 is the last weapon to unlock in the top branch of the M4 Weapon Platform (Image via

The grind to unlock the M16 in MW2 won’t take an incredibly long time, but you will have to put in some work. Use any Double Weapon X Tokens that are available and head into modes that will offer high-kill games, such as Ground War, Invasion, or Team Deathmatch.

After you’ve got your plan in place to rack up the XP, here’s how to acquire the M16:

  • Create a custom loadout with the M4 assault rifle after reaching Military Rank 4
  • Use the M4 in multiplayer until the weapon level is 15 to unlock the 556 Icarus light machine gun
  • Equip the 556 Icarus and get its weapon level to 12 to unlock the M16

Anyone who purchased the Vault Edition of Modern Warfare 2 won’t have to worry about grinding through the M4 Weapon Platform. The Vault Edition comes with the entire M4 tree available at the start as one of its bonus rewards.

The best M16 loadout in MW2

The best loadout for the M16 in MW2 has five attachments and provides many buffs to the assault rifle.
These attachments add some solid improvements to the M16 assault rifle (Image via

The more you use the M16 in MW2’s multiplayer modes, the faster you’ll have all of the attachments needed for its best loadout. Then you can equip them on the assault rifle and run rampant in whatever setting you’d like.

  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Underbarrel: SPW 40mm
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Stock: Demo Fade Pro Stock
  • Rear Grip: XTEN Grip

These attachments will do nothing but improve the M16. Its recoil control is already great and will be made that much better. The weapon’s damage stays the same, remaining high, alongside its fire rate. Mobility receives a slight boost and lastly, an underbarrel grenade launcher gives it that extra flavor. You’ll be able to clear objectives with some quick explosives before moving in and bursting down whoever is unlucky enough to remain.

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