Best Modern Warfare 2 M16 Loadout

The standard issue assault rifles M4 and its sibling M16 have been the staple of the CoD franchise for as long as anyone can remember. The trusty M16 returns once again with the launch of CoD Modern Warfare 2, and if you are looking for an easy-to-use yet hard-hitting burst rifle, then look no further.

To unlock M16, first, you must make a class based around the M4 weapon platform. M4 is available from the start, so simply create a class with it and get started. Leveling up the M4 to level 18 will unlock the 556 Icarus receiver. This will allow you to switch to Icarus LMG and start leveling that up.

Continue playing with 556 Icarus till it reaches level 13. On level 13 of the 556 Icarus progression tree, you will unlock the M16 receiver, and the weapon will be available to use.

We have crafted this guide with some ideal loadouts and class setups, with easy-to-manage recoil for medium to long-range fights, for those who prefer the ease and comfort of the M16 over other assault rifles in Call of Duty Modern Warfare II.

Best M16 loadout


  • Optic: Slimline Pro
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammo: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Rear Grip: Sakin ZX Grip
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag

This M16 build and class setup is all about medium-range engagements while covering your flanks. Since the setup revolves around playing slowly and around angles instead of rushing in, we have selected attachments for the M16 that give you an edge when it comes to distance fights instead of sprint speed or ADS speed.

The Slimline Pro provides an excellent precision sight picture, providing a clear view of the surrounding. You will have no hindrance when aiming down sight and can land shots precisely on the enemies.

In long-range combat, recoil stabilization and aiming stability are very crucial. To improve these aspects, Commando Foregrip is added to our attachments. Your gun control will improve much due to this addition.

To further stabilize the gun, the Sakin ZX Grip is included. It provides a boost in recoil control, helping in taking down enemies from long-range shots.

The 5.56 High-Velocity ammo and 45 Round Magazine are included to increase our ammo capacity and improve projectile velocity.

Best secondary weapon

To make up for the lack of fire rate in close combat. The inclusion of X13 Auto as the secondary weapon makes the most sense. It gives you the damage and fire rate to take down the enemies in close range. You will have a perfect combination to cater for every combat in Modern Warfare 2.

Best perks and equipment

The basic perks include Strong Arm and Tracker. Strong Arm allows you to throw the equipment to a distant area and also see the trajectory of the equipment. The tracker will enable you to trace the enemies as they leave behind a trail. Also, you can see the enemy death markers.

With Spotter as a bonus perk, you will have a vision of enemy equipment through the walls. You can easily hack the mines or C4 laid down by the enemies, taking away their cover to unleash attack from behind.

The Quick Fix is an excellent inclusion in our perks. It improves your survivability by providing health generation over enemy kills. If you capture objectives, the generation rate will increase, keeping you alive more during combat with enemies.

  • Base Perk 1: Strong Arm
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix

The Shock Stick is perfect for destroying enemy equipment and causing malfunction in enemy vehicles. You can combine it with the Tracker perk to destroy enemy equipment effortlessly.

Frag Grenade is an excellent tool to get extra kills or clear areas for your team. With the inclusion of a Portable Radar, you can know the location of nearby enemies due to the emitted radar ping. Knowing the position of the enemies wins you half the battle, so it’s a great tool to have in your class.

  • Tactical: Shock Stick
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Portable Radar

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