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Best TAQ-56 loadout in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

A wonderfully functional mid-range assault rifle.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 players generally have a choice to make when it comes to selecting primary weapon platforms: fast-firing or hard-hitting. The TAQ-56 offers both in a modern assault rifle package, although unlocking everything you need to make this weapon truly shine is a bit of an uphill grind. For those that are willing to explore, however, maximizing the potential of this weapon results in a nearly unparalleled mid-range rifle that packs a massive punch: here’s the best loadout for the TAQ-56.

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Best accessories for the TAQ-56

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  • Barrel — 14.5″ Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Muzzle — RF Crown 50
  • Stock — TV XLine Pro
  • Rear Grip — Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Optic — XTEN Angel -40

The TAQ-56 is a slower-firing assault rifle that packs a punch: it’s one of the highest damage rifles in the game at launch, and properly exploiting this turns this weapon into a monster. The worst part of the native TAQ-56 is its slow ADS speed, which can be mitigated with a bit of a grind, including both the TAQ-V and TAQ-M.

Players will need to unlock the Demo Cleanshot Grip by bringing the TAQ-V up to level 13. The TAQ-V is a battle rifle with slightly higher damage than the TAQ-56, and operates similarly to the TAQ-56 with superiority in mid to long-range engagements. Once the rear grip has been unlocked, the second grind is for the stock piece, the TV XLine Pro. Players will need to reach level 20 with the marksman rifle TAQ-M. While the TV XLine Pro states that it will unlock at level 14, it won’t actually unlock until level 20.

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Players may want to switch the RF Crown 50 onto a suppressor, but the stock and rear grip offer increased ADS speed while sacrificing recoil control. The Crown helps mitigate this heavy recoil to keep players on target for far longer, helping maintain effective fire during prolonged engagements and rapid target shifting mid-magazine. The optic, the XTEN Angel -40 can be left to user preference: aim for a comfortable mid-range sight that will let you assist on close and mid-range targets.

For your tactical and lethal utilities, try smoke grenades with fragmentation. Smoke grenades can help capture points by cutting off line-of-sight from enemy snipers, or to quell a CQB rush from the enemy team. Fragmentation grenades can help encourage enemies not to push through the smoke. High Alert is an ideal ultimate perk for mouse aimers, as they can quickly flick toward enemies and win the engagement; controller users may find Ghost or Birdseye better ultimate perks.

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Chris Davenport
Chris Davenport is a freelance writer for Gamepur. He's been writing video game guides for the past five years and has been featured on GameRant.