How to unlock all weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Learn all the weapon unlock levels in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 so you can work towards the guns you want.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, one of the most confusing aspects for new players to wrap their heads around is how to unlock weapons. Some guns start available, others require you to reach a certain class level, and some demand you level up a given gun to an arbitrary level. 

If you want to know how to unlock weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you have to arduously go through each weapon class menus and check the details. To save you that time, we’ve put together a list of all weapon unlock levels in Modern Warfare 2 at release with details on how to unlock them. 

How to unlock all weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

How to unlock all weapons in Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2 - an image of the weapon progression tree
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We’ve split our list of how to unlock all weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by weapon class, then broken down each based on those unlocked through regular levels, followed by listing those you need to level up other weapons for. Scroll down to the weapon type you’re after to quickly check how to unlock the gun you want.

Melee Weapons

  • Riot Shield: Reach Level 37


  • P890: Unlocked at start
  • .50 GS: Reach Level 13
  • X12: Reach Level 31
  • Basilisk: Reach Level 39
  • X13 Auto: Reach Level 10 with the X12


  • Vel 46: Unlocked at start
  • PDSW 528: Reach Level 5
  • Fennec 45: Reach Level 38
  • FSS Hurricane: Reach Level 16 with FTAC Recon (BR)
  • MX9: Reach Level 13 with STB 556 (AR)
  • Lachmann Sub: Reach Level 12 with Lachman-556 (BR)
  • Vaznev-9K: Reach Level 15 with Kastov-74u
  • Minibak: Reach Level 14 with Vaznev-9K (appears to be bugged and unlocked at Level 18 with Katsov-74u)


  • Bryson 800: Unlocked at start
  • Expedite 12: Reach Level 9
  • Lockwood 300: Reach Level 36
  • Bryson 890: Reach Level 16 with Bryson 800

Assault Rifles

  • M4: Unlock at start
  • TAQ-56: Reach Level 19
  • Kastov 762: Reach Level 23
  • STB 556: Reach Level 41
  • Lachmann-556: Reach Level 13 with Lachman-762 (BR)
  • Kastov 545: Reach Level 10 with Kastov 762
  • Kastov-74u: Reach Level 13 with Kastov 545
  • M16: Reach Level 13 on 556 Icarus (LMG)

Battle Rifles

  • Lachman-762: Reach Level 16
  • FTAC Recon: Reach Level 13 with M4 (AR)
  • TAQ-V: Reach Level 11 with TAQ-56 (AR)
  • SO-14: Reach Level 12 with EBR-14 (MR)
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 how to unlock all weapons - an image of the  EBR-14 progression tree
© Activision

Marksman Rifles

  • EBR-14: Unlocked at start
  • SP-R 208: Reach Level 7
  • Lockwood Mk2: Reach Level 28
  • SA-B 50: Reach Level 13 with SP-R 208
  • LM-S: Reach Level 17 with Lachmann-762 (BR)
  • TAQ-M: Reach Level 20 with TAQ-56 (AR)

Sniper Rifles

  • MCPR-300: Unlocked at start
  • Signal 50: Reach Level 44
  • LA-B 330: Reach Level 16 with SA-B 50 (MR)
  • SP-X 80: Reach Level 17 with LA-B 330


  • Sakin MG38: Unlocked at start
  • RAAL MG: Reach Level 25
  • 556 Icarus: Reach Level 18 with M4
  • RAPP H: Reach Level 16 with Lachmann-556 (AR)
  • RPK: Reach Level 16 with Kastov 762 (AR)
  • HCR 56: Reach Level 20 with STB 556 (AR)


  • PILA: Unlock at start
  • STRELA-P: Reach Level 14
  • JOKR: Reach Level 24
  • RPG-7: Reach Level 32

Tactical Utility

  • Stun Grenade: Reach Level 15
  • Decoy Grenade: Reach Level 19
  • Stim: Reach Level 29
  • Tear Gas: Reach Level 33
  • Heartbeat Sensor: Reach Level 40
  • Snapshot Grenade: Reach Level 46

Lethal Utility

  • Molotov Cocktail: Reach Level 17
  • Semtex: Reach Level 20
  • C4: Reach Level 23
  • Claymore: Reach Level 25
  • Thermite: Reach Level 36
  • Throwing Knife: Reach Level 54

Now that you know how to unlock weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you can make sure that you’re working towards the guns you want! Be sure to also keep in mind all the Perk unlock levels  and all Killstreaks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well when building your custom loadouts. Check out the full controls for PC, Xbox, and Playstation to ensure you’re ready to tackle the online arena.

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