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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 New Gunsmith System Explained

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 features an exciting new Gunsmith system, giving more control over loadouts. Here's what you need to know.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 New Gunsmith System Explained

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 features an exciting new Gunsmith system to give players better control over their loadouts. While it may seem challenging to understand, the new Gunsmith 2.0 system will allow you to create unique weapons catered to the preferred playstyle. 

This guide details how the new Gunsmith system works in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, including the Weapon Platform system and Weapon Vault blueprint.

How Does Gunsmith 2.0 in Modern Warfare 2 Work?

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The M4 will be the first weapon available for play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. (Picture: Activision)

There are a few new features in the CoD Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith 2.0 that we will cover. You can find detailed information about each below.

Weapons Platform

The Weapons Platform enables a collection of up to 5 weapons that share a full pool of attachments; this means you can share attachments between these weapons without needing to re-unlock each item.

Weapon Platform specific attachments include:

  • Receiver 

  • Barrel

  • Magazine

  • Stock

  • Rear Grip

Note: Specific Weapon Platforms will still require you to unlock their attachments 


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The Receiver is a modification that can completely change the class of the weapon. (Picture: Activision)

You can further customize the gun using one of five other universal attachments via the Receiver. Editing the Receiver will allow you to change the gun class using the Gunsmith 2.0 system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. These are the universal attachments you can change:

Universal Attachments:

  • Muzzle

  • Underbarrel

  • Ammunition 

  • Laser 

  • Optic

Note: Once unlocked, all Universal Attachments can be shared across weapons capable of being equipped with them.

Weapon Stats

Weapon stats enable you to see essential information about your Weapon Platform. (Picture: Activision)

Another new feature in Modern Warfare 2 is Weapon Stats, which includes seven different stats in a bar format. These stats will display which attachments are essential for an optimal Loadout. These stats include: 

  • Damage – The damage an enemy takes when shot by the weapon.

  • Fire Rate – How rapidly the weapon can shoot.

  • Range – How far the weapon can fire before accuracy and bullet velocity tails off.

  • Accuracy – How accurate the weapon is both when aimed from the hip and when aiming down its sights.

  • Recoil Control – How much recoil the weapon has and the maximum amount of hip-fire spread.

  • Mobility – How deftly you can move with your feet while holding the weapon

  • Handling – How swiftly you can move with the weapon, including reloading and aiming down sights.

Weapons Vault

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The new FJX Cinder Weapon Vault will be available in the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. (Picture: Activision)

The FJX Cinder Weapons Vault is the perfect example of how players can utilize the Weapons Platform.

The Weapon Vault is a new feature as the Ultimate Weapons Blueprint; they can instantly unlock dozens of attachments. These attachments are crafted for a specific cosmetic appearance that won't disrupt the weapon's effectiveness.

Firing Range

Another new feature will be the Firing Range in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. This feature allows you to test out all the available attachments to make your best loadout in the game without ruining your K/D.

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Cosmetic changes like charms and appearance can also be made in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. (Picture: Activision)

Aside from customizing the build of the weapon, you can also change the cosmetic appearance of the gun in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Some of the options you'll have include:

  • Charm: A small trinket that hangs off the weapon’s side.

  • Sticker: A design that can be attached to specific parts of a weapon.

  • Reticle: When an Optic attachment is used, its “red dot” or equivalent can be changed.

  • Camouflage: AKA Camos – this is a fresh coat of paint that covers the weapon.

You will also see the Progression tree of your current weapon and its Weapon Platforms; this feature lets you see what specific attachments and receives have been unlocked. 

And that concludes our guide on the new Gunsmith system in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. 

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Featured image courtesy of Activision.

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