Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: How Weapon Progression and Attachments Work

Here's how the new weapons system work in Modern Warfare 2.

By GamesRecon

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2‘s weapon progression has been completely revamped, taking lessons learned from old games in the franchise. If you’ve played Call of Duty before, you’ll notice a big change in how you level up your weapons in Modern Warfare 2. Gone are the days of grinding just to get the same attachments for different firearms. Now, there is the new system called Weapon Platforms that MW2 introduces.

Weapon platforms are a great new feature that shakes up how you unlock gear and customize your weapons. Most guns in the game can transform from one type to another. Think of turning an assault rifle into a submachine gun, or a pump-action shotgun into the one with a mag. It makes customizing your favorite weapons more flexible and a lot more fun. In this guide, we’ll walk you through what weapon platforms are and how the new weapon progression and attachments system works in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022).

How Modern Warfare 2 Weapon Progression and Gunsmith Work?

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Gunsmith and weapon progression systems have undergone a complete redesign to make the game more interactive and less repetitive. Here’s a rundown on how these systems work now:

Gunsmith 2.0 and Weapon Platforms

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Weapon Platforms

The new Gunsmith system, known as Gunsmith 2.0, organizes weapons into families called platforms. Each weapon platform can include different types of guns, which are termed Receivers. These receivers, once unlocked, can fundamentally change the type of weapon you are using but still retain the ability to use certain shared attachments.

For example, the M4 platform can include variants like the M16 assault rifle and the FTAC Recon battle rifle, among others. By leveling up one weapon in the platform, you unlock other guns and use the same attachments across these variants. It largely cut down on the grind typically associated with unlocking attachments for each weapon separately.

The Progression menu, accessible during weapon creation, now displays your current level in terms of the Weapon Platforms. A map of your current Platform Mastery can be seen in the section. In addition, the Weapon Platform makes it possible to view the prizes for upgrading particular weapons, the progressions work as well as the path to doing so.

Unlocking Weapons and Attachments

As you keep going through MW2 (2022), unlocking new weapons and attachments depends on your player level and individual weapon levels within the weapon platforms. When you reach a certain level with a weapon, you might unlock a new receiver that transforms your weapon into a different type, enabling a completely new set of abilities and customization options. This thing allows you to adjust your MW2 weapons to a higher degree and strategize your equipment before going into the battle in the match.

Advanced Tuning in Gunsmith 2.0

Further deepening the customization is the advanced tuning feature, which becomes available once you fully level up a weapon platform. This feature allows for granular adjustments to the performance of weapon attachments, such as tweaking recoil control versus aim-down sight (ADS) speed. It’s designed for players who want precise control over their weapon’s behavior in different combat scenarios.

How do Weapon Attachments Work in CoD Modern Warfare 2?

Weapon Attachments in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Weapon attachments now have two distinct unlocking mechanisms – Universal Attachments and Weapons Platform Specific Attachments. The improvements to attachment are demonstrated with an Assault Rifle and Infinity Ward.

Universal Attachments

You can the below given weapon attachments with almost all of the game’s weapons as long as they meet the requirements.

  • Underbarrel
  • Muzzle
  • Optic
  • Ammunition
  • Laser

Weapon Platforms Specific Attachments

These attachments are shareable between all Receivers within the platform:

  • Receiver
  • Rear Grip
  • Barrel
  • Stock
  • Magazine

The overhaul of the Gunsmith and weapon progression in CoD MW2 (2022) aims to create a more dynamic gameplay experience by reducing redundancy and encouraging exploration and more customization. This new system is a great shift from previous installments and offers a fresh take on weapon handling and development in the game. The time of grinding multiple weapons to obtain your desired optic or attachment has now passed. Now, once you’ve unlocked the attachment on the M4 track, you’ll have it for life on any firearm that supports it.

How to Unlock Every Weapon in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2?

Unlocking every weapon in Modern Warfare 2 is a completely different game now, especially with the addition of the weapons platform system. So here’s how it works: As you play the game and rack up experience, your Military Rank goes up. Each new rank could open up new weapons for you. For example, you get your hands on the M4 when you hit player level 4, and later, the TAQ-56 at level 19.

But it doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve got a weapon, you can further unlock more weapons within that platform by leveling up specific weapons. Take the M4, level it up, and you’ll start unlocking more guns like the FTAC Recon and the 556 Icarus. Every time you increase the level of one of these guns, you’re also working towards unlocking even more variants and their attachments that you can swap and equip between them in the same platform.

This whole setup means you’re not just mindlessly grinding; you’re strategically unlocking and customizing your arsenal. It’s a smart way to keep things fresh and let you have more control over how you gear up for battle.