The Best Sidearms In Modern Warfare 2 | All Pistols Ranked

Here are the best pistols in MW2! Overkill is less of a sacrifice than ever before, but a great many players will still prefer to run an AR or an SMG and take a sidearm instead. But which sidearm should they take?

Best pistols in MW2
What is the best pistol in Modern Warfare 2? | © Activision

One of the great many problems with Vanguard was how powerful the sidearms were. We saw people ego-challing with the RATT all year long, and it wasn't good for the health of the game. Luckily, Modern Warfare 2 has corrected for this error, and the pistols are in a much more reasonable place. It's just a better balanced game in general compared to Vanguard, as we say in our review of MW2, but let's get back to the subject of pistols.

Modern Warfare 2 launched with a bunch of cool pistols, and we are here to rank them. Let's take a look at which is the best pistol in Modern Warfare 2?

The Best Sidearms In Modern Warfare 2

5. X12

The X12 is your classic, level-1 Glock. There's nothing fancy going on here; it has low damage as you would expect, but great mobility and handling. Because the damage is so low, we wouldn't recommend switching to the pistol and trying to finish enemies off unless you can 100% guarantee they're one-shot. Otherwise, you'll mainly be using it for the master movement speeds at the beginning of each round.

MW2 X12
Good, but not awesome. | © Activision

The X12 has 17 rounds in the magazine by default, so it has that going for it.

4. .50 GS

The .50 GS is basically the Desert Eagle. It packs quite a punch and can one-shot enemies with the right attachments. It is pretty slow though, and you definitely have to hit your shots. In our opinion, the Deagle requires more skill than the other pistols, and that is why we place it that "low".

.50 GS MW2
The Deagle is back! | © Activision

If you hit all your shots, the .50 GS is damn strong, if not you will be pretty lost.

3. P890

The P890 is an awesome pistol. It is fast and kills everything with only two hits, so a lot of people would probably rank it higher, and you could argue if it should be swapped with the X13 Auto. For me personally, the X13 is just even easier to use, but the P890 is definitely a really good fall back option if you run out of ammo with your primary.

P890 MW2
The stats might not look like much, but this is a two-tap gun. | © Activision

2. X13 Auto

Although the damage is pretty low with the X13, having full-auto capability is a game changer for most players. You can pull it out and spray and pray when you're out of ammo, and hopefully you land enough shots to finish the kill. Obviously, the X13 is only effective in close combat, but up to a couple of meters it has a TTK that can rival some of the real SMGs.

MW2 X13
A tiny pocket SMG. | © Activision

1. Basilisk

Normally we wouldn't put a slow revolver in first place, but who would have guessed, there is a fu**ing broken setup for this pistol, that makes it easy to use and extremely powerful. Whoever remembers the Snakeshot revolver from MW2019 knows what I am talking about. With Akimbo you can run two of those bad boys at the same time and have shotgun ammo for them. Running around with two pocket shotguns is extremely annoying for everyone but you... but it is effective and easy, so as long as it doesn't get nerfed, it will be our number 1.

Basilisk MW2
Snakeshot revolvers are back! | © Activision

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was your complete overview of the best sidearms currently available in Modern Warfare 2. If you want to see what weapons are good for the primary slot, here are the tier lists for ARs and SMGs:

And if you're looking for what else has changed in MW2, check out this vid:


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