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Modern Warfare 2 Season 1 – All Weapon Nerfs & Buffs

Is the SP-R done yet?

by Daniel Wenerowicz
Season 1 Weapon Changes

Season 1 of Modern Warfare 2 is packed with new features including the Battle Pass and fresh weapons, but one of the most exciting changes revolves around balance. With the new update, there are plenty of weapons that got a nerf or a buff and some interesting tuning has been pushed.

Since the game launched in late October, players have had a pretty good idea of which weapons needed some changes, and many of them have already ended up on the list. In this nerfs and buffs update guide, we’ll go over all the adjustments to each class, and weapons such as the SP-R 208.

All Weapon Nerfs & Buffs in Modern Warfare 2 Season 1

Some of the key weapon changes to look out for in these patch notes are located in the marksman rifle category and the assault rifle category. The SMG class also had a laundry list of distinct adjustments to look out for. Below you can find the full extent of the buffs and nerfs as we enter Season 1 of the new Call of Duty era.

Season 1 Weapon Changes MW2

Assault Rifles:

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Assault Rifles

Kastov 545

  • ADS speed increase
  • Improved ironsight ADS sight picture


  • ADS speed decrease
  • Hip spread increase


  • Hip spread reduction


  • Rate of fire increase
  • Hip spread reduction
  • Recoil recenter speed increase
  • Shot grouping improvement
  • Increase ADS movement speed
  • Increase strafing movement speed
  • Semi-auto recoil reduction
  • Semi-auto damage reduction

STB 556

  • Close range damage reduction
  • Reduced sprint to fire speed

Battle Rifles:

FTAC Recon

  • ADS speed improvement
  • 5 round magazine – speed and handling improvement
  • Increased flinch caused by bullets
  • Hip spread decrease


  • Increased hip fire when full auto


  • Increase to close range flinch on all Handguns

Light Machine Guns:

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Light Machine Guns

Marksman Rifles:

Lockwood 300

  • Damage range reduction

SA-B 50

  • Minor increase to flinch when hit

SP-R 208

  • Large increase to flinch when hit


  • Increase to close range flinch on all Shotguns

Bryson 800

  • Close range damage increase
  • Hip spread increase

Submachine Guns:

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Submachine Guns

FFS Hurricane

  • ADS move speed increase
  • Increased headshot damage
  • Increased far damage range


  • Movement speed decrease
  • Damage range decrease
  • ADS speed decrease
  • Hip spread increase

PDSW 528

  • Movement speed increase
  • Damage range increase
  • ADS speed increase
  • Hip spread decrease
  • Adding Laser and Flashlight Attachments
    • 1mW Artemis Laser
    • 1mW Quick Fire Laser
    • Accu-Shot 5mW Laser
    • VLK LZR 7mW
    • 7mW Canted Laser
    • Schlager ULO-66 Laser

VEL 46

  • Damage range increase

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Sniper Rifles:

Signal .50

  • Fixed attributes on the Signal .50 barrels:
    • 21.5″ Fluted Fifty
    • 23.5″ SA Fifty-H7

Weapon Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the Schlager TTF3 Riser ammo comb on the STB 556 Assault Rifle
  • Dropshot exploit fix
  • Fixed exploit with bipod mount launching, re-enabled bipod use.
  • Fixed incendiary damage over time to not flinch the player

And that’s all. For more on the latest Call of Duty title, head over to our dedicated Modern Warfare 2 section full of guides, news, updates, and more.