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MW2 – How To Unlock Attachments in Modern Warfare 2

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When it comes to getting the most out of your guns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Customisation is key. MW2 comes with a whole host of powerful weaponry, with multiple excellent choices in each category. And beyond that, attachments allow you to alter your weapons’ characteristics, cutting down on their weaknesses and amplifying their strengths.

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There are a wealth of attachments available in MW2, from Grips to Optics to Underbarrels. But before you can start equipping them and customizing your guns, you’ll have to unlock the attachments in the first place. We’ll show you how with our Modern Warfare 2 guide.

MW2 How To Unlock Attachments: Gunsmith 2.0

MW2 M4 Attachments
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The Gunsmith offers unparalleled flexibility in Modern Warfare 2, allowing you to customize your weapons to achieve optimal performance, or otherwise suit your preferred gameplay style.

Through the Gunsmith in MW2, unlocking weapons and their attachments is slightly different to Call of Duty titles past. You will start with a base weapon platform such as the M4, and leveling up this platform will unlock a new receiver to equip via the gunsmith.

Equipping the new receiver effectively unlocks that weapon type. For example, the M4 can be converted into the 556 Icarus, FTAC Recon, M16, and FSS Hurricane, as they all share the same weapon platform.

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Leveling up each new weapon unlocks attachments for the overall weapon platform. In order to unlock every attachment for a platform, you’ll need to level up each weapon using the platform to the max level.

Once you’ve sufficiently leveled up your weapons, you will be able to add and swap out attachments as you see fit. Note that attachments will become available before the maximum level – as they are acquired frequently as you level up – but maxing out is the only way to unlock them all.

Unlocking Attachments FAQ

How are attachments unlocked in MW2?

Attachments are unlocked in MW2 by leveling up your guns. Once you level up each gun in a weapon platform to max level, you’ll have unlocked every attachment for that platform.

What types of attachments are in MW2?

There are many different categories of attachment in MW2. The available categories are Muzzle, Underbarrel, Ammunition, Laser, Optic, Receiver, Barrel, Magazine, Stock, and Rear Grip.