I am not surprised at the bombastic release of the highly anticipated Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Activision has genuinely outdone itself in every way. The game feels much better, the graphics and the weapons, how can I not talk about the guns?
They are the most prominent and iconic feature of any call of duty game (to state the obvious) But what makes call of duty so special, and endearing is that even after years, people are still coming back to this franchise and playing it religiously.
It’s the gunplay, a simple and short answer. Amazing, fast-paced, tactical gunplay that gets your heart pumping. Today we are gonna talk about one of the special weapons in this game, The TAQ-M Semi Automatic Marksman Rifle.
It’s a great dueling weapon, and despite being a marksman rifle, you can play aggressively if you invest some time into building a perfect loadout.
It’s not meant to be played as a Close quarter combat rifle but let’s see what you can do to enjoy the different style of gameplay with this Designated Marksman Rifle.
Best TAQ-M Loadout Modern Warfare 2
|Barrel||LR1:7 20.5″ Barrel|
|Optic||VLK 4.0 Optic|
|(Rear Grip) Optional||DEMO Cleanshot Grip|
TAQ-M is a hard-hitting DMR with 7.62x51mm bullets and has an excellent range (which is not surprising considering it’s a DMR). With the introduction of the Weapons platform in Modern Warfare 2. it is now easier to unlock this DMR.
But the grind is still heavily present. You cannot access this gun unless you reach rank 11, and even then, you need to upgrade weapons in the platform to acquire a TAQ-M receiver.
Now, this Platform is named Tactique Verte, and it includes 3 weapons, including the TAQ-M Marksman Rifle.
Once you get your hands on this deadly weapon, make sure to unlock all the available attachments, so you have choices and multiple possible loadout outcomes. And here I am going to suggest to you the best loadout you can build for PvP carnage.
Starting with the loadout, your first choice for muzzle attachment is Lockshot KT85. Now, this is a marksman rifle we are talking about, so you can expect a little bit of vertical kick in recoil. This muzzle attachment will eliminate that issue.
For the Barrel, LR1:7 20.5″ Barrel is perfect for increasing the effective range of your weapon. And an underbarrel option VX Pineapple will help a lot with extra stability and improvement in recoil. This will also help engage enemies at close range but make sure you hip-fire in that particular range.
And how can we forget about the scope of a semi-auto marksman rifle? This will be our final attachment, and you should be going for VLK 4.0 Optics, but beware of the sniper glint. Enemies can spot your location from far because of the glint that emits from this scope.
Best TAQ-M Loadout: Perks And Equipment
|Base Perk 1||Overkill|
|Base Perk 2||Battle Hardened|
Your loadout wouldn’t be complete without perks, isn’t it? Perks are extra benefits that can help change the course of the whole match but only with the right selection.
Perks should always compliment your playstyle accordingly, and for a weapon type like this, I would suggest you go for the Overkill base perk.
Overkill allows the player to equip two types of primary weapons at the same time. Pairing TAQ-M with an SMG could be a deadly combo, I am just saying.
The second base perk you can go for is Battle Hardened, which basically makes you more durable to throwable types of equipment such as flashbang, EMPs, grenades, and whatnot.
Now comes the bonus perk slot, perks in this slot require activation to trigger. For this slot, Hardline is a great choice as it eases the requirement for a kill streak and gets you going on the onslaught. You need one less kill to start your kill streak.
And my personal favorite ultimate perk is Ghost. It’s pretty self-explanatory and straightforward. Ghost perk removes the player from enemy radar.
You are basically undetected by any UAVs or players’ heartbeat sensors. You deny your enemy any info regarding your whereabouts and movement.
It’s a great perk for stealthy and close-range combat, and as I said, you can always equip an SMG or a shotgun in the second slot. Works like a charm.
For the equipment section, you would want something lethal or annoying for your enemies. Something that gives you a slight advantage, even if it’s for a second.
You can go the good old-school route with a flashbang and a grenade. Flashbang will give you an upper hand in a firefight, or you can use it as a last resort to escape. A Grenade is just a grenade, it explodes and kills people. An extra kill in your pocket.
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How To Unlock TAQ-M In Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 introduced weapon platforms and receivers along with the revamped Gunsmith model to reduce the grind and encourage players to spend their time experimenting with different builds.
Weapon platforms include a group of a weapon by the same manufacturers, so you can access every weapon in that particular platform without grinding for each one of them.
TAQ-M belongs to the Tactique Verte platform, which unlocks at level 19. Upon reaching level 19, you gain access to TAQ 56 assault rifle.
TAQ 56 needs to be level 20, after which you can receive the receiver for TAQ-M. It’s simple as that. But very grindy
You have reached the conclusion of this epic guide on how to unlock the best weapons in Modern Warfare 2. With this loadout, you can prove yourself to be deadly in the combat arena.
And in longers map, you can even go toe to toe with snipers if you feel ambitious. Remember, your loadout defines your gameplay and shows what kind of player you are.
So take your time, and throughout the grind to unlock TAQ-M and all its attachments, familiarise yourself with this weapon. And don’t forget to read our guide again after you are all locked and loaded with your weapon.