Ahead of the multiplayer release, a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fan matches the launch guns in the game with their real-world names.


A Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fan has gone through the painstaking task of matching all of the guns from the game with their real-world names. With around 50 guns in Modern Warfare 2 at launch, the task of matching all the right guns had to be time-consuming.


The Call of Duty series prides itself on making parts of the games look and sound as realistic as possible. From gun and vehicle sounds to entire cities like the Amsterdam level in Modern Warfare 2‘s campaign, the developers want to make the game as immersive as possible. However, for some firearms aficionados, that immersion can be broken by the names Activision has to give the guns in Call of Duty thanks to legal paperwork. One Call of Duty fan has gone through the work of matching each gun in the game at launch to help fans pin down the inspiration for each weapon.

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Redditor JaacobErazoYT made a list of the full names of the weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. There is variety in the naming conventions of the guns. Most of them have wildly different names from their real-world counterparts. For example, the Lachmann-762 is called the G3, used mostly by European combat personnel, and the TACQ-56 is the SCAR-L rifle, used by American Special Forces soldiers. Some of them bear the caliber of ammunition like the STB 556, which would be the AUG A3 in the real world that uses 5.56mm caliber rounds. The names of some weapons in Modern Warfare 2 don’t stray far from their real-world counterparts: the names of the M4 and the M16 were shortened from M4A1 and M16A4 respectively.

Though finding official confirmation is complex, the reason the guns have different names in the games could be because of an industry-wide shift away from licensing deals with gun manufacturers. After a court ruling in 2013 involving Electronic Arts and the Medal of Honor series, video game companies began moving away from licensing deals with gun manufacturers. However, this only affects the naming of weapons and not the gun’s likeness.

In the grand scheme of things, the name of the gun is inconsequential to the game as a whole. What matters is that everything in Modern Warfare 2 looks good and works as intended. With the depth of gunsmith customization in Modern Warfare 2, some guns will end up looking completely different than their inspiration.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Early Access is available now for all pre-orders. The full game launches on October 28 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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