The best Akimbo Pistol loadouts in Modern Warfare 2
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The Akimbo attachment has returned in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. While it’s not as overpowered as it was in the original MW2, Akimbo weapons are still powerful when equipped with the right set of attachments.

In this version of MW2, the Akimbo attachment is exclusive to the pistol category, meaning players can only run around with two pistols in their hands and not any other weapon class. This will limit what players can do with Akimbo, but there are a couple of loadouts players can equip to really aggravate their enemies in Modern Warfare 2.

These loadouts will have an emphasis on the Akimbo attachment, as one would expect. This means that stats like aim down sights speed and sprint-to-fire speed won’t be used since players can only hipfire while in Akimbo.

You can see what the best Akimbo loadouts are in MW2 in the guide below.

Akimbo pistol loadouts in Modern Warfare 2

The two best pistols to use with Akimbo are the X13 Auto and the Basilisk. The former is a fully-automatic pistol while the latter is a magnum-type pistol that features some lethal attachments, including the Snakeshot ammunition.

Both loadouts will be listed for the pistols below.

X13 Auto

We’ll start with the X13 Auto. This pistol is terrific without Akimbo, so adding another weapon to the mix will only make the X13 Auto more powerful. In order to unlock the Akimbo attachment for this pistol, players need to reach level 19 with the X12 first.

  • Muzzle: CN30 Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK LUC-9
  • Optic: XTEN Sidearm-L400
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo X13
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum


Next up, we have the Basilisk. This is the return of the infamous Snakeshot pistol from MW2019. Players can equip a certain type of ammunition to deal extra damage, making the Basilisk a one-shot kill at most ranges. Adding Akimbo to the mix is just adding an extra layer of power.

  • Barrel – 10.5″ FTAC Arrow
  • Laser – Revo-LSD 7mW
  • Trigger Action – Bryson Match Grade
  • Ammunition – .500 Snakeshot
  • Rear Grip – Akimbo Basilisk

Related: Read the guide on how to pistol swap in Modern Warfare 2 on PC Invasion.

Those are the two best Akimbo loadouts for the pistols in Modern Warfare 2. If any additional pistols are added to multiplayer, then this list could change. And for players wondering, these loadouts should also be dominant in Warzone 2 when it releases.

As a final note, you can use any of these loadouts in the new Modern Warfare 3 and use this same loadout to great effect. However, you will need to change most of the rest of the class, as the perks have been entirely changed in the new multiplayer title. You can still use the same lethal or tactical as well as a similar secondary weapon. Of course, I suggest using some of the new content first so you can experience some of the fresh items in MW3.

Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 7+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.