The best Vaznev-9K loadout in MW2
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Since the beginning of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Vaznev-9K has been the best SMG in the game. This is primarily due to its stats, but the recommended loadout for the Vaznev-9K in MW2 is another big reason why it’s so strong.

The Vaznev-9K is a part of the Kastov Weapon Platform. In order to unlock it, players need to first level up the Kastov-776, then the Kastov-545, and finally the Kastov-74u. Once those guns are leveled up to the right rank, players will be able to equip the Vaznev-9K Receiver and begin leveling this SMG up in the Gunsmith. After players have ascended to the SMG’s max level, they will be able to equip its strongest loadout, which is recommended by the pros.

To see the best loadout for the Vaznev-9K in MW2, check out the guide below.

Best Vaznev-9K loadout in MW2

The Vaznev-9K is incredibly strong at both close and medium range. With the right attachments, it has virtually no recoil, solid damage range, and great mobility. This is all capped off by an above-average fire rate that usually gives players an upper hand in gunfights.

  • Muzzle: AVR-T90 Comp
  • Barrel: KAS-1 381mm
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Stock: Oztrezat Stock
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

If players really want to use the Vaznev-9K as more of an assault rifle, they can equip the SA Response III barrel over the Kas-1. However, this barrel decreases mobility across the board, so it’s not recommended for those who want to play at closer ranges. This loadout is professionally approved, primarily being used by OpTic Texas’ Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro.

Best Vaznev-9k class setup in MW2

If you want to go a step further, then you can look at our recommendations for the best perks, equipment, and secondary weapon for the Vaznev-9k’s loadout.


  • Base Perks – Battle Hardened, Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk – Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk – Quick Fix

Secondary Weapon

  • Combat Knife


  • Lethal – Frag or Semtex Grenade
  • Tactical – Stim

The perks we’ve chosen complement a rushing playstyle. Battle Hardened and Bomb Squad give players the ultimate protection against equipment, which is important when playing aggressively. Fast Hands provides a faster reload and equipment throwing speed while Quick Fix heals players after they get a kill.

As for the secondary, the trusty knife is the best all-around choice. It allows players to run faster and gives them an option at close-range if they run out of bullets. Finally, we have the basic Frag or Semtex Grenade as the lethal choice and the Stim as the tactical choice.

As a final note, you can use the Vaznev-9K 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 knife for a secondary. 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.