Best STB 556 Loadout in CoD Modern Warfare 2

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If the Hurricane FSS is the closest thing to an Assault Rifle in the SMG class, I’d say the STB 556 is the closest thing to an SMG among the ARs.

The STB 556 (also known as the AUG) is a surprisingly good AR in MW2. It sometimes feels like an SMG because of its fast rate of fire and because it’s so light to move with.

That said, it also lacks in damage range, much like SMGs do. However, by tweaking it correctly, this weapon can become one of the best close and medium-range rifles in the game.

If you want to know how to make the most out of this gun, keep reading to see the best STB 556 loadout in CoD Modern Warfare 2.

The Best STB 556 Class Setup in MW2

  • Barrel: 508MM Rear Guard
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Optic: None
  • Stock: None
  • Comb: FTAC C11 Riser
  • Underbarrel: None
  • Ammunition: None
  • Magazine: None
  • Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip
  • Receiver: STB 556
  • Muzzle: Harbinger D20

As mentioned, this Assault Rifle feels like an SMG. So, we are going to just make it overall much better with these attachments.

This build focuses on making this weapon more reliable and more damaging at longer distances since it is already super deadly up close.

Not only that, but these attachments also make the STB 556’s Aim Down Sight speed one of the best in the game by far.

Once you get the hang of it, I’m sure you will get addicted. As far as ARs go, this is by far the best one for running and gunning.

When paired with other powerful weapons, such as the Lockwood 300, the STB 556 will make you king of close-quarter maps.

Even if you don’t like Assault Rifles or the STB 556 in general, this loadout will undoubtedly help you unlock platinum camo and attachments for other guns.

Barrel: 508MM Rear Guard

The 508MM Read Guard was built for accuracy. It increases the STB 556’s precision and makes the weapon slightly heavier.

For that reason, you lose a bit of Aim Down Sight Speed and Hip Recoil Control. The second one won’t even affect you. In exchange for those cons, you gain more Damage Range, Hip Fire Accuracy, and Bullet Velocity.

All those, combined with the already incredible rate of fire of the STB 556, make this Assault Rifle feel somewhat overpowered.

Laser: VLK LZR 7MW

The VLK LZR 7MW laser offers superior aiming speed, stability, and Sprint to Fire speed. All of those significantly impact the weapon’s Handling and Accuracy.

In exchange for all of those benefits, your enemies get to see a red beam when you are aiming. The cons of this attachment are not a big deal. For all you get, enemies can steam at the green beam of your laser. It won’t change their fate.

Aiming Stability is extremely helpful, and Sprint to Fire Speed makes this Assault Rifle an excellent weapon for running and gunning.

Comb: Forge Tac

Forge Tac created this modification, the CTAC C11 Riser, to help you get on sight faster when using the STB 556. 

This attachment slightly diminishes your Aiming Stability and Aim Walking Speed. 

That said, not only if it barely affects your stats, you won’t need those two that much anyway. In exchange, you get Sprint to Fire Speed and Aim Down Sight Speed. 

Following the theme established by this class setup, the weapon becomes much faster.

Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip

The STIP-40 grip is a stippled grip tape for better grip on most firearms. Added texture creates better control.

You get extra Recoil Control but lose a bit of Aiming Stability. The accuracy you lose is barely noticeable, but the additional Recoil Control is quite good.

This makes keeping the crosshead on the target easier if you have to hold down the trigger for a longer time than usual.

Muzzle: Harbinger D20

The Harbinger D20 muzzle affects your Aim Down Sight Speed and hits this weapon’s handling pretty bad.

However, this will be justifiable. With all the extra Aim Down Sight Speed that we added to the STB 556, the hit you take on the ADS won’t hurt you too much.

In exchange for making the weapon heavier with the Harbinger 20, you get Sound Suppression, Bullet Velocity, Damage Range, and Recoil Smoothness.

All these things make the STB 556 much more reliable at a distance and overall more accurate.

Alternative STB 556 Loadout in MW2

  • Barrel: FTAC FB20
  • Laser: None
  • Optic: None
  • Stock: Bruen HCR 56 Stock
  • Comb: None
  • Underbarrel: Demo Firm Grip
  • Ammunition: None
  • Magazine: None
  • Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip
  • Receiver: STB 556
  • Muzzle: RF Crown 50

Suppose you are using the STB 556 as a secondary weapon or on a map that doesn’t even let you fight the enemies from a distance. In that case, you might need a different loadout.

This one is intended to significantly reduce the weapon’s recoil so you can point it at an enemy’s head and keep the crosshead on their nose until they fall.

On top of that, this class setup also makes this weapon less reliable in Aim Down Sight. On the other hand, many attachments were invested in Hip Fire Accuracy.

For that reason, you can actually hold down the trigger when you see someone in a corridor and be assured that you have the advantage.

In fact, by the time you finally get to ADS, the enemy might be on the ground already. This build and its recoil control aim to let you start firing way before you even have to ADS.

This sort of class setup is ideal for secondary weapons in short maps, especially when the enemy is close and your primary weapon has no bullets left.

If you are not explicitly looking for a zero recoil build or a hip fire accuracy build, stick with the loadout recommended before.

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