How to use Modern Warfare 2’s Gunsmith: Receivers and Blueprints Explained

The Gunsmith got a major facelift in Modern Warfare 2. The introduction of receivers means every single weapon is more important than ever before and our guide will help you explain everything there is to know.

Anyone looking to jump into the Modern Warfare 2 action will be faced with the Custom Loadout menu and redesigned Gunsmith at some point in their journey. This new layout is a bit more complicated than in previous incarnations, so it might be a lot to take in at first glance.

If you’re struggling to keep up with the new system, here’s what you need to get up to speed and get back on top.

New Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith Explained

The biggest change in the system comes in the form of receivers. These act as a kind of base, allowing weapons to exist in various forms. For example, the stock M4 is a fully automatic Assault Rifle, but with an FSS Hurricane receiver it will work much more like an SMG.

Each receiver comes with a unique customization for the weapon it is applied to, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for each body.

This also means that in order to unlock all attachments for the M4, a player must increase each of their five receiver options.

Another example is the Lachlann 556, which requires players to grind to weapon level 13 before unlocking the receiver allowing it to become the Modern Warfare 2 equivalent of the MP5.

How do weapon blueprints work in Modern Warfare 2?

Weapon blueprints remain largely unchanged, so experienced players should already know what to expect when it comes to unlocking these versions of their favorite weapons. Each variant comes with specific unlocked attachments, so players who buy or otherwise earn these redesigns won’t have to spend any time on them.

The main change here is the introduction of Weapon Vault editions, which allow users to stick any attachment to their blueprint while still retaining the alternate appearance of the gun, which was not possible in previous games. These are rare unlocks and normal blueprints work as usual.

That’s all you need to know about the Gunsmith in Modern Warfare 2! Check out the rest of our coverage here to learn more about the next era of Call of Duty.

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