One of the most unique features about Modern Warfare 2 is the variety of choices that are available to each player. Included in these choices is the secondary weapons selection. In MW2 players have the option of choosing Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Launchers, the One Man Army Perk, and last but not least, the Hanguns. Now I must admit, up until a little while ago I was sure that the Hanguns were the most useless option. However, if used properly the common Handgun can prove rather useful.
The Handguns offered to players are the USP .45, .44 Magnum, M9, and the Desert Eagle; all of which can be FMJ’ed, Akimbo’ed, and Tac Knifed (the Silencer and Extended Mags are exclusive to the USP and M9). Surprisingly, the Handguns are one of the rare weapons that can actually benefit greatly from the Stopping Power Perk. If this isn’t reason enough to use the Hanguns, they each come with an ability that is unique only to them. In term of swapping from Primary to Secondary weapons, the Handguns are able to perform this maneuver the fastest. This can often prove detrimental in the heat of battle once a primary weapon’s magazine is empty. In addition to this, the attachments that are probably the most useful on Hanguns in my opinion are the Tactical Knife, and dare I say it… Akimbo.
Below is a montage of my favorite Handgun, the USP. 45: