The P90 is a submachine gun featured in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It features a large magazine and a high rate of fire.
In singleplayer, the P90 is a rare weapon used only occasionally by Russian Ultranationalists in the later levels of the game. It can be found most commonly in Heat, All Ghillied Up, and Mile High Club but can also appear on later levels of the game. Typically, the weapon is found unsuppressed and with iron sights.
In multiplayer, the P90 is unlocked at Level 40. Due to being classified as a submachine gun, it can be modified with a Suppressor, Red Dot Sight, or ACOG Scope, like all other submachine guns. The P90 has a 50 round magazine and a very high rate of fire. It is better than other SMGs at long range due to its low recoil and high rate of fire. However, it is also the slowest-killing SMG at close range. There is often much debate between the P90 and the MP5. The MP5 has higher damage in close quarters combat and less obstructive iron sights. The P90 has a higher rate of fire, a bigger magazine, less recoil, and does the same damage in medium and long range combat. Because of these different advantages and disadvantages, most players consider the P90 superior if using a Silencer, but otherwise prefer the MP5.
In the PC and Wii version, having a P90 as a player's primary weapon greatly increases their sprint duration, unlike any other weapon in the game, thus giving the player a free Extreme Conditioning. Because of this, the P90 is the best weapon in the game in terms of mobility in the PC and Wii version (it has been patched on the other consoles). On the Call of Duty: Reflex Edition (Wii), it is the most widely used weapons because of its high fire rate to balance the inaccurate "Wiimote".
The P90 is again available as an SMG in Modern Warfare 2, with a few differences from the Call of Duty 4 version; it has reduced recoil, a lower rate of fire, smaller Iron Sights, and a slightly more detailed weapon model. It however has the same damage stats, but is unlocked in Multiplayer earlier; at Level 24 (Master Sergeant II).
The side rail mounts on the weapon are completely unused, however such may serve as evidence that Heartbeat Sensors were originally going to be available for the SMGs.
The P90 is a useful weapon for Rushing due to its high rate of fire and incredibly large magazine capacity. Marathon and Lightweight, especially with the Pro upgrade for Lightweight, are very useful with this weapon - Marathon will provide a continuous rush; the large magazine does not require frequent reloading and has a short reload time when needed, negating the need for Sleight of Hand, and the large amount of ammunition supplied means Scavenger is unneeded. The use of these perks help players using the weapon to get into Close Quarters Combat, where the P90 is immensely effective. It is however rather weak at long range, and should be fired in short, controlled bursts in order to take out targets at range.
The high magazine capacity, with moderate damage at close range makes the P90 an intermediate weapon between SMGs and LMGs, particularly with Extended Magazines attached - this provides a 75 round capacity in a weapon that is much more mobile than a bulky machine gun. The weapon is one of the most effective SMGs for using Akimbo, as each of the guns can fire for a large amount of time without reloading; and all Akimbo SMGs have the same accuracy. Without Akimbo, the P90 is very effective hip firing, due to the rate of fire, low recoil and high accuracy while doing so.
It should be noted that using the Extended Mags attachment increases the distance one can cover while sprinting, which makes this usage an alternative to Lightweight if one wishes to use another tier two perk.
Weapon Camouflage is difficult to see on the P90 unless reloading or using a sight.
In Core gamemodes, the weapon can kill enemies in 4-5 hits, without Stopping Power - 3-4 with the perk active. But the P90 may require more consecutive shots landed in the case that the user faces an enemy having either Last Stand, Final Stand, or Painkiller. In Hardcore, the P90 can take down targets in about 1-2 shots, again provided under normal circumstances. This means it is less effective than the UMP45, and consequently less used than the UMP. It has low penetration, but the high rate of fire and low recoil allow limited penetration potential, although FMJ doesn't help much with penetration. Because of its aptitudes, it is more useful to play Hardcore to gain Extended Mags by FMJ kills.
- Rapid Fire
- Red Dot Sight
- ACOG Scope
- Holographic Sight
- Thermal scope
- Extended Magazines
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized features the P90 as one of the four submachine guns available in game. In singleplayer, the P90 is used only by SAS and USMC. It is a starting weapon in "Oil Rig Confrontation", "Winter Assault", and "Last Chance". The weapon always has a Red Dot Sight, since it is actually integrated with the weapon. It has a slightly lower rate of fire than in the console versions, but has higher damage per bullet.
- The P90 has a laser sight that is unused.
- Despite the sprinting glitch being patched on other consoles, the P90 in the Wii version of Modern Warfare still increases the player's sprint time by seventy five percent.
- In Modern Warfare 2, the side of the magazine on the P90 says "Made By Infinity CC 113".
- In Modern Warfare 2, the Extended Mags attachment will change the ammo counter from the standard bar display to that of a Light Machine Gun's ammo counter. This maybe due to a 75 round magazine having a ammo counter bar that would hinder the player in game.
- In Modern Warfare 2, the player's hands are dangerously close to the muzzle. This is better seen while in 3rd person matches.