MW3: Best Loadouts For Multiplayer [Top 6]

After spending 40+ hours and testing out a number of weapons from different categories, I recommend the following Loadouts for MW3!

With the latest Modern Warfare 3 release, you have more guns than ever in your arsenal. The developers have included all weapon types of different varieties and categories. Hence, it is important to know about some of the best MW3 loadouts in the meta that you can rely on.

Key Takeaways
  • Modern Warfare 3 currently features around 115 weapons; more are to be added with upcoming updates.
  • With so many options available in each weapon category, players should know some of the best options to try on the battlefield. 
  • The selection of the best weapon and best equipment in MW3 is highly subjective and depends on the player’s usage and requirements
  • If players want a close-range beast, then SMGs and Shotguns will be the perfect fit.
  • In mid-range options that can also compensate in close and long ranges, then going for Assault Rifles is the perfect choice.
  • If players specifically want to focus on long-distance engagements, then selecting a Sniper Rifle will be most optimal. 

MW3 Best Loadouts

The following table represents some of the best Loadouts in Modern Warfare 3 that you can choose.

Serial NumberWeapon NameAttachmentsPerksEquipment
1.MCWMuzzle: L4R Flash Hider
Barrel: 16.5" MCW Cyclone Long Barrel
Stock: RB Regal Heavy Stock
Rear Grip: RB Rapidstrike Grip
Secondary Weapon: Renneti
Perks: Gunner Vest, Marksman Gloves, Stalker Boots, Tac Mask
Trophy System, Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade
2.Holger 556Muzzle: FJX Fulcrum Pro
Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
Stock: Rb Addle Assault Stock
Underbarrel: FTAC Tiger Grip
Rear Grip: Morn-20 Grip
Secondary Weapon: WSP Stinger
Perks: Infantry Vest, Commando Gloves, Covert Sneakers, Bone Conduction Headset
Trophy System, Semtex, Stun Grenade
3.Rival-9Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
Barrel: Rival-C Clearshot Barrel
Stock: Rb Crotalus Assault Stock
Magazine: 40 Round Mag
Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip
Secondary Weapon: TYR
Perks: Infantry vest, Tactical Pads, Commando Gloves, Bone Conduction Headset
EOD, Frag Grenade, Stun Grenade
4.Lockwood 680Barrel: Bryson Hammer forged Long Barrel
Stock: Sawed Off Mod
Guard: Matuzek Lightbearer Guard
Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
Bolt: Express Light Bolt
Secondary Weapon: WSP Stinger
Perks: Running Sneakers, Overkill Vest, EOD Padding, and Ordnance Gloves. 
Signal Jammer, Frag Grenade, Battle Rage.
5.LongbowMuzzle: Hmres Mod Suppressor
Stock: Kv Factory Stock
Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
Magazine: 10 Round Mag
Bolt: Sa-M Quickbolt
 WSP Stinger
Perks: Infantry Vest, Commando Gloves, Covert Sneakers, and Ghost T/V Camo
Trophy System, Semtex and Battle Rage
6.Bruen MK9Barrel: Shadowstrike Suppressor
Laser: VLK LZR 7mW
Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop
Magazine: 60 Round Mag
Optic: Slate Reflector
Perks: Infantry Vest, Lightweight Boots, Quick Grip Gloves, Bone Conduction HeadsetMunition Box, Stun Grenade and Frag Grenade

MCW

Best early-game assault rifle in MW3.

MW3 Best Loadout
MCW [Screenshot By Me]
The MCW is a deadly beast among Assault Rifles. The firearm is hot in the meta and has the highest pick rate due to its exceptional capabilities. MCW is broadly used for its high damage output and considerably low recoil, which makes it easier to handle. The weapon has considerable base damage, and when paired with the right attachments, it can become an instrument of total destruction.

Attachments And Class Setup

You can use the following attachments with MCW:

  • Muzzle: L4R Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 16.5″ MCW Cyclone Long Barrel
  • Stock: RB Regal Heavy Stock
  • Rear Grip: RB Rapidstrike Grip

For class setup, I would recommend the following perks and equipment:

  • Secondary Weapon: Renneti
  • Perks: Gunner Vest, Marksman Gloves, Stalker Boots, Tac Mask
  • Equipment: Trophy System, Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade

Here are some pros and cons of using MCW as your primary:

Pros

  • High DPS and controllable recoil.
  • Suitable for both close-mid-range fights or long-range-steady sprays.
  • Has low recoil; It lets you fire full-round sprays on the squads while providing decent stability. 

Cons

  • It lacks to some extent in close-range combats, as many SMGs can dominate its DPS and firing rate.
  • It is a great option in battle royale and war modes, but it should be used wisely in Team Deathmatches, where SMGs and Shotguns are common.

Holger 556

Best damage-dealing MW3 assault rifle.

Holger 556 weapon in modern warfare 3
Holger 556 [Image By Me]
If you’re used to controlling an assault rifle’s recoil and want something that promises better damage, then the Holger 556 is a reliable choice. The weapon features slightly higher recoil than the MCW but has greater damage potential. Using the right attachments with the Holger can overcome the downsides and make it an absolute killing machine.

Attachments And Class Setup

  • Muzzle: FJX Fulcrum Pro
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: Rb Addle Assault Stock
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Tiger Grip
  • Rear Grip: Morn-20 Grip

Following is the best class setup for Holger 556:

  • Secondary Weapon: WSP Stinger
  • Perks: Infantry Vest, Commando Gloves, Covert Sneakers, Bone Conduction Headset
  • Equipment: Trophy System, Semtex, Stun Grenade

After using the weapon myself, I will list some of its pros and cons:

Pros

  • It is among the highest damage-dealing weapons in its category.
  • It also features a better range than the MCW, which makes it an optimal fit for mid to long-range engagements.

Cons

  • It has a slightly higher recoil, which might be a challenge for players.
  • It also has a comparatively lower firing rate.

Rival-9

Best SMG for high mobility and firing rate in MW3.

MW 3 Best Loadouts
Rival 9 [Screenshot By Me]
Rival 9 is truly a close-range beast with great precision and lethal DPS. The weapon features impressive mobility and weapon handling, which helps you perform quick reflexes and dodge enemy bullets with fast movements. You can dominate your opponents flawlessly when paired with the right class setup and attachments. 

Attachments And Class Setup

In my opinion, the following attachments are most optimal for Rival 9:

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Barrel: Rival-C Clearshot Barrel
  • Stock: Rb Crotalus Assault Stock
  • Magazine: 40 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip

For class setup, you can go for the following: 

  • Secondary Weapon: TYR
  • Perks: Infantry vest, Tactical Pads, Commando Gloves, Bone Conduction Headset
  • Equipment: Signal Jammer, Frag Grenade, Stun Grenade

The pros and cons of using Rival-9 are:

Pros

  • The Rival 9 dominates the opponents in the close-range fights. It has high mobility and a lethal firing rate.
  • The high DPS can outpower any type of weapon and knock them down before they do.
  • The increased mobility allows you to maintain your movement while firing.

Cons

  • Not that effective when the range increases.

Lockwood 680

Best shotgun in MW3 for close-range combats.

Lockwood 680
Lockwood 680 [Image By Me]
When it comes to extreme close-range engagements, nothing can overpower a classic shotgun. The Lockwood 680 is a man-slaying firearm that has massive damage output and could take down opponents in one burst. When attached with the right attachments, it can become even more lethal and deadly.

Attachments And Class Setup

  • Barrel: Bryson Hammer forged Long Barrel
  • Stock: Sawed Off Mod
  • Guard: Matuzek Lightbearer Guard
  • Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Bolt: Express Light Bolt

In my opinion, the following class setup goes best with Lockwood 680:

  • Secondary Weapon: WSP Stinger
  • Perks: Running Sneakers, Overkill Vest, EOD Padding, and Ordnance Gloves
  • Equipment: Trophy System, Frag Grenade, and Battle Rage

The pros and cons of Lockwood 600 are listed below:

Pros

  • The most prominent edge for using Lockwood is one-shot kill capability.
  • In close-combat situations, nothing can compete with the formidable powers of this shotgun.
  • The performance of the firearm is pretty impressive in Zombie mode as well.

Cons

  • Not suitable for long-range combats.
  • The shotgun has a lengthy reload time.

Longbow

Best MW3 Sniper for long-range engagements.

MW 3 Best Loadouts
Longbow [Image By Me]
Snipers are experts in the long-range category and can not be missed when discussing the best loadouts of the game. For sniper lovers, I would recommend the Longbow, which is a top-tier rifle that has the ability to penetrate opponents with fine precision and accuracy. If you equip it with the right attachments, you can take clean and stealthy kills from afar without revealing your cover.

Attachments And Class Setup

For the Long Bow Sniper Rifle, I would recommend the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Hmres Mod Suppressor
  • Stock: Kv Factory Stock
  • Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Magazine: 10 Round Mag
  • Bolt: Sa-M Quickbolt

The following class setup will go well with Longbow:

  • Secondary Weapon: WSP Stinger
  • Perks: Infantry Vest, Commando Gloves, Covert Sneakers
  • Equipment: Ghost T/V Camo, Semtex, and Battle Rage

The Longbow comes with the following merits and demerits:

Pros

  • The Longbow sniper rifle features good precision and accuracy.
  • The weapon offers high damage in long-range engagements.
  • The rifle can also be equipped with a high-round magazine, allowing you to take follow-up shots without frequent reloading.

Cons

  • The Longbow lacks in close-range combat.
  • As it is a heavy weapon, it also impacts your mobility.
  • Has a heavy recoil impact.

Bruen MK9

Best heavy-build weapon for continuous action.

Bruen MK9
Bruen MK9 [Image By Me]
If you’re looking for a heavy build, then the Bruen MK9 is a decent choice. The weapon is an adaptable LMG that is truly unstoppable in close-range combat. It is most effective when you have to compete against squads. With this LMG, you can rush into the opponent with a continuous spray and break down the enemy’s defense.  

Attachments And Class Setup

With Bruen MK9, I use the following attachments:

  • Barrel: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7mW
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop
  • Magazine: 60 Round Mag
  • Optic: Slate Reflector

For class setup, you can go for the following: 

  • Perks: Infantry Vest, Lightweight Boots, Quick Grip Gloves, Bone Conduction Headset
  • Equipment: Munition Box, Stun Grenade and Frag Grenade

The MK9 features the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • Bruen is a versatile weapon that could fit in many types of game modes.
  • The massive magazine capacity of Bruen is helpful in tense situations.
  • Bruen is a reliable choice in MW3 Zombie mode as well.

Cons

  • One downside of Bruen is its massive recoil.
  • You have to use the weapon in a crouch or prone position to counter its heavy recoil.
  • Limits your movement speed.

My Opinion On Best Loaoduts

MW3 Game in Steam
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After spending 40+ hours in MW3 and testing out numerous weapons in different multiplayer modes, I came up with this list of loadouts that came out to be the most reliable for me. There are tons of options when it comes to weapons. Each category has numerous varieties with all kinds of variations.

If one weapon does not meet your requirements, move on to the next one and see if it fits you better. You can always try the above-mentioned weapons as they will surely not disappoint you if you use them well.

Now that you have selected your favorite loadout for multiplayer, make sure to check out Ayyon’s guide on COD Modern Warfare 3 crashing guide to encounter any kind of technical issues while trying out the game. Also, don’t forget to go through the best PC settings for Modern Warfare 3 to get high FPS and better optimization. 

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Huzaifa Malik is a Mobile Games Writer on eXputer who’s been playing FPS games like Call of Duty as far back as he can recall. He also loves to invest his time in mobile games and write about them in detail for his audience on eXputer. He has several years of experience writing for games. By following his passion for games, he chose eXputer as his hub to deliver information-rich articles. Feel free to get more familiar with Huzaifa on his gaming profiles on Steam. Experience: 3+ years || Published 100+ Guides

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