MW3: Best Sniper Rifles To Use In Multiplayer [Top 3]

I have spent around 50 hours in Modern Warfare 3 so here is my recommendation for the top-tier sniper rifles.

The multiplayer mode of Modern Warfare 3 has tons of weapon types, and among them, Sniper Rifle stands out as one of the best types. That being said, there are 10 Sniper Rifles in MW3, so choosing the best among them can be a little challenging.

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Key Takeaways
  • There are 10 Sniper Rifles available in Modern Warfare 3.
  • Among 10, the best seven are ranked in my guide according to their worth.
  • KATT-AMR is ranked the lowest as it sacrifices much in return for great damage.
  • FJX Imperium is the best sniper rifle in Modern Warfare 3 due to its perfect stats.
  • FJX Imperium has great damage; all other stats like range, fire rate, and recoil control are perfect.
  • The significance of FJX Imperium is pretty high, as it is also the best sniper for quickscoping.
  • I don’t think there is any disadvantage to the weapons, so make sure to try it.

Best MW3 Sniper Rifles 

Here is the overview of the best snipers in Modern Warfare 3:

Serial NumberSniper RifleRoundsReserveHow To UnlockBest PerksBest EquipmentAward
1FJX Imperium543Reach Level 55 To Activate The Unlock Challenge.Overkill Vest, Quick-Grip Gloves, Lightweight Boots, and Bone Conduction Headset.Semtex and Stun/Frag Grenade.Best Sniper For Quick Scoping In MW3
2Longbow3070Unlocks at Level 25. Can be Unlocked Instantly With Vault Edition.Infantry Vest, Commando Gloves, Covert Sneakers, and Ghost T/V Camo.Semtex and Battle Rage.Best Well-Balanced MW3 Sniper
3SP-X 80510Get The LA-B 330 to Level 18.Overkill, Marksman, Covert Sneakers, and Threat Identification System.Proximity Mine and Smoke Grenade.Best Mid Game Sniper In MW3

3- SP-X 80

Best Mid Game Sniper In MW3.
SP-X-80
SP-X 80 (Image Credits: eXputer)

To unlock SP-X 80, you must get the LA-B 330 first and level it up to 18. While there is so much grinding to do to unlock the weapons, I think it is worth it, as the weapon is really great. It is basically a superior version of LA-B 330, so it does everything better than that weapon.

Also, do not forget that it is a great weapon for quick scoping. So, if you haven’t unlocked the FJX Imperium yet, make sure to give it a try. 

  • Great damage, handling, and fire rate.
  • Good for quickscoping. 
  • Poor mobility.
  • Why I Chose This: Sp-X 80 requires some effort to unlock, but in the game, I had a great experience with it.

The following is the best sniper loadout for SP-X 80:

  • Muzzle: Nilsound 90
  • Optic: Signal 50 8x
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: Max DMR Precision
  • Bolt: ZLR Reinforced Lockbolt

The following is the best sniper class setup for SP-X 80:

  • Perks: Overkill, Marksman, Covert Sneakers, and Threat Identification System.
  • Equipment: Proximity Mine and Smoke Grenade.

2- Longbow

Best Well-Balanced MW3 Sniper.
Longbow
Longbow (Image Source: eXputer)

One of the best snipers for quick scoping in Modern Warfare 3 is arguably Longbow. The sniper can be unlocked at level 25, or it would already unlocked for you if you bought the Vault Edition. It is arguably a great sniper that is good at almost everything

It is a must-try weapon in Modern Warfare 3, so make sure to give it a try as soon as you reach level 25. Also, Longbow has the best recoil control in MW3. 

  • Every stat is well-balanced.
  • Provides 30 rounds. 
  • It has no cons.
  • Why I Chose This: Longbow is my favorite sniper in MW3 due to its great stat allocation and combat domination.

The following is the best loadout for Longbow:

  • Barrel: Pro-99 Long Barrel
  • Underbarrel: XTEN TX-12 Handstop
  • Stock: Stockless
  • Muzzle: HMRES Mod Suppressor
  • Rear Grip: Citadel LV Tactical Grip

The following is the best sniper setup with Longbow:

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

1- FJX Imperium

Best Sniper For Quick Scoping In MW3.
FJX-Imperium
FJX Imperium (Screenshot Taken By Me)

Hands down, the best sniper in MW3 is FJX Imperium. You need to reach level 55 to unlock the weapon, but it is worth the grind. It is arguably the best quick-scope sniper, so ensure the best class setup. It has extremely high damage that one-shot the opponents, and the point-blank hits feel are so satisfying.

Every other stat is pretty balanced, too, so I highly recommend trying out the weapon. The other sniper rifles are great, but FJX Imperium is in a league of its own, especially when quick scoping, making it the best quicksope sniper.

  • Great damage and range.
  • Best for quickscoping. 
  • A little difficult to handle.
  • Why I Chose This: I added FJX Imperium to the list because it simply dominates the combat and allows flexibility in quick scoping.

The following is the best sniper loadout for FJX Imperium:

  • Ammunition: .408 Explosive
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Underbarrel: Field-Wrapped Handle
  • Muzzle: Nilsound 90
  • Rear Grip: Skull-40

The following is the best setup with FJX Imperium:

  • Perks: Overkill Vest, Quick-Grip Gloves, Lightweight Boots, and Bone Conduction Headset.
  • Equipment: Semtex and Stun/Frag Grenade.

Why We Didn’t Go For Others

While there are many other good Snipers in Modern Warfare 3, I chose not to include them in the guide because of different reasons:

  • LA-B 330: This sniper has one of the worst rates of fire and has a low amount of damage.
  • Victus XMR: This gun has low ADS speed and low magazine capacity which makes it a bad pick in Multiplayer.

My Opinion On The Best Sniper 

I think FJX Imperium is the best sniper in Modern Warfare 3.

FJX Imperium has great damage, and all other stats are pretty well-balanced, which makes it the perfect sniper. Also, for those who love quick scoping in MW3, it is the best choice.

That is almost everything you want to know about the best Sniper in Modern Warfare 3. Make sure to grind so you can level up and unlock the snipers. I ranked all the snipers based on their worth in MW3, so I tried to be extremely unbiased. If you are struggling with leveling up in MW3, I recommend you watch the YouTube video for some tips. 

While in it, you should check out my guide on completing the Helo Hat Trick Achievement in MW3. Also, if you are having performance issues, check out the guide on best PC settings for better FPS and optimization by Ayyoun Ali.

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