Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Tier List

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Discover our fresh Modern Warfare 3 tier list: ranking characters from best to worst, factoring in all aspects. We follow the meta and updates.

In this article, we have ranked the most powerful weapons currently in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III for you. Let’s move on to our list.

Modern Warfare 3 Weapon Tier List

Current weapon ranking.

T0


T1


T2


T3

Tier 0

Holger 556

Unlocking the Holger 556 in Modern Warfare 3 requires reaching level 37. This assault rifle is obtained through leveling up rather than the new armory unlocks system. Once unlocked, the Holger 556 becomes a viable option around the mid-point of the ranking process, offering a change from the SVA 545, the initial assault rifle.

For an effective Holger 556 loadout, consider the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Echoline GS-X
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop
  • Optic: Mk. 3 Reflector
  • Stock: RB Addle Assault Stock
  • Rear Grip: Morn-20 Grip

Striker

You need to do to unlock the Striker in Modern Warfare 3 is rank up to level 4. The Striker, a submachine gun, unlocks at level four in MW3. To optimize its performance, use the following attachments:

  • Barrel: Striker Recon Long Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Kimura RYN-03 Vertical Grip
  • Rear Grip: Sakin ZX Grip
  • Stock: RB Crotalus Assault Stock
  • Optic: Slate Reflector

BAS-B

Unlocking the BAS-B in MW3 requires reaching level 17. This assault rifle serves as a solid choice between the early unlock SVA 545 and the later unlock MCW. Optimize its performance with the following loadout:

  • Muzzle: VT-7 Spiritfire Suppressor L
  • Barrel: Bruen Venom Long Barrel
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Rear Grip: STT88 Grip
  • Optic: SZ Lonewolf Optic

MCW

To unlock the MCW in MW3, you must reach level 44. Optimize its loadout for effective gameplay:

  • Muzzle: L4R Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 16.5” MCW Cyclone Long Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Bruen Pivot Vertical Grip
  • Rear Grip: RB Claw-PSL Grip
  • Optic: SZ Lonewolf Optic

Rival-9

The Rival-9 is exclusively unlockable through the Armory Unlocks system at level 25. Customize its loadout for optimal performance:

  • Barrel: Rival-38E Fire Starter Barrel
  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Stock: EXF Close Quarters Stock

MTZ 556

Unlocking the MTZ 556 in MW3 requires reaching level 12. Optimize its loadout with the following attachments:

  • Barrel: MTZ Clinch Pro Barrel
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: EXF Close Quarters Assault Stock
  • Rear Grip: Bruen TR-24 Assault Grip
  • Underbarrel: FTAC SP-10 Angled Grip

WSP Swarm

To unlock the WSP Swarm SMG in MW3, reach level 27. Customize its loadout for maximum efficiency:

  • Muzzle: VT-7 Soulstealer Suppressor
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Magazine: 45 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: D37 Grip

Tier 1

DG-58

Unlock the DG-58 in MW3 through the Armory at level 25. Optimize its loadout for peak performance:

  • Muzzle: VT-7 Spiritfire Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Stock: Recoil Reduction Buttplate
  • Grip: Varanus Steady Grip
  • Sight: Any

WSP-9

Unlock the WSP-9 at level 25 through the Armory Unlocks system. Optimize its loadout for effectiveness:

  • Barrel: WSP Infiltrator Integrated
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: WSP Factory Stock
  • Magazine: 32 Round Mag

Renetti

To unlock the Renetti, reach level 21 in MW3. Customize its loadout with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Stock: XRK Torment Brace Stock
  • Rear Grip: EXF Eclipsor Grip
  • Magazine: 30 Round Mag
  • Conversion Kit: Jak Ferocity Carbine Kit

AMR9

Unlock the AMR9 in MW3 by reaching level 55. Optimize its loadout for performance:

  • Optic: MK.3 Reflector
  • Stock: Hellhound Carbine Stock
  • Rear Grip: Sakin ZX Grip
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mag
  • Underbarrel: FTAC SP-10 Angled Grip

DG-58 LSW

Unlock the DG-58 LSW at level 7 in MW3. Optimize its loadout for effectiveness:

  • Muzzle: Harbinger D20
  • Barrel: Wudi Long Barrel
  • Optic: MK. 3 Reflector
  • Comb: FSS Last Stand Comb
  • Ammunition: 5.8×42 High Grain Rounds

Tier 2

Riveter

Unlock the Riveter through the Armory at level 25 in MW3. Optimize its loadout for peak performance:

  • Barrel: Pneumatic Integrated Suppressor
  • Stock: DAV15 Light Tactical Stock
  • Rear Grip: Phantom Grip
  • Ammunition: .410 Gauge Ball
  • Magazine: 30 Round Grip

Haymaker

To unlock the Haymaker in MW3, reach level 39. Optimize its loadout for effectiveness:

  • Muzzle: RMGE-7
  • Barrel: Imperator Long Barrel
  • Laser: FTAC Grimline Laser
  • Stock: No Stock Mod
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple

Lockwood 680

Unlock the Lockwood 680 at player level 4 in MW3. Optimize its loadout for peak performance:

  • Muzzle: Crown Breaker Choke
  • Stock: Sawed Off Mod
  • Bolt: Express Light Bolt
  • Barrel: Bryson Hammerforged Long Barrel
  • Guard: Matuzek Xray Skeletonized Guard

SVA 545

The SVA 545 is the first AR in MW3 and is available from the start. Customize its loadout for optimal performance:

  • Muzzle: HMRES Mod Suppressor
  • Stock: FT TAC-Elite Stock
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip
  • Ammunition: 5.45 High Grain
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag

FR 5.56

Unlock the FR 5.56 in MW3 through the Armory at level 25. Optimize its loadout for effectiveness:

  • Muzzle: RF Crown 50
  • Barrel: 435mm FR435
  • Rear Grip: SA Ion
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Laser: Schlager Peq Box IV

Tier 3

TYR

Unlock the TYR in MW3 at level 50. Customize its loadout for peak performance:

  • Muzzle: Lockshot KT85
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Rear Grip: Eir’s Respite
  • Trigger Action: Ullr’s Fury
  • Underbarrel: FTAC MSP-98 Handstop

WSP Stinger

To unlock the WSP Stinger in MW3, complete 3 Daily Challenges in the Armory Unlocks. Optimize its loadout for maximum effectiveness:

  • Barrel: HISS Short Light Barrel
  • Muzzle: S-37C DL Breacher Device S
  • Laser: XTEN Sidearm-L400
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo WSP Stinger
  • Magazine: 32 Round Mag

COR-45

Unlock the COR-45 in MW3 at level 4. Optimize its loadout for effectiveness:

  • Aftermarket Parts: XRK IP-V2 Conversion Kit
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: FTAC RS-9 Stealth Angled Grip
  • Laser: KR HX-15 Laser Light
  • Ammo: .45 Auto AET Rounds

BRUEN MK9

Unlock the Bruen Mk9 in MW3 by reaching Level 31. Optimize its loadout for peak performance:

  • Muzzle: Colossus Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Ammo: 5.56 NATO High Grain Rounds
  • Magazine: 60 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip

HOLGER 26

To unlock the Holger 26 in MW3, reach Level 25 and complete three daily or bonus challenges after assigning the gun to it. Optimize its loadout for maximum efficiency:

  • Barrel: Ascent Lord Heavy Barrel
  • Muzzle: HMRES Mod Suppressor
  • Rear Grip: LM Intruder Grip
  • Stock: RB Crotalus Assault Stock
  • Optic: Slate Reflector

Tier Ranking Criteria

  • T0: This is the highest tier in a tier list, reserved for the most powerful or effective options in the game. Characters or strategies in this tier are considered to be essential picks for competitive play and are often banned in tournaments.
  • T1: This tier is just below T0-tier and includes characters or strategies that are still very strong and effective, but not quite as dominant as those in the T0-tier.
  • T2: This tier includes characters or strategies that are considered to be average or balanced in terms of their strength and effectiveness. They may have some strengths and weaknesses, but they are not as dominant as those in the higher tiers.
  • T3: This is the lowest tier in a tier list, reserved for the weakest or least effective options in the game. Characters or strategies in this tier are often considered to be inferior to other options and may be rarely used in competitive play.