It’s still early to clearly define an MW3 meta, but we’ve done our best to put together a list of the best MW3 guns to use during launch weekend.

Modern Warfare 3 is finally here, which means it’s time to polish camos, unlock everything, and find the best new weapons. But this is also the first time that some players will load onto a MW2 (2009) map. As we know, MW3 remasters all 16 iconic environments.

Turning our attention to the game’s meta, this year presents a new challenge. For the first time in Call of Duty history, all weapons carry over from the previous game. So, in total, 114 weapons are available in MW3 at launch, including 37 new weapons and 77 weapons returning from Modern Warfare 2.

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Our focus for this list is on the best MW3 guns, but our guide to the best MW2 guns will give you a general idea of ​​what loadouts to keep in mind. With that being said, let’s get straight to your rankings.

Best Modern Warfare 3 meta weapons, ranked

5. SVA545

SVA 545 Modern Warfare 3Activision

Attachments

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike S Suppressor
  • Optical: MK.3 reflector
  • Action: Mane V6
  • Under the barrel: Chewk angled handle
  • Review: 45 rpm magazine

Benefits

  • Vest: Infantry vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots Stalker Boots
  • Gear: Bone conduction headphones
  • Deadly: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Battle Rage

Consider the SVA 545 a versatile weapon, but master none in MW3. The AR packs a punch and shines in mid- and long-range engagements. If you’re launching Modern Warfare 3 for the first time, this is the perfect weapon to help you get your feet wet, as it’s extremely easy to use and gets the job done in most gunfights.

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For all that the SVA 545 does, some other weapons offer just a little extra that pushes them over the top. This is one of the best weapons in MW3, but there are better options.

4. DG-58

DGB in MW3Activision

Attachments

  • Muzzle: Casus Brake
  • Barrel: Canon OG-56 LS18
  • Under the barrel: Ripper FTAC 56
  • Optical: MK. 3 Reflector
  • Comb: FSS Last Stand Comb

Benefits

  • Vest: Infantry vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots Stalker Boots
  • Gear: Bone conduction headphones
  • Deadly: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimulate

If you were a fan of the M8A7 in Black Ops 3, you’ll love the DG-58 from MW3. There’s nothing more satisfying than hitting two enemies with this burst rifle. Don’t be surprised if this weapon receives a nerf soon, as it dominates multiplayer lobbies.

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Community members will surely appreciate a burst rifle that has held a place in the meta for what seems like forever. But semi-automatic weapons aren’t for everyone, so we won’t put this number above four just yet. If you’re a fan of semi-automatic weapons, this could compete with other higher weapons for you as one of the best weapons in MW3.

3. The attacker

Attacker in MW3Activision

Attachments

  • Muzzle: Sbruen Cube Comp
  • Ammunition: 9mm high speed
  • Under the barrel: Heavy support from Bruen
  • Rear handle: Tacgrip
  • Action: Lachmann BR400

Benefits

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  • Vest: Infantry vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots Stalker Boots
  • Gear: Bone conduction headphones
  • Deadly: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimulate

All signs pointed to the Striker being the best weapon in MW3 after being rampant in the beta. However, the developers intervened and reduced the weapon’s damage and ADS times. Despite this, we still think it’s the best SMG in the game and one of the best weapons in MW3.

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That said, it’s an augmented reality world, and we simply live in it. Until something drastic changes, MW3’s meta will be primarily dominated by rifles, as they can compete at any range.

2. MCW (ACR)

MCW in MW3Activision

Attachments

  • Optical: Slate reflector
  • Barrel: MCW Cyclone 16.5-inch long barrel
  • Muzzle: L4R Flash Hider
  • Under the barrel: XTEN TX-12 Manual stop
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High speed

Benefits

  • Vest: Infantry vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots Stalker Boots
  • Gear: Bone conduction headphones
  • Deadly: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimulate

Everyone’s favorite ACR returns triumphantly in MW3 with a new name, the MCW. Unfortunately, the AR failed to deliver the same devastating power we all know and love in the beta. But luckily, the developers stepped in and improved the AR’s bullet speed by 18% on launch day.

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No weapon quite compares to the Holger 556, considering what the monstrous AR is capable of. But it’s the second best option if you want something a little more mobile.

1. Holger 556 (G36C)

Holger in MW3Activision

Attachments

  • Optical: Slate reflector
  • Under the barrel: XTEN Ghost-5
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High speed
  • Rear handle: Intruder Handle
  • Action: RB Addle Assault Stock

Be careful because the Holger 556 is there and almost unstoppable. This AR has scared members of the community so much that the weapon is already starting to get banned in professional tournaments, and it’s easy to see why it’s the best weapon in MW3.

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The Holger 556 destroys enemies despite a slower TTK. Players will have to adapt to slightly slower mobility, but the AR dominates at all ranges and will definitely cause plenty of headaches for enemies trying to return fire.

What is the best weapon in MW3?

As stated above, we believe that Holger 556 is the best weapon in MW3. Players were probably expecting to see the MCW or Striker at the top, but no other weapon really comes close to this AR in terms of capabilities.

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Be aware that each playstyle, map, and game mode naturally favors certain weapon types, so the Holger 556 may not be the best weapon for you. Still, it’s the best all-around weapon that offers a little bit of everything.

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