MW3 fans overjoyed as pack-a-punched M16 comes to multiplayer for the first time

MW3 fans overjoyed as pack-a-punched M16 comes to multiplayer for the first time
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


16th May 2024 15:05

Aside from one brief stint in Verdansk 1984, burst rifles have been long discarded from the meta for years. Long gone are the days of the M8A1 one-bursting players in Black Ops titles, while the recent efforts of newer trigger-happy DG-58 doth butter no parsnips.

But there is a saving grace for the master of all burst rifles, the M16, as its pack-a-punched form has landed in Modern Warfare 3 thanks to the new Aftermarket Parts kit.

M16 turns fully auto with new Jak Patriot kit

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Those familiar with Kino Der Toten will likely remember getting the M16 off the wall in the theatre and pack-a-punching it at some point, probably after respawning or if you're out of ammo. The upgrade turned the famed burst rifle into a fast-firing automatic gun, and now, this final form is in MW3.

The latest wave of Aftermarket Part kits has started being added to MW2 guns. Now, the M16 has had its first conversion kit with the JAK Patriot attachments, which includes a full auto upgrade.

It's the first time in multiplayer history that the M16 has been made fully automatic, and it seems to be winning over most fans.

MW3 fans love the new automatic M16 kit

Modern Warfare 3 fans have been taking to a Reddit post to express their joy, even if there were a few concerns over performance and the lack of barrel-changing ability. "Screw how it performs, I’m slapping on an M203, and blasting fortunate son," one excited fan said.

"I’ve been waiting YEARS for this," added another, although they hoped that the kit wouldn't be so OP that it gets nerfed. "The last thing I need is for it to be meta enough for it to be nerfed into uselessness as a result by this time next week," they added.

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Unfortunately for that Redditor and others who were hoping the M16 could rule once again, the kit seems to be quite underwhelming and could actually do with a significant buff to become meta.

Others still have a bee in their bonnet over the lack of burst choices, but if it makes this esteemed weapon viable again, we're all for it.

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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