All weapons in MW3, from Assault Rifles to SMGs, Snipers & more guns

All weapons in MW3, from Assault Rifles to SMGs, Snipers & more guns
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Written by 

Alex Garton & Harry Boulton

Last updated 

30th Apr 2024 11:27

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There are more weapons than ever before in MW3, as you're not only able to access the new selection of Assault Rifles, SMGs, and Snipers but also the full swathe of guns from Modern Warfare 2 as well.

This is the first time that this has happened in a Call of Duty game, and it gives players more opportunities than ever to find and build their ideal gun and take it onto the battlefield. I know which weapons I gravitate towards in the game, but it's quite overwhelming how many there are to try out and unlock.

MW3 weapons & how to unlock them

Check out the tables below to see every single gun that you can use in MW3, alongside what level you need to be to unlock it. We've also included links to our pages on the best loadout for each particular gun where relevant:

Assault Rifles

Gun Unlock Requirement
SVA 545 Level 4
MTZ-556 Level 12
HOLGER 556 Level 37
MCW Level 44
DG-58
Armory (Level 25)
FR 5.56
Armory (Level 25)
TAQ-56
MW2 (or Level 55)
M4
MW2 (or Level 55)
STB 556
MW2 (or Level 55)
KASTOV 762
MW2 (or Level 55)
M13B
MW2 (or Level 55)
CHIMERA
MW2 (or Level 55)
ISO HEMLOCK
MW2 (or Level 55)
TEMPUS RAZORBACK
MW2 (or Level 55)
FR AVANCER
MW2 (or Level 55)
M13C
MW2 (or Level 55)
TR-76 GEIST
MW2 (or Level 55)
LACHMANN-556
MW2 (or Level 55)
M16
MW2 (or Level 55)
KASTOV-74U
MW2 (or Level 55)
KASTOV 545
MW2 (or Level 55)
RAM-7
Season 1
BP50
Season 2
BAL-27
Season 3

Image of the SVA 545 Assault Rifle in MW3
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Battle Rifles

Gun Unlock Requirement
BAS-B Level 17
SIDEWINDER
Armory (Level 25)
MTZ-762
Armory (Level 25)
LACHMANN-762
MW2 (or Level 55)
CRONEN SQUALL
MW2 (or Level 55)
FTAC RECON
MW2 (or Level 55)
TAQ-V
MW2 (or Level 55)
SO-14
MW2 (or Level 55)
SOA Subverter
Season 2

Image of the BAS-B in MW3
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SMGs

Gun Unlock Requirement
STRIKER Level 4
WSP SWARM Level 27
AMR9 Level 55
WSP-9
Armory (Level 25)
RIVAL-9
Armory (Level 25)
STRIKER 9
Armory (Level 25)
LACHMANN SHROUD
MW2 (or Level 55)
ISO 9MM
MW2 (or Level 55)
PDSW 528
MW2 (or Level 55)
VEL 46
MW2 (or Level 55)
FENNEC 45
MW2 (or Level 55)
BAS-P
MW2 (or Level 55)
ISO 45
MW2 (or Level 55)
LACHMANN SUB
MW2 (or Level 55)
FSS HURRICANE
MW2 (or Level 55)
MX9
MW2 (or Level 55)
MINIBAK
MW2 (or Level 55)
VAZNEK-9K
MW2 (or Level 55)
HRM-9
Season 1
RAM-9
Season 2
FJX Horus
Season 3

Image of the STRIKER in the SMGs section of MW3
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Shotguns

Gun Unlock Requirement
LOCKWOOD 680 Level 4
HAYMAKER Level 39
RIVETER
Armory (Level 25)
LOCKWOOD 300
MW2 (or Level 55)
EXPEDITE 12
MW2 (or Level 55)
BRYSON 800
MW2 (or Level 55)
KV BROADSIDE
MW2 (or Level 55)
MX GUARDIAN
MW2 (or Level 55)
BRYSON 890
MW2 (or Level 55)

Image of the LOCKWOOD 680 in the Shotguns section of MW3
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LMGs

Gun Unlock Requirement
PULEMYOT 762 Level 4
OG-58 LSW Level 7
HOLGER 26
Armory (Level 25)
BRUEN MK9 Level 31
SAKIN MG38
MW2 (or Level 55)
RAAL MG
MW2 (or Level 55)
556 ICARUS
MW2 (or Level 55)
RAPP H
MW2 (or Level 55)
HCR 56
MW2 (or Level 55)
RPK
MW2 (or Level 55)
TAQ Evolvere
Season 1

Image of the PULEMYOT 762 in the LMG section of MW3
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Marksman Rifles

Gun Unlock Requirement
KVD ENFORCER Level 4
MCW 6.8
Armory (Level 25)
DM56
Armory (Level 25)
MTZ INTERCEPTOR
Armory (Level 25)
EBR-14
MW2 (or Level 55)
SP-R 208
MW2 (or Level 55)
LOCKWOOD MK2
MW2 (or Level 55)
TEMPUS TORRENT
MW2 (or Level 55)
CROSSBOW
MW2 (or Level 55)
LM-S
MW2 (or Level 55)
SA-B 50
MW2 (or Level 55)
TAQ-M
MW2 (or Level 55)

Image of the KVD ENFORCER in the Marksman Rifles section of MW3
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Sniper Rifles

Gun Unlock Requirement
KATT-AMR Level 4
LONGBOW Level 28
KV-INHIBITOR
Armory (Level 25)
MCPR-300
MW2 (or Level 55)
SIGNAL 50
MW2 (or Level 55)
VICTUS XMR
MW2 (or Level 55)
FJX IMPERIUM
MW2 (or Level 55)
CARRACK .300
MW2 (or Level 55)
LA-B 330
MW2 (or Level 55)
SP-X 80
MW2 (or Level 55)
XRK Stalker
Season 1
MORS Season 3

Image of the KATT-AMR in the Sniper Rifles section of MW3
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Melee

Gun Unlock Requirement
Riot Shield Level 4
Gutter Knife Level 1
Karambit Level 1
Soulrender  Season 2
Gladiator Season 3

Image of the melee weapon selection in MW3
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Handguns

Gun Unlock Requirement
COR-45 Level 4
RENETTI Level 21
TYR Level 50
WSP Armory (Level 25)
P890 Level 4
.50 GS MW2 (or Level 55)
X12 MW2 (or Level 55)
BASILISK MW2 (or Level 55)
FTAC SIEGE MW2 (or Level 55)
GS MAGNA MW2 (or Level 55)
9MM DAEMON MW2 (or Level 55)
X13 AUTO MW2 (or Level 55)

MW3 Handguns in gunsmith
Click to enlarge

Launchers

Gun Unlock Requirement
RGL-80 Level 38
PILA Level 4
JOKR MW2 (or Level 55)
RPG-7 MW2 (or Level 55)
STRELA-P MW2 (or Level 55)
Stormender Season 1

MW3 Launchers Gunsmith
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You will need to complete challenges to unlock the various Armory weapons, which are unlocked after reaching level 25 in the Military Rank rewards.

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How many weapons are in MW3?

As of Season 3 of MW3, there are a total of 126 weapons available in the game. This will only continue with more seasons throughout 2024, and Season 3 Reloaded, which launches on May 1, 2024, is expected to add an additional primary weapon.

Do Modern Warfare 2 weapons carry over?

You'll notice if you've played a fair amount of MW2 that any guns that you unlocked in Modern Warfare 2 have carried over to MW3 and are able to be used from the moment that you unlock custom loadouts.

Any weapons that you didn't get your hands on though can be unlocked by completing challenges after reaching level 55, so let's hope that you managed to secure all of the meta weapons as you'd be a long way off otherwise.

What are 'recommended weapons'?

Recommended weapons are a new limited-time feature in MW3 that gives you extra XP and the opportunity to complete additional weekly challenges. There are no 'set' recommended weapons, and the selection will rotate all of the time, encouraging you to use new guns that you might not have otherwise touched.

Image of recommended weapons in MW3
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You can see which guns are designated as recommended weapons by the orange fire symbol next to their image as shown above - so why not give them a try to get some extra experience and climb the ranks faster?

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For more guides on all things Call of Duty, check out our Modern Warfare 3 homepage, where you'll find our recommendations for the best meta guns and loadouts, Battle Rifles, SMGs, and best Warzone weapons.

Alex Garton
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Alex Garton
Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.
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