Best Akimbo Pistols loadouts in MW3, including attachments & perks in Season 2

Best Akimbo Pistols loadouts in MW3, including attachments & perks in Season 2
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Written by 

Harry Boulton

Last updated 

12th Feb 2024 17:09


When used correctly, Akimbo Pistols can be some of the strongest weapons in MW3, and I've rounded up the perfect attachments and perks that you can use to up your game with the dualies.

We all have nightmares about that one player speeding around the map with their Akimbos, outgunning even the strongest Assault Rifles and SMGs in the game with ease. Thankfully you can now become that pistol machine that's paired so perfectly with a good old slide cancel. You'd be surprised how effective Akimbo Pistols are still in Season 2, as their chaos is often underestimated by the opposition.

What are the best Akimbo Pistols loadouts in MW3?


  • Laser: 1MW Pistol Laser
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo COR-45
  • Trigger Action: XRK V21 Heavy Match
  • Magazine: 30 Round Mag
  • Ammunition: .45 Auto Overpressured +P

This COR-45 loadout is the best Akimbo Pistols that you can use in MW3, giving you speed and accuracy to dominate opponents in close-range encounters.

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As the akimbo aspect is unfortunately an attachment we only have four slots to work with here, but thankfully this build is fully optimised to ensure as tight of a hipfire spread and as much movement as possible.

While you could opt for no extended magazine, the 30-round mag gives you much greater flexibility when spamming your shots, letting you fire freely until the enemy drops to the floor. Pairing this with the 1MW laser and XRK V21 trigger action lets you fire quicker and more accurately to enhance your effectiveness.

This is one of my favourite builds to use in Modern Warfare 3, as it just lets you run around and have some fun. Of course, I've run into many a situation where I've died because my target exceeds the limited range of this build - but it is nearly unbeatable in CQB situations. You might just want to steer clear of it as a Search and Destroy loadout!


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  • Barrel: ZIU-16 Heavy Long Barrel
  • Laser: XTEN Sidearm-L400
  • Stock: Ivanov Support Brace
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo TYR
  • Trigger Action: Ullr's Fury

Coming in a very close second place is this Akimbo TYR loadout, which focuses far more on power than speed. One well-placed shot with this gun will take an unsuspecting enemy down, so emptying all ten in close quarters is pretty much guaranteed to get you a kill.

Where this loadout benefits over the others on this list is its superior range. You can't expect to be effective beyond a few feet with an Akimbo setup, of course, but the attachments listed here will help you out when an enemy is that bit further, and you'd be surprised at how effective it can be.

What better way to dominate in Season 2 than with the Wild West combo, this set of dualies will have you up at sundown to face your enemies outside of the saloon.


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  • Barrel: 10.5" FTAC Arrow
  • Laser: Revo-LSD 7mW
  • Trigger Action: Bryson HTA
  • Ammunition: .500 Snakeshot
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo Basilisk

While most of the weapons on this list are MW3 originals, the Basilisk's recent buffs in Season 2 have made it well worth running as an Akimbo loadout. The loadout from WZRanked above is your ideal way to run it too, giving you both accuracy and speed to dominate the battlefield.

These buffs have significantly increased the damage range across the board - especially when it comes to long-distance encounters, meaning that you're far more likely to earn those all-important one-hit kills.

There's even an increase to the lower-torse damage modifier from 1x to 1.2x, which is extremely helpful in Akimbo mode as you don't have full control over where each bullet lands.

I tend to favour harder-hitting Akimbo loadouts like the Basilisk and the aforementioned Tyr on larger maps, as their higher damage potential - especially over range - really helps me out in most gunfights that aren't face-to-face.


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  • Laser: XTEN Sidearm-L400
  • Barrel: MLX Short Competition Barrel
  • Magazine: 24 Round Mag
  • Trigger Action: Bruen Express
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo Renetti

While the burst fire of the Renetti isn't as effective as you might expect compared to the single-fire options due to the significant recoil, it is still an absolute demon in super close quarters - making it perfect for those who know how to position.

The Bruen Express Trigger Action helps you unleash your bullets into your target as quickly as possible, and the 24 Round Mag gives you a little extra space to avoid any unfortunate reloads.

I personally like running this build on the smallest maps in the game like Shipment, as it isn't too effective beyond about 5m - but is perhaps the most effective pair of pistols when in another player's face.

WSP Stinger

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  • Laser: 1MW Pistol Laser
  • Stock: WSP Rampart-IV Stock
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo WSP Stinger
  • Magazine: 32 Round Mag
  • Muzzle: STER45 Skyfury Compensator

If your trigger finger isn't the fastest, then this is the ideal way to build your Akimbo Pistols. The WSP Stinger is fully automatic and can rip through opponents in close proximity if you are able to control the recoil.

It does have a larger spread pattern and recoil kick than your standard semi-auto sidearms, but the high rate of fire more than makes up for this and ensures a consistent barrage of bullets.

This loadout is excellent if you like to run Sniper Rifles, as it gives you an automatic option that excels in the primary weapon's one area of weakness and can be a handy last resort for anyone who loves to quickscope too.

Best equipment & perks for Akimbo Pistols in MW3

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Having the right perks can make or break an Akimbo Pistols loadout, so I'd recommend using all of our selections to ensure your success:

  • Tactical: Battle Rage
  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots: Running Sneakers
  • Mag Holster: Gear

While you could opt for the Stim instead of Battle Rage, the latter's ability to continuously refresh your tactical sprint and health is more valuable in this scenario, as it keeps you healthy and on the move.

This continues with the Running Sneakers perk, which reduces the tactical sprint cooldown time and increases the duration when it is active. In essence, you're always going to want to be moving with this class - as being as close as possible to your opponents (and also difficult to hit) is the key to success and survival.

Commando Gloves and Mag Holster go hand in hand as two perks that speed up your reload and ensure that you've always got a fully loaded weapon - as the aim with Akimbo Pistols is to always be spraying as much as possible so you'll need to reload a lot.

The Throwing Knife is also a nice lifeline whenever an enemy is just out of reach, giving you a quick alternative solution that is much more effective than a wayward spray of bullets would ever be.

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With some new Akimbo Pistols loadouts in tow, get ready to jump into your next game and cause some close-range chaos for your enemies. You can find more guides like this on our MW3 homepage, including all of the best controller and audio settings, and the multiplayer level cap.

Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.

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