Best MW3 quickscope loadouts: Meta guns, attachments & perks

Best MW3 quickscope loadouts: Meta guns, attachments & perks
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Written by 

Harry Boulton

Last updated 

30th Nov 2023 11:50


While quickscoping in MW3 might not be quite as strong as it was 14 years ago on Rust, we have all of the meta guns, attachments, and perks that you'll want to use in order to flex your skills in-game.

Snipers in Call of Duty are powerful tools capable of dealing one-hit kills, but they are limited by their rather cumbersome nature. Using the right parts can really speed things up dramatically, though - and that's where the strength of quickscoping really shines.

What are the best quickscoping loadouts in MW3?

1. SP-R 208

  • Barrel: 12.5" Carbon Barrel
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Optic: Lachmann Impact 9
  • Comb: Aim-Assist 406
  • Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt

By far the best quickscoping loadout comes in the form of the SP-R 208 when using the above attachments, as they give you a supremely fast ADS speed while maintaining the all-important one-hit kill status.

Image of the best SP-R 208 loadout for quickscoping in MW3
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I also love going for a no-optic or 1x build with the same parts, as it almost acts like a mid-range shotgun - but the Lachmann Impact 9 gives you even greater accuracy without too much of a speed sacrifice.

As a marksman rifle, there are some instances where you might not quite get a one-hit kill at long ranges and on certain body parts, but the speed more than makes up for this and you'll be able to dominate the battlefield at your own pace.

If that's not quite your style, though, there are plenty of other loadouts you can try out below.

2. Longbow

Image of the best Longbow loadout for quickscoping in MW3
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  • Barrel: Tru-Tac Short Barrel
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: No Stock
  • Bolt: SA-M Quickbolt
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop

Coming in hot straight after the SP-R 208 is the Longbow, letting you take down plenty of targets with speed and accuracy. The attachments that we've selected here are essential as the gun can be quite slow and heavy otherwise, but it is transformed into a quickscoping monster in the right hands.

Speedy ADS times and a rapid sprint-to-fire response make this weapon ideal for run-and-gun scenarios, and its unique strength lies in the 30-round default magazine. This lets you keep going without pause, and potentially miss a shot or two without too much recourse.

3. SP-X 80

Image of the best SP-X 80 quickscoping loadout in MW3
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  • Barrel: 16" ZLR Executor 80 Barrel
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: PVZ-890 Tac Stock
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Match Grip
  • Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt

Another fantastic weapon from Modern Warfare 2 is the SP-X 80, giving you higher damage with a bit less speed if the SP-R 208 is a little bit too unreliable for you. While definitely slower, the SP-X is by no means a slouch when it comes to quickscoping - giving you everything you need to whip out your shots against any unsuspecting foes.

The attachments we've opted for will ensure that you're getting the fastest ADS time possible when using the gun, and thankfully as a bolt-action sniper, you have little to worry about when it comes to the negative side effects.


Image of the best KATT-AMR quickscoping loadout in MW3
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  • Barrel: Perdition 24" Short Barrel
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: Tactical Stock Pad
  • Bolt: Ephemeral Quickbolt
  • Rear Grip: Phantom Grip

If you're coming into MW3 fresh and want to jump on the quickscoping train, the KATT-AMR is the best option for you. It's currently the only bolt-action sniper available in Modern Warfare 3 that's not a legacy weapon, and with the attachments above you'll have enough speed to whip out your deadly shots.

If you're not too confident with quickscoping at the start, you could swap out the Tactical Stock Pad for an expanded magazine, giving you more opportunities to hit your shots before a reload is needed. This will slow down your ADS speed slightly though, so it does come at a cost.

Best MW3 quickscoping secondary, equipment & perks

While not quite as important as the gun and attachments themselves, supporting your loadout with the ideal secondary, equipment, and perks will ensure that you're well-rounded on the battlefield:

  • Secondary: WSP Stinger
  • Tactical: Battle Rage
  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Gloves: Marksman Gloves
  • Boots: Tactical Pads
  • Gear: Mag Holster

Image of the WSP Stinger in MW3
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You can pick the secondary weapon that you're most comfortable using as it'll only be used in last-ditch moments - but the WSP Stinger's high fire rate will help you hit your shots in a panic.

The same is true for the Throwing Knife, as you'll want to use it in a pinch when you've missed a shot and don't have the time or space to line up another. Battle Rage on the other hand is best used when you've just come out of a fight - as it'll replenish your health and tactical sprint so that you are reading to jump straight back in.

Dead Silence will help you get the jump on unsuspecting enemies when active - which is great to give you the time to hit your shots. What also helps you remain accurate is the Marksman Gloves, as one poorly-timed flinch could spell death for you.

Image of the Dead Silence Field Upgrade in MW3
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Additionally, Tactical Pads will help you stay active on the move, and even take advantage of slide cancelling to evade any incoming gunfire. Finally, Mag Holster is a handy tool to keep you in the action, as sniper reloads can be quite lengthy in the grand scheme of things.

How to quickscope in Modern Warfare 3

Image of the SP-R 208 being used for quickscoping in the Firing Range
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All you need to do to quickscope is press and hold the aim down sights button (L2/RMB) and fire shortly after the reticule within the optic becomes visible. You should head into the Firing Range in order to practice the timing for this, as it's a little finicky to get down if you've never tried it before.

Ideally, you're going to want to be aimed at your enemy and tracking them as you're ADSing so that you're ready to shoot as soon as the reticle appears - as waiting to aim once you're zoomed in will make you very slow and an easy target.

Quickscoping used to be a lot easier in older Call of Duty titles - especially back in the days of CoD 4 and the original MW2, but it's still very much a viable tactic to pull out in your games if you're skilled enough.

That's everything you need to know about quickscoping, so make sure to jump into games and practice with our ideal loadouts to work towards mastering the skill.

Make sure to check out our MW3 homepage for more tips to help you out in multiplayer, as we've got an excellent selection of guides including all of the best Assault Rifles and SMGs to use.

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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