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Best Meta Guns in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Let's be honest, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 didn’t hit the mark. Compared to other games in the series, there's something not quite right about it. It's the second-worst COD game, just after the 2013 Call of Duty: Ghost. It could be a hint that the series needs a break to figure things out.

But Activision is working around the clock to right their wrongs. Thankfully, Modern Warfare 3 still builds on what its predecessors started. This includes the weapon inventory, which borrows weapons from Modern Warfare 2 and tweaks them for the new game. So, if you're wondering which weapons to go for, we've got you covered. Here are the best meta guns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

5. TAQ-56—The Reliable AR

#1 ULTIMATE TAQ 56 BUILD META is FRIGHTENING... 👻 (MW3 Best Taq 56 Class Setup Tuning Loadout MW2)

When it comes to reliability, you can always count on the TAQ-56. It's the loyal friend that never lets you down. As an assault rifle, it has everything you will need to knock out baddies in a battle. It is perfect for beginners-easy to handle and gets the job done. Formerly known as SCAR-L, the weapon wasn't the best choice then, considering the greater choices in MW4. However, since it returns to Modern Warfare 3, there is nothing a few tweaks wouldn't do to make it the cream of the crop.

To unlock the weapon, simply reach level 55 in the game. Here, you must complete an unlock challenge that grants you the gun. Alternatively, if you own MW2 and reach level 19, you can access the rifle at level 4 in MW3.

For an AR, the TAQ 56 is highly dependable thanks to its accuracy and fire rate. All these start at average values, and upgrades can get it to a mean machine level. Plus, you can customize its performance to suit your play style using loadouts. For instance, the L4R Flash Hider gives you better control and stability of the AR and also reduces recoil. For the barrel, the 17.5 Tundra Pro Barrel comes in handy during long-range warfare since it increases the weapon's range.  

Muzzle: 17.5 Tundra Pro Barrel

Barrel: L4R Flash Hider

Stock: TV Cardinal Stock

Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip

4. Vaznek-9k—SMG Excellence

MW3 MOVEMENT + MW2 META (Vaznev 9k & Taq 56)

SMGs are excellent choices for dealing great damage at close range. So, if this is your type of flow, consider the Vaznek-9K as your tool of trade. This submachine gun is well-balanced and packs intense heat for a primary weapon. It is an improved version of the AK Platform with an assertively high rate of fire. However, if you find yourself in a tight spot, you can use the X13 as your secondary weapon. Plus, it's faster to switch to the pistol than reload your SMG. 

Unlocking this weapon is quite the grind, but it's worth it once it's in your hands. You'll need to level up the KASTOV-74U to Level 13, the Kastov 762 to Level 11, and the Kastov 545 to Level 13.

So, how can you switch this bad boy up? For the muzzle, the XTE RR-40 will give you the ultimate sound suppression. It also comes with increased recoil, damage range, and bullet velocity. Plus, the Demo-X2 Grip gives you added control. For better accuracy, you should consider the SZ 1MW PEQ.

Muzzle: XTEN RR-40

Barrel: SA Response III

Stock: Otrezat Stock

Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip

3. Lachmann Sub—The Versatile MP5

MGB NUKE w/ LACHMANN SUB in Modern Warfare III (Best MP5 Class Setup)

The MP5, or Lachmann Sub, is a popular choice of weapon for COD veterans. It makes sense why it is one of the picks in the Carry Forward System. The weapon accommodates varied playstyles, whether you are a mid-range fellow or a close-encounter sentinel of valor. Plus, the Sub is speedy thanks to its high fire rate. If you're aiming for a stealth attack, it also delivers a silent weapon for close range.

As a returning weapon, you can access the sub if you have the carryover feature. However, fret not if you don't have it. After a few hours of grinding, it becomes accessible. You'll need to get to level 13 for the Lchmann-762 and level 12 to acquire the Lachman-556.

To get the most out of this sub, you need a few loadouts, such as the EXF Huntress-90 and the L38 Falcon 226 mm. The former is excellent for sound suppression, especially if you are using the movement build. The latter gives you a boost in movement speed.

Muzzle: EXF Huntress-90

Barrel: L38 Falcon 226 mm

Stock: LM Stockless Mod

Rear Grip: FTAC G-5 Exo

2. ISO Hemlock—The Deadly Assault Rifle

the MW2 ISO HEMLOCK is BROKEN in MW3! (Best ISO HEMLOCK Class Setup) - Modern Warfare 3 Best Class

Another rifle that makes it to our list is the ISO Hemlock, which can give you an advantage in any rut you find yourself in. I know the name sounds like a quality-controlled substance. Perhaps it was intentional because it is a deadly assault rifle. Plus, it pales in comparison to other weapons in its class with its remarkable damage output. 

To access this weapon, you need to get 50 Operator Longshot Kills using an assault rifle. Like others in the list, the ISO Hemclock was a heavy hitter in MW2 and Warzone 2.0, which later got kicked out of ranked play. But it's back with a triumphant return, and with these loadouts, it'll soon be a top pick for most players. 

Muzzle: Echoless-80

Barrel: Cipher-121

Stock: ISO Stockless Mod

Rear Grip: Wrecker Grip

1. MCW—The Crème de la crème

the *NEW* FASTEST KILLING MCW CLASS in MW3! 🔥 (Best MCW Class Setup) - Modern Warfare 3

The MCW is undoubtedly one of the best guns to feature in MW3. It earns the title of the cream of the cake for its outstanding bullet velocity and recoil. Plus, its fast TTK has given it a popular rating, despite the fact that it's challenging to maintain a stable target. But just like other weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you can take this weapon to greater heights with attachments.

Before that, here is how you can get it: you must reach level 44. It's an intense grind, but it's all worthwhile once you get it.

To get the most out of your MCW, it's ideal to amp up your weapon with good recoil for your shots to hit the target.

Muzzle:L4R Flash Hider

Barrel: 16.5” MCW Cyclone Long Barrel

Stock: RB Regal Heavy Stock

Rear Grip: RB Claw-PSL Grip

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 might not be the golden era, but with these top-notch weapons, you'll be owning the battlefield like a true gaming legend.

So, what's your take? What's your take on these five best meta guns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3? What weapons can't you wait to use? Let us know here on our socials.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.