Top 5 SMGs And Class Setups In Call of Duty: MW3

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Top 5 SMGs And Class Setups In Call of Duty: MW3

Here are the top 5 SMGs and class setups in Call of Duty: MW3.


Activision’s latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise is kicking off strong on multiplayer. The game has built a decent player base With improved mechanics, including more fluid movement and nostalgia-induced maps from older titles. Despite being filled with bugs and glitches that cause trouble while playing, members of the community have grinded away for various achievements and for building strong classes for their weapons. Unlocking attachments and fine-tuning their guns to build the best version for their play style. This aspect of the game has been significantly revamped and has received positive responses from players.

One of the types of weapons in the game is the SMG or sub-machine gun. Due to their mobility, fast rate of fire, and damage in close quarters, these weapons have been in the meta for some time. So we have created a list showing the top 5 SMGs in the game currently with their best call setups.

Also be sure to check out our article on the Top 5 ARs in CoD: MW3 and their best class setups.

Top 5 SMGs and Class Setups

One of the things that MW3 has done right is the weapons. There is a massive arsenal of weapons that are all unique in their way. Safe to say, every player can find some weapon that will allow them to perform to their fullest.

But if winning games is the question, then the current meta suggests SMGs. Their lightweight and small size allows the player to have insane mobility. Even small guns have very high fire rates which translates into high damage. Since a lot of the game modes in MW3 include tight spaces, this perfectly suits SMGs and allows the players to dish out some insane damage.

Keep in mind that the mentioned weapons are subject to change as Activision constantly updates the guns to balance and alter their statistics. Make sure you keep an eye on the website for newer articles informing the changes made by these updates.

5. BAS-P

The BAS-P is a very consistent and easy-to-use weapon. It has a decent movement speed and a very high rate of fire. This significantly affects the time-to-kill and can allow players to hit multi-kills quite easily. The title of the longest range till damage drop-off also belongs to this gun. So it has the best range damage statistically compared to other SMGs.

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Use the following attachments:

  • Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • 9mm Low Grain
  • Bruen Flash V4 Stock
  • XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Bruen Flash Grip

We have talked about the impact of certain attachments before in our article for the best rifles, like the Shadowstrike Suppressor and the XRK Handstop. The Low Grain rounds help in reducing the horizontal recoil and The V4 Stock improves the movement speed. Overall the mentioned attachments help to make the weapon feel more controlled and allow for faster movement.

4. Rival-9

Probably one of the best SMGs based on damage and magazine size. This gun is pretty much the epitome of sub-machine guns as it has great stats in all the departments. Even though it has great ratings, it is lower on the list as the following guns show better performance with attachments, but in the bone-stock condition, the RIval-9 is a fierce weapon to have.

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Use the following attachments:

  • Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Rival-38E Fire Starter Barrel
  • EXF Close Quarters Assault Stock
  • .50 Cal High Grain Rounds
  • XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop

With the attachments, the Rival-9 shows great numbers in the movement department. With the improved ADS Time and movement speed, the gun is great for fast-paced action. Even though the recoil is impacted and increased, especially because of the High Grain bullets, attachments like the EXF Stock balance out the recoil to make the gun more managable.

3. Fennec 45

The Fennec 45 is also great movement-wise and has decent damage at all ranges. It has a consistent time-to-kill which is why many players at the top level suggest this gun. As this keeps their momentum at an even balanced level, it makes fragging so much easier. Besides, the damage levels at different parts of the enemy's body, like the chest and arms, are also high.

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Use the following attachments:

  • Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Agile Assault-7 Stock
  • Fennec Mag 45
  • Fennec Rubber Grip
  • XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop

The attachments mentioned here improve aspects of the gun like the ADS movement and crouch movement. The Sprint to Fire rate is also improved especially because of the Assault-7 Stock. As the recoil may become somewhat difficult, players suggest swapping out the magazine for something different to make it easier. It is entirely based on preference, but other than that the gun is solid with great damage and movement.

2. VEL 46

The VEL 46 has incredible movement and an amazing time-to-kill. Due to new mechanics, the TTK in MW3 has significantly increased, even for Assault Rifles with high damage rates. But the VEL 46 remains strong with one of the best stats in the game. It also has good damage multipliers to different parts of the enemy’s body which make it easy to use in longer ranges. Some of the attachments work to make the rate of fire higher and to improve recoil, which combined makes this a really strong gun to have.

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Use the following attachments:

  • Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • 1mW Quick Fire Lazer
  • MK.3 Reflector
  • Schlager Soldier Grip
  • XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop

The Soldier Grip and the XRK Handstop work on bumping down that recoil and allowing the player to hit severely damaging shots at ranges exceeding its drop-off. The movement is also increased allowing the user to run around more freely and still be accurate. Certain aspects like the rate of fire do significantly go down but because of the high damage, these are mitigated. All the player needs to do is hit their shots and the enemy will go down in a few seconds due to the massive damage.

1. WSP Swarm

The WSP Swarm is the strongest weapon in many aspects. It has the lowest TTK among all SMGs in the current state of the game. It also has the fastest ADS time which is the same as the Rival-9 mentioned earlier. Despite having low damage drop-off, in close ranges, this gun is a beast. With the fast movement paired with the high damage profile, this weapon is a recipe for multi-frags. Top-rated players have used this in numerous game modes and recommend the WSP for mobility-based play-styles. It is safe to say that with the current stats, no other SMG can come close to the WSP Swarm.

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Use the following attachments:

  • Nimbus-6 Integrated Suppressor
  • WSP Factory Stock
  • .50 Cal High Grain Rounds
  • 40 Round Mag
  • XRK Edge BW-4 Handsto

The recoil is massively reduced for the WSP with these attachments and in an instant, it becomes so much more comfortable and easier to aim with. Although the damage range hits a hit, it is balanced out with High Grain Rounds that improve the damage done at all ranges by a certain extent. There will be a slight reduction in movement, but it won’t be major. All these numbers combined make the WSP Swarm the strongest SMG in the game and allow players to melt anyone in its range while still running around without and hindrance.

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Top 5 SMGs And Class Setups In Call of Duty: MW3
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