COD Modern Warfare 3: Best SMGs + Loadouts

Find which SMG is best when it comes to close-mid range combats and how you can output most damage at the fastest rate possible.

Call of Duty MW 3 - Best SMGs
Call of Duty MW 3 - Best SMGs

Key Takeaways

  • Striker is the most popular Meta SMG at the moment in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.
  • FSS Hurricane and Lachmann are making their way to MW 3 from Warzone 2.
  • With the right attachments, you will have recoil-free gameplay and bigger mag capacity for these SMGs. 

Best SMGs In MW3

Here’s a comparison between all the best SMGs and at what level they get unlocked. 

WeaponUnlock LevelRoundsReserves
FFS Hurricane1650100
Lachmann Such123060
WPS Swarm273296


Striker Loadout
Striker Loadout (Captured By Us)

Recommended For: Best Overall SMG

Striker is topping my list of best SMGs due to being so good at the moment that it’s among the Meta weapons for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Striker has a huge 60-round mag with almost no recoil with right attachments and a great damage output that dominates every single match.

The characteristics that set it apart are that you can control it conveniently even as a beginner and can deal significant damage. You can make it more lethal with a classy loadout, such as adding a Striker Recon Long Barrel, which enables it to perform flawlessly at mid-range adding extra distance for your access and also provide the bullet velocity.

With FSS Titan Stock, you can get good control of recoil and aim stability and can have great mid-range fights due to better precision. 


Unlock LevelLevel 4


BarrelStriker Recon Long Barrel
UnderbarrelKimura RYN-03 Vertical Grip
Rear GripSakin ZX Grip
StockRB Crotalus Assault Stock
OpticSlate Reflector


  • Big Magazine Capacity.
  • High Damage Output.
  • Easy to Control Fire rate.


  • Attachments take time to unlock before you can fully use Striker’s Potential.

FFS Hurricane

FSS Hurricane
FSS Hurricane (Captured By Us)

Recommended For: Best Warzone 2 SMG

Here you go with another one: FSS Hurricane, which has also gained popularity among players over the years and is still maintaining it. This weapon proves to be outstanding when it comes to ammo capacity, as FSS Hurricane offers a large magazine, So you don’t have to worry about running out of ammo during intense combats.

Besides this, it offers excellent stability, and to enhance the vertical and horizontal recoil, you can go for the FTAC Castle Comp Muzzle.

Furthermore, the FSS Cannonade 16″ Barrel reduces the gun’s recoil and improves the accuracy, damage range, bullet velocity, and hip fire precision. In the end, I would say that the right attachments and equipment can make FSS Hurricane unstoppable. Hurricane can be accessible if you install the Warzone 2 in your Call of Duty MW 3 setup and soon it will be available in other game modes as well. 


Unlock LevelLevel up FTAC Recon to level 16


MuzzleFTAC Castle Comp
OpticSlimline Pro
LaserSchlager PEQ box IV
Rear GripXten Grip
BarrelFSS Cannonade 16"


  • Already Comes with the update to Warzone 2.
  • The new variant of FSS Hurricane is more stable and fast.
  • Damage output is good even at mid-range.


  • Currently, you can only equip it in Warzone 2 and Zombies mode. 

Lachmann Sub

Lachmann Loadout
Lachmann Loadout (Captured By Us)

Recommended For: Best Mid-Range SMG

The Lachmann Sub is again in Modern Warfare 3 and is already giving tough competition to other SMGs in-game and has secured its place in the list of top 5 submachine guns.  It is mainly praised due to the amazing rate of fire and high mobility.

It has a slight recoil and can be your best buddy during close-quarter encounters. If you opt for the Lachmann Sub, then you should focus on improving the ads, damage range, and speed. The laser VLK LZR 7MW enhances the speed of ads, sprint to fire, and aiming stability.

The addition of other attachments and perks can make it all set for fiery combat.


Unlock LevelLevel up LACHMANN-556 to level 12.


MuzzleEXF Huntress-90
BarrelL38 Falcon 226mm
StockLM Stockless Mod
Magazine40 Round Mag


  • Easy to upgrade.
  • A wide range of attachments work with Lachmann Sub.
  • Damage is still deadly in Mid-range combat.


  • Currently, you can only equip it in Warzone 2 and Zombies mode. 

WPS Swarm

The WPS Swarm has made the entry in MW3 with a compact design and can fit perfectly in your hands. Well, it is considered the best SMG not only due to its design but also for its lower time-to-kill and impressive firing rate.

From the set of new guns in the game, you must try out this weapon, and I am sure you won’t be disappointed at all. Once you learn the art of using this gun, then it will be enough to haunt your opponents.

It is also great for aggressive playstyle and can deal fine damage at close-quarter combats. Add up the suppressor: Shadowstrike Suppressor S if you don’t want radar to detect you. Also, for better recoil control, you can equip FSS Fortress Heavy Stock.

These are my suggested attachments; however, you can equip them according to personal preference.


Unlock Level27


MuzzleVT-7 Soulstealer Suppressor
OpticSlate Reflector
UnderbarrelXRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
Magazine45 Round Mag
Rear GripD37 Grip


  • Very little time to kill.
  • Controllable recoil pattern.


  • Attachments require certain challenges to be completed before they get unlocked.


The final best SMG I am suggesting here is the AMR9. It is suitable for mid and close-range combats and is known for standing against the assault rifles in MW3. This versatile weapon holds a lot of potential, and it can be unlocked by adding key attachments.

This fully automatic gun makes your close-range encounters thrill and worthy, and you will surely love using it. With the AMR9 Commando Pro Barrel, you can enhance the speed of ads, movement, and sprint of fire, and it will also improve mobility.

The best ammunition for AMR9 is a 9 mm high grain that comes in handy while dealing with Assault rifles.


Unlock Level55


BarrelTectonic Micro Integral Suppressor
UnderbarrelFTAC SP-10 Angled Grip
Rear GripSakin ZX Grip
StockHellhound Carbine Stock
OpticSlate Reflector


  • Allows increased mobility.
  • Good for ADS use.


  • Only Good for close-range combats. 
  • Recoil requires a bit of practice.

Ending Thoughts

I’m close to a mid-range player in FPS shooters and I prefer to hip-fire so SMGs are a must for me. I’ve grinded FSS Hurricane in Modern Warfare 2, Warzone, and Warzone 2, until the new Striker became available and right now I can tell it’s the most powerful SMG game has to offer due to – Huge Mag size, Fastest time to kill, and massive damage to even perform a squad wipe. Do let me know which SMG is your favorite and I’ll catch you in the next one. Stay frosty soldiers!

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