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MW3 best Striker loadout

Here’s our best Striker loadout for MW3.

Multiple characters swim to a prison at the beginning of MW3
Image credit: Activision
Update: Our best MW3 Striker loadout was updated with new and alternative attachments to be up to date with changes made to MW3 since its launch, and to ensure you have the best loadout possible in your matches.

Modern Warfare 3’s campaign has left a lot to be desired from the developer, but there’s no denying that there are some fun weapons to be playing with as you roam around shooting folk in multiplayer. Already, plenty of weapons have established themselves to be a part of MW3’s meta of best guns, and they're pretty fun to play with.

Our MW3 best Striker loadout features one such weapon, a powerful SMG that could possibly be one of the best guns in the game. In this guide, we detail every attachment, gear, and piece of equipment you could possibly need to get a killstreak going with the Striker.


MW3 best Striker loadout: best attachments

The Striker SMG is another aggressive short-mid range weapon. This particular loadout is partially thanks to YouTuber, Cbass, who has put together a loadout used by Call of Duty world record holder, ruav_.

  • Barrel: Striker Elite Long Barrel or Striker Recon Long Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Kimura RYN-03 Vertical Grip or SL Skeletal Vertical Grip
  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor S
  • Optic: Slate Reflector or MK.3 Reflector
  • Magazine: 48 Round Mag

The Striker is a weapon in MW3 that already deals an amazing amount of damage, but certain attachments can boost this even further and make combatting MW3's increased TTK even easier. As a result, we're going to add the Striker Elite Long Barrel as the Striker's barrel, which will massively increase our effective damage range and bullet velocity, while also aiding our recoil control. This does reduce our accuracy and handling a tiny bit, but that's nothing to worry about with this loadout. The Striker Recon Long Barrel can also be considered.

Up next, and to make the Striker more versatile during a match, we're going to add an underbarrel to aid with our recoil control. The Kimura RYN-03 Vertical Grip will greatly help with our gun kick control, vertical recoil, and stability, while reducing our speed a little bit. And considering just how good our mobility with the Striker already is, losing a small amount of speed won't matter to us. You can also use the SL Skeletal Vertical Grip, which will give us less recoil control than the Kimura RYN-03 Vertical Grip, but it will aid with our handling as well as recoil control, making up for the cons of the Striker Elite Long Barrel.

As for your muzzle, the Shadowstrike Suppressor S will keep you hidden on the map without being of a detriment to how mobile we are. This is great because this particular loadout relies on you running around the map and melting through enemies at close range. So, the harder you are to detect and keep a track of, the better. You can always swap this attachment for something else with ease, though, if you'd rather not use a muzzle.

Last, but not least, we're going to add a 48 Round Mag. The 18 extra bullets will go a long way and make a huge difference in MW3, which has a higher health pool and increased TTK.

We're also going to add the Slate Reflector or MK.3 Reflector as our optic, but which one you choose is up to you. You can go for an entirely different optic or attachment entirely, as this attachment isn't a necessity for a laser beam of a Striker. It can help, though!

MW3 best Striker perks and equipment

Now that our Striker loadout is established and we’ve got a powerful SMG to kill off enemy targets with, it’s time to run through what equipment compliments the weapon.

  • Secondary Weapon: Renetti - our Renetti loadout has the pistol feeling more like an LMG, making it better for any surprise short-range encounters.
  • Vest: Infantry Vest - provides three gear slots and three equipment slots.
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves - allow you to reload while sprinting.
  • Boots: Covert Sneakers - eliminates footstep sounds, so we can try to get up close and personal with the enemy.
  • Gear: Ghost T/V Camo - blocks detection from UAV’s, enemy radar sources and heartbeat sensors while moving. Great for us, as we’ll constantly be on the move.
  • Tacticals: Flash Grenade - a versatile grenade that blinds and deafens targets so you can go in for the kill or delay.
  • Lethals: Semtex - a timed sticky grenade. Alternatively, any explosives you have fun using.
  • Field Upgrades: Munitions Box or Trophy System - you can never go wrong with more ammo, but the Trophy System can destroy nearby equipment and projectiles.
A class build of equipment and gear for when using the Striker in MW3
Image credit: Activision/VG247

How to unlock the Striker in MW3

The Striker is unlocked in MW3 when the player reaches Level 4. This is also when the ability to create loadouts will become available to you, and no Armory Unlock challenges are needed for it either.


For more on MW3, take a look at our best Longbow loadout and best FJX Imperium loadout if you like sniping. If you prefer an assault rifle, however, take a look at our best MCW loadout and best Holger 556 loadout.

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