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MW3 best TAQ 56 loadout

Feel like using this MW2 assault rifle in MW3? Here’s our best TAQ 56 loadout.

Image credit: Sledgehammer Games, Activision.
Update: Our best MW3 TAQ-56 loadout was updated with new and alternative attachements to be up to date with changes made to MW3 since its launch.

Modern Warfare 3 has an assortment of weapons for players to choose from and experiment with, but as always, there are some guns that have proven to be the best weapons in MW3 right now. Some weapons have returned from previous titles, including the TAQ 56, which is proving to be a solid pick in MW3 at the moment.

The best MW3 TAQ 56 loadout isn’t the best assault rifle in the game, but it can be unlocked easily and has good enough stats to land plenty of kills with. In this TAQ 56 loadout, we’ll run through all the attachments, gear, and equipment you may need to get the most out of the weapon.


MW3 best TAQ 56 loadout: best attachments

The TAQ 56 was one of the best assault rifles in MW2, and it’s back in MW3 with pretty good stats. That said, the weapon can be made a lot more strong at close-medium ranges using the right attachments, while remaining rather good at long-range. This loadout is partially thanks to Ears, xProMvz, and Klubo.

  • Muzzle: VT-7 Spiritfire Suppressor
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Barrel: 17.5” Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Rear Grip: FSS Combat Grip or Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop or DR-6 Handstop

Suggested by Ears, the FSS Combat Grip as our rear grip will increase our recoil control and gun kick control with the TAQ-56, making it a little bit easier to keep control of and secure kills with. You can also consider Klubo and xProMvz's suggestion of the Demo Cleanshot Grip which will aid with our handling of the weapon and it's damage.

Pairing this with the 17.5” Tundra Pro Barrel, which comes recommended from multiple creators and players, increases our bullet velocity, range, and hip fire accuracy, and we’ll be trading a little bit of that recoil control from our rear grip for some additional range and accuracy.

A loadout of attachments for using the TAQ 56 in MW3
Image credit: Activision/VG247

Attaching the VT-7 Spiritfire Suppressor - suggested by both Ears and Klubo - as the muzzle for the TAQ-56 will make us undetectable on enemy radars when firing so we can be sneaky if we want to. It’ll also increase our bullet velocity and damage range further, and help our recoil control significantly so we'll have an easier time using the gun. This attachment will, like our barrel, reduce our handling of the gun a little, but this is where our underbarrel comes in.

The XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop as an underbarrel will give us some handling stats back, as well as a little additional recoil control. It improves our sprint to fire speed, ADS speed, vertical recoil and gun kick control so we’re able to be relatively mobile with the AR while increasing our ability to control the TAQ-56’s recoil. A viable alternative is the DR-6 Handstop, which is recommended by Klubo and a popular pick among players for multiple weapons.

Adding the Slate Reflector as an optic isn’t a necessity, and can be swapped out for an attachment you prefer. It is good for snappy target acquisition, however, so worth considering over the default ironsights. If you are considering using something else, consider adding a 60 Round Mag to the weapon so that you've plenty of bullets to play around with before needing to reload. XProvMz also recommends 5.56 Nato High Grain ammunition if you want to deal some extra damage, too.

MW3 best TAQ 56 perks and equipment

Now that our TAQ 56 loadout is established and we’ve got a powerful AR in our hands, 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: Quick-Grip Gloves - increases your weapon swap speed.
  • Boots: Lightweight Boots - increases movement and swim speed.
  • Gear: Bone Conduction Headset - reduces combat noise, so you can hear enemy footsteps and gunfire more clearly. This can easily be swapped out for any other gear that you think will keep you alive for longer.
  • Tacticals: Battle Rage - a stimulant that gives you an adrenaline rush. Health regenerates quickly, Tactical equipment is resisted, and Tactical Sprint is constantly refreshed.
  • Lethals: Semtex - a timed sticky grenade. The Claymore - a proximity activated explosive mine - is also worth considering.
  • 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 gear and equipment for using the TAQ 56 in MW3
Image credit: Activision/VG247

How to unlock the MCW in MW3

The TAQ 56 is unlocked in MW3 when a player reaches Level 55. You will then need to complete an Armory Unlock challenge.


For more on MW3, take a look at some of the other assault rifles on offer. There’s our MCW loadout, MTZ-556 loadout, and SVA 545 loadout to all experiment with.

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