Best MCW Loadout and Class Setup in MW3

The ACR is back

Screenshot by Prima Games.

The MCW is the clear front-runner for the best assault rifle title in Modern Warfare 3, and it’s a fantastic successor to the ACR we all remember. With the Holger getting benched in competition, you’ll likely see this weapon everywhere, and I have the best loadout.

Best Loadout for the MCW in Modern Warfare 3

  • Barrel: 16.5″ MCW Cyclone Long Barrel
  • Rear Grip: RB CLAW-PSL Grip
  • Muzzle: L4R Flash Hider
  • Stock: RB Regal Heavy Stock
  • Optic: MK. 23 Reflector
MCW Loadout MW3
Here is my build for the MCW in Call of Duty: MW3 (Screenshot by Prima Games).

Attachments in this game allow us to build each assault rifle with plenty of recoil control and next to no ADS penalties. The Cyclone barrel is the only part of the build that truly hurts mobility, and we get plenty of range in exchange. Attachments like the Regal Stock and the Claw will add even more control with minimal negative setbacks to your handling of the weapon.

Best Perks and Equipment for the MCW in MW3

  • Vest: Infantry Vest
  • Gloves: Marksman Gloves
  • Boots: Covert Sneakers
  • Gear: Ghost T/V Camo or EOD Padding
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade or Stim
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade or Semtex
  • Field Equipment: Trophy System
  • Sidearm: COR-45
Screenshot by Prima Games.

Covert Sneakers and Ghost are your most important perk slots in the class. The Covert Sneakers provide silent footsteps, while Ghost keeps you off the radar when UAV is active. Tactical Pads are a decent second option for boots, but you’ll need to deal with enemies listening to all your movement. The rest of the loadout, like your Stims and Frags, serve some utility as you move around the objective.

How to Unlock the MCW in Modern Warfare 3

You need to reach level 44 in MW3 to unlock the MCW. This will take hours to reach, even with double XP going, so there is a second option you can try. It automatically unlocks if you can extract from the Zombies mode with this AR. Otherwise, it’s time to start grinding out some weapon XP.

For those who want to try out another rifle, read about the best MTZ-556 loadout in Modern Warfare 3.

About the Author

Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides, news, and features for three years after graduating with a BA in writing . You can find him covering Call of Duty for eternity, action-adventure games, and nearly any other major release.