Best MCW loadout for Ranked Play in MW3
Best MCW loadout for Ranked Play in MW3
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Best MCW loadout for Ranked Play in MW3

The unquestioned top AR for Ranked

There’s no question as to what the best assault rifle in Call of Duty MW3 is, especially for competitive play. The MCW is at the top of the meta for Ranked Play, and if you’re planning on using it, you need the exact loadout the professionals use in the Call of Duty League.

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To see the best loadout for the MCW in MW3 Ranked Play, keep reading my guide below.

Best MCW Ranked Play loadout in MW3

  • Optic: MK. 3 Reflector
  • Muzzle: L4R Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 16.5″ MCW Cyclone Barrel
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop (accuracy)/DR-6 Handstop (mobility)
  • Stock: RB Claw-PSL Grip
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This is the current preferred loadout for the MCW in Ranked Play. It has changed from the first couple of weeks of the CDL, with pros opting to use the L4R Flash Hider muzzle over the T51R Billeted Brake. Where this is some wiggle room is with the underbarrel. If you’re an aggressive player, I recommend the DR-6 Handstop, which has more mobility. However, longer-range players might want to use the XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop for slightly extra accuracy.

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Finally, I chose the MK.3 Reflector as my optic. Some pros also use the Slate Reflector optic, so it’s totally up to you with what sight to use. The current meta does not call for a stock, but if you want to use one, the RB Regal Heavy Stock is likely still your best option, even though it was nerfed in Season 1 Reloaded.

As a final note, there are several different variations of the MCW’s loadout floating around Ranked. This involves using the T51R Billeted Brake muzzle, the RB Rapidstrike Grip, and the SL Warforged Precision Stock/Precision Heavy Stock. I recommend trying out different loadout combinations and seeing which one works best for you and your playstyle before making a final decision.

Best Class Setup for the MCW in Ranked Play

To complete your loadout for the MCW in Ranked, you need to fill out your secondary weapon, perks, equipment, vest, and Field Upgrade. You can see the best competitive options below.


  • Infantry Vest

Secondary Weapon

  • Renetti


  • Gloves – Marksman Gloves or Quick-Grip Gloves
  • Boots – Covert Sneakers
  • Gear – Tac Mask or EOD Padding


  • Lethal – Frag Grenade or Semtex Grenade
  • Tactical – Stun Grenade or Smoke Grenade

Field Upgrade

  • Trophy System

With that, your MCW loadout is complete. You can now hop into Ranked Play in MW3 and have full confidence knowing your loadout is the best it can be.

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