Best RAM-9 loadout for competitive in MW3
Best RAM-9 loadout for competitive in MW3
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Best RAM-9 loadout for competitive in MW3

A possible replacement for the Rival?

The RAM-9 is a new submachine gun added in Call of Duty MW3 Season 2, but it’s currently not available to use in Ranked Play. However, professional players in the Call of Duty League have been trying the SMG out as a Rival-9 replacement in their online scrimmages, which has piqued the curiosity of the community. If you’re interested in trying out the RAM-9 as a competitive weapon in MW3, you’ll need the strongest loadout for it.

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To see the best competitive loadout for the RAM-9 in MW3, keep reading my guide below.

Best RAM-9 competitive loadout in MW3

  • Muzzle: Purifier Muzzle Brake S
  • Stock: Hunker-5 Stock Pad
  • Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Comb: FT Polycomb
  • Rear Grip: Retort 90 Grip Tape
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The RAM-9 can be a bit shaky when it comes to recoil control, so my loadout addresses that need above all else. I start out with the Purifier Muzzle Brake S to bring the RAM-9’s horizontal recoil control way down, which is sorely needed. Then, the Hunker-5 Stock Pad and Retort 90 Grip Tape both reduce recoil even further. I have also included the FT Polycomb on the loadout, which offers a ton of accuracy at the cost of mobility.

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However, we can slightly make that mobility back up with the XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop. I decided to use this over the DR-6 Handstop for its added movement speed, making you a little faster on the map while keeping your ADS and sprint-to-fire time high. While the RAM-9 does still have a little recoil, it’s certainly something you can manage, especially at closer ranges.

Best Class Setup for the RAM-9 in MW3

Now, I have the meta class elements for competitive play that you should equip with your RAM-9 loadout.


  • Infantry Vest

Secondary Weapon

  • Renetti


  • Gloves – Assault Gloves or Quick-Grip Gloves
  • Boots – Covert Sneakers or Tactical Pads
  • Gear – Tac Mask or EOD Padding


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

Field Upgrade

  • Trophy System
  • Dead Silence

After you’ve equipped everything, you’re ready for competitive with the RAM-9 in MW3. With any luck, we might see the RAM-9 become a true Rival-9 replacement in the future.

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