Best Rival-9 loadout for Ranked Play in MW3
The best Rival-9 loadout for Ranked Play in MW3
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Best Rival-9 loadout for Ranked Play in MW3

The top SMG for Ranked Play

The Rival-9 is far and away the strongest submachine gun for Ranked Play in Call of Duty MW3. It’s the current choice for the professionals in the Call of Duty League and every SMG player in the league uses the same loadout for the Rival-9.

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To see the best loadout for the Rival-9 in MW3 Ranked Play, keep reading my guide below.

Best Rival-9 Ranked Play loadout in MW3

  • Muzzle: Purifier Muzzle Brake S
  • Barrel: Rival-C Clearshot Barrel
  • Stock: MTZ Marauder Stock
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip
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This is the standard loadout for the Rival-9 you will see every pro running in official matches or during their streams. It has fantastic mobility and recoil control, but you will need to focus on controlling some recoil when you’re shooting at longer ranges.

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The one note I’ll offer with this loadout is if you want slightly more accuracy, you can equip the XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop instead of the DR-6 Handstop. The former offers more recoil control but slightly less mobility. I think the Rival-9 still shoots extremely straight with the DR-6 Handstop, but you might think differently, so feel free to swap the attachments if necessary. You could also go with a different Rear Grip or Stock depending on your playstyle, but my loadout has very little weaknesses.

Best Class Setup for the Rival-9 in Ranked Play

Now that you have your loadout set, you can go about finishing the rest of your class for Ranked Play. This includes equipping a secondary weapon, perks, vest, equipment, and Field Upgrade, all of which need to follow the CDL ruleset.


  • 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

With that, you have a fully complete Rival-9 loadout and you’re ready to dominate Ranked Play in MW3.

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