What is the best assault rifle in MW3? – answered

It’s no secret that assault rifles dominate every other class in Modern Warfare 3, but even in such a strong category, there has to be one that’s the best. I’ll go over what the best AR in the game is and provide an alternative if you want something almost as good.

What is the best AR in Modern Warfare 3?

The best assault rifle in MW3 is the DG-58, based on pure stats. This weapon can continuously kill enemy players with one shot. Damage and accuracy are key with the DG and in the right hands it has no rivals. However, it can be difficult to use across the entire player base, which reduces some of the weapon’s value.

DG-58 MW3
Screenshot from Prima Games.

Overall, the Holger 556 would likely be considered the “best” option for the overall player base in COD. It feels very similar to the MCW, but hits a little harder. Just like the DG-58, the Holger has the potential to kill enemies with three bullets. The only difference between the two weapons is the rate of fire and accuracy. The DG-58 still shoots faster, which means more damage.

You’ve probably also seen tons of players using the MCW. Why would anyone use this when it’s not even in the top two or three assault rifle options? Well, it’s the default choice for competitive play after restrictions are put in place. The Holger 556 and both assault rifles have already been withdrawn from circulation, so the MCW now plays the main role.

Most of the other AR options in MW3, including the older MW2 weapons, are good choices. Even the TAQ-56 is still a viable choice in most public games. However, if you want to always be one step ahead, go for the Holger 556 or the DG-58.

If you decide to give these a try, check out my loadout for the DG-58 in Modern Warfare 3.

About the author


Daniel Wenerowicz

Dan has been writing gaming guides, news and features for three years after completing his BA in Writing. He covers Call of Duty for the Ages, action-adventure games, and just about every other major release.

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