Best Rival-9 loadout for Modern Warfare 3

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It didn’t take long for Modern Warfare 3’s Rival-9 to emerge as one of the best SMGs in the game. If you’re looking to run and gun with a mobile SMG, look no further than the best Rival-9 loadout for MW3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has arrived and as more players start unlocking and leveling up the new weapons, some are already emerging as the meta choices. For long-range, you can’t go wrong with the BAS-B or DG-58 but if you’re looking to use something up close, then the Rival-9 SMG could be the weapon for you.

To get the most out of this deadly SMG, here’s the best Rival-9 loadout for MW3 complete with all of the attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Rival-9 loadout attachments

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The best Rival-9 loadout dominates at close range.
  • Barrel: Rival-38E Fire Starter Barrel
  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Stock: EXF Close Quarters Stock

The best Rival-9 loadout for MW3 is all about improving its mobility for close-range fights. You probably won’t be beaming enemies across the map but up close, it’ll be a fantastic choice.

We kick off the best Rival-9 loadout with the Rival-38E Fire Starter Barrel and DR-6 Handstop Underbarrel to vastly increase the SMG’s mobility. These attachments do severely harm its accuracy so the rest of the build will be to help keep it under control.

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The Bruen Pendulum Muzzle increases both horizontal and vertical recoil, then you can use the Rival Vice Assault Grip and EXF Close Quarters Stock to further keep it under control.

Best Modern Warfare 3 Rival-9 Perks & Equipment

  • Vest: Infantry Vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Gear: Ghost T/V Camo
  • Boots: Covert Sneakers
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Field Equipment: A.C.S

When it comes to the set of Perks and Equipment for the best Rival-9 loadout in Modern Warfare 3, the goal is to maximize speed and movement. For starters, the Infantry Vest will buff your Tac Sprint by reducing its cooldown and extending its duration. Then, the Commando Gloves will allow you to reload while sprinting, further adding to your movement options.

Next, the combination of Covert Sneakers and Ghost T/V Camo Gear will help with fast-paced stealth gameplay, allowing you to run around the map freely. The Boots will silence your footsteps, while Ghost will allow you to evade enemy UAVs when you’re on the move.

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When it comes to Equipment in MW3, the Flash Grenade remains a strong option.

Quickly throwing your Flash Grenade and Semtex around will add to the speedy gameplay that this class facilitates. The A.C.S Field Equipment will capture points on an objective while you position yourself in the vicinity to quickly mop up easy kills.

How to unlock Rival-9 in Modern Warfare 3

In Modern Warfare 3, you can unlock the Rival-9 SMG by reaching Level 25 to access Armory Unlocks, and then complete three Daily Challenges.

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If you’ve already completed three Daily Challenges then don’t worry, wins will also count, so play the objective and you’ll hopefully have all of the Armory Unlocks soon.

Best Rival-9 alternatives in Modern Warfare 3

If the Rival-9 isn’t suiting your play style in Modern Warfare 3, we recommend trying the Striker SMG as an alternative. However, if you’re looking to move away from SMGs altogether, then the MCW Assault Rifle is making waves as one of the best and easiest-to-use weapons in the game.

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