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Best AMR9 loadout, class build in Modern Warfare 3

With the right attachments, this SMG can easily compete with assault rifles at range

The AMR9 on a black background in Modern Warfare 3 Image: Activision via Polygon

The best AMR9 loadout is one of the top options available in Modern Warfare 3, even if SMGs aren’t faring quite as well in the full game as they did in the beta. With the right setup, the AM9 is fairly well suited to ranged combat, and can become one of the best guns in MW3.

It’s not quite as good as the best MCW loadout or the best SVA 545 loadout at range, but as an SMG, it’s naturally capable up close too. It’s not the first time the gun has appeared in the series either; it was previously in 2014’s Advanced Warfare. Here are the details on how to unlock the AMR9 in MW3, and the best loadout to use alongside it.

How to unlock the AMR9 in Modern Warfare 3

You must reach rank 55 to unlock the AMR9 in Modern Warfare 3, at which point you’ll also get the Med Box field upgrade. This is similar to how you unlocked the AMR9 during the second beta weekend, where it was the very last gun you’ll collect.

As soon as you unlock the AMR9, we’d recommend switching to it straight away, simply because one of the best attachments to use with it isn’t available until you max it out — meaning it takes some grinding to get to.

Best AMR9 loadout in Modern Warfare 3

An AMR9 loadout screen in Modern Warfare 3.
The best AMR9 loadout in Modern Warfare 3.
Image: Activision via Polygon

Here is the best AMR9 loadout in Modern Warfare 3:

  • Barrel: Nimbus-6 Integrated Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Ammunition: 9mm High Grain
  • Stock: Seraph-14 Heavy Carbine Stock
  • Optic: Mk. 3 Reflector

There are two attachments to note here. The first is the Nimbus-6 Integrated Suppressor. This isn’t unlocked until your AMR9 reaches level 28 (the weapon’s max level is 29), but it does an incredible job improving the gun’s range. It has the added bonus of being undetectable by radar, which you can’t complain about — but it does reduce your sprint to fire speed and ADS speed, which means the AMR9 firmly shifts from being an SMG into a mid-range gun.

The other is the 9mm High Grain ammo, which is unlocked at level 29. To use the AMR9 in this manner, competing with assault rifles while also holding its own up close, this attachment is essentially mandatory because it increases both bullet velocity and damage range.

However, it reduces its recoil control, which is where the Underbarrel and Stock attachments listed come in handy to help counteract that. (There’s no point having a gun that tears enemies down at range if you can’t hit your shots!) The MK. 3 Reflector Optic is personal preference, as you could go for something a little more zoomed in if you really want to fight at range.

Best AMR9 class in Modern Warfare 3

Here’s the best class to use alongside the AMR9 in Modern Warfare 3:

  • Vest: Infantry Vest
  • Secondary: RGL-80
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: ACS
  • Gloves: Assault Gloves
  • Boots: Covert Sneakers
  • Gear: Ghost T/V Camo

You have a lot of flexibility with the class surrounding the AMR9, because even though you’ve kitted it out to be strong at range, you can still play quickly instead of holding down one anchor spot.

Equipping the RGL-80 grenade launcher as your secondary allows you to clear objectives with ease, or take out enemies from wherever they’ve posted up.

The ACS is excellent for helping win objective-based modes, while the Flash Grenades are a personal preference — you could also opt for a Smoke or Stun Grenade. Same goes for the Semtex which could be switched for a Frag Grenade.

There are a few different options for the gloves, but we think the Assault Gloves are the best fit as they help with surprise engagements and jumpshots - Marksman Gloves are also a good shout here though. Covert Sneakers will stop enemies from knowing your location thanks to your footsteps, which is vital if you want to play for the objective and try some unorthodox plays by sneaking behind the enemy team. Finally, the Ghost T/V Camo will stop you from showing up on hostile UAVs.

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