The Guns of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Kotaku has leaked details and images of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video. This year a few guns that have not yet available to the public are featured in the game.

Kel-Tec KSG in game.

The Kel-Tec KSG shotgun, which was only revealed to the public in January, is featured in the game. This 12 gauge shotgun has two magazines, which should make it interesting to use in game. Once one magazine has been emptied, the operator needs to switch a lever to use the other magazine.

Kel-Tec KSG in real life. (C) Oleg Volk

In Modern Warfare 2, the Bushmaster ACR was featured, this year the military version, the Remington ACR gets it video game debut. In real life, there are no significant differences between the Bushmaster and Remington versions, other than the Remington ACR is capable of full-auto fire.

Remington ACR in game.
Remington ACR in real life.

The other not-yet-for-sale Remington to make it into CD:MW3 is the Remington Semi-Auto Sniper System ( Remington RSASS).

Remington RSASS

This is a .308 Win / 7.62x51mm NATO chambered semi-automatic rifle based on the AR-10 design. Note the Butler Creek scope caps 🙂

Remington RSASS in real life.

The Walther P99 is featured in the game …

The H&K M320, the US Army’s new single shot grenade launcher, is featured …

Unlike the older M203, which slides opens, the M320 swings open to the side allowing the operator to use a wider variety of ammunition. Sadly, the Call of Duty designers did not include the fancy laser range finding grenade sight adopted by the Army.

The M320 in real life (in a holster!)

The vaporware Magpul FMG (Magpul Folding Machine Gun) is also featured …

Magpul FMG in game.

The Magpul FMG is a hybrid Glock, using many Glock parts internally and Glock magazines. Sadly, Magpul has never gotten round to launching this gun. It is likely to remain vaporware forever. The design was based on the Ares FMG.

The Magpul FMG unfolded (in real life).

This year Modern Warfare is going fully tacticool. The AK-47 has been pimped out with M4 / AR-15 accessories …

Laughably, the Winchester Model 1887 shotgun (in pistol configuration) has been given sling attachments, synthetic furniture and fiber optic ghost sights …

Anyone who has ever used a Model 1887 would not be advocating this big and heavy gun for tactical use, let alone as a pistol! Model 1887 copies continue to be manufactured by Italian firm Chiappa Firearms and China’s Norinco and are popular with some Cowboy Action shooters.

The Striker revolver shotgun and AA12 automatic shotgun, no strangers to computer games, are also in MW3 …

The striker gets a nifty picatinny rail.

A new game mechanic is dual scopes. The M4 IW5 (Not sure what IW5 means IW5 refers to the game engine: Infinity Ward engine 5, thanks LondoTheLost for the tip) can use a EOTech holographic scope in conjunction with a EOTech magnifier. Presumably you can flip the magnifier to the side to just use the red dot in close combat …

M4 IW5
M4 IW5

What do you think of this years Modern Warfare gun lineup? Sound off in the comments below.

[ Many thanks to ST for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Tyree Hohmeier Tyree Hohmeier on Jan 08, 2012

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  • MW3 MW3 on Feb 05, 2012

    Also pretty disappointed to see no real guns were use. However, MW3 is a fun game nonetheless. :P