Modern Warfare 3 Sniping: The Best Sniper Tips for New Players.
Modern Warfare 3 Sniping is different...
Sniping in Modern Warfare 3 is vastly different to sniping in any of the other Call of Duty's, and it's also much easier than most of the other Call of Duty's with the exception of Modern Warfare 2. Modern Warfare 3 has six different sniper rifles for you to choose from, and along with those six there are two bolt action sniper rifles.
The bolt action sniper rifles are usually most popular with the sniper community, due to the fact that they are comfortable to use, and are famous for making great game-plays. Also, more often than not, they are a one shot kill, which is great for taking a quick shot at the enemy, and then being able to turn around and kill the other enemies pursuing you. However due to the delay between each shot, if you don't make the kill with the first shot, you might struggle to kill them after they've been alerted. Especially, since the shots from the sniper rifles are so loud, that people half-way across the map can hear each bullet, unless you are smart and use a silencer!
Modern Warfare 3 Sniper.
The Modern Warfare 3 Sniper Rifles!
Let's go a little deeper into the Modern Warfare 3 Sniper Rifles... Each sniper rifle in Modern Warfare 3 has its strengths and weaknesses. I believe personally that the bolt action sniper rifles are the best due to their high damage rates, as well as how awesome they look when you do trick shots with them. However the bolt action snipers must be a one hit kill for them to be of any use, as they take a while to prepare for the next shot if you happen to miss or get a hit-marker instead of a kill. Therefore, whilst the bolt action sniper rifles are the best in terms of style and damage, there are of course other options for people who might need two shots to kill someone...
The next section of this Hub will be on each individual sniper rifle, the best way to use them and what proficiencies and perks are going to go well with them.
Barrett .50CAL Sniper Rifle.
Barrett .50CAL MW3 Sniper Rifle.
The Barrett .50CAL is a great beginners sniper rifle, due to the fact it is unlocked at a VERY early stage in your prestige. However, despite this gun's amazing damage rate, I often find myself having to take two shots at an enemy from waist down to get the kill, whilst of course if I do get an upper-body shot, 9 times out of 10 I'm going to get a 1 hit kill.
Therefore this gun is brilliant as it's a (semi-automatic Sniper rifle) meaning you can take 2 shots much quicker than a bolt action sniper. So if you do fail at your first attempt at killing the enemy, you can quickly re-adjust and try again. But this time, you'll almost certainly get the kill.
My personal favourite perks and proficiencies for this Sniper rifle are the Sleight of Hand perk, the Quickdraw perk and the Marksman perk. All these perks combined make a significant difference to your sniping class, and how well you can perform with it. However, there is one more extra boost that you can use with this Sniper rifle, and that would be the "kick" proficiency, making your shots more accurate and with less recoil.
Feel free however, to swap out kick with another the "attachments" proficiency, as it's also a great idea to have more than one attachment when using this Sniper. For example, a combination that I tend to use is the silencer with the extended magazines.
L118A Sniper Rifle.
L118A MW3 Sniper Rifle.
The L118A Sniper rifle, is one of the most popular "Quick-Scoping" Sniper rifles on Modern Warfare 3. Being one of the only bolt action Sniper rifles, I find it and it's brother the MSR to be the best Sniper rifles in the game, due to their ease of use and comfort. Also I feel that the accuracy on the L118A and MSR are better than the other Sniper Rifles, and as a result of that I can usually pull off 1 hit kills every time I shot someone.
However, as mentioned before, if you do happen to miss or get a hit-marker, you'll find it difficult to re-aim and fire in time, as the enemy has most likely just heard that immense noise produced from your gun.
It is therefore my personal recommendation to almost always use a silencer with this Sniper rifle, so that if you do happen to fail at your first shot, your gun won't be heard as loudly giving you chance to re-aim, fire and neutralise the enemy! Although the enemy will still be able to tell he was shot from mind you, so if you do happen to miss the one shot kill, I recommend that you quickly set up again before the enemy discovers your position.
Some recommended perks for this Sniper rifle would be...
- Sleight of Hand.
- Marksman or Steady Aim. (Depending on your play style.)
Don't forget to either use the Kick or Attachments proficiencies with this Sniper, as they are hugely beneficial as a beginner or even professional sniper! These will basically be useful in every sniper class, so there will be a bit of repetition here...
Also don't forget to add extended magazines for being able to reload less often, which often proves beneficial when using a Sniper with or without Sleight of Hand.
Dragunov Sniper Rifle.
Dragunov MW3 Sniper Rifle.
The Dragunov sniper rifle is one which I don't personally use very often, due to countless failures while using it previously, however I can give some advice to improve the weapon's performance dramatically. But of course this is mostly personal preference, and I would mainly advise you to simply not use this sniper rifle.
So the first thing you almost must have on a Dragunov is the ACOG sight attachment. It hugely decreases the aim down sight time, and helps you massively with your accuracy. Although whilst this is highly recommended, it is considered to be quite a "noob" thing to do, so in my opinion it is best if you use this gun without the ACOG sight when playing with friends. Otherwise they'll think badly of you...
Also don't forget to always have Steady Aim Pro, Sleight of Hand Pro and Quickdraw Pro with this Sniper, as all these perks will increase your ability to do well with the weapon. As for other attachments for this weapon, I would only suggest silencer and extended magazines for this sniper, and of course ACOG sights when you're not playing with people you know.
Plus as a little side hint, I would try to fire two shots at once when using this Sniper rifle, as it rarely achieves the 1 shot kill with each bullet, and you'll find that you will almost always die with this weapon otherwise. To shoot two shots at once, you must simply press the fire button twice quickly, and for added effect hold down your aim.
(Please don't use this sniper rifle!)
AS50 Sniper Rifle.
AS50 MW3 Sniper Rifle.
The AS50 Sniper Rifle is much like the Dragunov Sniper Rifle, only personally I can actually get some kills with weapon unlike the Dragunov. The thing I love about the AS50, is that from my experience, I have found it very accurate and almost natural to use. It also doesn't look too ridiculous whilst playing, but not stunning enough to be frequently used in YouTube videos.
Therefore, if you want a semi-automatic Sniper Rifle which looks good, feels good and performs well, this might just be your best bet! Although not to boost it up too much, it does take a little bit of getting used to if you're more familiar with the Barrett or the bolt action Snipers. (It is much easier to get 1 shot kills with this gun, than the Barrett or the RSASS in my opinion!)
The best proficiencies you can use for this weapon have to be Kick and Speed. Kick is obviously to counter-act the recoil on this gun, and speed is to add mobility to your character when wielding this almighty rifle. Speed can be especially useful when trying to move form one sniping spot to the other, and due to the weight of this gun, you do run quite slowly...
Perks of course...
- Sleight of Hand. (Or Blind eye if you want to remain concealed from Air support.)
- Quickdraw. (Or Assassin if you wish to remain off the radar.)
- Marksman. (Or Steady Aim Pro for increased accuracy when hip-firing or quickly aiming down sight after running.)
A great alternative that you can have with ANY sniper class layout, is the "Ninja Sniper layout." This "Ninja Sniper Layout" will make you invisible to everything except the naked eye, so people won't be able to identify your position on the mini-map or by hearing your footsteps and bullets.
Here is the set-up...
- Blind eye.
- Dead Silence.
All of these perks together form the "Ninja Sniper layout" and it can often be more useful than the usual Sleight of Hand, Quickdraw.... etc.. But the most important thing to remember is to always use a silencer!
A final note for this gun is to use it more for Hard-scoping (Firing after aiming properly) rather than for Quick-Scoping (Firing before your sights properly zoom in.)
RSASS Sniper Rifle.
RSASS MW3 Sniper Rifle.
The RSASS is another great gun, which I have occasionally gotten over 20 kills with in one match. I am yet to achieve a MOAB with this weapon as my nerves usually let me down, affecting both my aim and concentration, although I must admit that it is a great Sniper Rifle with a lot of potential!
Also for a Sniper rifle, you run much quicker than when you're using the AS50, therefore the Speed proficiency doesn't have to be used with this Sniper. However, now and again you may have to start firing rapidly to finish off an enemy who has spotted you, and for that reason I recommend that you use Kick and Steady Aim Pro.
Whilst the RSASS won't always get you the 1 shot kill achievement, it has a decent enough fire rate to make up for the fact that you won't kill your enemy instantly. So as long as you have your sights on your enemy, and you're firing at a part of the body which is on the upper-half, you should be able to get some good kill-streaks with this Rifle.
From my experience, it will take some practise and getting used to for being able to perform well with this Sniper Rifle, although once you finally do adjust to it, you can really begin to do well with it.
Similar to the other Sniper Rifles, the usual layout applies here and so does the Ninja layout if you really want to surprise the enemy. All Sniper Rifles have very good range on them, which enables you to camp back at a distance, and take out any passing enemies in your sight. I would only recommend the RSASS to Modern Warfare 3 players who are used to Sniping, and are trying to use the Sniper Rifles properly and not for Quick-Scoping!
MSR Sniper Rifle.
MSR Sniper Rifle.
Now here's where it gets interesting... The MSR is in my opinion the best Sniper Rifle in the game for a few reasons.
- It has a high chance of getting 1 hit kills.
- It has a great appearance.
- It is perfect for Quick-Scoping and Hard-Scoping!
I personally love to Quick-Scope. I also love to be able to get 1 hit kills without having to focus my aim too much. Therefore the MSR has to be my all-time favourite weapon to use in Modern Warfare 3 without a doubt! It's also the most used Sniper rifle for doing trick-shots, montages and professional editing clips. This is mainly down to the fact that it's appearance is stunning when you achieve the gold camouflage, and that it has an awesome feel to it when you shoot it.
Plus not only does it look fantastic, it's one of the easiest Sniper Rifles to use in the game, and the best Sniper Rifle to use when practising Quick-Scoping.
If you're looking for a great all-round Sniper Rifle, which will certainly make you smile every time you use it, go for the MSR. However I think it's important to mention that the Rifle is only unlocked at level 67, which means you have to be quite far in your prestige to gets this awesome weapon! This can be sometimes a major put off to the sniping community, although those who know the MSR's potential will do the extra work for it.
My personal favourite perks to use for this Sniper Rifle...
- Sleight of Hand (Reload quicker.)
- Quickdraw (Aim down sights quicker.)
- Steady Aim or (Dead Silence if I'm trying to do trick-shots.)
This perk set-up is brilliant for the MSR, so if you are passed the level 67 mark in your prestige, you can try it out for yourself! I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn to Quick-Scope or is already a professional but usually tries the L118A. Also remember to use Kick with this weapon as well as Extended magazines.
Hey there! Thank you for reading this post! I hope this has benefited you on becoming a professional Modern Warfare 3 sniper, and that you will now go out and own some NoobCakes! Just as a final note for this hub, if you could leave me some valuable feedback on this guide and/or a like, I would really appreciate it! Thanks and good luck on your Modern Warfare 3 Sniping!
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