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How to Improve Your Aiming and Accuracy in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer

[adrotate group=”1″] This is the fourth installment of my series of guides to Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) multiplayer.

In the previous part, I wrote about some of the weapons in MW3 online.

Now, choosing a good weapon is only half the job. The second half is perhaps the hardest of the whole game: being accurate while using your weapon.

Aiming accurately is one of the most valuable skills in this game. It does not matter what weapons, attachments, weapon proficiencies, and perks you choose to use. If you suck at aiming, playing this game online can be a real nightmare.

Yet, even if you suck, do not despair – everything can be improved and that includes your aiming skills!

How to Increase Your Accuracy

How to aim better in MW3 multiplayer.

It all really boils down to three major factors:

  1. Settings. Changing the settings of the game can have a lot of influence on accuracy.
  2. Practice. As they say, practice makes perfect. Playing a lot while you focus on becoming better at aiming can improve your skills in a short period of time.
  3. Timing. There is a time for everything. With time you will learn when it is wise to Aim Down Sight and when you are better of firing from the hip.

The game’s settings – vibration

You can change a number of the game’s settings to improve your accuracy in multiplayer matches.

The first thing that I would suggest is that you turn off vibration.

It may be cool to feel the rumble of the controller if you are firing a round with your weapon or detonating a charge of C4.

Yet, I still would argue that the vibration is mostly a disturbing element. At worst, it can reduce you accuracy.

So, if you feel that your accuracy is poor with the vibration turned on, try to turn it off.

The game’s settings – sensitivity

Try to start with a low sensitivity.

I played with high sensitivity for several years. Initially, it worked quite well, but at some point I felt that my aiming became worse. No matter what I did, I just could not score the same K/D ratio as I used to.

So, I started searching online, looking for answers.

Most of the advice that I read was about playing with a lower sensitivity. The most radical suggestions were to set the sensitivity to 2 (on Xbox 360).

I did not go that far. I worked my way down, adjusting sensitivity one notch at a time. In the end, I left it at 3 or 4.

And it works.

My accuracy has improved quite a lot, and my K/D ratio is up again. So, if your aiming and accuracy is getting worse, or is poor to begin with – try to reduce sensitivity gradually and see if your accuracy improves.

What you win in one area, however, you lose in another.

If you lower sensitivity, some of your movements will become slower. As a consequence, it will take you longer, for example, to turn around 180 degrees if you’re attacked from behind.

The trick is to find the balance. Test different settings, like I did, to find what works best for you. Try to combine accuracy in aiming with flexibility in movement.

Placing the Sight

Try to keep your weapon’s reticle or iron sight centered on the screen as much as possible.

You will find that your overall vision is slightly reduced by this. Your weapon will take up more of your field of view. However, avoid giving in to the temptation to lower the weapon in order to see better!

What you gain by this is that your aiming will be faster.

Aiming down sight will take a bit longer if you first have to raise your gun from the bottom of the screen. Being able to taking aim fast is crucial in MW3 multiplayer.

Here is a video showing some of what I’m trying to explain. (Yep, that’s Black Ops. There is currently no similar videos for Modern Warfare 3…)

Extreme measures

Here is an extreme suggestion you can try out in order to force yourself to keep the gun’s reticle or iron sight centered on your screen: Use a marker and then draw a tiny dot in the middle of your screen (Please! Be sure that your screen can tolerate it and that it is possible to wipe away the dot after you’ve done).

This will help you getting used to holding your weapon raised to the preferred height (with the reticle in the middle of the screen).

Remove the dot once you notice that you’re raising your gun without thinking about it.

Aim Down Sight – Or Not…

To Aim Down Sight or not…

Take aim along the barrel of your weapon – Aim Down Sight, or ADS – if you are going to shoot over medium to long distances. This increases your accuracy.

On the other hand: Shoot from the hip when you are engaging an opponent in close quarter combat situations. You will most likely lose precious time if you suddenly face an opponent at close range and then try to aim down sight before you start firing.

There is also an intermediate solution. I’ve successfully tried it several times:

  • Shoot two or three short bursts from the hip once you discover your opponent.
  • Often, this will disrupt the other player.
  • Now, while you still are firing, take aim.

This will eventually increase your accuracy, allowing you to kill the other player’s character.

Increase Your Accuracy With Burst Fire

If you’ve ever continuously fired an automatic weapon in Modern Warfare 3, you learned what recoil is. The ongoing salvo makes your weapon “walk away” from your target. This effect is particularly noticeable over longer distances.

Burst Fire is a method you can use to reduce recoil. It works well over medium to long distances.

To execute Burst Fire, take the following steps:

  • Aim Down Sight – Place the reticle or the iron sight over your target.
  • Fire two to four rounds.
  • Release the trigger for a very short time.
  • Place the sight over your target again, if it has moved away from him.
  • Fire a second round of two to four bullets.
  • Repeat steps three through five until you have killed the enemy character.

The secret to success with this technique is speed. The quicker you are in releasing the trigger, adjusting your aim and then shooting again, the more dangerous you become.

In the beginning, you will probably focus a lot on the technical part of this trick.

However, once you start seeing it as a new way of firing, you will eventually find that you’re using the technique automatically.

You can also reduce recoil by selecting Kick as the weapon proficiency.

One Final Advice

Crouch if you can – and if it’s safe – while you are firing. This also improves your accuracy.

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  • Mtgolfer

    Any secrets on hip shooting.

  • shookones902

    I cant wait to get home and practice. 

  • Don C

    Hey! thanks ALOT for the tips. I was just about to toss this game in the trash. I am an older guy that plays occasionally. I really enjoy the Shooter games especially MW3 but I don’t put the time into these games that many of these kids do. I come into these rooms (team deathmatch or free for all) and get annihilated. Im talking about walking away with 3 kills and total frustration. I will try this and hopefully I come away with a better experience. I am also shocked with the language and the way these kids talk to each other. I wish there was a place to hook up and play with other guys with my same skill and experience,

    • Greg Moran

      I know what u mean Don, I’m an older guy who also gets annihilated by the kids!

      Which platform do you play on?

      • Don C

        Hey Greg, I play on PS3

    • Nitingeo

      I understand you can mute the players if you dont like there talking

    • Jack Servedio

      The best part about MW3 is that it is WAY easier to mute people than Black Ops. I NEVER play online without the entire game muted. The second I get in the lobby, I run down the list of players and mute everyone. What I hated about BO was that once you were in game, you couldn’t mute. But MW3 if you miss anyone in the lobby, just hit select (on PS3, or equiv in 360) and run down your team and hit X and it will mute everyone. I HATE listening to people in any FPS and have always muted since Coutnerstrike

    • Bobz159

      Dude my kdr is 3.14. This is what i do. I turn my vibrations off. Play on 3 sensivity. I use these things called fps freek which increase ur aim(cool). Play domination alot. What i do is go striaght to the B falg and pick people off and one i picked alot of people off in B flag i defend C or A flag. This is use alot by Me a MlG player and if u use this u will see improvement. Tip:never camp becuz the person 78 percent of the time will come back and kil u. Instead move aways from that stop to another close spot and catch the same guy off guard becuz he thinks u will be in the same spot.

    • Evilscott

      Don, I’m in the Sam boat. Like the game but often can’t get in the rhythm and get creamed. If you discover and good techniques, please post back!

    • Jean_doucet

      Hey Don I’m like you older-55 but really enjoy FPS but feel like I have so much disadvantage to the young crowd. Don’t know if we could connect and set a game up- I’m Acadien 56 on PSN.

  • Anonymous

    Is there any other things i shud know about mw3 to enhance my game?

  • Anonymous

    your video was really helpful :)0

  • Anonymous

    how do i become more aware of my surroundings?

  • JetPack-7 (PSN)

    Thanks a lot! I already know most of the stuff here but the video was really helpful,i hope i do good the next time i play.

  • Robert Gallups

    I gotta be honest i think alot of the stuff in these guides has been “said before” but not the way you say it. the way you come across in these guides is deinitely what has kept me reading. plus you go a little more in depth rather than just saying aim well. this is THE best guide i have ever read and i will be reading it multiple times and basically try to live by it. my KD sucks and im sick of it but i think err i KNOW this is going to help alot. Thanks.!

    • themanav

      yah me too.. though I wish he talked about “strafing” or “try not to run so your gun is already raised: (good tip :). what’s you best tactic..?

  • Beybe911

    Good thing people like you were born who doesn’t keep the secrets they know about gaming to themselves. Thanks alot.

  • Frivera0890

    Thamk you so much for the tips. We all really appreciate it=)

    • Uncle Bing

      Thanks :)

  • JBREAUX254

    Ya thanks for the video and now i see why i was getting raped so much…..its hard trying to keep them crosshairs right in the middle cuz it feels like they are in ur way…but damn cant i get it into my head im not missing anything….Keep The Damn Crosshairs in the middle!!!!n e ways great tip now the only problem im having is trying not to get real excited and go trigger happy when i c the enemy lol any helpful tips on that one…its like im tryin to hard…..

    • Robert Gallups

       now the only problem im having is trying not to get real excited and go trigger happy when i c the enemy

      same here buddy … so embarrassing

  • Russ

    Thanks my k/d went from .57 to .89 just by you tips with practice!

    • Uncle Bing

      Great! Keep up the good work :)

  • Paul Austin

    I just LOVE the guy in this video… WHO IS HE? That accent….gotta love it.

  • SomeGuy123

    Hi i read this guide some stuff are common sense but overall its nice for players that are struggling in playing multiplayer online(not me though, i have 2.38 K/D 19.89% accuracy MW3)
    even i have a high K/D im still looking to improve the game, you should add how to dropshot guide (its not cheat, its a skill), buy a turtlebeach or something( i have a turtlebeach headset and it helps because i hear footsteps nearby and it tells me where you are). But overall its a good guide for noobs.

    • Uncle Bing

      Thanks for the feedback. I may use your ideas. And congrats on the nice stats :)

      • Robert Gallups

        the turtlebeach would  be awesome because i need help progrmming them to the best presets. they almost all sound the same to me. drop shot would be nice too. just how to get in the habit of it because the action is really simple. doing it everytime however, is not.

    • Robert Gallups

      i like your ideas. especially the turtlebeach itd be awesome because i need help progrmming them to the best presets. they almost all sound the same to me. drop shot would be nice too. just how to get in the habit of it because the action is really simple. doing it everytime however, is not.

  • marielle grimminck

    Thank you for the video,it was showing me how to play right. My accuracy went down a lot and i couldn’t find the problem, I dropped sensitive from 6 to 3 and turned off the vibration but i didn’t make a difference,gonna practice on moving body instead of weapon…Thank you again for this advice..

    • Uncle Bing

      Hope it helps :)

  • TSOP

    thanks for the vid,hopefully my accuracy will go up again..i already dropped sensitive from 6 to 3 and turned off vibration but it did not work,now i saw the problem. (don’t move weapon :) ). gonna work on it and thanks again..

  • Jessie Hicks

    Hopefully reading this can really help me out. I’m a girl, and I wanna be the best just like my boyfriend. No matter how much I practice, it drives me up the wall that I can’t be quick enough to kill someone. I get made fun of because i suck. :(

  • Vanniek71

    I found this, and I hope it works lol my K/D is .29. Although I king of expect that considering this is the 1st Call of Duty game I have ever played. I’m getting better, but you’re guides are going to help a LOT! Thanks!

  • Nmitchell25

    cheers mate i keep getting hammered now ive something to work from. great advice. thanks again nmitch 

  • Carenahite

    Thank you for the video. I’m officially a new person playing this game. I really suck, lol. I get frustrated sometimes cause I’m trying to practice my shooting accuracy on xbox live, and like I said, I suck, so sometimes my own teamates shoot at me cause they’re mad. The best I’ve done so far is killed 11 ppl and died 15 times. That was one time lol. The rest is an average of 4 ppl killed and 10-15 dead. And this video really helps because I was trying to aim and shoot with the right stick instead of moving with the target. So you showing how to turn corners, come into another room, and all that, gives me hope lol. So, hopefully I can get my shooting rank up. Thank you. God bless!

    • JBREAUX254

      I agree with u i was doing the same thing…its hard trying not to jerk the right stick when u see an enemy and just start spraying……..wish there was tips on not gettin excited

      • Robert Gallups

        “wish there was tips on not gettin excited”  OMFGLMAO dude that was funny. i do the same thing.

  • Jkenbooba

    Thanks alot for the guide I’m not nessasaraly a noob but I still read similar guides all the time before gameplay and this is buy far the best one yet by how you post videos to give examples and how you broke it down into sections and how you not only give some very useful tips you acually explain and give examples on how there done. And I’ve been going over alot of guides since I’ve been playing online but this is the only one that I have took notes one and i study befor gameplay and since I’ve had these note my k/d has gone up drastically and is continuing to do so. So just wanted to let u no good job and thanks

    • Uncle Bing

      Congratulations on your great progress! Keep up the good work :)

      And thank you so much for your kind words. My day just got a whole lot better after reading your comment.

  • zSdRaWkCaB (backwards)

    very helpful guide my accuracy has increase a bunch

  • Oxygene

    Hi Uncle Bing
    I’m very much a noob, and I don’t mind admitting to having a k/d ratio of 0.54 before I read you article couple of days ago (11ish hours of game play). You’ll be pleased to know that 7 hrs of game play later and my k/d has turned positive for the first time!!
    Thanks for sharing

    • Uncle Bing

      Wow! Congratulations Oxygene! Good job! You just made my day :)

  • Venom

    Thank u so much!!! It helps me so much, THX from Germany!!

    • Uncle Bing

      Thank you very much, Venom. Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Fraggerron

    what system do you play x box or ps3

    • Uncle Bing


  • Areebh24

    I sucked so bad before reading this guide! It helped so much I love you xD

    • Uncle Bing

      Great! Thanks :)

  • Keijo

    So fun to read someone is playing with so low sens. 😀 im a half professional and playing a lot tournaments so im interested what is your K/D and accuracy?

    • Uncle Bing

      Thanks for your comment. Right now:

      MW2 – 1.79, 21.39%
      MW3 – 1.38, 21.73%.

      I’ve just lowered my sensitivity to 3. Haven’t found the right balance yet. Or perhaps I’m getting too old for this… 😉

      I am honored to have a pro player visiting. What is your K / D and Accuracy?

      Would you be interested in sharing your skills with us? If so, please take a look:

  • Nejdriny

    Thanks dude that was helpful and I mean a lot. I was 1:50 on cod4 1:38 on mw2 and 0:82 on mw3, I said wtf????? 0:95 in 45 min!!! I can’t tell you how happy I am 😀 I was starting to hate it but now I know what I’m playing this winter lol. THANKS again.

    • Uncle Bing

      Hi Nejdriny

      Thank you very much for your feedback :)

      I’m glad if what I wrote helped you in some way. MW3 is a fast paced monster. I really had trouble adjusting to begin with. But it’s getting better – slowly but surely :)

  • Uncle Bing

    Hi Kym

    I’m glad you think they are helpful. Thanks for the nice words  :)

  • Kym Thompson

    I just love your guides, they help me heaps….Thanks for sharing with us Hunny xx