What You Should Know About Firing a
Weapon in Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer
Now, it is time to talk about what you should take into consideration when you are firing a weapon in this game.
“What,” I hear you say. “Isn’t it just about taking aim and firing some rounds and then hoping for the best?”
Well, theoretically, it is indeed that easy.
However, there is a whole lot more to say about the subject.
The Number 1 Rule
There is a fundamental rule for success in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer:
The first player to hit his opponent’s character with the required number of bullets wins.
Simple, right? Of course, there is more to it if you want to become an effective player.
The performance of your weapon, your skills at aiming, the speed of your reflexes and the strategies you choose to use are all important, too.
Here are some suggestions that will hopefully make it easier for you to succeed at killing your opponent.
What does it take?
The number of direct hits needed to kill a character varies from weapon to weapon.
So, how many rounds do you need to fire to kill a character?
Here are some general numbers:
- Assault Rifles: 2 to 5 rounds
- Submachine Guns: 3 to 6 rounds
- Light Machine Guns: 2 to 5 rounds
- Sniper Rifles: 1 to 2 rounds
- Shotguns: 1 round (at close range)
- Pistols & Revolvers: 3 to 6 rounds
As you may expect, the distance between you and the target is also an important factor. You will need to fire more rounds in order to kill a character over longer distances.
Think Before Reloading… And Reload Often
Avoid running out of bullets in the middle of a gun fight! Make sure you have a full magazine in your weapon before engaging an opponent.
Get used to reloading as soon as possible, after you have taken out an opponent.
Always make sure it is safe for you to reload. Check your surroundings for more enemies. Tinkering with a magazine while your last victim’s friend shows up in a vengeful mood, is usually bad for your health.
Never reload your weapon while you are standing right in the center of your opponents’ line of sight. That would end in your early demise. Try to take cover behind something and ensure you are safe from enemy bullets for a short period of time. If you are, then reload and move back onto the battlefield.
The weapons in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer will produce recoil to a greater or lesser degree. This effect is especially noticeable when you’re continuously firing an automatic weapon. The weapon will “walk away” from the target when fired. As a result, you lose accuracy.
This video demonstrates the effect recoil has on assault rifles in MW3 multiplayer:
As explained when we discussed accuracy, you can reduce recoil by firing in short, controlled bursts. This burst firing is accomplished by continuously and rapidly double-tapping your controller or mouse button.
As a result, you will experience less recoil and will be able to keep your target in your line of fire.
Using burst fire also helps you to fire more accurately if you’re shooting over longer distances. This goes for all automatic weapons (submachine guns, assault rifles, and light machine guns).
Shoot Through Walls
The bullets in MW3 multiplayer can, to a greater or lesser extent, penetrate walls, doors and the like. In other words, there is no reason to refrain from firing some rounds, even if a wall or a door separates you and your opponent.
You will probably have to shoot more rounds than usual to kill the character, if he’s standing behind a door. Yet, the result is the same in the end. You win.
Be Sure Before You Fire
Be quite sure that you will hit your target before you pull the trigger. Just because you’ve discovered an enemy character, does not mean that you should fire your weapon immediately.
- Wait for a short while (I’m only talking about a couple of seconds).
- Assess the situation.
- Don’t fire until you feel reasonably confident that you will hit the target.
Here is an example of what I mean: It is more difficult to hit an opponent that moves from side to side in front of you. The opposite is true for characters coming right at you – or opponents moving away from you in a straight line.
The bottom line is this: Sometimes you will be better off by letting the enemy character pass instead engaging him from a difficult position.
Other situations where it can be wise to hold your fire:
- When you discover an enemy character that is about to round a corner. Will you get enough hits to kill it before he disappears behind the corner?
- When you discover a group of several enemy characters. Taking out three characters or more with any small arms is very difficult. Perhaps you can throw a grenade instead?
- When you discover an enemy character that is far away from you. Are you sure your accuracy is good enough to take him out?
Again, it’s about finding a balance. If you are too eager to take a shot, you risk missing your target while becoming an object for highly unwanted attention yourself. If you wait for too long, your target might disappear or you might be discovered by other opposing players.
15 Seconds of Fame
As you fire a weapon in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer, you will attract attention (if you’re not using a silencer).
The sound of the shot will wake up even the laziest player on the opposing team. In addition, your location will light up like a small Christmas tree (figuratively speaking) on your opponents’ mini-map. Like bugs flying through the dark, your enemies will be attracted to this light!
So if you are going to take that shot – make sure it is worth it. Several opposing players will most likely run to the spot where you fired your gun, to see if you’re still hanging around. Make sure that you’re not.