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Modern Warfare 3 Guns: How to Rank Up Your Weapons Fast in MW3.

Updated on June 1, 2013

Modern Warfare 3 Guns and Rank Ups.

Modern Warfare 3 has many different challenges and achievements available to you when you effectively use the weapons in-game. Whilst the majority of players on Modern Warfare 3 are more concerned about being able to use the weapon, than being able to actually get the achievements, it has become apparent that when going for these challenges your overall skills with these guns increases significantly!

Rank ups for Modern Warfare 3 weapons and guns are a strategy that Infinity Ward and Activision have put in their game, so that people will have more of an incentive to play their game for increased hours. Now, if this system actually tickles your gaming fancy and gives you an appropriate challenge, this Hub will be great for you to rank up quicker and impress your friends!

Modern warfare 3 Gold ACR 6.8

A snap-shot image of the gold camo for the ACR 6.8 assault rifle.
A snap-shot image of the gold camo for the ACR 6.8 assault rifle. | Source

Modern Warfare 3 Guns Aren't Over-powered...

The truth, that many Modern Warfare 3 fans usually find when trying to go after these golden achievements, is that this game has some players who use and abuse the weapons which are "over-powered". A prime example of this was when the FMG-9 akimbo, were in their pre-patch state, where they could kill anyone from any distance in a mere few seconds.

This caused an up-roar of hate from the Modern Warfare 3 community, which eventually led to them being patched...

However, there are still some weapons in Modern Warfare 3 which when used effectively, can be considered over-powered, and this makes your job of ranking up your weapons that much harder. Therefore, to aid you on your journey to achieving the gold camouflages or other challenges that the guns have, I have 3 great tips which will make this process significantly faster!

Another snap-shot image of the Gold ACR 6.8 Assault rifle.
Another snap-shot image of the Gold ACR 6.8 Assault rifle. | Source

Complete the Gun and Weapon Challenges.

One of the best pieces of advice that you can have to ranking up your Modern Warfare 3 guns faster, is to always try to go for one of the higher challenges that they offer. Whilst most of these challenges will simply come to you as you progressively use the weapon more, some of the other challenges require you to use specific attachments and proficiencies.

For instance, you will gain a whopping 10,000 experience, for simply killing 500+ enemies with the weapon with any of the attachments. In fact you don't even need to use any of the attachments if you don't like them!

Another one many people try to go for are the "headshots" challenges, which are harder to achieve but very rewarding in the process. Plus, it will mean that you do better in your overall gameplay, as it takes fewer shots to the head than any other part of the body to kill. Therefore, you will notice that you will be killing other players on a much faster rate!

Use the Weapon Consistently When Going for the Gold.

A mistake that many people make when trying to rank up their weapons fast is that they get to a point when they're so fed up with using one specific weapon that they begin to wonder over to the other options available. This is bad! Not only does this hinder your progress of trying to rank up quickly, it means that it could take you a while to get back into using the gun again.

Whilst it might become quite tedious at times, sticking to the same gun is your best bet, but what I do recommend is that you change other factors to your class. Things like the Kill-streak rewards, perks and equipment are all things that would be good alternatives to change than your primary weapon. Hence, why many people who attempt to rank up their weapons, often have 4-5 different style of classes with their chosen weapon in it.

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Play Search and Destroy or Ground war!

There are also two specific game-modes in Modern Warfare 3, which will greatly decrease the amount of time it takes for you to get to those gold camouflages! My favourite one being Search and destroy due to the fact that you earn 500xp per kill in that game-type, and this is the equivalent to 10 kills in Kill-Confirmed or 5 kills in Team Deathmatch.

Despite this, many people struggle to do very well on Search and Destroy, and if you're one of them, it would be better for you to playground war, where there are a lot of enemies, which opens you up to being able to rank up points quicker. Although, it takes 10 kills to reach the equivalent of 1 kill in Search and Destroy, which means that if you were to get even 2 kills in Search and Destroy you would be much better off.

The choice between the two comes down to personal preference and achievement; however I would honestly recommend Search and Destroy.

A Great MW3 Video on Ranking Up Your Guns!

A Final Point...

A final piece of advise that I can give to you, is that you can use some of the prestige tokens and experience boosters from the prestige shop! These will give you double the weapon experience every time you use your guns, and when there are occasionally double experience weekends, you will be earning 4 times the amount of experience as you usually would!

Keep that in mind!

Update: I have recently discovered that actually you receive the same amount of gun experience per kill regardless of your game-type. Therefore, make sure that you always play game-types which you both enjoy, and are decent at so that you are ranking up your weapons as fast as possible!

Modern Warfare 3 Gun Ranking Poll.

Which is your favourite Game-Mode to rank up on?

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      HowToMoab 3 years ago

      Wrong its not like that man when you get a kill in search and destroy that thing goes to the players XP not weapon XP I even checked it believe me

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      I may do this now. :) I'll update with the results!

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      Common sense 5 years ago

      This is easily resolved lol... Just go on play snd and see how much xp per kill!

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      Dray 5 years ago

      You do get more gun xp in search and destroy

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Really? Most sources state that you gain the same experience regardless of the game type. I will look a bit further into this...

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      Der Dee Deerr 5 years ago

      sadly guys it does depend on game mode bro played S&D got 7 kills nd ranked up his gun from half of lvl 24 to 1/2 of lvl 25

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Hi, thanks for your comment!

      Yes, I've recently been contacted by another user that you receive 100xp per kill regardless of the actual game-type. This of course means that it doesn't matter which game-type you try to rank up your weapon on, as you will receive the same experience, therefore you would be best off choosing a game-type you enjoy/are good at playing.

      Thank you for noticing :)

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      OChooligan 5 years ago

      Uhhh you get 100 weapon xp per kill no mattet wut the game type. Playing only S+D wpuld take ages to get 1 weapon to gold camo lol

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      That's interesting. I never knew that, in that case maybe a much better alternative would be free-for-all or ground war.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Contrary to popular belief, no matter what game mode you are in, you get 100 gun xp per kill. So S&D is not one of the game modes you would want to play, it might actually be the opposite