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Battlefield 3 Weapon Guide

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Dominate Battlefield 3 online with our handy guide to the best guns and weaponry in each class - Now updated with Close Quarters DLC weapons.

Published on Oct 28, 2011

[Guide now updated to reflect Close Quarter DLC Update]

 

Changes:

[Close Quarter DLC Guns]

  • Aug A3
  • Scar-L
  • L86A2
  • LSAT
  • ACW-R
  • MTAR-21
  • M417
  • JNG-90
  • SPAS-12
  • M5K

Assault Class

[PATCHED] M16A3

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or burst fire
  • Rate of fire: 800

This is a great rifle for both fully automatic fire, or burst shots. There is very little kick back, and the iron sights are perfect for picking off or suppressing targets at long range.

 

AK-74M

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single-shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 650

Descendant to the classic AK-47, this mid range rifle is powerful, although suffers slightly from hash kick back. When unleashing fully automatic salvos, you will need to keep on lowering the sights gradually to avoid missing your mark.

 

M320

  • Grenade launcher
  • 1 round, single shot fire
  • Unlocked at 11,000 Assault Score

No, it’s not a noob tube. Instead, the M320 is a one shot, multi-purpose grenade launcher that can be incredibly tactical if used correctly. You can choose to load it with explosive rounds, smoke canisters and shrapnel containers. You can also combine the M320 with some rifles for ultimate stopping power. 

 

M416

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked at 22,000 Assault score

Similar to the M16A3, the M416 is another reliable assault rifle with minimal kick back, and longer range than its predecessor. If you can find a nice cover spot to lay low in, it is entirely possible to repel attackers across a massive distance.

 

M26 MASS

  • Shotgun
  • 5 rounds, semi automatic or single shot fire
  • Unlocked at 38,000 Assault score

This is an absolute monster. Comparable to Call of Duty’s AA-12, the M26 Mass spits out heavy fire at a devastating rate. Like the M320 grenade launcher, this gun can be used with multiple ammo types; standard shot, flechette, frag and slugs. Can be mounted on some assault rifles.

 

[PATCHED] AEK-971 

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 900
  • Unlocked at 60,000 Assault score

Another long range assault rifle, the AEK-971 has an insane rate of fire, but while this gives you great stopping power, it is highly prone to kick back. Thankfully, you can pick your targets more carefully using single shot mode. It’s also excellent with a ranged scope on single shot mode.

 

F2000

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 850
  • Unlocked at 124,000 Assault score

In classic tradition, the F2000 spits out bullets at an unprecedented rate. If you’re going to use this bad boy, make sure you have a support class on your squad to refill your clip with ammo drops. You can add scopes to this gun, but it’s best used at short range.

 

AN-94

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or burst fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked at 166,000 Assault score

Although the AN-94 has a slower rate of fire than most assault rifles, it’s absolutely lethal across long range. This is definitely best used with a scope, and in burst fire mode, as picking off targets at range is very effective.

 

[PATCHED] KH2002 (Unlocked via co-op mode)

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic, single shot or burst fire
  • Rate of fire: 800
  • Unlocked at 126,000 co-op score

One of few assault rifles that supports all three fire modes, there is a trade of in that you can’t attach underslung shotguns or grenade launchers. However, the KH2002’s rate of fire is on par with the ferocious F2000, meaning it’s an absolute beast at short range. 

 

[PATCHED] G3A3 (Unlocked via co-op mode)

  • Assault rifle
  • 20 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 550
  • Unlocked at 441,000 co-op score

With massive range and brutal stopping power, the G3A3 is powerful asset, although reduced clip size means that shots should be used sparingly, and reloading must always be done when behind cover. It also has a slower rate of fire than most rifles.

 

Engineer Class

[UPDATED] SA-18 IGLA

  • Rocket launcher
  • 1 round, locked shot fire
  • Unlocked at 3,000 Engineer score

While powerful and featuring a homing lock-on function, you cannot free-fire the SA-18 under any circumstances. It’s incredibly useful in vehicle-heavy maps such as Caspian Border, Operation Firestorm, Kharg Island and Damavand Peak.

 

[UPDATED] FIM-92 Stinger

  • Rocket launcher
  • 1 round, locked shot fire
  • Unlocked at 3,000 Engineer score

Similar to the SA-18, the Stinger requires a vehicle lock on before it can be fired. However, the Stinger only locks on to airborne craft such as jets, choppers and UAV drones. It cannot lock on to ground vehicles such as tanks and jeeps. It’s also extremely useful on Rush games of Damavand Peak.

 

SCAR-H

  • SMG
  • 20 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked at 14,000 Engineer score

Versatile, reliable and delivers a punishing barrage of rounds, the SCAR-H works with most of Battlefield 3’s rifle attachments, meaning you can tailor it to your personal taste and strategies. There is a great deal of recoil however, although it is lethal at mid-range. 

 

M4A1

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 800
  • Unlocked for PLR: 145,000 Engineer score

With a rate of fire similar to the Assault class F2000 model, the M4A1 is a ferocious weapon that excels during medium to close range encounters. The gun is also compatible with the underslung rail, that lets you mount shotguns and grenade launchers. 

 

A-91

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 800
  • Unlocked at 58,000 Engineer score

At medium range, the A-91 is a powerhouse, although there is a lot of kick back to contend with. There are also no customisation options, although the gun holds its own without them. It’s also very effective on tighter urban maps such as Seine Crossing and Grand Bazaar. 

 

G36C

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic, burst or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire 750
  • Unlocked at 110,000 Engineer score

Another veteran of the FPS circuit, the G36C is a reliable weapon that delivers all three firing modes. Idea for medium range encounters and in tighter, more enclosed areas, this is the premier choice for engineers who like to go toe to toe with their enemies. Also supports attachments and scopes. 

 

AKS-74u

  • SMG
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 650
  • Unlocked for U.S. at 145,000 Engineer score

This is a highly deceptive weapon due to its small size, yet powerful payload. The AKS-74u is another star of the FPS circuit, and is one of the best SMG weapons around. The slower rate of fire is backed up by the fact that it’s devastatingly powerful. Does not support attachments. 

 

SG553 (Unlocked via co-op mode)

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic, burst or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 700
  • Unlocked at 378,000 co-op score

An incredible all-round weapon, the SG553 allows for a plethora of attachments, boasts very little kick back, a high rate of fire and massive damage. The gun has plenty of pros and very little cons, making it a must-have weapon for engineers. 

 

Support Class

M249

  • LMG
  • 200 round magazine, fully automatic fire
  • Rate of fire: 800
  • Unlocked at 11,000 Support score

An utter beast of a weapon, the M249 is a powerhouse over long range. Although there is no burst fire option, we still recommend squeezing off rounds sparingly for maximum accuracy. Use the bipod stabliser and scopes to really boost the accuracy. 

 

M224 Mortar

  • Explosive device
  • 1 round, single shot fire
  • Unlocked at 40,000 Support score

Capable of dispatching highly explosive rounds and smoke canisters over long distances, the M224 Mortar is brilliant for pushing back enemies with devastating force. Using smoke rounds also prevents your attackers from spotting your team on the HUD, but only if your team mates are concealed by the shroud.

 

[PATCHED] PKP Pecheneg

  • LMG
  • 100 round magazine, fully automatic fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked at 60,000 Support score

Brutal stopping power and a slow rate of fire is the name of the game here. Unlike most LMG weapons, the PKP isn’t best-suited to long range, and is instead a force to be reckoned with at mid-range. If you must attack at long range, use the bipod stand for greater accuracy.

 

M240B

  • LMG
  • 100 round magazine, fully automatic fire
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked at 90,000 Support score

Possibly one of the most powerful LMG weapons in Battlefield 3, the M240B also comes with a massive fire rate. The trade-off is that it is a medium range gun, and again, similar to other LMGs, comes with a bipod stand should you need to increase your range over distance.

 

[PATCHED] M60E4

  • LMG
  • 100 round magazine, fully automatic fire
  • Rate of fire: 580
  • Unlocked at 130,000 Support score

Slow, but lightweight, the M60E4 can be upgraded via its underslung rail. Given the powerful nature of the gun’s rounds, this is a valuable asset on the field, if you don’t mind the medium range and slow rate of fire, of course.

 

M27 IAR

  • Assault rifle
  • 45 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked at 170,000 Support score

Although the presence of this assault rifle among a host of LMGs might seem odd, the M27 IAR is a neat addition to the support class arsenal. With a blistering rate of fire and reduced kick back, you can also deploy a bipod to increase your accuracy to an impressive degree.

 

RPK-74M

  • Assault rifle
  • 45 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked at 170,000 Support score

Slow, but insanely powerful, the RPK is both lightweight and dependable at medium range. If you have your back up against a wall or need to storm tighter areas, such as the underground section of Operation Metro, then this is the weapon for you.

 

Recon Class

[UPDATED] SV98

  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 shot magazine, bolt action fire
  • Unlocked at 13,000 Recon score

As it is incredibly powerful, the SV98 is a bolt-action weapon that comes with a slow reload time. Picking your shots carefully is the key here, and if you nail your target, they will either be killed outright or take a massive blow. Also supports suppressors.

 

SKS

  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 shot magazine, single shot or semi-automatic
  • Unlocked at 71,000 Recon score

With a drastically reduced wait time between shots, the SKS is perfect for following up rounds that land on target. If you merely hurt someone with your first round, you can quickly unleash another to finish them off. Supports a wide range of attachments and scopes. 

 

M40A5

  • Sniper rifle
  • 11 shot magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked at 104,000 Recon score

Another bolt action rifle, you really need to pick your shots carefully with the M40A5, although what it lacks in speed it makes up with stellar accuracy. Our best advice is to work on unlocking advanced scopes as quickly as you can for maximum visibility over the field.

 

M98B

  • Sniper rifle
  • 5 shot magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked at 146,000 Recon score

This bolt action rifle is insanely powerful, thanks to firing magnum rounds instead of standard bullets. Brilliant at both long and medium range, and delivering incredible accuracy, as well as reduced kick back, this is a contender for best gun of the recon class. 

 

MK11 Mod 0

  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 shot magazine, single shot or semi automatic fire
  • Unlocked for PLR at 195,000 Recon score

One of few sniper rifles to feature an underslung rail for attachments, the MK11 is a highly versatile weapon. It also boasts one of the best ranges of any weapon in Battlefield 3, backed up with insane accuracy and minimal kick back. You’d be mad not to try it.

 

SVD

  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 shot magazine, single shot, or semi automatic fire
  • Unlocked at 195,000 Recon score

Another popular weapon on the FPS circuit, the SVD is a quick, semi automatic powerhouse that lets you volley off shots with frequency. It also comes with a x7 scope as standard, which means you will have a long range advantage at all times.

 

M39 EMR (Unlocked via co-op mode)

  • Sniper rifle
  • 20 shot magazine, single shot or semi automatic fire
  • Unlocked at 252,000 co-op score

Brutally powerful, the M39 boasts high-end range, quite simply one of the best in the game. You can only fire this in semi automatic mode, but as the weapon is stable, you can volley off shots with alarming speed. 

 

 

General Weapons

[UPDATED] 870MCS

  • Shotgun (pump action)
  • 4 rounds per reload
  • Unlocked by reaching level 1

Short-ranged but powerful, the 870MCS is a trusty companion in toe-to-toe encounters. Although it's the first general gun you unlock in Battlefield 3, it's dependable enough to tide you over until you unlock more powerful alternatives. 




G17C

  • Pistol
  • 17 round magazine, semi automatic or single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 4

Compatible with laser sights for maximum accuracy and the ability to dazzle opponent with the beam, the G17C is a moderately powerful starting pistol. While Battlefield 3 reckons the gun is a short ranged weapon, we have killed opponents over long range with it. 




PP-2000

  • SMG
  • 20 round magazine, fully automatic and single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked by reaching level 7

Don't let its small size fool you, the PP-2000 is incredibly powerful when unleashed upon footsoldiers at short range. While its rate of fire is slower than most SMGs, it is incapable of holding many bullets. Luckily you can unlock a magazine upgrade that doubles the size of each clip. 





M9 Tact.

  • Pistol (U.S. Marines only)
  • 15 round magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 10

One of few pistols that can be combined with the tactical flashlight, the M9 Tact is useful for close quarter encounters, particularly when you want to disorientate and confuse attackers bearing down on your position. It's also suprisingly powerful.




MP443 Tact.

  • Pistol
  • 18 round magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 13

The Russian and PLR equivilant of the M9 Tact, the MP443 is equal in terms of power and mobility. It also comes equipped with a flashlight as standard, and is on par with the M9 Tact in terms of blinding and confusing close-range attackers. 





UMP-45

  • SMG
  • 25 round magazine, fully automatic, burst and single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 600
  • Unlocked by reaching level 16

One of the most popular SMG weapons on the FPS circuit, the UMP-45 is light, powerful and stands up in a fight against enemies wielding powerful assault rifles or LMGs. Can also be modified using a front rail attachment. 




G17C Supp.

  • Pistol
  • 17 round magazine, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 19

Identical to the standard G173, this version features a suppressor as standard. Again, this is a reliable, lightweight weapon that excels at long range, despite the game's menus stating otherwise.

 

  M1014

  • Shotgun
  • 4 rounds per reload, single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 22

Heavy duty, and with a wide bullet spread for maximum coverage, the M1014 is an absolute beast. It's also highly versatile, as it supports a wide range of attachments thanks to a modifiable rail. 




M9 Supp

  • Pistol
  • 15 rounds per magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 25

The suppressed model of the M9 pistol is light, accurate and packs a decent punch when compared to other pistols. Suppression is useful in tighter maps if you want to keep a low profile, or if you're trying to reach an objective undetected. 





MP443 Supp.

  • Pistol
  • 18 round magazine, single shot fire
  • Unlocked by reaching level 28

Another suppressed pistol, except this time the MP443 features 18 round clips that let you unload a lethal barrage of shots at close range before reloading. Semi automatic fire lets you act quickly as well. 




G18

  • Machine pistol
  • 20 round magazine, full automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 1100
  • Unlocked for reaching level 30

With perhaps the fastest rate of fire in Battlefield 3, the G18 is ferocious at short range, although it is also insanely inaccurate. Anything higher than a light burst of fire will cause the iron sights to shake violently. 




PDW-R

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked by reaching level 32

Although it is slightly innacurate, the PDW-R rifle compensates by delivering a massive punch over long distances. Switching to single shot mode at range is perhaps your safest bet, and will guarantee greater stability. 





Saiga 12K

  • Shotgun
  • 6 rounds per reload, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 34

With a wide bullet spread, the Saiga 12k is ideal for clearing out whole rooms or corridors of enemies in just a few controlled bursts. This gun also boasts one of the fastest reload speeds for shotguns in Battlefield 3.



.44 Magnum

  • Revolver
  • 6 rounds per reload, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 36

By far the most powerful handgun in Battlefield 3, the .44 Magnum can kill enemies in one shot if you are close enough to them. However, if you miss with your first shot, chances are the slow reload and recovery will cause you to be killed before you can unleash a second. use with care. 




DAO-12

  • Shotgun
  • 12 rounds per drum, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 38

A returning favourite from Battlefield 2, the DAO-12 is a powerhouse at short to mid range, and it benefits from having more shots per reload than most shotguns. However, a painfully slow reload time demands that you lay low while reloading.



P90

  • Assault rifle
  • 50 rounds per magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 900
  • Unlocked by reaching level 40

With a ferocious rate of fire and high velocity, armour-piercing rounds, the P90 is one of the premier assault rifles in Battlefield 3. It also boasts three weapon rails that can be loaded up with a wealth of attachments. 




G18 Supp.

  • Pistol
  • 20 rounds per magazine, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 41

The suppressed version of the G18 is useful when sneaking into heavily guarded areas undetected, and especially on games of Rush. The high clip size allows for more shots between each reload.  




USAS-12

  • Shotgun
  • 6 rounds per reload, semi-automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 300
  • Unlocked by reaching level 43

This is an insanely powerful semi-automatic shotgun capable of stopping footsoldiers in one or two shots maximum. The USAS-12's weight might slow you down, but it also results in less kick back, and generally improved accuracy. 




.44 Scoped

  • Revolver
  • 6 shots per clip, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by reaching level 44

Combining the .44 revolver with a zoomed scope makes for a lethal overall weapon. You can kill most enemies with one round if you are close enough, but even with the scope at long range, the results of a well-aimed shot can prove lethal. 




AS VAL

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 900
  • Unlocked by reaching level 45

With one the highest fire rates in the game, and by using armour-piercing rounds, the AS VAL is one of the best assault rifles in Battlefield 3. It is highly dangerous at all ranges, and can be equipped with almost any form of zoomed zcope.



MP412 REX

  • Revolver
  • 6 rounds per magazine, single shot fire only
  • Unlocked by earning 63,000 co-op score

This highly powerful revolver is weaker than the .44 Magnum, although what it loses in damage it makes up in both accuracy and reload speed. As such, the penalty for missing a nearby enemy is not as severe.  





MP7

  • SMG
  • 20 rounds per magazine, fully automatic or single shot fire
  • Rate of fire: 950
  • Unlocked by earning 189,000 co-op score

Although it is smaller and more compact than assault rifles, the MP7 has a far higher fire rate than all of them. Attachment rails lets you add a variety of sights, suppressor, a flashlight, or even a laser targeting device to improve accuracy.



[PATCHED] 93R

  • Machine pistol
  • 20 rounds per magazine, single shot or burst fire
  • Rate of fire: 900
  • Unlocked by earning 315,000 co-op score

Capable of unleashing insanely fast three-round bursts, the 93R also comes complete with a grip and extendable barrels that turn it from a machine pistol into something much more deadly. 

 

Back To Karkand Weapon Unlocks

[PATCHED] FAMAS

  • Assault Rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, full auto, burst and single shot fire modes
  • Rate of fire: 1000
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Best Friends Forever' assignment in the Back To Karkand DLC pack. To complete this assignment, perform ten revives and ten heals in multiplayer.
The Famas is an absolute monster, and although it is the first Back To Karkand unlock on the assignment list for Assault troops, it has fast become a fan favourite for it's all-round stability, monstrous fire rate and devastating power. Highly recommended.




L85A2
  • Assault rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, fully auto, burst and single shot fire modes
  • Rate of fire: 650
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Professional Russian' assignment. This assignement is compleed by performing 100 kills with assault rifles, 20 kills with an underslung grenade launcher, and by winning five rounds of Squad Deathmatch.
The L85A2 is the standard assault rifle of the british army, and while it might not have the rate of fire of the FAMAS, it comes with increased stability. It is also highly dependable in single shot mode, making long range kills easier for Assault class troops.




G53
  • SMG
  • 30 round magazine, fully auto and single shot modes only
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Fixing It' assignment. This assignment is completed by earning ten repairs and one kill with the blow torch in multiplayer
The first unlock for the Engineer class in Back to Karkand, the G53 features high fire rate and moderate damage, giving it great stopping power at close range. Use single shot mode for increased stability.



QB7-95B
  • Assault Rifle
  • 30 round magazine, fully auto and single shot fire modes only
  • Rate of fire: 650
  • Unlocked by completing the 'It Goes Boom!' assignement. To complete this assignment, you must achieve 50 AT rocket kills, destroy one enemy vehicle with the repair torch and win five games of Conquest mode.
The standard rifle used by the Chinese military, the QB fires slower than it's predecessor the G53, but compensates by delivering increased kick. Stronger yet slower, this is also made stable by using single shot mode.



QBB-95
  • LMG
  • 100 rounds per magazine, fully auto fire mode only.
  • Rate of fire: 650
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Let it Rain' assignment. This assignment is achieved by earning 20 LMG kills and two mortar kills during multiplayer matches.
Another Chinese manufacturer rifle, the QBB is a slow, yet powerful LMG that - while packing a distinct punch - only operates in fully automatic mode, making it a difficult gun to handle for Support class troops. Use controlled manual bursts to keep it stable over long distances to snipe targets.




MG36
  • LMG
  • 100 rounds per magazine, fully automatic fire only
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Keep Your Head Down' assignment. This assigment is achieved by earning 100 kills with LMG rifles, 50 suppression assists and 50 ammo resupplies in online multiplayer matches.
The MG36 is an LMG edition of the German G36 rifle, and with it comes increased damage output coupled with weaker stability. The trad-off is that it boasts a medium to high fire rate, giving Support class troops an edge on the battlefield.



QBU-88
  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 rounds per magazine, single shot fire only
  • Semi automatic fire rate
  • Unlocked by completing the 'SPECOPS' assignment. This assignment is unlocked by earning 20 kills with sniper rifles and five laser designations in multiplayer.
This semi-automatic Recon class rifle is fully customisable with a wide range of optical zoom lens, and delivers high damage rounds over long distances. Semi automatic fire allows you to follow up any shots that don't kill your target quickly to finish the job.



L96
  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 rounds per magazine, single shot fire only
  • Bolt action rate of fire
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Creeping Death' assignment. To complete this assignment you must achieve 50 headshots, 50 spot assists and five knife takedowns in multiplayer.
The L96 loses fire rate thanks to its bolt action mechanism, yet it compensates by deliver an immense kick, capable of taking down most troops with one shot to the upper body. However, it is a risky prospect at close range.




PP-19
  • SMG
  • 50 rounds per magazine, fully auto fire only
  • Rate of fire: 900
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Familiar Territory' assignment. This assignment is achieved by arming 10 MCOM stations, Capturing 10 flags and playing the Karkand map for two hours. 
The PP-19 is Russian firearm that can be used by all classes. With high clips and a brutal rate of fire, you can unload clips to your heart's content. What it delivers in power and speed it loses in range and stability, but by delivering steady bursts you can maintain a high kill count.



MK3A1
  • Shotgun
  • Six rounds per reload, fully automatic fire mode only
  • Rate of fire: 255
  • Unlocked by completing the 'Scarred Veteran' assignment. This assignment is achieved by earning ten kills with the PP-19, five kills with a DPV jeep, ten kills in a BTR-90 IFV, play two hours on the Sarqi Peninsula map and two hours on the Gulf of Oman map.
This prototype American shotgun is a beast, with a whopping 250 fire rate capable of destroying enemies in seconds. While it is a short range weapon, anyone caught in your spread of fire will likely be killed, giving the gun a high success rate.




Close Quarters DLC Weapon Unlocks

The Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC pack features new indoor maps, enhanced destruction and a slew of new premium assignments, weapons and unlocks into the mix. We have them all here.

Aug A3

  • Assault rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, auto and single shot fire modes only
  • Rate of fire: 700
  • Unlocked by completing the "Shepard" assignement in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves doing ten squad revives and 30 assault rifle kills.
While it doesn't boast the best fire rate of the Battlefield 3 assault rifle family, the Aug A3 does make up for the fact by performing well over long range. It's a dependable firearm regardless, especially in single shot mode.



Scar-L
  • Assault rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, auto and single shot fire modes only
  • Rate of fire: 620
  • Unlocked by completing the "Set us up the bomb" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting 20 kills with an underslung grenade launcher and 15 kills with hand grenades.
Like the Aug A3 before it, the Scar-L boasts high damage and accuracy over long range, but suffers much less recoil. The trade off however is that it has one of the slowest assault rifle fire rates in the Close Quarters DLC pack. Stick with single shot mode for maximum punch.




L86A2
  • LMG
  • 45 rounds per magazine, auto fire mode only
  • Rate of fire: 750
  • Unlocked by completing the "No shortage" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting 20 squad resupplies and 20 kills with light machine guns.
One of the most accurate LMG weapons in Battlefield 3, the L86A2 isn't a belt fed machine gun, meaning frequent reloads are common, but the enhanced stopping power makes up for it. Just remember to reload when you can.




LSAT
  • LMG
  • 100 rounds per belt, auto fire mode only
  • Fire rate: 650
  • Unlocked by completing the "Point Blank" assignment in the Close Quarter DLC pack, which involves 10 C4 kills and 10 knife takedowns.
Surprisingly light, the LSAT LMG won't hinder your soldier's running speed too much, although the slow rate of fire makes it less ferocious than other LMG weapons. Perfect for getting the drop on unsuspecting enemies. 




ACW-R
  • Assault rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, auto and single shot fire modes only
  • Fire rate: 850
  • Unlocked by completing the "Done fixing" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting 20 AT rocket kills and 30 kills with carbine weapons.
Allowing for incredible mobility, the ACW-R is a lightweight monster, boasting a crippling fire rating of 850 and reduced recoil. The only trade-off is that you'll burn through rounds in no time, so keep those resupplies up.




MTAR-21
  • Assault rifle
  • 30 rounds per magazine, auto and single shot fire modes only
  • Fire rate: 900
  • Unlocked by achieving the "My own terminator" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting one kill with an EOD bot, and 100 kills with carbines.
The MTAR-21 is a bullet spewing powerhouse, with mobility to match. Similar to the ACW-R however, you will churn through your magazine at an alarming rate if you aren't disciplined. try single shot mode to conserve ammo.



M417
  • Assault rifle
  • 20 rounds per magazine, single shot fire mode only
  • Unlocked by achieving the "Team player" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting 10 T-UGS assists and capturing 20 flags. 
Although it only supports single fire mode and 20 rounds per magazine, the M417 boasts incredible damage output. Hit someone with this gun and they will find themselves in serious trouble. Whatever doesn't kill your target, the second shot definitely will. 



JNG-90
  • Sniper rifle
  • 10 rounds per magazine, bolt action fire only
  • Unlocked by achieving the "Bullet point" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which requires getting 50 sniper rifle kills and winning three rounds of Conquest Domination.
As is typical of bolt action rifles, the JNG-90's stopping power is massive, making one-shot kills over range a possibility. The rifle also features many attachment rails, delivering great customisation. 




SPAS-12
  • Shotgun
  • 5 rounds per reload, single shot fire only
  • Pump action fire rate
  • Unlocked by achieving the "These hurt too" assignment in the Close Quarters DLC pack, which involves getting 20 kills with pistols and 20 kills with shotguns.
A mainstay of the FPS circuit, the SPAS-12 can't hold many rounds, but one round is usually enough to kill your target outright at close range. Miss however, and you may find yourself killed in retaliation. Make every shot count.



M5K
  • SMG
  • 25 rounds per magazine, auto fire mode only
  • Fire rate: 900
  • Unlocked by achieving the "Hold the trigger" assignement, which involves finishing among the top five in a game of GunMaster and getting 100 SMG kills.
The M5K is another lightweight SMG that suffers from low magazine size. However, the fire rate will tear through anyone unlucky enough to get in your way, providing you don't need to reload mid-exhange that is.

Battlefield 3 Premium Assignment Unlocks

These unlocks are only available to Battlefield 3 players who subscribe to the game's premium service. There are a few of these, each with their own unique reward. We'll list them all as they get added here.

Life Saver carbon fiber dog tag

This premium dog tag is unlocked by meeting the following requirements:

  • 50 kills with the F2000
  • 25 headshots with the F2000
  • 50 squad heals

Bullet Provider carbon fiber dog tag

This premium dog tag is unlocked by meeting the following requirements:
  • 50 kills with the PKP Pecheneg
  • 50 squad resupplies

Location Scout carbon fiber dog tag

This premium dog tag is unlocked by meeting the following requirements:
  • 50 kills with the L96
  • 25 headshots with the L96
  • 25 spawns on your Radio Beacon

Wrench Wielder carbon fiber dog tag

This premium dog tag is unlocked by meeting the following requirements:
  • 50 kills with the SCAR-H
  • 50 squad repairs
  • 25 kills with shotguns

Jack Of All Trades carbon fiber dog tag

This premium dog tag is unlocked by meeting the following requirements:
  • Get 30 kills with Assault Rifles
  • Get 30 kills with Carbines
  • Get 30 kills with Sniper Rifles
  • Get 30 kills with Light Machine Guns
  • Get 15 kills with Pistols

 

 

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