Best Striker 9 Modern Warfare 3 loadout: Class setup, attachments, Perks

Ryan Lemay
Striker 9 in Modern Warfare 3Activision

It can be easy to confuse the Striker 9 and Striker as their names are so close in Modern Warfare 3, but both SMGs offer something entirely different. Here is the best Modern Warfare 3 loadout for the Striker 9.

You would be hard-pressed not to see multiple Striker users during any multiplayer match in Modern Warfare 3, as the SMG dominated short-range engagements and even outgunned ARs at longer ranges.

Sledgehammer Games stepped in and nerfed the SMG’s damage ranges and ADS speed as part of the day 1 patch. As a result, other SMGs have been able to carve out their own space in MW3’s meta.

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Near the top of that list, players should keep an eye on the Striker 9 after emerging from the Striker’s shadow in the game.

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Best Striker 9 MW3 loadout


  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Barrel: Striker Recon Long Barrel
  • Stock: RB Crotallius Assault
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop
  • Rear Grip: Sakin ZX Grip

Based on MW3 statistics, the Striker 9 ranks fourth in SMG TTK speed at 300 milliseconds. However, its speed is only 70 ms slower than the top weapon and has a longer effective range than all three top weapons, reaching around 10.7 meters.

The combination of a fast TTK and reliable range make the Striker 9 a fearsome SMG and one of the best options in the class. Our loadout focuses on improving the gun’s mobility as much as possible without sacrificing recoil control or damage range.

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Best Striker 9 MW3 class: Perks & equipment

Modern Warfare 3 removes the traditional perk system in favor of using gear. Check out our complete guide if you need an explainer of what each gear item does.

Given the gun’s excellent performance in close-range fights, you’ll want to gear up to complement those strengths.

  • Vest: Infantry Vest
  • Gloves: Commando Gloves
  • Boots: Covert Sneakers
  • Gear: Bone Conduction Headset
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: DDOS

How to unlock the Striker 9 in Modern Warfare 3

The Striker 9 can be obtained after reaching level 4. If you need help ranking up, make sure to check out our guide on how to get higher levels faster.

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Best Striker 9 alternative in Modern Warfare 3

Look no further than the Rival 9. Early signs point toward the close-range beast as being the best SMG in Modern Warfare 3, and plenty of pros have also started using the weapon.

That’s all for our Striker 9 loadout in Modern Warfare 3. For more MW3 coverage, check out these guides below:

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Ryan graduated from Ithaca College in 2021 with a sports media degree and a journalism minor. He gained experience as a writer for the Morning Times newspaper before joining Dexerto as a games writer. He mainly writes about first-person shooters, including Call of Duty and Battlefield, but he is also a big FIFA fan. You can contact him at