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Best Warzone SMG class loadouts: Attachments, Setup, Perks

Published: 4/May/2022 14:27 Updated: 4/May/2022 14:30

by James Busby

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If you’re looking for the best SMG in Warzone Season 3, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve ranked every SMG from worst to best and even picked out the best loadout class for each to give you an edge.

The best SMGs in Warzone can give you a huge advantage in close-quarter firefights, especially when you kit them out with meta attachments. While SMGs may not offer the range or accuracy of the game’s deadly Assault Rifles, they do give players the tools needed to get plenty of kills.

This hyper-aggressive playstyle may not be for every player, but having an SMG you can rely on in Warzone Season 3 Classified Arms is incredibly important. Unlike the AR class, the SMG category is not that varied, and many players often gravitate towards only a couple of picks.

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Of course, that hasn’t stopped certain loadouts from cropping up. To help you increase your win rate in Warzone Season 3, we’ve ranked all the best Warzone SMGs and the attachments you should be using with them.


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What is the best SMG in Warzone?

visual representation of the MP40 in Call of Duty
Treyarch/Activision
The MP40 is one of the best SMG in the current Warzone meta.

The best SMG in Warzone right now is the MP40. This Vanguard gun has an extremely fast TTK and also has incredible mobility making it a top-tier pick on both Caldera and Rebirth Island.

Its dominance during Season 3 can be seen in its popularity, as according to WZRanked, it has a 7.4% pick rate. This makes it the most used weapon in the current meta.

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24. CX-9

CX-9 Warzone loadout
Treyarch / Activision
The CX-9 may not be the best SMG in Warzone Season 3, but with the right attachments, it can be highly effective.

Best CX-9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Stock: CX-FR
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand
  • Ammunition: 50 Rnd Drum

This punchy SMG offers great mobility, lightning-fast fire rate, fantastic close-quarters damage, and an insanely quick reload. The CX-9 was originally meant to be released in Modern Warfare, but the gun was never officially added to the game until now.

While the CX-9 may not be as competitive as its Cold War counterparts, this punchy SMG has quickly risen through the ranks and has found a spot within the top 10. In fact, several streamers like FaZe Swagg have demonstrated just how deadly it can be.

23. Fennec

Fennec SMG in Warzone
Activision / Infinity Ward
This SMG is lethal at catching your enemies in close-quarter fights.

Best Fennec Warzone loadout

  • Barrel: ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Perk: Slight of Hand
  • Underbarrel: Operator Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 40 Round Drum Mags

Featuring a vast array of features that makes this gun a perfect choice for any run, the Fennec is a fantastic choice to utilize in your Warzone Season 3 loadouts.

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Able to tear through multiple enemies at once, the recoil pattern, rate of fire, and exceptional hip-fire will see you through any sticky situation. These attachments will only take this already phenomenal gun further into beast mode.

22. AUG

AUG Warzone loadout
Activision
Modern Warfare’s AUG is fully auto and performs more like an AR than an SMG.

Best AUG Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 622mm Long Barrel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 5.56 NATO 60-Round Drums

While Modern Warfare’s AUG had a brief stint in the meta spotlight, it was quickly overshadowed by Warzone’s best Assault Rifles. Despite this, the reliable SMG boasts decent accuracy and range, making it an incredibly versatile option.

The Modern Warfare version performs very differently when compared to its Cold War cousin. There are no burst fire rounds to be found here – instead, this variant enables players to go full-auto. If you’re after a highly mobile SMG, then you will be disappointed, but the range and accuracy do make this a great mid-range option.

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21. P90

P90 Warzone
Activision
The P90 is capable of dishing out some decent damage.

Best P90 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FORGE TAC Retribution
  • Laser: TAC Laser
  • Stock: Fly Strap Stock
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

Unlike the other SMGs on the list, the P90 is actually capable of taking down mid-range targets. Its high rate of fire and minimal recoil will keep your shots accurate, while also keeping you competitive in close-quarter environments.

The P90 remains an underrated gun that rarely sees play in Warzone However, if you’re willing to try out another SMG, then you might find some luck with this classic Modern Warfare SMG.

20. Sten

CoD Vanguard Sten
Activision
The Sten is a solid pick in Warzone Season 3.

Best Sten Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: SA 65mm Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Gawain Para
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 32 Rnd Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip

The Sten in Warzone is an SMG that boasts a fast fire rate, moderate damage, and easily controllable recoil — perfect for players who prefer aggression and racking up close-quarter kills.

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Our loadout helps to improve this weapon’s accuracy and mobility even further, while also giving you more bullets in the mag to potentially take out more opponents and claim victory in Warzone Season 3.

19. AK-74u

AK-74u
Activision
The AK-74u has risen in popularity.

Best AK74u Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 10.3″ Task Force
  • Stock: Spetsnaz PKM Stock
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 40 Rnd Drum

The AK-74u has always been a reliable choice among SMG enthusiasts. This deadly weapon rewards hyper-aggressive plays, while also giving players tremendous amounts of accuracy. To make matters even better, the AK-74u also has a fairly decent damage range.

The AK-47’s sibling may have dropped a few places since the last update, but don’t be surprised if you see this build continue to crop up across Warzone Season 3.

18. MP7

MP7 Warzone
Activision
The MP7 has been a top pick since Warzone launched.

Best MP7 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FSS Recon
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition 60 Round Mags
  • Perk: Slight of Hand

A lot more MP7 loadouts have started to crop up across Warzone and while it may not deal as much damage as the MP5, it is still a worthy choice. Unlike most guns in Modern Warfare, the MP7 delivers highly accurate hip fire, making it great for those moments where you don’t have time to ADS. 

Whether you’re tired of using the MP5 or just want to melt squads with the hip fire, then the MP7 is a great choice. 

17. M1912

Warzone M1912
Actvision
The M1912 has great damage and a good amount of bullets in Warzone.

Best M1912 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: CGC 12” Cooling
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: CGC S Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Ammunition: Incendiary

The M1912 SMG, also known as the Tommy Gun, in Warzone arrived as a part of the Vanguard integration, and it didn’t disappoint. This weapon boasts an especially fast fire rate, which will be favored among many long-time Warzone players.

This loadout simply increases this weapon’s accuracy, mobility, and recoil control. If you’re a fan of an aggressive playstyle, this SMG is a must-pick.

16. Cold War PPSH

PPSH Warzone loadout
Activision / Treyarch
This particular PPSH build is incredibly potent.

Best PPSH Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.7″ Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 55 Rnd Drum

Warzone’s Season 3 update brought with it the PPSH. This iconic WWII SMG comes packed with an incredible rate of fire and has barely any recoil when kitted out with the best attachments. While the gun’s damage per shot may be on the low side, its rapid-fire and large ammo capacity enable players to quickly chew through many a foe.

Simply attach the Gru Suppressor, Spetsnaz Grip, and 55 Rnd Drum and you have an SMG that is capable of some truly devastating things. It’s certainly not hard to see why the PPSH has quickly risen through the rankings.

15. LC10

LC10
Activision / Treyarch
The LC10 has great mobility and accuracy.

Best LC10 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.9” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: SASR Jungle Grip

The LC10 features fantastic accuracy, great mobility, decent close-quarters damage, and a high fire rate. To top things off this pint-sized SMG also has fantastic handling, which makes gunning for those all-important headshots a breeze.

Having an SMG that also has little extra range damage can also help secure more kills when you’re low on AR ammo or scrambling for your primary.

14. Cold War MP5

black ops cold war mp5 warzone
Activision / Treyarch
This MP5 build is lethal in short-range gunfights.

Best Cold War MP5 loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Brusier Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 50 Rnd

The Cold War MP5 plays very similarly to its Modern Warfare counterpart. However, it does come packed with a higher rate of fire, meaning you can absolutely melt foes in close-quarter firefights.

This current build is purely focused on making the MP5 as quick and reactive as possible. After all, mobility is imperative in Warzone, particularly when you wish to aggressively rush your foes and eliminate them in late-game rounds.

13. MP5 (Modern Warfare)

MP5 Warzone
Activision / Infinity Ward
The MP5 still ranks among the best SMGs in Warzone.

Best MP5 Warzone loadout

  • Barrel: Monolithic Integral Suppressor
  • Stock: FTAC Collapsible
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

It should come as no surprise that the MP5 is one of the top picks. In fact, this snappy SMG has remained popular since Warzone’s launch. Its high fire rate and incredible damage make it a great choice for close-quarters firefights. 

This loadout is one the fastest in the entire game, allowing players to quickly sweep corners and flush out any pesky campers. Consider using this loadout to supplement your favorite Assault Rifle class to ensure you’re dealing as much damage as possible. 

12. Bullfrog

Bullfrog
Activision / Treyarch
The Bullfrog can barrage foes with a never-ending hail of bullets.

Best Bullfrog Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4” Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

The Bullfrog’s massive magazine and decent range damage make this Cold War SMG incredibly viable. This deadly gun has proven itself in many close and medium-range scenarios, making it one of the most popular SMGs in Warzone.

After all, having to constantly reload can lead to some rather frustrating deaths. Fortunately, the Bullfrog gives you enough rounds to down multiple foes in just a single magazine. Simply hold down the trigger in close-quarter fights and watch the bullets fly.

11. LAPA

LAPA Warzone
Treyarch/Activision
The LAPA is one of the best sniper supports in the game.

Best LAPA Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Ammunition: Salvo 45 Round Fast Mag
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock

While the LAPA goes under the radar for a lot of players, Warzone YouTuber TrueGameData has labeled it as one of the best sniper support weapons in the game.

So if you’re looking for a gun to pair with your Swiss or Kar98k, this could be the perfect solution that can effectively take out enemies at close quarters.

10. PP19 Bizon

PP19 Warzone
Activision
The PP19 may lack the power of the top picks, but it does have a little extra range.

Best Bizon Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.7” Steel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Stock: Corvus Skeleton Stock
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

The PP19 Bizon became a common sight across Verdansk when it was introduced as floor loot back in Season 4. Since then, this SMG has taken a dive in the popularity rankings.

Off meta guns aren’t exactly known for their competitive nature, however, after a recent damage buff in the Season 2 Reloaded patch, the community has begun experimenting with the Bizon.

Our loadout focuses on maximizing the weapon’s damage while retaining plenty of mobility, making it a great pick for fans of Rebirth Island.

9. Type 100

Type 100 View Warzone
Activision
The Type 100 has one of the fastest fire rates in Warzone.

Best Type 100 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Shiraishi 374mm
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warbachi Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip

Ever since SMGs like the MP40 have been dominating in the new Warzone Pacific season, many other SMGs have gone unnoticed. Type 100 is one of them. This SMG boasts a rapid-fire rate resulting in a quick time to kill.

If you wish to further increase this weapon’s potential, the loadout listed above does a perfect job of increasing range, accuracy, and damage.

8. MAC-10

Mac 10 warzone
Activision / Treyarch
This MAC-10 loadout is great for those close-quarter scenarios.

Best Mac10 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 5.9” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag

Despite receiving some nerfs, the MAC-10 is still a solid pick even though it’s not the top-tier weapon it used to be. This SMG is an absolute beast, featuring an incredible rate of fire, good damage, and staggeringly accurate hip fire.

This loadout will increase the MAC-10’s attributes even further, streamlining the spray-and-pray-type recoil with the Field Agent Grip and Agency Suppressor.

7. OTs 9

OTs 9 Warzone loadout
Activision
The OTs 9 packs a mean punch in Warzone.

Best OTs 9 loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1” Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag

This lightning-fast SMG may no longer be the most popular, but that hasn’t stopped it from proving popular amongst both casual and competitive players alike.

The build above dominates lobbies in Warzone Season 3 and many players have been using it to shred through the competition. With its incredible accuracy and added damage range, it’s not hard to see why this SMG has crept into the top ten.

6. Armaguerra 43

Warzone Armaguerra 43
Treyarch/Activision
The Armaguerra 43 arrived in Season 3.

Best Armaguerra 43 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 315mm CII
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Imerito SA Folding
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Hardscope
  • Perk2: On-Hand

Despite only being added in the Season 2 Reloaded patch, the Armaguerra 43 has had a significant impact on the meta and has become to go-to SMG for a lot of players.

As you would expect, our loadout above focuses on maximizing the gun’s damage and providing plenty of ammunition to gun down multiple foes.

5. PPSh-41 (Vanguard)

Warzone PPSh-41 loadout

Best PPSh-41 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 230mm B03P
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 7.62mm Gorenko 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Perk1: Tight Grip
  • Perk2: Quick

The PPSh-41 SMG is perfect for aggressive players who prefer a run-and-gun playstyle. The main strength of this weapon lies in its insanely fast fire rate, which allows players to down enemies extremely quickly in close-ranged engagements.

As a result, this loadout aims to focus on further improving this weapon’s mobility and fire rate.

4. Milano 821

Milano 821 Warzone
Treyarch/Activision
The Milano 821 has become one of the most popular SMGs in Warzone.

Best Milano Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 10.6” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd Drum

Despite many previous weapon nerfs in Warzone, the Milano still continues to climb its way up the SMG rankings. In fact, top Warzone players like Aydan showcased just how deadly this pint-sized SMG can be.

Not only are there several builds that favor close-quarter engagements, but there are several loadouts that also dish out great damage in mid-range firefights. This makes the Italian SMG more versatile than most weapons in its class.

3. Welgun

Welgun Warzone loadout
Treyarch/Activision
The Welgun has been a dominant force in Warzone for a while now.

Best Welgun Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 320mm SA Shrouded
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Drums
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk1: Acrobatic
  • Perk2: Quick

Since arriving in the Season 1 Reloaded update, the Welgun has been a popular pick that does devastating damage to foes at close quarters.

Now sitting as the fourth most popular SMG in the game, it’s well worth experimenting with this fast-firing weapon and allocating it to one of your loadout slots.

The loadout above focuses on maximizing the Welgun’s TTK without sacrificing too much mobility, allowing you to outmaneuver your opponents.

2. Owen Gun

Activision
The Owen Gun is a versatile SMG in Warzone.

Best Owen Gun Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Hockenson 142mm Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 72 Round Drums
  • Ammunition: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk1: Acrobatic
  • Perk2: Quick

The Owen Gun has risen up through the ranks in Warzone Season 3 and is currently sitting at a 5.9% pick rate according to WZRanked.

This lethal Vanguard SMG may not have the fastest fire rate, but its reliable TTK and effectiveness at both short to medium-range makes it the perfect pick on both Caldera and Verdansk.

1. MP40

MP40 Warzone preview screen
Activision
The MP40 is currently the best SMG in Warzone.

Best MP40 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9mm 64 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Incendiary
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip

Since the Pacific update, the MP40 has risen through the ranks, cementing itself as the best SMG in Warzone’s current meta. The gun offers a great TTK as well as exceptional mobility, which are all characteristics of an effective SMG in Warzone.

The loadout listed above is essential as it increases this weapon’s fire rate, aids in recoil, and further boosts its mobility. If you’ve been looking for a solid all-rounded SMG to use in Warzone, then look no further than the MP40.


So, there you have it, the best SMGs in Warzone ranked. We’ll be updating this list over time, so be sure to check back here for all the latest updates. 

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