Black Ops 3 Shotguns: Full Guide to BO3 Shotguns

If you need a weapon that will give you access to both high mobility and high impact, you may want to give a shotgun a try. These guns usually deal tons of damage and allow your player to move around fairly quickly. The biggest drawbacks with them, however, are their range and, sometimes, the reload speeds. Overall, though, they can be pretty effective in Call of Duty titles.

There will be a few different shotguns to choose from in Black Ops 3. These have varying statistics, different firing rates, and more. Picking one will essentially come down to personal preference. There are single-slug style, pump-action shotguns as well fully-automatic ones.

Black Ops 3 Shotguns

Black Ops 3 Shotguns

Below is a list of the currently confirmed shotguns that are seen in the game:

  • KRM-262
  • Haymaker 12
  • 205 Brecci
  • Argus

NOTE: This list may or may not contain every shotgun that will appear in the final version of the game. Currently only two have been 100% confirmed. Others may make their way into the game once it actually releases. We will update this list once more information is made available from Treyarch.

NOTE 2: The links provided above will take you to pages dedicated to these weapons. These pages have a detailed overview of the weapon that shows off its stats including damage, firing rate, and more. We will also be adding class setups for each weapon in the near future to help you out.

Player Opinions

If you haven’t had a chance to play the beta or the game itself and would like to know how these shotguns perform in actual gameplay, there are plenty of videos from top CoD YouTubers that can help you get a look. These videos show off live gameplay in both alpha and beta builds. Check the video out below for an example.


Shotgun Tips

Black Ops 3 has definitely breathed new life into the art of using shotguns. The enhanced movement abilities make it possible to move longer distances at a much quicker rate. If you can master the art of sliding and boosting you can quickly approach unsuspecting enemies and blast them to a pulp with a well-placed shotgun shot.

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Stick to Close Quarters Combat

Of course, you don’t really want to aim for long distance kills, though. Shotguns are made to work in close, tight spots better than anything else. At medium to long range you’re going to run into a lot of trouble when playing against gamers equipped with SMGs, assault rifles, and especially sniper rifles.

It’s best to use a shotgun class setup when you’re playing on small maps or when you’re covering objective points that have plenty of cover to stay behind. On short, narrow hallways and stretches shotguns excel when you pop around the corner and blast your opponent in the face.

Shotguns are perfect for close range engagements. They can fall prey to SMGs at times, but if you have decent accuracy and get your shots off quick, you can easily take down opponents before they even know what hit them.

Speed and Aggression

When you’re using a shotgun in Black Ops 3 you’ll definitely want to focus on being quick, stealthy, and aggressive. You have to be fast, accurate, and stay out of sight. Use speed to flank enemies. Use stealth to catch them off guard – the last thing you want is for them to see you first! Be aggressive, that’s how you’ll rack up kills with the shotgun.

Recommended Perks

As we stated above, with a shotgun class setup in BO3 you need speed and stealth. That’s why perks like Afterburner, Fast Hands, and Gung-Ho will be your best friends.

With Afterburner you get a quicker recharge on your thrusters so you can boost more often. With Fast Hands you’ll be able to ADS out of a full sprint a little faster. Finally, with Gung-Ho you’ll have the ability to pop off shots in the middle of sprinting. This is a deadly combination when used correctly.


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Black Ops 3 Sniper Rifles: Full Guide to Snipers in BO3

Sniper rifles have become a staple in Call of Duty games, especially in the Black Ops series. Players have discovered the ability to quickscope which allows snipers to perform well against close-range opponents in the hands of skilled gamers. In Black Ops 3 there are several snipers players can equip and use.

Snipers are primarily designed to be used as long distance weapons. Most of them have high damage output and great range, but often suffer in terms of firing rate and magazine sizes. This makes them ideal for setting up on long lanes or areas across the map and popping off enemies from afar. Below we reveal the sniper rifles seen in BO3.

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Black Ops 3 Sniper Rifles

Black Ops 3 Sniper Rifles

Below is a list of the snipers that are available for player use in the game:

  • Locus
  • Drakon
  • P-06
  • SVG-100

Snipers don’t have the speed or mobility to match guns like SMGs or shotguns, but they’re still quite viable in competitive matchmaking.

NOTE: This list consists of only confirmed weapons. That does not mean, however, that these are the only snipers that will appear in the game. In fact, the three listed above may even be changed, renamed, or removed altogether before the final build of Black Ops 3 is released. We will update this list once more information is available.

NOTE 2: The list above contains links to weapon-specific pages. These pages give more information for each sniper including their overall damage stats, estimated range, firing rates, and more.

Player Opinions

Want to know what some of the most popular CoD players think of these sniper rifles? Well, you’re in luck. Several highly recognized players have had time with the alpha and beta builds and made videos talking about how each gun performs. The video below will help you get a better idea of how these snipers work in actual gameplay.

Sniping Tips

As we mentioned before, sniper rifles are mainly meant to be used in long-range combat situations. In the Black Ops series of games, however, they can also be used effectively in close to medium distances thanks to the ability to quickscope. This technique involves quickly aiming and firing to get a nearby enemy. The technique relies heavily on the in-game aim-assist and scoping flaws to work.

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Going Old-School

For traditional sniping, though, you’ll definitely want to set yourself up away from the action. It’s usually best to perch in a spot in a low foot-traffic area so you don’t have to worry about enemies sneaking up on you. Just in case, though, you should always have a trusty sidearm equipped that you can whip out whenever an opponent gets too close.

Stay away from high-traffic areas but make sure you have a good line of sight on areas that enemies often run through. This allows you to pick them off with head or body shots from afar without much worry. Be mindful, though, that assault rifles and some LMGs still have enough range to take you down at the hands of precise player.


Quickscoping is an art form when it comes to Call of Duty. While many players absolutely hate it and think it is cheating, many more believe it is an integral part of the game and requires high skill to pull off. Figuring it out, however, can be a steep learning curve. The best way is to practice on bots in custom matches to get a feel for the timing and necessary aiming.

Recommended Perks

If you’re trying to be a legitimate sniper, you’ll definitely want to equip perks that are meant for stealth. Things like Ghost and Cold Blooded are excellent for doing your best to stay out of enemy sight. You may want to consider using a perk like Dead Silence to move around maps a bit more undetected as well.

If you’re going for a quickscoping build, however, you’ll probably want to focus on speed more. A good perk to use is Fast Hands which allows you to snap up to ADS from a full sprint a little faster. This is a must-have for a true quickscoping class setup.


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Black Ops 3 SMGs – Full Guide to Submachine Guns in BO3

Submachine guns, also commonly referred to as SMGs, are essentially more compact, slightly less powerful versions of assault rifles. They tend to have fast firing rates, give the player superb mobility, and are best suited for close quarters combat. SMGs are often among the most popular weapon choices in any Call of Duty title. Some of the most well-known and liked SMGs from past games include the Vector and the MP5.

In Black Ops 3 players will have access to a plethora of new submachine guns. These weapons give the player faster movement speeds, have extremely quick ADS, decent hip-fire accuracy, and are an excellent fit for true run-n-gun style players.

Black Ops 3 SMGs

Black Ops 3 SMGs

Below is a list of submachine guns that are supposedly seen in CoD: BO3.

NOTE: This list may or may not be exhaustive. The guns listed above have been “confirmed” by various sources but are not guaranteed to make an appearance in the final build of Black Ops 3. Most of these weapons have either been seen in released videos or in beta gameplays. Even the guns that have been officially confirmed may change before the official launch.

NOTE #2: Once Black Ops 3 is available or once Treyarch announces a completely official list of weapons, we will be updating this page to include links to individual weapons. These pages will have tons more information including things like damage output, magazine sizes, fire rates, and accuracy stats.

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Player Opinions

One of the most popular CoD YouTubers, TmarTn, has been playing various builds of Black Ops 3 more than most others. He has given information regarding some of the confirmed SMGs in the game in the video below.


SMG Tips

Sub-machine guns are made specifically for short range combat. They fire out bullets super quick, allow to you to move around a bit faster than most other weapons, and they are fairly accurate when sprayed from the hip. This makes them ideal for tight corners, narrow hallways, and other tight spaces.

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Rush In, Rush Out

SMGs are best suited for players that really like to rush in and get kills. They can also be used effectively to protect objective points from the opposition. The key to getting a good streak going with these weapons is to be fast, accurate, and stay behind cover when you need to reload. These guns are awesome for getting tons of points to get higher-tier scorestreaks when used properly.

Avoid Shotguns

While these guns are definitely awesome for close-quarters encounters shotguns can still easily overpower them. Some shotguns have a very tight spread and deal serious damage. This makes them very effective against SMG players in very short distances. You’ll want to avoid shotgun players at all costs unless you can catch them from behind or flank them from the sides.

Medium Range Woes

At medium range SMGs will almost always fall victim to assault rifles unless the enemy player has terrible accuracy. Some SMGs can still be somewhat effective at medium range when burst fired, however, making them a little useful against poor AR players.

Leave that Sniper Alone

At long range SMGs are beaten severely by both assault rifles and sniper rifles. The effective range on a submachine gun is low, so it’s always best to completely avoid engaging enemies at long distances.

Recommended Perks

When you’re rolling an SMG class in Black Ops 3 you’ll almost always want to make sure that your perks give you advantages in speed, stealth, and ammo.

This means equipping perks like Afterburner to recharge your thruster pack more often, Scavenger to make sure you’ve always got bullets in reserve, or even Tactical Mask to avoid getting caught by stuns that will result in a miserable death.

If you plan to flank the opposition regularly you’ll want to focus your build around more stealth-based perks such as Ghost, Cold Blooded, and Dead Silence. These perks make it so the enemy can’t see you on their radar, view you with thermal weapon sights, or hear you running around as well.


As we said already, Black Ops 3 SMGs are designed for short range combat. At any other range other weapons can absolutely decimate you in the hands of skilled players. Avoid shotgun players and snipers as often as possible. When engaging with an enemy that has an AR at medium range, be sure to burst fire to land more bullets on the target. Optimize your class setup for either speed and aggression or stealth.


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Black Ops 3 Assault Rifles – Full Guide for ARs in BO3

In most CoD games assault rifles are weapons that are typically used in short to medium-range combat situations. They pack more power than SMGs, but usually have a bit less mobility. They’re often some of the most popular weapons in the game. Well known examples include the AK-47, SCAR, and the M8A1.

Black Ops 3 brings back some original fan-favorites while also throwing several new ARs in the mix. These guns deal a moderate amount of damage, have decent range on them, and are best suited for small to medium sized multiplayer maps.

Black Ops 3 Assault Rifles

BO3 Assault Rifles

Below is a complete list of assault rifles found in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

NOTE: The list above provides names of confirmed ARs released during the pre-alpha build of the game. Many more are expected to be added before the official launch. We will likely learn about several new assault rifles once the BO3 beta is live. Once details about these weapons are revealed, we will add them to the list above.

NOTE #2: After the beta or immediately after Black Ops 3 is released publicly we will be adding pages for each of the guns listed above. These pages will include statistics for each weapon including their damage output, magazine sizes, firing rates, available attachments, and more.

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Player Opinions

Want to know more about these weapons and what other players that have already used them think of them? Popular YouTube personality, TmarTn, had access to some of these guns prior to the launch. Here is a video where he discusses these guns in detail:


Assault Rifle Tips

As we stated above, ARs are primarily meant to be used in short to medium range combat. At very short range they are not quite as effective when the opposing player is equipped with either a SMG or a Shotgun.

In close-quarters situations these smaller weapons will typically win the firefight due to higher impact (shottys) or faster firing rates (sub-machine guns).

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Stick to Medium Range

Assault rifles perform exceptionally well in medium-range encounters. A few well-placed shots to the body, or especially the head, results in a quick kill with most of these guns. Many ARs are fully automatic, but some may also feature burst firing modes (usually a 3 or 4 round burst).

Don’t Get Caught in Sniper Fire

Avoid engaging with players equipped with sniper rifles at longer ranges, though. Snipers have deadly accuracy at range and there is a steep damage falloff for ARs at these distances which means you’ll deal less damage per shot.

Recommended Perks

For most assault rifle classes you’re probably going to want to stick to using perks that enhance your weaponry, mobility, and stealth abilities.

Perks such as Scavenger are an absolute must-have for AR class setups. Assault rifles can burn through ammo relatively quickly, so being able to pick more up off your dead enemies will give you a huge advantage and help you keep your killstreaks going, too. Plus, you’ll get points that contribute to replenishing your specialist ability as well.

Fast Hands is another good one to equip as it will allow you to aim down your sights faster out of a full sprint. This means being able to ready your weapon quickly whenever an enemy comes into your line out of sight at a moment’s notice.

Dead Silence and Ghost are great choices if you plan to do a lot of flanking. These perks make your footsteps much quieter so opposing players with decent headsets can’t hear you coming (Dead Silence) and Ghost makes you invisible to enemy radars as long as you’re in motion.


Overall, assault rifles are one of the most popular weapon types in any Call of Duty game. We expect they’ll play a huge roll in Black Ops 3 as well. Use them wisely and you’ll be able to rack up kills, earn awesome scorestreaks, and keep your K/D ratio up, too.


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