Modern Warfare 3 Survival Unlocks Guide

One interesting and value-adding feature of Modern Warfare 3 is its Survival Mode which is a fight against endless enemy waves till you die. Survival mode falls under Special Ops section of Modern Warfare 3, which features Survival and Coop Mission mode. Survival Mode has a ranking system like multiplayer, in which experience that you earn, allows you to buy weapons and equipment. This Modern Warfare 3 Survival Unlocks guide will take you through all the unlockables in this MW3 mode.

Modern Warfare 3 Survival Unlocks

These are the weapons that you can unlock in MW3 Survival Mode followed by the levels you need to reach to unlock these. You can read our Survival Mode Strategy Guide to learn how to level up fast and survive in different survival mode maps.


Assault Rifles

Assault Rifles work in almost every situation. They are good at long-range and destructive in shorter ranges. Not to mention that an Assault Rifle like M4A1 or SCAR-L can really tear down the enemies fast. ARs are trusty, handy and they never fail you. All MW3 Assault Rifles cost $3000 each

  • M4A1 for $3000
  • M16A4 for $3000
  • SCAR-L for $3000, unlocked at lvl 5
  • ACR 6.8 for $3000, unlocked at lvl 14
  • Type 95 for $3000, unlocked at lvl 50
  • G36C, unlocked at lvl 39
  • FAD, unlocked at lvl 32
  • CM901, unlocked at lvl 43
  • AK-47 for $3000, unlocked at lvl 24
  • MK14, unlocked at lvl 47

Sub Machine Guns

Most SMGs are a viable option close-range. It can do the job of crowd control very efficiently if you feel like running into your enemies’ faces with a decent amount of firepower. All Sub-Machine Guns cost $2000 each

  • MP5
  • UMP45, unlocked at lvl 4
  • MP7, unlocked at lvl 13
  • PM-9, unlocked at lvl 23
  • PP90M1, unlocked at lvl 38
  • P90, unlocked at lvl 46

Light Machine Guns

Light Machine Guns definitely have a lot of recoil but a large amount of ammo reservoir to make up for that little draw-back. With the ability to go hay-wire on your enemies, LMGs can provide adequate amount of support during fights by making sure you don’t run out of ammo in critical situations. All Light Machine Guns cost $7000 each.

  • M60E4 unlocked at Level 12
  • PKP Pecheneg unlocked at Level 18
  • L86 LSW unlocked at Level 41
  • MK46 unlocked at Level 34
  • MG36 unlocked at Level 48


These behemoths can wipe out anything within a meter in simply one hit. If positioned correctly, shotguns can easily turn the tides of battle with a few shots. They cost $2000 each.

  • Model 1887 unlocked by default
  • USAS-12 for $2000, unlocked at Level 6
  • SPAS-12 for $2000, unlocked at Level 16
  • KSG-12 for $2000, unlocked at Level 26
  • Striker for $4000, unlocked at Level 33
  • AA-12 for $5000, unlocked at Level 44

Sniper Rifles

These long-range guns can be extremely efficient in taking out challenging targets from a safe-distance. Sniper Rifles cost $2000 each.

  • MSR unlocked at Level 7
  • Dragunov unlocked at Level 16
  • RSASS unlocked at Level 29
  • L118A unlocked at Level 35
  • AS50 unlocked at Level 42
  • Barrett .50 cal unlocked at Level 49


It is better to have something than to simply have nothing. Personally, I love the Desert Eagle in any game due to the fact that it is literally a hand-cannon. All Handguns cost $250 each.

  • Five seven (Starting weapon)
  • 45 unlocked by default
  • MP412 unlocked at Level 2
  • Desert Eagle unlocked at Level 11
  • .44 Magnum unlocked at Level 20
  • P99 unlocked at Level 40

Machine Pistols

Machine Pistols are a trusty side-arm that can be effective in close-range when you are running short on ammo and need to hold out for just a little longer. They cost $1500 each

  • G18 for $1500
  • Skorpion, unlocked at lvl 3
  • MP9, unlocked at lvl 17
  • FMG9, unlocked at lvl 37


  • Red Dot Sight for $750, unlocked at lvl 7
  • Holographic Sight for $1000
  • ACOG Scope, unlocked at lvl 30 for $1250
  • Shotgun Attachment, unlocked at lvl 45 for $1500
  • Grip unlocked at Level 19 for $1250
  • Grenade Launcher unlocked at Level 28 for $1500 (M203, GP-25 and M320)


Once you unlock the Perk Care Package you can choose from the following perks for the following price

  • Extreme Conditioning for $2000, unlocked at lvl 36
  • Sleight of Hand for $5000, unlocked at lvl 50
  • Steady Aim for $2500, unlocked at lvl 8
  • Stalker for $4000, unlocked at lvl 22
  • Quickdraw for $3000, unlocked by default


  • Frag Grenade Refill for $750
  • Flashbang Refill for $1000
  • Claymore x5 for $1000 (10 Max), unlocked at lvl 2
  • C4 x5 for $1500 (10 Max), unlocked at lvl 3
  • RPG-7 x2 for $2000 (4 Max), unlocked at lvl 27
  • Sentry Gun for $3000, unlocked at lvl 17
  • Sentry Grenade Launcher for $4000, unlocked at lvl 37
  • Body Armor for $2000, unlocked at lvl 10
  • Self Revive for $1500
  • Riot Shield for $3000, unlocked at lvl 37
  • SAM Turret for $2750

Air Support

  • Predator Missile for $2500
  • Air Strike for $2500, unlocked at lvl 4
  • Delta Squad for $3000, unlocked at lvl 14
  • Riot Shield Squad for $5000, unlocked at lvl 21
  • Perk Care Package
  • V-22 Osprey Package Drop

For more help on Modern Warfare 3, read our Weapons and Equipment, Perks and Strike Packages, and Crash Troubleshooting Guide.

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