CM901 menu icon MW3

49-25 (MP)

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

30 Rounds (45 Rounds with Extended Mags)


Level 18 (Multiplayer)
Level 43 (Survival Mode)

Starting Ammunition

30+60 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

30+180 (MP)

Reload Time

2.33s loaded, 2.7s unloaded

Rate of Fire

666 RPM
(759 RPM with M320 or Shotgun in Survival Mode)

Range (explanation)






Fire Mode


Used by

Delta Force

HUD icon

CM901 hud MW3

Sound(s) Original sound

w/ Suppressor
"The CM901 offers solid stats across the board, performing well in many situations but exceeding in none. Damage output and effective range sit on the higher end, while mobility and accuracy take a minor hit with a heavier frame and a sharp kick through continuous fire."
Call of Duty ELITE description

The CM901 is an assault rifle featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The weapon was first seen in the Special Ops reveal trailer.


The CM901 is not available in campaign. In multiplayer it is unlocked at level 18. The CM901 is one of the deadliest assault rifles because of its high damage, relatively clear iron sights, and good handling, with a moderate reload time. This allows it to excel in all engagements, be it far, medium, and even close ranges, where it performs with lethal force due to its high damage.

It should be noted that the CM901 is at a slight disadvantage compared to other assault rifles in core game types; other assault rifles such as the ACR 6.8 and the M4A1 boast the same three-shot-kill power at close-range, but lower recoil and higher rate of fire, as the CM901 has the second slowest fire rate among the assault rifles.

The Red Dot Sight and Holographic Sight are useful, though not mandatory, because the iron sights are relatively clear. The Silencer is also effective since the CM901 has high minimum damage, taking four shots to kill at range.

Due to its rather high recoil, the Kick proficiency is recommended for effective use, especially for targets at range or behind heavy cover. Apart from that, Attachments is useful to create a setup to the player's preference, and Focus to reduce flinch when getting shot.

The CM901 is somewhat comparable to the AK-47, because of similar stats. It's unlocked earlier and has faster raise and drop times, and faster reload times. However, it has a higher tendency to kick downwards than the AK-47, more gun kick, a smaller three hit kill range, and higher idle speed. 

Prior to a hotfix by Infinity Ward, the CM901 suffered a bug that increased its ROF to 759 RPM if an underbarrel attachment was added (this is still present on the Nintendo Wii version and in Survival Mode). The weapon saw significant popularity during the time the bug was rampant, as it had a very high damage profile to accompany the higher ROF.

Survival ModeEdit

The CM901 is available in Survival Mode at level 43 and costs $3000. Its high damage can be very effective in the later rounds against Juggernauts and heavy infantry. Due to its high recoil, the CM901 is not very effective at long range unless attaching an ACOG Scope. It is not used by any enemies.



  • Kick - Unlocked at weapon level 4.
  • Impact - Unlocked at weapon level 9.
  • Attachments - Unlocked at weapon level 12.
  • Focus - Unlocked at weapon level 16.
  • Breath - Unlocked at weapon level 22.
  • Stability - Unlocked at weapon level 28.


For attachment images, see CM901/Attachments.
For camouflage images, see CM901/Camouflage.



  • The Colt logo is visible on the right side of the back of the charging handle.
  • The third-person model and the pickup icon of the CM901 has a grip, while the first-person model does not.
  • In the Dew XP promotion, it says Price's main weapons are the CM901 and MSR, despite never using them in-game.
  • When respawning with a Hybrid Sight, the character might flick the zoom away, then bring it back up instantly.
  • Also, when the CM901 is equipped with an underbarrel shotgun, the empty reload "cocking" sound is silent.
    • Although, when switching to the CM901 w/shotgun a cocking sound can be heard for no reason.
  • Its Create-A-Class icon shows the iron sights folded down.
  • The CM901's rear sight is sighted for 500 yards.

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