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For the assault rifle variant, see G36C.
"The MG36 provides excellent station suppressive fire, dealing high damage at long ranges with a fast firing rate. Mobility is sluggish, and accuracy is merely decent, but manageable recoil keeps your sights on the target for easier acquisition. Let the enemy come to you and mow them down on sight."
— Call of Duty: Elite description

The MG36 is a light machine gun featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.


MG36 menu icon MW3

40 (MP)

Weapon Class

Light Machine Gun

Magazine Size

42 rounds (SP)
100 rounds (MP) (150 w/ Extended Mags)

Unlocked at

Level 48 (Survival Mode)

Cost (Survival Mode)


Starting Ammunition

100+100 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

42+252 (SP), 100+300 (MP)

Reload Time

3.73s (loaded), 4.53s (unloaded)

Rate of Fire

600 RPM (SP), 769 RPM (MP)





Fire Mode


Used by


Sound(s) Original sound

w/ Suppressor

The MG36 appears in the mission "Persona Non Grata" with a Grip, found on the ground as soon the player takes control of Yuri. It appears somewhat differently from its multiplayer version, as it has a considerably smaller magazine, lower rate of fire, lower recoil, and decreased reload add time (meaning the magazine is refilled when the new magazine is about to be inserted to the weapon), making it effective for reload cancelling. However, it can run out of ammo rather quickly, depending on how much the player uses it.


The MG36 has fairly average statistics such as moderate rate of fire, recoil, and damage values. It does have one exceptional characteristic, however, sporting the fastest reload time of any light machine gun, but only slightly faster than the L86 LSW and with a longer empty reload and add time. However, the reload animation makes it rather difficult to reload cancel correctly, as even after the magazine is seen inserted, the player has to wait a bit until the bullets are shown as being inserted.

The MG36 resets exceptionally fast after firing, so using fast two to three-shot bursts gives it very potent stopping power over medium to longer ranges. Fully automatic fire is not advised unless at close range, as the MG36 has an unusual side-to-side recoil pattern, which is more difficult to control than the upwards recoil pattern that most guns have. With the Grip and/or the Kick proficiency, the weapon gains much needed accuracy, allowing more rounds to hit the target at a longer range. The weapon's somewhat lower rate of fire can be improved by implementing the Rapid Fire attachment, however some accuracy will be sacrificed with the added recoil. Going prone with the MG36 will (like other LMGs) reduce recoil to very low levels, allowing for fully automatic fire up to extremely long ranges. The iron sights of the MG36 are somewhat obstructive, making optical attachments much preferred by many players.

Due to a recent update, all light machine guns kill in a minimum of three shots against a normal opponent unless shooting through cover, Therefore, the only negative aspect about using a Silencer with this gun is the opportunity cost of not using another attachment.



  • Kick - Unlocked at weapon level 4.
  • Impact - Unlocked at weapon level 9.
  • Attachments - Unlocked at weapon level 12.
  • Focus - Unlocked at weapon level 16.
  • Speed - Unlocked at weapon level 21.
  • Stability - Unlocked at weapon level 28.

Survival ModeEdit

The MG36 is available in Survival Mode at level 48 and costs $7000. It is an effective weapon, with good damage, a large magazine, decent rate of fire, and a rather fast reload for light machine guns, which makes it probably the best choice of any LMG to purchase. The player should beware when adding the grip attachment to the MG36, as it will lower its rate of fire.


For camouflage pictures, see MG36/Camouflage.
For attachment pictures, see MG36/Attachments.


Modern Warfare 3 - MG36 Demonstration00:31

Modern Warfare 3 - MG36 Demonstration


  • It appears that the MG36 model in singleplayer and on Create-a-Class image has two iron sights attached, one pair of sights is flipped down. This can be easily seen in "Persona Non Grata", where the MG36 is available at the beginning.
  • In third-person, the MG36's iron sights are not removed when optics are attached.
  • When camouflage is applied to the MG36, the right side of the gun only receives a simple color of the camouflage applied. For example, when the Snake Camouflage is applied, it will only look brownish on the right side. This is can be seen when viewing in third-person.
  • Prior to a patch, adding the Grip attachment significantly reduced the weapon's rate of fire in multiplayer; this is still present in Survival Mode.

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