Gun Kick vs Recoil Control in Modern Warfare 3 – What’s the Difference?

Learn the difference!

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has a bunch of weapon stats that can drastically impact your performance in multiplayer. Some of these are quite self-explanatory, but others are a bit more nuanced, and require some testing to fully understand, and effectively utilize. To gain more control over some of the best weapons in multiplayer, it’s important to know the difference between Gun Kick and Recoil control in Modern Warfare 3, and here’s what each stat does.

Gun Kick vs Recoil Control in Modern Warfare 3

In a nutshell, the Gun Kick value determines how much your weapon will deviate from the recoil pattern’s center, meaning how much accuracy is retained during a larger spread. On the other hand, the recoil control determines how much control you have over your weapon while reducing the overall horizontal and vertical spread of the recoil pattern.

Gun Kick vs Recoil Control Pattern in Modern Warfare 3
Gun Kick vs Recoil Control Pattern

Essentially, Gun Kick favors accuracy, while Recoil Control favors control over your weapon spread. The screenshot above should give you a good idea of the recoil patterns affected by each stat.

Which Stat Should You Prioritize?

If you’re someone who wants to retain more control over your weapon at the cost of losing some accuracy, you can prioritize regular horizontal and vertical recoil control.

STB 556 with Recoil Control Prioritized
STB 556 with Recoil Control Prioritized

However, if you’re fine with losing some control over your weapon’s upward spread for higher accuracy, then you should prioritize the Gun Kick stat.

Try out different combinations, and see which works best for you. Some weapons favor one stat over the other, and it’s important to experiment with both to see which is more effective and feels more comfortable to you. Another important thing to keep in mind is that certain attachments can buff or reduce stat by 1 to 3 stars, so finding the right combination is essential.

We hope this guide was helpful, and that you have a better understanding of how both Gun Kick and recoil control function in Modern Warfare 3.

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