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For the support classes in Battlefield 3, a variety of popular sub-machine guns (SMGs) and carbines are available, ranging from handheld personal defense weapons and guns, to larger carbine rifles. In Battlefield 3, engineers will mostly use the carbines, while SMGs and personal defense weapons and guns will be available to all classes.


Battlefield 3 UMP 45
The German made UMP-45, short for “Universal Machine Pistol”, is a widely used sub-machine gun in the world, and is popular among police and anti-terror forces. It’s an unlockable SMG in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 AKS 74U
The AKS 74U, based on the AK-74 with a shorter barrel and lighter construction, is the main carbine for the Russian special forces. It’s also the main carbine for the Russian engineer class in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 AKS 74U
The M4A1 is a popular carbine among US forces, and returns in Battlefield 3 as the starting carbine rifle for the US engineer class.


Battlefield 3 SCAR L
The FN SCAR-H is a fully automatic carbine rifle based on the SCAR-L and is an unlock for the engineer class in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 G36C
The G36C is a carbine rifle based on the G36, and is the last carbine to be unlocked for the engineer class in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 G36C
The SG553 is a Swiss-made carbine rifle based on the SG550 gun. in Battlefield 3, the SG553 is unlocked by the engineer class.


Battlefield 3 P90
The FN P90 was introduced in 1990 and is a popular submachine gun among special forces and anti-terrorism groups. It is used throughout the world in armies, police and SWAT forces. The P90 is available as an unlock in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 MP7
The Heckler & Koch MP7 is a personal defense weapon with a new and more powerful 4.6x30mm cartridge designed to penetrate body armor. The MP7 was developed by HK and officially entered service in 2001. The MP7 can be unlocked and used by all classes in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 PP2000
The PP2000 is a Russian-made sub-machine gun designed for close quarter combat for police and special forces. The PP2000 is one of the first weapons to be unlocked in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 PDW-R
The PDW-R (Personal Defense Weapon), is an unlockable SMG in Battlefield 3 which can be used by all classes.


Battlefield 3 A-91
The A-91 is a Russian-made bullpup-style carbine rifle with an integrated 40mm grenade launcher. It’s still in the testing stages in use at various Russian armed forces. The A-91 can be unlocked by the engineer class in Battlefield 3.


  1. Jens
    March 22nd, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    why do you only show weapons that have been in bbc2?

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    • Cam
      July 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am

      I thought that

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      • Bo
        July 19th, 2011 at 11:46 am

        Because remember how awesome the P90 was back in B:BC2?
        anyhow, yea most of the “SMG’s” were just silenced assault rifles, we can nag on and on about it, but in the end the label will not ruin the gun nor the game.
        (and hey, looky here, their calling them carbines too! that fixes that stupid problem)

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        • Dj
          July 20th, 2011 at 12:48 am

          we dont want the battlefield 3 multiplayer to be like BBC2′s chances are, and some of these weapons were not in the P.C. beta (the ones mainly from BBC2)

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        • cronicstain
          August 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

          There was no P90 in bad company at all.

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        • bob
          August 7th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

          not true the smg’s really are smg’s ok . an smg is just a rifle/machine gun that fires pistol rounds yous idiot

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        • Ghost Orb
          August 10th, 2011 at 3:53 am

          Actually there is a difference between carbines and submachine guns. SMGs are small(er) guns designed to shoot pistol rounds (9mm, .40, .45, etc).
          Some are designed to shoot rifle-like rounds (P90, MP7).
          Carbines are shortened full rifles like the CAR-15, G-36C, SIGG 556C and I might as well put in a Mauser K98 K (Karabiner[Carbine] 98 Kurz[Short].

          Now to get to my main point. As stated by many other more intelligent people: THERE WAS NO FNH P90 IN B:BC2

          But he might be talking about the Effigia P90…

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    • db
      August 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      r all the smgs gonna be silenced again

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      • Jake
        August 24th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        hop not

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      • mikey
        August 26th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        no they dont have to be silenced

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    • underground804
      August 8th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      because they already have the models for those guns so there easier to include

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    • Sean
      September 6th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      You my friend, are a tool, they are showing all weapons expected to be in BF3, and a lot of them were also in BF Bad Company 2. Common sense is needed I see to check out new games.

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    • kaiden
      October 13th, 2011 at 4:08 am

      YEAH! the p90, M4, a-91, and Mp7 were all BFBC2 RIGHT? LOL. AK74U and M4 aren’t even submachine guns, but in the beta they were under the carbine class. This isn’t even the full list, there were 5+ more SMGs and PDWs in the beta, and none of them were from BFBC2. So Yeah. Just thought you guys should know :D

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    • TheRonPaul
      October 13th, 2011 at 9:39 am

      I know right damn i hope theres download able guns that u can buy i love the sub machine guns and most of them are the same also the LMGS look the exact im still stoaked for the game i just hope the m40s in the game like it was in the beta look at the snipers and its not there

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  2. lwilton651
    March 27th, 2011 at 6:25 am

    hopefully this just means these are the only ones they plan to carry over
    seriously i want some new guns

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    • kaiden
      October 13th, 2011 at 4:09 am

      There were way more guns than this in the beta, probably double this number.

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  3. ddrag0n
    March 28th, 2011 at 4:28 pm


    Seriously, this is like the same thing that was with AEK 971 and M16A2. AEK is not used by Russian army at all, and M16A2 is pretty old for a modern timed game. Why can’t you just google some information and order stuff? Its like giving the Russian Army an AK47 and Flectarn camo for soldiers like they did in COD MW2, wich is bullsh*t.

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    • brock77n
      April 26th, 2011 at 3:15 am

      The reason the FN Scar L is specialist it because at the moment Americas forces only use it in specialists groups such as rangers or possibly seals. It still probably woundnt be used with a silencer though thats just because all guns from that class get them.

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      • Chad
        April 30th, 2011 at 8:33 am

        Seals don’t realy use it much at present the ump is prefered, at least thats what some of my freinds who are seals say.

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        • Fenix
          September 16th, 2011 at 1:07 am

          You dont have any friends who are SEALs do you, Chad ?

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      • hamieabn
        July 23rd, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        no one uses the scar anymore, the rangers found it lacking and wh\ent back to the m4. No one really uses smg’s either, why issue an smg when you can use a short assault rifle?

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        • WOEOW
          July 24th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

          SMG’s are for CQB, because assault rifles might accidentally penetrate a wall and kill civillians or something.

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        • Kukri
          July 24th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

          Marine Marksmen are known to also use the Scar-H instead of M-14s and M-16s.

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        • Fenix
          September 16th, 2011 at 1:11 am

          Not entirely true.. Where the SCAR-L was never adopted, the SCAR-H / Mk17.. has been added to the list of available weapons to USSOCOM

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    • WOLF416
      May 8th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Err i think the -L is carbine and the -H is the assault chambered 5.56?

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      • Gunny Gibs
        June 4th, 2011 at 11:41 am

        The FN (company from Belgium) manufactures the SCAR assault rifle in ‘L’ and ‘H’

        You can see it is ‘Light’ and ‘Heavy’
        which is fairly easy to distinguish between both because:
        ‘L’ is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge
        ‘H’ is chambered for the 7.62 NATO cartridge.

        Imagine the SCAR-L as an upgraded revamped M4A1 carbine (they both fire the same round). Light, and very, very fast. It is designated as the Mk.16 within the US armed forces. (SPECIFIC BRANCHES ONLY, exmpl: US. Amry Rangers)

        The SCAR-H is the big brother of the SCAR-L. It fires a much bigger, longer, harder hitting round which packs a bigger punch compared to the 5.56 cartridge. It grants better stopping power, and range to boot. It is designated as the Mk.17.

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        • Flappy
          August 8th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

          Your point?

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      • zack
        June 27th, 2011 at 2:57 am

        the scar l shoots 5.56 but i wish they would but thje scar l as an assualt gun

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      • Joel
        June 28th, 2011 at 8:15 am

        SCAR L holds 5.56 and SCAR H is 7.62 both are NATO standard cartridges.

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      • Fenix
        September 16th, 2011 at 1:13 am

        Sorry mate, not correct.
        The SCAR-L is chambered in 5.56x45mm and the SCAR-H is chambered in 7.62.51mm
        Both are assault rifles

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    • Jaden
      June 13th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      hey buddy by the way you do know that the m16a2 has been upgraded and redesigned alot and is still used by the US Marines today and the m16a2 today looks a lot different and performs a lot better than when it started

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      • drew
        June 30th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

        They did upgrade the M16A2…. to the M16A4. So its not really an M16A2 anymore, but it is improved.

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        • Jordan
          October 29th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

          Well really the reason why they made it the m16a2 is because theres two types of AR-15′s, A2 variants and Flat Top variants. hence M16 A2

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    • Da Ed Meista
      July 12th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      There are 2 main types of scar, the scar-L, and the scar-H. The L is a sort of lighter version of the H, so they may have decided to put it there, it was there in BBC1

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    • pablitopnl
      August 19th, 2011 at 5:12 am

      I was also thinking that, also for the m4, i dont want a silencer on my m4!

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    • xbox gamer
      November 2nd, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Smart one, it says SMG and CARBINES!!!! IN other words, this is the Engineer weapon section.

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    • Clay1231
      January 1st, 2012 at 5:47 am

      Before you go rage quiting…. Look at the title SMGs AND CARBINE…. The Scar-H Was referred To dice, a carbine

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    • iMatt
      June 12th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      ddrag0n, did you even read the title of the original post? It’s actually called ‘SMGs AND CARBINES’.

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      • Ddrag0n=gay
        December 20th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        What’s your ps3 name and ill tell yoU what I mean I’m legolad12

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    • Ddrag0n=gay
      December 19th, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Oh shut up bf3is bf3 so we should be happy course at least it’s not a rubbish mw game

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  4. RJ
    March 30th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    mp5 ad4, pp 2000, vecter please!! how bout akimbo mini uzi’s. this is the same bull shit from bfbc2

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    • BF
      June 17th, 2011 at 6:34 am

      really… “akimbo” mini uzi’s? this isn’t call of duty for christ’s sake…

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    • Bush Wookie
      July 23rd, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      “Akimbo” mini uzi’s? You’ve got to be shitting me. Go back to CoD.

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      • Tummynator
        August 20th, 2011 at 9:48 am

        how about akimbo rocket launchers?

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        • stoner boner
          August 30th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

          Still just as retarded. This ain’t Halo either.

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        • humtinger
          December 29th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

          Now, dont you bullshit about Halo. It’s a great game.

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    • Jordan
      October 29th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      you my friend….. are retarted

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  5. darkpyro
    April 3rd, 2011 at 3:22 am

    there should be a KRISS SMG.

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  6. B1ackDadd21
    April 4th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    They need to get the KRISS SUPER V (Vector from COD MW2) and the mp7a1 from medal of honor

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    • Tratunafish
      June 29th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      You mean the Mp7 from BF2 right?

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      • xXREAPERXx
        September 6th, 2011 at 3:29 am

        the mp7 is a real pdw, so regardless what videogame its in doesnt make its existance absent

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  7. darkpyro
    April 5th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    i agree with the super v version

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  8. Me
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This is the SMG AND CARBINE section, lol.
    They call the M4 and M4A1 assault rifles, when, in fact, they are carbines.
    I’d like to see the HK MP5 (with as much variants as possible) and the Colt 9mm SMG (lego gun now in SMG size, wow), that are likely to be spotted in US hands.
    MK16, not likely.

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  9. RJ
    April 20th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    And also, I want supressors to be optional

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    • Breezy boy
      May 6th, 2011 at 5:39 am

      your so right i hope so!!

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  10. K.C
    April 22nd, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    THAT *FN* SCAR-L! Get it?

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    • Bush Wookie
      July 23rd, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Ahahaha, you’re hilarious. No, really I mean it :D

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  11. Hicks
    April 24th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    You all realize none of these weapons are confirmed by EA or DICE and it’s just a list of what the people who run this website think “might” be in the game… So maybe chill a bit before you have an aneurysm.

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    • Da_xavier
      October 14th, 2011 at 11:50 am

      did you ply the beta? all these weapons are confirmed as they were all in the beta lol

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  12. Bobby
    April 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    The SCAR L is not a sub machine gun in real life. It is a assualt rifle which is chambered in the 5.56 nato….

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    • NAME*
      May 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      It said Engies could use carbines. I think that is why it’s on the SMG list

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  13. dickhead
    April 25th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    bring out the MP5 families,Dice !!!

    pleasee ._.

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  14. TheEpicNuke
    April 26th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    why are all the SMGs silenced

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    • kaiden
      October 13th, 2011 at 4:03 am

      The silencers aren’t mandatory anymore, you can take them off now. :D

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  15. rabbani
    April 28th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    noo! mp5 ? who use uzi? mp5 is better than uzi and AKS 74U, i hope they’ll put mp5….

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    • Da_xavier
      October 14th, 2011 at 11:52 am

      mp5 will be in the game bro. it comes along with like 10 other weapons in the back to karkland dlc

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  16. sebelian
    April 29th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    ak74su belongs to the PBS-4 silencer and not the tube

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  17. nick
    May 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am

    what about mp5???? or mp7 or the kriss super v

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  18. WOLF416
    May 8th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    They will probably include some proper carbines, eg: M4/16 as these are used by some SEAL teams or at least they should as I have wanted carbines in a game other than dragon rising.

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  19. Sport_ing15
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    FN P90; MP5; Vector; PP-19 and MP7 = Good

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  20. NAME*
    May 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Needs the P90. My favorite weapon, also a very powerful SMG/PDW with it’s 5.7 caliber round used in the FN Five-Seven. Also, why no MP5?

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    • NAME*
      May 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Oops, My bad! P90 is a semi-carbine, not an SMG.

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      • Th3blur
        June 22nd, 2011 at 6:40 am

        Lol u get you wish anyway though I’ve seen it in one of the screenshots

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    • BF
      July 16th, 2011 at 2:53 am

      there is a screen shot of the p90 already, just google battlefield 3 p90

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  21. .50 Caliber
    May 25th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Detachable silencers please

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  22. Verkade[10SF]
    May 27th, 2011 at 2:45 pm


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  23. Gunny Gibs
    June 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Nay nay!

    The AKS-74U is NOT an SMG…
    Compare it to the M4 carbine, IT’S A CARBINE D:

    M16 = 5.56 x 45mm
    M4 = 5.56 x 45mm

    AK-74 = 5.45 x 39mm
    AKS-74U = 5.45 x 39mm

    ‘S’ stands for ‘Skladnoy’, translating to ‘FOLDING’
    ‘U’ stands for ‘Ukorochenniy’, translating to ‘SHORT’

    Just to clear things up, the universal meaning for SMG means the weapon is supposed to be chambered for a ‘pistol’ cartridge. (Although some firearms companies like Colt and Zastava(Serbia) insist on calling their carbines ‘SMG’s’ despite them firing full-sized ‘rifle’ cartridges)

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    • NAME*
      June 24th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      It’s kinda funny, how the AKS is used more as an assault rifle/AK-47 alternative than an SMG/PDW, yet every game has it being used as an SMG.

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      • Guuny Gibbs
        August 4th, 2011 at 2:58 am

        Video game developers all seem to have that nasty habit, most notably Black Ops.

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      • Guuny Gibbs
        August 4th, 2011 at 2:59 am

        Sad, ain’t it :(

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      • kaiden
        October 13th, 2011 at 4:02 am

        I played the beta, and in the beta it was in the carbine class (as well as the M4), not the SMG/PDW class.

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  24. Omar Tutakhil
    June 9th, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I would like to see a FN P90

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  25. Phoenixx
    June 10th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    S.C.A.R. = SoF Combat Assault Rifle.. Why does this gun keep getting lumped in with SMGs??? It’s the SOCOM replacement to the M16. I’d also like to see them bring the G36 assault series back to the games.. The G36C was one of my favorite guns from BF2

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    • Tratunafish
      June 29th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Good man, nice to see some decent non BC comments on this blog.

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    • Fenix
      September 16th, 2011 at 1:21 am

      G36C isnt a realistic assault rifle if you are talking about mainforce troops. it really should be the G36K that they put in the game.. i guess DICE’s google-fu isnt too powerful though

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      • Jordan
        October 29th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        your right it isnt an assault rifle…. ohh WAIT?!? WHAT IS THIS???? WHATS THIS C AT THE END OF THE NAME G36C?!! I BELIEVE THATS CARBINE…… seriously dude…. its a carbine… really fail on you

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        • You failed bigtime
          December 31st, 2011 at 12:04 am

          WAIT. WHAT IS THAT. IS THAT A C I SEE. C STANDS FOR COMPACT, NOT CARBINE. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about because your head is up your ass. The g36k IS THE CARBINE version. K stands for kurz, translating to short in German. Please if you feel the need to put your two cents in again, well don’t. You have a nice day and go do some research, ok champ;)

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    • FDSDH 011i
      November 5th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      it’s smg’s and carbines but i don’t know much about the scar
      at least there is no silencer stuck to it this time though

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