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The Bootlegger (referred to as the Sten in the game files) is a Submachine Gun appearing in Call of Duty: Black Ops III It appears in Shadows of Evil, and the remastered versions of Nacht der Untoten, Verrückt, and Shi No Numa.

In Shadows of Evil, it is available from the Mystery Box for 950 points and as a wall weapon for 2000 points, located inside the Tram. The Bootlegger can also be found in purple Harvest Pods.

In Nacht der Untoten, Verrückt, and Shi No Numa, it is also available as Mystery Box weapon. In Verrückt, it is also available off the wall in the tiny room where the BAR with a bipod used to be, where it can be purchased for 5000 points.

Its advantages are that it has high damage, a somewhat fast reload speed, low recoil and a decent magazine capacity. Its disadvantages are that its reserve ammo capacity is relatively low, its rate of fire is low, and that it has a high price.

Overall, its high price, its statistics as a whole, and the fact that it cannot be customized in Weapon Kits combined with the fact that it does not come with any attachments by default to make up for this could make it a poor choice of a weapon to some players when bought off the wall, but when received from the Mystery Box or for free from a Harvest Pod it may be viewed as a decent weapon to end up with. 

When upgraded via the Pack-a-Punch Machine, it becomes the Ein Sten, receives a larger magazine capacity, has increased damage, and gains a new look.

Despite being a Submachine Gun, getting kills with the Bootlegger does not count towards the Daily Challenges that require kills with that class of weapon, such as "Get 200 kills with a packed SMG."

Bootlegger vs Ein Sten

Bootlegger Ein Sten
Bootlegger BO3.png Ein Sten BO3.png
Damage 150 190
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Magazine size 32 64
Max ammo 192+32 320+64
Mobility High High
Extras Higher damage, more reserve ammo, larger magazine



  • The Pack-a-Punch name is a play on names of the popular physicist Albert Einstein and the Sten.
  • The name of the weapon is a reference the Prohibition Era of the United States, where bootleggers were criminals who smuggled liquor.