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When Using Cover, Should Your Gun be Canted or Straight Up and Down?

Mike in Maryland sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about shooting around cover in IDPA.

Mike asks if your gun should be straight up and down or canted at an angle when shooting from around cover.

I honestly wasn’t sure what the correct answer to this was, so I had to resort to some junk science to see what the deal was. I propped up my camera, and took some pictures of myself shooting around cover into a spare bedroom.

Here’s what it looked like: (For you IDPA SO’s out there, yeah, I’m leaning out just a bit far. I’ll take the procedural.)


As you can see, my gun is angled a little bit, as are my shoulders.

When shooting from cover, you’re supposed to keep 100% of your lower body, and 50% of your upper body behind cover. Doing this will generally put you in a leaning position, with your shoulders and head angled a bit. I think the gun should probably follow the angle of your head so you’re getting the same sight picture that you’re used to.

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Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.

One comment

  1. Think that generally, canting the gun makes it harder to shoot accurately. (Who really knows how your sight picture changes at varying degrees of cant?)

    My rule of thumb is I try not to cant the gun more than a tiny bit… unless the target is close and a good sight picture isn’t needed. For example, canting the gun when shooting the IDPA Classifier (20 yards around a barrier) is a recipe for a whole lot of penalty points.

    Good question tho.

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