This is a discussion on Do you carry with or without the forward cant? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Paco I can't live without my cant at 4:30, it makes my access and draw more reliable and you can't risk dropping ...
I carry at about 5:00, still not SOB, and I prefer more cant than most both on my IWB and OWB. I prefer my angle of cant to be around 25 degrees because it allows my hand to line up perfectly on the draw with the grip.
I think a lot of the preference depends on where you carry. If I tried to carry at 3:00 I'd probably prefer 15 degree or less.
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I prefer carrying at 3:00, and no cant. That's one thing I don't like about my CrossBreeds, is that they're about a 15 degree cant, so I have to wear them further toward 4:00 than I would like.
I'l still searching for the holster that's "just right."
Cant will & should change depending on where you wear your holster(s)....
If you carry behind the point of your hip (from the 3:30 for righties, 8:30 for lefties) you will probably want some amount of cant. Your amount of cant may be slightly different due to body build.
If you carry at the 3:00 or 9:00, right on the point of your hip, you probably will do better with no cant.
As you move forward (appendix carry), you will use no cant or a rearward cant.
Try a forward cant holster forward of your hip & it is extremely hard to get a good grip, much less a good draw.
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40-degree forward cant, appendix area.
This extreme cant and location allow me to conceal a large handgun in a close-quarters unfriendly environment where carrying on the hip would be bumped, and carrying behind the hip would likely result in the gun being exposed from my cover garment at some point.
This method also allows for the barrel to not be pointed at my flesh when I am seated.
When drawing, it adds only a fraction of a second vs. no-cant appendix carry, but is still quicker for me compared with a draw from 3:00 or behind my hip. Plus retention capabilities are high with this cant and location.
SS 15% cant at 3:30 on all my IWB's. 0 with OWB's.
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IWB rides lower and less is above the waistband.
I do about 15* right at 3:00 because I can draw it just fine that way and because it helps with concealing the butt of my 1911
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I used to cant 20-25 deg. at 3:30-4:00.
Arthritis in the wrist has made me cant less, around 10 deg. and move the M-Tac forward.
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I was not sure what I wanted so I made my own. I have holes so I can adjust the cant to what I want. Holster cost about $4.00 with leather from Tandy. I have been told how ugly it is but it is functional and is not for show. I carry at 4 o'clock.
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I carry between 3:30 & 4:00 and yes, I do like some forward cant to my holsters.
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I carry slight cant to strong side, but a SOB holster allows me to draw from the left side also.
All my IWB are canted as I prefer it that way. Same goes with most of my OWB.
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I nominally carry at what is deemed to be the "FBI" cant. Mostly this is because most commercial holsters are set to this degree of cant. The perfect degree of cant for me is represented by the Galco "Concealable" model and I think this is known as the "FBI CANT." I thought I had a pic of the Concealable, but it seems I don't maybe somebody can post one?
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