I like the 15 degree most days, but I carry OWB in a Blackhawk 3 slot leather holster around 4:30 past the blade of my hip. For competition, I normally have my pistol in a neutral cant kydex holster right at 3:00
Posts: 6226 | Location: East Texas | Registered: February 20, 2008
In the last few years, my carry position has changed from 4:30ish to 3:30ish. Subsequently, I began to change degrees of cant from 15 or 10 to straight drop. Most everything I buy these days is straight drop.
Posts: 4524 | Location: Mississippi | Registered: December 08, 1999
I used to prefer 3pm with straight drop but, as others have noted, it's harder to conceal (I carry an M11A1) and turns out to be a lot less comfortable for me. But I have shoulder issues that, at the time, kept me from carrying further back.
My shoulder is going through a good period for the last few months, and I've migrated the carry back to 4pm which is much more concealable and comfortable and the FBI cant is perfect for an easy draw from that position.
So I'd say the consensus is where you draw from. If you just reach with your shoulder going straight up you'll see that at 3pm no cant is the easier draw, whereas if you start angling your shoulder away from the body you need that cant to get the right angle. If you carry at 3:30 I'd say the FBI is a better draw.
Mike "ex-genius" Kelley
Posts: 383 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: July 13, 2016
A bit of cant works well for me if the weapon is a bit behind the hip. From 0900, clockwise, to 0300, I prefer straight drop. Whether I carry at 0300/0900, or just a bit behind the hip, depends upon the weapon, the pants, and the belt.
The weapons I wear a bit behind the hip, in a canted holster, include large revolvers and the 1911. I would rather a small revolver, or Glock, be at, or forward of, 0900/0300, in a straight-drop holster.
I can live with the typical FBI cant, but prefer a bit less, probably five to ten degrees. This is probably because I prefer 0330, rather than 0430.
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Posts: 3186 | Location: SE Texas | Registered: April 08, 2008
With full sized and almost full sized pistols I found I have to use the FBI cant or the grip sticks out too much. Since I've been carrying a G26 I can use a straight drop cant and the pistol hides just fine. I tend to carry 3-3:30.
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Posts: 7040 | Location: Newyorkistan | Registered: March 28, 2007
Generally, the further back you wear your holster, the more cant you need. It follows that you need less cant the further forward you carry. So your reasoning is sound. But I don't know offhand of anybody making an "in-between" cant. They're either 15° or 0°.
Posts: 26715 | Location: Johnson City/Elizabethton, TN | Registered: April 28, 2012