For a law enforcement officer, the issue of setting up a patrol long gun raises several questions. Will it be used primarily (or even exclusively) for CQB/entry duties, or will you be faced with longer-range shots, pushing into the realm of the precision rifle? Do you want basic iron sights or a red dot unit for ultra-close-range engagements, or a magnified sight for the precision work?
Well, one solution is to have both. Simply put, there is a growing trend with serious long gun shooters for having a combination of these two types of sighting systems through the use of offset (canted) sighting systems. In the next couple of pages, we’ll consider different canted sight platforms and how to use them to your benefit.
What came first, the chicken or the egg? We have sport shooters and military guys using canted or offset sights. Who started the trend? Does it matter? The rampant popularity of the 3-Gun matches, where the AR-platform rifle is king, led to the development of offset (canted) sights to allow competitors to transition rapidly from a magnified optic for long shots to a speed sight for closer work. This concept naturally translates perfectly for combat shooting. Canting a rifle to get a shot off in cramped quarters is not a new concept.