Modern Warfare 3 Tac Stance explained

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When to use Tac Stance

Modern Warfare 3

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Tac Stance can take a little getting used to, but it's essential if you want to take enemies down quickly at close range. Hip fire has been tweaked, and as such, it's pretty useless in MW3. Use Tac Stance in its place, when sliding around corners, or when in tight spaces.

Modern Warfare 3's Tac Stance is a brand-new mechanic that aims to bridge the gap between hip-fire and aiming-down sights (ADS). It's turned on by default and will activate when aiming while sliding. It can take some getting used to, however, which is where we come in.

Modern Warfare 3 is currently live in all regions, bringing a host of new mechanics and features. From what we've played so far, the game falls short of being a real contender for our best FPS games list but could improve if it manages to offer engaging post-launch content.

Here's what you need to know about Tactical Stance in Modern Warfare 3, including a look at how to activate it, and what it does.

Modern Warfare 3 Tac Stance explained

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Tac Stance is a new mechanic added to Modern Warfare 3 at launch. It allows you to shift your weapon to the side, to use alternate sights. Fire grouping changes, allowing you to hit enemies quickly at close range. Here's how Tac Stance works:

  • The operator unshoulders the weapon and holds it in a canted firing position.
  • You can toggle in and out of Tac-Stance dynamically while aiming down sights.
  • Tac-Stance trades precise accuracy for improved mobility and handling.
  • Some spread to your firing will occur, best described as a middle ground between full ADS and hipfire.
  • It is designed to be used in aggressive, close-quarter combat situations.
  • By default, you fire in Tac-Stance while Sliding.

Generally, use Tac Stance when rushing into buildings, in tight corridors and when sliding towards an enemy. It's a lot better than hip-fire in this game.

Modern Warfare 3 change Tac Stance settings

The Tac Stance Activation options in the Settings menu

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While you cannot switch off Tac Stance completely in Modern Warfare 3, you can change the ways in which it activates. Navigate to the settings menu, look under 'Gameplay', and then find 'Tactical ADS Activation'. You can then choose from the following options:

  • ADS + Melee
  • ADS + Down
  • ADS + Sprint
  • Double-Tap ADS
  • Off

Note that by turning Tac Stance off here, it will still activate when aiming while sliding. Currently, this is the default for the game, and there's been no official word on whether players will get more options in the future.

So there you have it, that's what you need to know about Tactical Stance. For more on the game, be sure to check out our look at all of the Modern Warfare 3 maps that have been confirmed so far. Elsewhere, check out our best Striker loadout for one of the best SMG setups in the game.

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