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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Lean Guide: How to Lean in MW3

The lean mechanic can be incredibly useful in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Sometimes, aiming at a target at close range is easier when you’re not aiming down the sights. This feature offers you that ability by allowing you to lean with your gun instead of the traditional aim down the sights. With that being said, here is everything you need to know about the lean mechanic & how to use it in MW3

How to Lean in Call of Duty MW3How to Lean Call of Duty MW3

This ability is quite easy to use. First, you need to equip your weapon with a Canted Laser attachment. After doing so, your operator will automatically lean to the side when aiming in MW3. There isn’t a specific button to use this. Instead, it will naturally move as you walk around each map with your player character. Remember that this attachment and ability will make your laser visible to all enemies on the map. Additionally, you won’t be able to use any Optic attachments with a Canted Laser.

There’s also the Wall Mount. Here, find any wall and press the button indicated to lean to the side of the wall. You can really get a good angle on enemies this way. The above rules don’t apply here, as you do not need a laser to perform this.

How to Use Tactical Stance Tactical Stance MW3

Sometimes, aiming at a target at close range is easier when you’re not aiming down the sights. The Tactical Stance feature can be easily confused with the Lean mechanic, especially since both involve leaning your weapon. The key difference is that Tactical Stance offers you that ability by allowing you to lean with your gun instead of the traditional aim down the sights. Tactical Stance can be activated by pressing the key bind found under the weapon logo. This is in the bottom right of your screen; you will see a scope and titled angle logo. 

This ability is advantageous in close-quarter situations where you want to trade off accuracy for higher ADS speed. When encountering an enemy in close quarters previously, you couldn’t do much with a 4X scope equipped on an Assault or Battle Rifle. Now, flip the Tactical Stance mode on, and you can have a much better chance to take down an enemy.

It’s important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your PC for a game like MW3. Be sure to check out our PC Performance Settings guide to ensure your game is running as smoothly as possible!