Weapons Commands

Weapons commands direct the Marine to safely load, unload, and employ the M9 service pistol. Six commands are used in weapons handling:

"Load"

This command is used to take a weapon from Condition 4 to Condition 3.

"Make Ready"

This command is used to take a weapon from Condition 3 to Condition 1.

"Fire"

This command is used to engage targets.

"Cease Fire"

This command is used to cease target engagement.

" Unload"

This command is used to take a weapon from any condition to Condition 4.

"Unload, Show Clear" This command is used to require a second individual to check the weapon to verify that no ammunition is present before the weapon is put into Condition 4.

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