The Weaver variation of the prone position produces a cocked leg position by angling the body to the target and cocking the leg to support the position. The Weaver prone position is ideal for firing from behind cover. See figure 4-18.
Figure 4-15. Isosceles Medium Kneeling.
Figure 4-16. Isosceles Low Kneeling.
To assume the Weaver prone position, perform the following steps:
• Face the target and make a half turn to the right (this places the body at a 40 to 60 degree oblique to the target). Grip the pistol in the right hand, placing the pistol in a position that facilitates control of the weapon. Ensure the pistol is pointed in a safe direction and does not cover any portion of the body.
• Move the body to the deck by using either the squat or drop method, keeping the body at a 40 to 60 degree oblique to the target.
Squat Method o Squat down and place the left hand on the deck.
o Kick both feet backward and come down on the right side of the body with the right arm extended toward the target. o Ensure the pistol does not cover the body or the left hand. See figure 4-19. Drop Method o Drop to a kneeling position. o Place the left hand on the deck in front of the body, push the pistol out toward the target. o Roll the right side of the body onto the deck. o Ensure the pistol does not cover the body or the left hand. See figure 4-20 on page 4-12.
• Bring the left knee up to support the firing position and to raise the diaphragm off the deck so as not to interfere with breathing. The inside of the knee rests on the deck. The knee is drawn up to provide maximum stability for the position.
• Establish a two handed-firing grip on the pistol.
• Place the left elbow on the ground for stability. For maximum stability, strive to keep the grip firmly placed on the deck.
• The head may rest against the right arm so the pistol sights can be aligned. The head may be canted as long as the aiming eye can look directly through the sights. Strive to keep the pistol sights as level as possible while acquiring sight alignment.
To make minor increases in elevation, keep the left hand in place and firmly on the deck and raise the right hand to achieve the desired elevation. However, contact between the right and left hands must be maintained to stabilize the pistol. See figure 4-21 on page 4-12. (There is a tradeoff between obtaining the needed elevation and losing stability, so the Marine must strike a balance between the two.)
Figure 4-20. Drop Method.
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