Figure Clearing Barrel

b. Procedures for "Load." On the command "Load," the Marine will perform the following steps to take the rifle from Condition 4 to Condition 3:

• With a straight trigger finger, point the rifle in the clearing barrel.

• Ensure the rifle is in Condition 4.

• Withdraw a magazine from the magazine pouch.

• Ensure the magazine is filled.

• Fully insert the magazine into the magazine well.

• Without releasing the magazine, tug downward on the magazine to ensure it is seated.

• Fasten the magazine pouch.

• Close the ejection port cover.

c. Procedures for "Make Ready." If standard operating procedures or rules of engagement require the rifle to be carried in Condition 1, the Marine will "Make Ready" at the clearing barrel. On the command "Make Ready," the Marine will perform the following steps to take the rifle from Condition 3 to Condition 1:

• Pull the charging handle to the rear and release. There are two methods of doing this:

• Grip the pistol grip firmly with the right hand and pull the charging handle with the left hand to its rearmost position and release.

• Or grip the handguards firmly with the left hand and pull the charging handle with the right hand to its rearmost position and release.

• To ensure ammunition has been chambered, conduct a chamber check.

• Check the sights (to ensure proper BZO setting, correct rear sight aperture, etc.).

• Close the ejection port cover.

d. Procedures for "Unload." On the supervisor's command "Unload," the Marine will perform the following steps to take the rifle from any condition to Condition 4:

• With a straight trigger finger, point the rifle in the clearing barrel.

• Attempt to place the weapon on safe.

• Remove the magazine from the rifle and retain it on your person.

• While cupping the left hand under the ejection port, rotate the weapon until the ejection port is facing down.

• Pull the charging handle to the rear and catch the round in the left hand (see figure 3-20).

• Put the weapon on safe, if it would not move to safe earlier.

• Ensure the chamber is empty and no ammunition is present.

• Release the charging handle and observe the bolt moving forward on an empty chamber.

• Close the ejection port cover.

• Check the sights (for proper BZO setting, correct rear sight aperture, etc.).

• Place any ejected round into the magazine and return the magazine to the magazine pouch and close the magazine pouch.

d. Procedures for "Unload, Show Clear." On the supervisor's command "Unload, Show Clear," the Marine will perform the following steps to take the rifle from any condition to Condition 4:

• With a straight trigger finger, point the rifle in the clearing barrel.

• Attempt to place the weapon on safe.

• Remove the magazine from the rifle and retain it on your person.

• While cupping the left hand under the ejection port, rotate the weapon until the ejection port is facing down.

• Pull the charging handle to the rear and catch the round in the left hand.

• Ensure the chamber is empty and no ammunition is present.

• Have a second party inspect the weapon to ensure no ammunition is present. The second party:

• Visually inspects the chamber to ensure it is empty, no ammunition is present, and the magazine is removed.

• Ensures the weapon is on safe.

• Acknowledges the rifle is clear.

1 • After receiving acknowledgment that the rifle is clear, release the bolt catch and observe

2 the bolt moving forward on an empty chamber.

3 • Close the ejection port cover.

4 • Check the sights (for proper BZO setting, correct rear sight aperture, etc.).

5 • Place any ejected round into the magazine and return the magazine to the magazine pouch

6 and close the magazine pouch.

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