• Once on the ground, roll your body to the left side and extend your left elbow on the ground. Your left leg is stretched out behind you, almost in a straight line. This allows the mass of the body to be placed behind the rifle to aid in absorbing recoil.
• Turn the toe of your left foot inboard so the outside of your left leg and foot are in contact with the ground. Bend your right leg and draw it up toward your body to a comfortable position. Turn your right leg and foot outboard so the inside of your right boot is in contact with the ground. Cocking the leg will raise the diaphragm, making breathing easier.
• Grasp the pistol grip with your right hand and pull back to place the rifle butt in your right shoulder pocket. Apply rearward pressure with your right hand to hold the rifle butt in your shoulder.
• Roll your body to the right while lowering your right elbow to the ground. The right shoulder is higher than the left shoulder in the cocked leg position.
• Lower your head and place your cheek firmly against the stock to allow the aiming eye to look through the rear sight aperture.
• Adjust the position of your left elbow to adjust sling tension (moving the elbow out tightens the sling).
• At the same time, move your left hand to a location under the handguard which allows the sling to support the weapon and the front sight to be centered in the rear sight aperture. To adjust for elevation:
• Move the left hand rearward or forward on the handguards (moving the hand rearward elevates the muzzle).
• Open or close the "V" of the left hand for small adjustments (closing the "V" elevates the muzzle).
To adjust for a cant in the rifle, rotate the handguard left or right in the "V" formed by the thumb and forefinger.
f. Cocked Leg Position with the Loop Sling. Apply the three elements and seven factors to this position (paragraph 5004c and d). To assume the cocked leg prone position with the loop sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figure 5-29):
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