21 • Square your body to the target.
22 • Place your left hand under the handguard.
23 • Kneel down on your right knee.
24 • Keep your right ankle straight, with the toe of your boot in contact with the ground and
25 curled under by the weight of your body.
26 • Place the right portion of your buttocks on or over your right heel; contact with the heel
27 provides more stability to the position. However, the use of cover may not allow the
28 buttocks to make contact with the heel.
29 • Place your left foot forward to a point that allows your shin to be vertically straight. Your
30 left foot should be flat on the ground.
• Place the flat part of your upper left arm, just above the elbow, against the inside of your left knee so it is in firm contact.
• Lean slightly forward to decrease recovery time during recoil.
• 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.
• Bend your right elbow to provide the least muscular tension possible and lower it to a natural 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 your position to adjust sling tension. Widening your stance or moving your left 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.
d. High Kneeling Position with the Loop Sling. Apply the three elements and seven factors to this position (paragraph 5004c and d). To assume the high kneeling position with the loop sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figure 5-31):
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