• Once on the ground, extend your left elbow in front of you. Stretch your legs out behind you. Spread your feet a comfortable distance apart with your toes pointing outboard and the inner portion of your feet in contact with the ground.
• As much of your body mass should be aligned directly behind the rifle as possible.
• If body alignment is correct, the weapon's recoil is absorbed by the whole body and not just the shoulder.
• Lower your right elbow to the ground so your shoulders are level.
• 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.
• 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. 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. Straight Leg Position with the Loop Sling. Apply the three elements and seven factors to this position (paragraph 5004c and d). To assume the straight leg prone position with the loop sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figure 5-27):
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