b. Alert. A Marine carries the rifle at the Alert if enemy contact is likely. The Alert is also used for moving in urban or or other restrictive terrain where targets may appear at close quarters. A Marine can engage the enemy faster from the Alert than from the Tactical Carry. However, the Alert is more tiring than the Tactical Carry and its use can be physically demanding. A Marine performs the following steps to assume the Alert:
• Place the left hand on the handguards, the right hand around the pistol grip, the trigger finger straight along the receiver (see figure 3-18), and the right thumb on top of the selector lever (see figure 3-19).
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