Weapons carries provide an effective way to handle the rifle while remaining alert to enemy engagement. Weapons carries are tied to threat conditions and are assumed in response to a specific threat situation. The weapons carry assumed prepares the Marine, both mentally and physically, for target engagement. The sling provides additional support for the weapon when firing; therefore, the hasty sling should be used in conjunction with the carries.
a. Tactical Carry. A Marine carries the rifle at the Tactical Carry if no immediate threat is present. The Tactical Carry permits control of the rifle while a Marine is moving, yet it still allows quick engagement of the enemy. A Marine performs the following steps to assume the Tactical Carry:
• Place the left hand on the handguards, the right hand around the pistol grip, the trigger finger straight along the receiver (see figure 3-15), and the right thumb on top of the selector lever (see figure 3-16).
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