A Marine carries the rifle at the alert if enemy contact is likely. The alert is also used for moving in close terrain (e.g., urban, jungle). 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:
l Place the left hand on the handguards, the right hand around the pistol grip, the trigger finger straight along the receiver (see fig. 3-17), and the right thumb on top of the selector lever (see fig. 318).
l Place the buttstock in the shoulder. l Angle the muzzle downward about 45 degrees and point it in a safe direction or the general direction of likely enemy contact (see fig. 3-20).
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