The crossed ankle sitting position is an extremely stable shooting position. This position places most of the body's weight behind the weapon and aids in quick shot recovery. Apply the seven factors to this position (para. 5003). To assume the crossed ankle sitting position with the hasty sling (see figs. 5-33, 5-34, 5-35)—
l Square the body to the target. l Grasp the handguard with the left hand. l Bend at knees and break the fall with the right hand. l Push backward with the feet to extend the legs and place the buttocks on the ground. l Cross the left ankle over the right ankle. l Grasp the pistol grip with the right hand and place the rifle butt in the right shoulder pocket. l Lower the head and place the cheek firmly against the stock to allow the aiming eye to look through the rear sight aperture. l Rotate the left hand up, pinching the handguard between the thumb and forefinger. l Bend forward at the waist and place the flat portion of the back of the left arm, just above the elbow, on the left leg just below the knee. l Place the right elbow on the inside of the right knee. l Adjust the position to adjust sling tension. To tighten the sling: square the body more to the target, or move the left elbow out, or draw the feet up slightly toward the body. l Adjust the position of the left hand to allow the sling to support the weapon and the front sight to be centered in the rear sight aperture.
To adjust for elevation:
l Move left hand rearward or forward on handguards
(moving the hand rearward elevates the muzzle). l Open or close the "V" of the left hand for small adjustments (closing the "V" elevates the muzzle).
To adjust for a minor cant in the rifle, rotate the hand-guard left or right in the "V" formed by the thumb and forefinger by rotating the pistol grip left or right.
Crossed Ankle Sitting Position with the Hasty Sling
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