Extreme Cold

Extreme cold may affect a Marine's ability to concentrate. If a Marine's hands are numb, he will have difficulty holding a frigid rifle and executing effective trigger control. To protect the hands in a cold environment, a Marine should wear arctic mittens or gloves. To operate the rifle while wearing arctic mittens or gloves, a Marine depresses the trigger guard plunger to open the trigger guard. This allows easier access to the trigger. See figure 8-6. The hasty sling can assist in holding the hand in place on the hand guards so the hand does not slip while wearing mittens.

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