With the hasty sling donned, the butt of the rifle is placed in the pocket of the shoulder. The body is squared to the target to provide a pocket for the butt of the weapon.
Outboard tension on the sling by the left elbow drives the buttstock into the pocket of the shoulder.
The rifle butt should be placed high in the shoulder to achieve a proper stock weld, allowing the Marine to bring the stock up to his head, rather than lower his head to the stock, which can degrade acquisition of sight alignment and sight picture. See figure 5-12.
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