High Kneeling Position with the Loop Sling

Apply the three elements and seven factors to this position (para. 5004). To assume the high kneeling position with the loop sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figs. 5-53, 5-54, and 5-55):

l Position the body at a 45-degree angle to the target. l Place the left hand under the handguard. l Kneel down on right knee so right lower leg is approximately parallel to the target (45 to 90 degrees).

l Keep the right ankle straight, with the toe of the boot in contact with the ground and curled under by the weight of the body. l Place the right portion of the buttocks on or over the right heel; contact with the heel provides more stability to the position. l Place the left foot forward to a point that allows the shin to be vertically straight. For the shin to be vertical, the heel should be directly under the knee. The left foot must be flat on the ground since it will be supporting the majority of the weight. l Place the flat portion of the back of upper left arm, just above the elbow, on the left knee so it is in firm contact with the flat surface formed on top of the bent knee. The point of the left elbow will extend just slightly past the left knee. The upper portion of the triceps or the armpit will not rest on the knee. l Lean slightly forward into the sling for support. l Grasp the rifle butt with the right hand and place the rifle butt into the right shoulder pocket. l Grasp the pistol grip with the right hand. l Bend the right elbow to provide the least muscular tension possible and lower it to a natural position. 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 Move the left hand to a location under the hand-guard, which provides maximum bone support and stability for the weapon.

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