The open leg sitting position provides a medium base of support and is most commonly used when firing from a forward slope. Apply the seven factors to this position (para. 5003). To assume the open leg sitting position with the hasty sling (see figs. 5-44, 5-45, and 5-46)—
l Square the body to the target. l Place the feet approximately shoulder width apart. l Grasp the handguard with the left hand. l Bend at the knees while breaking the fall with the right hand.
l Push backward with the feet to extend the legs and place the buttocks on the ground. 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 Place the flat portion of the back of the left arm, just above the elbow, in front of the left knee. l Place the right elbow on the inside of the right knee or place the flat portion of the back of the right arm, just above the elbow, in front of the knee. l Adjust the position to adjust sling tension. Widening the stance tightens the sling by forcing the left elbow outboard. There must be some controlled muscular tension in the legs to hold them up and offer resistance to recoil. l 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.
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