Procedures for Make Ready

If standard operating procedures (SOP) or rules of engagement (ROE) require the rifle to be carried in Condition 1, the Marine will "Make Ready" at the clearing barrel. On the command "Make Ready," the Marine will perform the following steps to take the rifle from Condition 3 to Condition 1:

l Pull the charging handle to the rear and release. There are two methods of doing this: n Grip the pistol grip firmly with the right hand and pull the charging handle with the left hand to its rearmost position and release. n Or grip the handguards firmly with the left hand and pull the charging handle with the right hand to its rearmost position and release.

l To ensure ammunition has been chambered, conduct a chamber check. l Check the sights (to ensure proper BZO setting, correct rear sight aperture, etc.). l Close the ejection port cover.

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