Ready Carry

A Marine carries the rifle at the ready if contact with the enemy is imminent. The ready allows immediate target engagement, but it is very tiring to maintain over a long period of time. A Marine performs the following steps to assume the ready:

l Place left hand on handguards, right hand around the pistol grip, the trigger finger straight along the receiver (see fig. 3-17), and the right thumb on top of the selector lever (see fig. 3-18). l Place the buttstock in the shoulder. l Point the muzzle in the direction of the enemy.

l Lower the sights to just below eye level so that a clear field of view is maintained so that a target may be identified (see fig. 3-21).

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