Straight Leg Prone Position with the Hasty Sling

Apply the seven factors to this position (para. 5003). To assume the straight leg prone position with the hasty sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figs. 5-21, 5-22, and 5-23):

i Once on the ground, extend your left elbow in front of you. Stretch your legs out behind you. Spread the feet a comfortable distance apart with the toes pointing outboard and the inner portion of the feet in contact with the ground.

As much of the body mass should be aligned directly behind the rifle as possible. If body alignment is correct, weapon recoil is absorbed by the whole body and not just the shoulder. Grasp the pistol grip with the right hand and place the rifle butt in the right shoulder pocket. Lower the head and place the cheek firmly against the stock to allow the aiming eye to look through the rear sight aperture.

Rotate the left hand up, pinching the handguard between the thumb and forefinger. Slide both elbows outboard on the ground so there is outboard tension against the sling (moving the elbows out tightens the sling) and both shoulders are level. The elbows should provide a tripod of support with the body.

Adjust the position of the left hand on the hand-guard to allow the sling to support the weapon and the front sight to be centered in the rear sight aperture. To adjust for elevation:

n Move the left hand rearward or forward on the handguards (moving the hand rearward elevates the muzzle).

n Open or close "V" of the left hand for small adjustments. (closing the "V" elevate the muzzle). To adjust for a minor cant in the rifle, rotate the handguard left or right in the "V" formed by the thumb and forefinger by rotating the pistol grip left or right.

Straight Leg Prone

Straight Leg Prone Position with the Loop Sling

Prone Position
Figure 5-24. Front View.

Figure 5-25. Left View.

Figure 5-26. Right View.

Figure 5-25. Left View.

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