Apply the three elements and seven factors to this position (para. 5004). To assume straight leg prone position with the loop sling, either move forward or drop back into position (see figs. 5-24, 5-25, and 5-26):
l Once on the ground, roll the body to the left side as you extend and invert the left elbow on the ground. 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. l 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 rifle butt with the right hand and place the rifle butt into the right shoulder pocket. Grasp the pistol grip with the right hand. Rotate the body to the right while the elbow is lowered to the ground so the shoulders are level. The right hand pulls and holds the rifle in the shoulder. Lower the head and place the cheek firmly against the stock to allow the aiming eye to look through the rear sight aperture.
Move the left hand to a location under the hand-guard, which provides maximum bone support and stability for the weapon. This may require that you remove the rifle from the shoulder to reposition the left hand.
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