Weapons Commands

Weapons commands dictate the specific steps required to load and unload the rifle. Six commands are used in weapons handling:

Load. This command is used to take the weapon from Condition 4 to Condition 3.

Make Ready. This command is used to take the weapon from Condition 3 to Condition 1.

Fire. This command is used to specify when a Marine may engage targets.

Cease-Fire. This command is used to specify when a Marine must stop target engagement.

Unload. This command is used to take the weapon from any condition to Condition 4.

Unload and Show Clear. This command is used when an observer must check the weapon to verify that no ammunition is present before the rifle is placed in Condition 4.

Figure 3-1. Position of Hand.

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