Prone position for use in combat only

4-10. The prone position is the most dangerous position in regards to potential backblast injury, due to its proximity to the ground. It also offers the most protection from enemy observation. Ideally, the ground should slope downward from the rear of the launcher, which reduces the effects of the backblast.

• Lie on your stomach with your body at a 90-degree angle to the direction of fire, and with your body and legs to the left of the direction of fire. Ensure that neither the body nor the legs are in the backblast area.

• Unlike other firing positions, this one prevents you from placing the launcher on your right shoulder. Instead, you must hold the launcher in place against your upper right arm. For stability, apply extra pressure on the firing mechanism with your right hand. The prone position is the least stable of all firing positions for the M136 AT4. You must practice it often to become confident using it. (Figure 4-7 shows the prone position.)

DANGER

FIRE THE AT4 FROM THE PRONE POSITION IN COMBAT ONLY. DO NOT FIRE THE AT4 FROM THE PRONE POSITION DURING TRAINING DUE TO THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE OPERATOR.

DANGER

FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A 90-DEGREE ANGLE FROM THE DIRECTION OF FIRE COULD CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH TO THE FIRER.

Prone Figure
Figure 4-7. Prone position.

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