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Chapter 3. Preparatory Instructions for Mounted Drill


(31.II.34 - 36)

15. Dressing

1. Dressing at the halt. - (Except at ceremonial drill). -

When soldiers are on the alignment they have to occupy they will take up their own dressing by the centre without orders. Each man will look towards the centre with a smart turn of the head and, with short quick steps, will move until he is able to see the lower part of the face of the second man from him, taking care to keep his body in the position of attention. Each man will look to the front as soon as he has got his dressing.

2. At ceremonial drill dressing will not be carried out until the command to do so is given. For this purpose the command "Eyes Right - Dress" will be given and dressing will be taken up by the right as already described above.

The men will continue to look to the right until the command "Eyes - Front" is given.

When the commander or instructor is not able himself to verify the dressing this will be done by a subordinate, who, when the dressing is correct, will give the command "Eyes - Front".

3. Dressing when on the move. - It must be impressed on the recruit that (except at the incline) he maintains his dressing by an occasional glance towards his troop leader (or directing man in a smaller unit), by uniformity of pace , and by keeping the correct distance either from his leader or from his front rank man. For this reason squad drill should not be carried out without a leader.

16. numbering and proving a squad

1. Numbering

SQUAD - NUMBER.

The squad will number off from the right, the right - hand man calling out One, the next on his left Two, and so on. Each man as he calls out his number will turn his head smartly towards his left and then at once turn it to the front again.

 2. Proving.

EVEN ( ODD ) NUMBERS - PROVE.

Those ordered to prove stretch out their right hands to the full extent of the arm, palm of the hand to left, fingers extended and close together, thumb close to the forefinger and level with the top of the shoulder.

AS YOU WERE.

Those proving will bring their right hands smartly to the side, without keeping the elbow too stiff in so doing.

17. Opening and closing a squad

1. In single rank.

i. OPEN RANKS - MARCH.

The odd numbers will take two paces forward ; when the paces are completed the whole squad will look to the centre and correct dressing quickly, looking to the front as the dressing is correct.

ii. REFORM RANKS - MARCH.

The odd numbers will step back two paces ; when the paces are completed the squad may be dressed as in Sec. 15.2.

2. In two ranks.

i. OPEN RANKS - MARCH.

The odd numbers of the front rank will take two paces forward and the even numbers of the rear rank will take two paces to the rear. Each rank dressing as above.

ii. REFORM RANKS - MARCH.

The odd numbers of the front rank will step back two paces and the even numbers of the rear rank will take two paces forward. When the paces are completed the squad may be dressed as in Sec. 15.2.

( 31. II.42-50)

18. Troop drill ( dismounted)

Note. - Throughout the remaining sections of this chapter examples of changes of formation from, on, or to the right only have been given ; movements to the left are carried out in a similar manner.

1. The recruits, when thoroughly grounded in the foregoing, will be practiced on foot in two ranks as a troop. For distances, see Chapt. 9 Sec. 91

2. The flank men of the front rank are termed flank guides.

3. A troop will be told off as follows :- "From the Right Tell Off by Sections." The men of No. 1 Section number off 1, 2, 3, 4 from the right, each man turning his head smartly towards his left, and then at once turning to the front again. No. 2. Section numbers in the same way when No. 1 Section has finished, and so on.

6. A troop will be proved as follows :-

Flanks of Sections - Prove.

As You Were.

Centre and Flank Guides - Prove.

As You Were.

Additional ways of proving a troop may be employed if desired for some particular object, such as "Even numbers," "Nos. 3," " Section Leaders."

7. Throughout drill when the centre is referred to, it should be understood that the centre or right centre is meant.

19. Drill formations of a Troop

The following are the formations of a troop :-

i. Line. -Sections in line side by side.

ii Columns of sections, half-sections or single file.- Sections, half-sections or single files one behind the other with distances of three paces between ranks and between sections, half-sections or single files.

iii. Troop column. - A troop in column of sections, with sections at distances equal to the section frontage, i.e. approximately three paces.

20. Wheeling

1. Recruits will first be taught to wheel from the halt, after which they will be instructed to wheel while on the move. It will be explained to the troop that, in wheeling, the flank which is brought forward is termed the outer flank.

2. All wheels in dismounted drill are made on a fixed pivot, i.e., the outer flank man moves on an arc with a radius equal to the frontage of the body wheeling, the pivot man turning gradually on his own ground.

3. Wheeling of a Troop. - On the command Troop right - Wheel.

i. The leader immediately selects some point in the new direction on which to lead,

makes the signal, and begins to wheel (on the command Quick-march, if at the halt) in the required direction, moving on an arc with a radius equal to half the frontage of the troop. On completion of the wheel he makes the signal for HALT or FORWARD as required.

ii. The front rank before beginning to wheel will move up to the alignment from which the troop leader commenced to wheel.

iii. The rear rank, as soon as the front rank begins to wheel , gains ground towards the outer flank by inclining.

iv. The flank guides glance in the direction in which they have been ordered to wheel so as to assist them in picking up the new direction as soon as the wheel has been completed. They move round in conformity with the movements of the centre guide, who follows in the tracks of the troop leader, the outer flank guide being careful to keep the flank of the troop well closed in.

Note. - The same procedure is carried out on the command Troop Right About - Wheel, except that the point in the new direction in which to lead is selected as soon as the leader is in a suitable position to do so.

The success of a wheel depends on the accuracy of the movements of the troop leader, to which the centre and flank guide must conform.

4. In a body smaller than a troop the rear rank will move up to the ground previously occupied by the front rank before it commences to wheel.

5. Different degrees of wheel can be carried out, as described in para. 3 , above, on the commands Troop, Half-Right, or Troop, Three - Quarters Right About - Wheel.

21. Increasing and Decreasing the Front - General Principles.

1. The governing principle, in decreasing the front of any body of cavalry (with the exception of the section), is that unless otherwise ordered, the right centre or centre unit moves forward, followed successively by the units on the left and right in alternation. In increasing the front the rearward units form alternatively on the left and right of the leading unit. It follows, therefore, that the sections in a troop, the troops in a squadron, the squadrons in a brigade may change their relative positions from time to time as the drill progresses . (See Figs 1 &2)

2. Movements decreasing the front can, however, be made from the flank, in which case the flank must be specified in the words of command, e.g., FROM THE RIGHT FORM HALF - SECTIONS. Similarly, when increasing the front, rear units may be ordered on either flank as desired by naming the flank in the order, e.g., ON THE RIGHT FORM - TROOP.

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3. In the case of a section, individual men will in all circumstances maintain their places in the section as originally numbered off. For instance, in a decrease of front or a move to the right or left, the movement will be initiated from the right of the section, No. 1 always leading.

4. When the change of formation is to be made from the halt, the word of command given below will be followed in each case by the executive command QUICK - MARCH.

5. In the following instructions the front rank men only are referred to ; in every case the rear rank men will follow and cover their front rank men.

22. Decreasing the front

1. The following instructions apply to movements executed from the halt. On the command QUICK - MARCH being given, the section, half section or single file which is due to advance first will move forward at once, the remainder marking time until it is their turn to move.

When the changes of formation are executed on the move, the unit due to lead continues to advance as described, the remainder marking time without any further orders until it comes to their turn to move forward.

2. From troop to sections.

FORM SECTIONS (or FORM TROOP - COLUMN).

The right centre, or centre, section advances ; the sections on the left and right alternatively incline inwards in their turn, follow and cover at the proper distance.

3. From troop to half-sections.

FORM HALF - SECTIONS.

Nos. 1 and 2 of the right centre, or centre, section advance, followed by Nos. 3 and 4 the section on the left and right in turn advance in the same order, incline inwards, follow and cover.

4. Form troop to single files.

FORM SINGLE - FILES.

No. 1 of the right centre, or centre, section advances followed by Nos. 2,3 and 4 in this order: The sections on the left and right in turn advance in the same order, incline inwards, follow and cover.

5. From sections to half-sections.

FORM HALF - SECTIONS.

Nos. 1 and 2 0f the leading section advance, followed by Nos. 3 and 4, who incline to the right, follow and cover. The remaining sections move in succession in the same manner, follow and cover, keeping their proper distance.

6. From sections to single files.

FORM SINGLE - FILES.

No. 1 of the leading section advances, followed by Nos. 2,3,and 4 in this order, who incline to the right, follow and cover. The remaining sections act in succession in the same manner.

7. From half-sections to single files.

FORM SINGLE - FILES.

No. 1 of the leading half-section advances. No. 2 inclines to the right, follows and covers. No. 3 moves straight forward as it comes to his turn ; No. 4 inclines to the right, follows and covers No.3. The remaining sections act in succession in the same manner..

23. Increasing the front.

1. The following instructions apply to movements executed to the halt.

When it is intended to continue on the move, the words to the halt will be omitted. The leading unit will then retain the original pace, and the remainder, without any further word of command, will complete the movement at an increased pace. In this case each section ( half section when forming half-sections) will first form on its own head and the move up complete into its new position.

The order may be given MARK TIME IN FRONT. in which case the movement will be completed by those in rear at the original pace.

2. From single file to half-sections.

TO THE HALT. FORM HALF - SECTIONS.

No. 1 of the leading section advances five paces and halts. No. 2 inclines to the left and forms on the left of No. 1, No. 3 advances and halts at the proper distance covering No. 1. No. 4 inclines to the left and forms up on the left of No. 3. The remainder form half-sections in the rear at the proper distance, the Nos. 2 and 4 forming up on the left of their respective Nos. 1 and 3.

3. From single file to sections.

TO THE HALT. FORM - SECTIONS.

No. 1 of the leading section advances five paces and halts. Nos. 2,3,4 incline to their left, and form up in this order on the left of No. 1. The remainder form sections in the rear at the proper distance.

4. From half-sections to sections.

TO THE HALT. FORM - SECTIONS.

Nos. 1 and 2 of the leading section advance five paces and halt. Nos. 3 and 4 incline to their left, and form up in this order on the left of No. 2. The remainder form sections in the rear at the proper distance.

5. From sections to form troop.

TO THE HALT. FORM - TROOP.

The leading section advances five paces and halts. The second section inclines to the left, and the third section to the right, the fourth section to the left, and these form up in line with the leading section.

6. From half-sections, or single files, to form troop.

TO THE HALT. FORM - TROOP.

The leading half-section (or single file) advances five paces and halts, the remainder of the section forming up on its left. The second section, after having formed, inclines to the left, the third section to the right, the fourth section to the left, and these form up in line with the leading section.

7. From sections, half-sections or single file to form troop on the right.

TO THE HALT. ON THE RIGHT. FORM - TROOP.

The leading unit advances five paces and halts. The remainder move up to their places in line, the rear sections forming on the right of the leading section.

Notes. - 1. When forming from single files or half-sections care must be taken that the leading men of the rear sections allow space for the men behind them who belong to their own section to form up in line between them and the section previously formed. (Nos. 2,3,4 of each section will form up on the left of their own No. 1.)

2. When forming to the left of a similar procedure will be adopted (the men in the rear forming on the left of those already formed), except that in this case the leading men of each section will not require to leave any space between them and those previously formed.

24. Formations and movements to a flank and rear

1. Forming troop to a flank from single file, half-sections or sections.

TO THE HALT. TROOP, TO THE - RIGHT.

The leading single file, half-section or section will at once wheel to the right, advance five paces and halt. The remainder move straight forward until they successively come opposite their places in line when they wheel to the right and come up in line on the right of the leading section.

2. Moving to a flank : -

i. A troop may be moved to the right flank in column of sections, half-sections, or single files by the command SECTIONS (HALF-SECTIONS OR SINGLE FILES) RIGHT QUICK - MARCH.

In each case when moving to the right the right section, half-section, or single file wheels in the required direction and moves off, the rear rank following by the shortest route. The remaining sections, half-sections or single files wheel, mark time and follow in succession.

On the move, the formation is carried out in the same manner, the section, or single file on the flank named wheeling at once, and continuing to move at the original pace. The remainder will wheel and mark time until it comes to their turn to follow.

ii. A troop may be moved to the left flank in the same formations as in i. by the following commands. e.g., sections - LEFT ; SECTIONS LEFT. FORM - HALF-SECTIONS ; or SECTIONS LEFT ; FORM - SINGLE FILES.

iii. A troop may be moved a short distance to a flank by the command RIGHT CLOSE - MARCH.

3. Formations and movements to the rear.

i. These may be carried out when in line, either by wheeling the troop about, or by moving to a flank in column and the changing the direction of the head of the column.

ii. When in sections, on the command SECTIONS - ABOUT sections will wheel right about simultaneously on their own ground, the rear rank following the front rank.

iii. When in half-sections (or single file), on the command SECTIONS - ABOUT the leading half-sections (or single file) of each section will wheel right about simultaneously on small moving pivots followed by the remainder of the same section.

Note.- It must be remembered that the command is SECTIONS- ABOUT even though the troop may be in single file or half-section formation.

25. Extending and closing

1. When a troop receives the command EXTEND without any actual interval being mentioned, the men will extend to an interval of 5 yards, rear rank men forming on the left of the front rank men.

Unless otherwise ordered, all extensions will be made from the right centre, or centre, i.e., from centre guide in a troop, No. 2 in a section, and No. 1 in a half-section.

2. The centre guide should be three paces behind the troop leader. In no circumstances should this distance be reduced, as it is of importance that every man in the troop should be able to see his leader.

On the order being given for the troop to extend from a flank, the troop leader moves at once to his new position in extended line.

3. Extending from line :-

i. To both flanks.

EXTEND (or TO ....YARDS - EXTEND).

(a) At the halt. - On the command QUICK - MARCH the centre guide will stand at ease ; the remainder will turn outwards and march until each man has obtained the interval of 5 yards or the named interval from the man next to him, on which each will turn to his front in succession and stand at ease.

(b) On the move. - On the command EXTEND, or TO ..... YARDS - EXTEND , the centre guide will march straight to his front ; the remainder will incline outwards and move at the double until each man has obtained the interval of 5 yards or the named interval from the man next to him, when each will turn to his front in succession, and resume the original pace.

ii To one flank.

TO THE RIGHT (or TO THE RIGHT. TO ..... YARDS ) - EXTEND.

As in extending to both flanks, except that the extension will be made from the left flank guide, who will maintain the original direction, until the troop leaded has taken up his new position, when all will dress by the centre.

4. Closing from extended line. - If it is desired to close on the centre, the word of command is CLOSE. To close to a flank the command is ON THE RIGHT - CLOSE. The movement will be made direct towards the centre or towards the named flank. To reduce the extension by drawing the flanks closer to the centre without closing completely are TO ...... YARDS (or ON THE RIGHT. TO ..... YARDS) - CLOSE.

5. Extending from column of sections or half-sections.

EXTEND (or TO .... YARDS - EXTEND).

Sections or half-sections will extend as described in para. 3, above, remaining in column.

If it is intended to form extended line from column of sections, half-sections, or single files, the command FORM TROOP will be given, followed after a suitable interval by the command EXTEND (or TO ..... YARDS - EXTEND).

26. Filing to the front by sections.

FROM THE RIGHT OF SECTIONS TO THE FRONT FILE, QUICK - MARCH.

The troop leader, centre guide and Nos. 1 of each section march straight to their front. The remainder inclining to their right, cover and follow their respective Nos. 1 in turn at four paces distance. The centre guide's coverer takes up his position in line with the Nos. 4. Dressing by the centre.

REFORM RANKS. QUICK - MARCH.

The troop leader, centre guide and Nos. 1 of each section move forward five paces and halt, correcting their intervals from the centre, if necessary, and leaving sufficient room for the remainder of their sections to come up into their places in line. The centre guide's coverer resumes his position in the rear rank.

RIFLE EXERCISES (Dismounted)

(31.v.77-82, 90 - 99, 101 - 104)

27. Falling in with arms at the order.

The trooper will fall in as described in Sec. 2, with the rifle held perpendicularly at his right side, the butt on the ground, its toe in line with the toe of the right boot. The right arm to be slightly bent, the hand to hold the rifle at or near the band, back of the hand to the right, thumb against the thigh, fingers together and slanting towards the ground, elbow to the rear.

When each man has taken up his dressing he will stand at ease.

28. To stand at ease and stand easy from the order.

1. STAND AT - EASE.

Keeping the right leg straight, carry the left foot about 12 inches to the left so that the weight of the body rests equally on both feet. At the same time push the muzzle of the rifle smartly forward with the right hand, the right arm straight and close to the side, without allowing the right shoulder to droop, toe of the butt remaining in line with the toe of the right boot, the left arm to be kept in the position of attention.

2. STAND - EASY.

On the command Stand - easy, the right hand will be slid up the rifle to the piling swivel and the men will act as in Sec. 4.

3. On the caution Squad, &c., the right hand will be slid down to the band, and the position of Stand at ease assumed.

29. The attention from the stand at ease.

ATTENTION.

The left foot will be brought smartly up to the right and the rifle returned to the order.

30. The slope from the order.

SLOPE - ARMS

ONE

Throw the rifle upwards with the right hand, catching it with both hands at the same time, left hand at the back sight, the right hand at the small of the butt, thumb to the left, elbow to the rear, right arm nearly straight, rifle kept perpendicular, close into the right side, shoulders to be kept square.

TWO.

Carry the rifle across the body, and place it flat on the left shoulder, magazine outwards from the body. As the rifle comes on the shoulder seize the butt with the left hand, the first two joints of the fingers grasping the upper side of the butt, the thumb about one inch above the toe, left elbow close to the side, forearm horizontal, and the heel of the butt in line with the centre of the left thigh.

THREE

Cut away the right hand to the position of attention. Rifle to be kept perfectly still.

 31. The order from the slope

ORDER - ARMS .

One.

Bring the rifle down to the full extent of the left arm, at the same time meeting it with the right hand between the back sight and the band, arm close to the body. Butt not to be drawn to the rear.

Two.

Bring the rifle to the right side , steadying it at the time with the left hand at the nose cap, butt just clear of the ground.

Three.

Place the butt quietly on the ground, cutting the left hand away to the side.

32. To change arms when at the slope.

CHANGE - ARMS.

One.

Seize the butt of the rifle with the right hand, back of the hand up, at the same time slipping the left hand up to the small.

Two.

Carry the rifle, turning the magazine outwards, on to the right shoulder, bringing it well to the front, so as to clear the head.

Three

Cut the left hand to the side.

To change arms from the right to the left shoulder act as above, reading left for right, and right for left.

33. The present from the Slope

PRESENT - ARMS.

One

Grasp the rifle with the right hand at the small, forearm close to the body.

Two

Raise the rifle with the right hand perpendicularly in front of the centre of the body, guard to the left ; at the same time place

Three

Quitting the rifle with the left hand bring the rifle down perpendicularly in front of and about three inches from the centre of the body, turning the magazine to the front, holding at the full extent of the right arm, fingers together slanting downwards, and meet it smartly with the left hand immediately behind the back sight, outside the sling, thumb pointing towards the muzzle ; at the same time placing the hollow of the right foot against the left heel, both knees straight. The weight of the rifle to be supported by the left hand.

34. The slope from the present.

SLOPE - ARMS

One.

Bring the right foot up in line with the left and at the same time place the rifle on the left shoulder as described in the second motion of the slope from the order.

Two

Cut away the right hand to the side : rifle to be kept still.

35. The trail from the order

TRAIL - ARMS

By a slight bend of the right arm give the rifle a cant forward and seize it at the point of balance, bringing it at once to a horizontal position at the side at the full extent of the right arm, which should hang easily from the shoulder, fingers and thumb round the rifle.

Note.- The trail is not to be used in close order drill. It will be used when required for movements in the field in both close and extended order.

36. The order from the trail

ORDER - ARMS.

Raise the muzzle, catch the rifle at the band and come to the order.

37. The trail from the slope.

TRAIL - ARMS.

One

Keeping the rifle in the position of the slope, seize it at the point of balance with the right hand.

Two

With the right hand bring the rifle to the horizontal position at the right side ( as in Sec. 34) at the same time cutting the left hand to the side.

37. The slope from the trail.

SLOPE - ARMS.

One.

With the right hand place the rifle on the left shoulder in the position of the slope, at the same time seizing the butt with the left hand in the second motion of the slope from the order. (See Sec. 30)

Two.

Cut away the right hand to the side.

39. To change arms from the trail.

CHANGE - ARMS.

One.

Bring the rifle to a perpendicular position in front of the right shoulder, magazine to the front, upper part of the arm close to the side, forearm horizontal, hand in line with the waist.

Two.

Pass the rifle across the front of the body, catching it with the left hand at the point of balance, at the same time cutting the right hand smartly to the side. In this position the rifle is to be held perpendicularly and opposite the left shoulder, magazine to the front, upper part of the left arm close to the side, left forearm horizontal, hand in line with the waist.

Three.

Lower the rifle to the full extent of the left arm at the trail.

To change arms from the left to the right act as above, reading left for right and right for left.

40. The short trail.

No word of command.

Raise the rifle about three inches from the ground, keeping otherwise in the position of the order.

If standing with ordered arms, and directed to close to the right or left, to step back, or to take any other named number of paces, men will come to the short trail.

41. To ground arms and to take up arms, from and to the order.

1. GROUND - ARMS.

One.

Bend down and place the rifle gently on the ground at the right side, magazine to the right, muzzle pointing straight to the front. The right hand will be in line with the toe as it places the rifle on the ground.

Two

Return smartly to the position of attention.

2. TAKE UP - ARMS.

One.

Bend down and seize the rifle with the right hand in line with the right toe.

Two.

Pick up the rifle and return smartly to the order.

42. To sling arms.

SLING - ARMS ( With unfixed bayonets)

The sling of the rifle having been loosened to the full extent, the trooper will pass his head and right arm between the sling and the rifle, muzzle upwards, rifle hanging diagonally across the back.

Note. - The rifle may also be slung by passing the sling over the right or left shoulder with the rifle hanging in a perpendicular position behind the shoulder.

43. Inspection of arms.

1. A squad parading in two ranks will be opened and closed as in Sec. 1.1

2. Inspection of arms from the order.

FOR INSPECTION, PORT - ARMS.

Throw the rifle ,muzzle leading, with the right hand smartly across the body, magazine to the left and downwards, the barrel crossing opposite the point of the left shoulder, and meet it at the same time with the left hand close behind the back sight, thumb and fingers round the rifle, left wrist to be opposite the left breast, both elbows close to the body.

Turn the safety catch completely over to the front with the thumb of the right hand. Seize the knob with the forefinger and thumb of the right hand, and, taking the time from the right hand man, turn it sharply upwards, and draw back the bolt to its full extent ; the seize the butt with the right hand immediately behind the bolt, thumb pointing to the muzzle.

3. Inspection of arms from the slope.

FOR INSPECTION, PORT - ARMS.

One.

Seize the rifle with the right hand at the small of the butt.

Two.

Bring the rifle down to the port, meeting the rifle with the left hand close behind the back sight ; then proceed as in paragraph 2, above.

4. To ease springs, or charge magazines and come to the order.

EASE - SPRINGS.

From the position described above, work the bolt rapidly backwards and forwards until all cartridges are removed from the magazine and chamber * allowing them to fall to the ground, then close the breech, press the trigger, turn the safety catch over to the rear with the first finger of the right hand, and return the hand to the small.

CHARGE - MAGAZINES.

The magazine will hold two charges of five cartridges each, but should, in ordinary circumstances, be loaded with one only. If it is desired to charge the magazine without loading the rifle, the top cartridge may be pressed downwards with the thumb and keeping the pressure on the top cartridge with the thumb of the right hand draw the bolt head over it with the little finger, close the breech, press the trigger and apply the safety catch.

5. To order arms from the port.

ORDER - ARMS.

One.

Holding the rifle firmly in the left hand, seize it with the right hand at the band.

Two.

As in the second motion of the order from the slope.

Three.

As in the third motion of the order from the slope.

6. To slope arms from the port.

SLOPE -ARMS.

One.

Place the rifle on the left shoulder as described in the second motion of the slope from the order.

Two.

As in the third motion of the slope from the order.

44. Instructions for inspecting arms.

1. When arms are inspected at the port only, the officer, warrant officer, or other N.C.O. will see that the exterior of the rifle is clean and free from rust ; that the magazine and action are clean and in good order ; that the sights are at zero ; and that no parts are loose or damaged. He will here and there examine the bore of a rifle to see that it has been cleaned and is free from obstructions.

2. Each soldier, when the officer, warrant officer or N.C.,O. has passed the file next to him, will without further word of command, ease springs, order arms and stand at ease.

If it is necessary to examine arms, the men, when in the position of for inspection, port arms, will be cautioned to remain at the port. Ranks will be closed, as in Sec. 15,2, when the examination has been completed.

45. To examine arms

EXAMINE - ARMS

Both ranks, being at the port, will come to the position for loading with the muzzle so inclined as to enable the officer, warrant officer or N.C.O. to look through the barrel, the thumbnail of the right hand being placed in front of the bolt to reflect light into the barrel..

The soldier, when the officer, warrant officer or N.C.O. has passed to the next file to him, will act as detailed in Sec.44.2.

In ordering arms from the examine, the first motion is to seize the rifle with the right hand between the back sight and the band, at the same time bringing the left foot back to the right. With the second motion the rifle will be brought to the right side, the left hand steadying the rifle, as in the second motion of the order from the slope. The third motion is the same as the third motion is the same as the third motion of the order from the slope.

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