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Regimental Badge

65th (2nd Yorkshire North Riding) Regiment of Foot

Regimental Badge

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Manual Exercises

S. 1. Manual Exercise with the Long Rifle, in Single Rank

1. By Numbers
I

The Shoulder

The Shoulder

The recruit will first fall in as directed in Part 1., Section 24; the rifle will then be placed in his left hand, which will grasp the inside of the butt with:

The rifle will rest against the hollow of the left shoulder, the fore part of the butt nearly even with the front of the thigh.

When the rifle has been properly placed at "The Shoulder," the recruit will be instructed always to fall in on parade or for drill with it in that position.

The Secure

The Secure from the Shoulder

(For the protection of the rifle in wet weather.)

Secure-Arms.

  • Turn the lock to the front,
  • and seize the rifle with the right hand under the guard, without moving it from the shoulder;
  • thumb and fingers round the stock,
  • arm close to the body.

Two.

  • Without moving the rifle from the shoulder, turn it, with the right hand, so as to bring the sling to the front, and the cock close to the body,
  • at the same time seize it with the left hand, little finger as high as the shoulder,
  • the left arm to be close to the rifle.

Three.

  • With the fingers of the right hand, give the butt a cant under the left arm,
  • then drop the right hand to the side;
  • the cock to be close up under the armpit,
  • the barrel slanting downwards, and inclining to the right front;
  • the rifle to be firmly grasped with the left hand, which is to be in front of, but rather lower than, the hip,
  • left elbow a little to the rear.

When standing at ease with arms at "The Secure," the right hand is to grasp the rifle above the lower band, the sling or stock to rest on the left arm, and the left hand to lay hold of the right arm close above the wrist.

The Shoulder from the Secure

The Shoulder from the Secure

Shoulder-Arms

  • Bring the rifle to the perpendicular.
  • and seize the rifle with the right hand under the guard.

Two

  • Without moving the rifle from the shoulder, turn it, with the right hand, so as to bring the barrel to the front.
  • Drop the left hand and grasp the inside of the butt with the first two joints of the fingers; the forefinger half an inch from, the thumb in front of, the heel, the wrist slightly turned out, the fingers to rest lightly against the thigh, with the elbow slightly bent.

Three

  • Drop the right hand to the side.

The Order

Rifle placed perpendicularly at the right side, butt on the ground, its toe in line with the toe of the right foot; right hand placed flat on the outside of the stock, thumb on the sling, the barrel pressed to the hollow of the shoulder.

Fixing Bayonets

Fix bayonets

Fix

  • By a sharp turn of the wrist, bring the thumb of the right hand round the rear of the barrel and grasp the rifle, thumb between the stock and the thigh
  • At the same time seize the socket of the bayonet with the left hand, knuckles to the front, thumb to the rear, fingers pointing to the ground, left elbow to the rear.

Bayonets

  • Push the muzzle of the rifle a little forward
  • At the same time draw the bayonet
  • As soon as the point clears the scabbard turn it up, keeping the elbow down and the upper part of the arm close to the body.
  • Place socket of bayonet on the muzzle (flat part of the blade to the front)
  • When it falls on the block of the foresight, turn it with the thumb from left to right and press it home
  • With the thumb turn the locking ring in the same direction under the block of the foresight
  • Drop the left hand to the side and bring the rifle to the Order.

The Shoulder from the Order

Shoulder from the Order

Shoulder

  • By a sharp turn of the wrist, bring the thumb of the right hand round the rear of the barrel and grasp the rifle, thumb between the stock and the thigh.

Arms

  • Give the rifle a cant upwards with the right hand and seize it below the lower band, keeping the barrel close to the shoulder.

Two

  • Bring the rifle with the right hand to the left side
  • Seize rifle with the left hand, grasping the inside of the butt with the first two joints of the fingers; the forefinger half an inch from, the thumb in front of, the heel, the wrist slightly turned out, the fingers to rest lightly against the thigh. The rifle to rest against the hollow of the left shoulder, the fore part of the butt nearly even with the front of the thigh.
  • As the left hand seizes the rifle, drop the right to the side

 

 

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