Manual of Drill and Ceremonial | Chapter 5 C8 carbine drill

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How squad members should stand, move in a carbine drill. This chapter of the manual shows only differences from the rifle drill.

SECTION 1 BASIC CARBINE DRILL

INTRODUCTION

  1. Carbine drill is a variation of rifle drill. The only differences are described in this chapter. If no detail is given, the drill is the same as for rifles; see Chapter 4.
  2. Where “small of the butt” is mentioned in Chapter 4, substitute “small of the sliding buttstock” in this chapter (Figure 5-1-1).
  3. When the carbine is used on drill and ceremonial parades, the sling shall be kept taut on the lefthand side of the magazine. The sliding buttstock shall be extended.
  4. On parades where carbines and rifles are carried, personnel carrying carbines shall remain at the shoulder arms position whenever the command order arms is given.

SHOULDER ARMS (POSITION OF ATTENTION)

Figure 5-1-1 Shoulder Arms (Position of Attention)

  1. The position of shoulder arms is the position of attention when carrying the carbine (Figure 5-1-2).

STAND AT EASE FROM ATTENTION

Figure 5-1-2 Position of Stand at Ease

  1. On the command STAND AT – EASE, squad members shall:
    1. with the right hand, bring the carbine to a diagonal position in front of the body with the butt toward the left knee, the muzzle towards the right shoulder and the magazine to the left (Figure 5-1-3);
    2. place the left hand over the right so the back of the right hand is in the palm of the left; and
    3. simultaneously, bend the left knee and place the left foot on the ground 25 cm to the left.

STAND EASY FROM THE STAND AT EASE

  1. On the command STAND – EASY, the body is relaxed in the stand at ease position and no other movement takes place.

STAND AT EASE FROM THE STAND EASY

  1. On the command SQUAD, the position of stand at ease is assumed.

ATTENTION FROM STAND AT EASE

  1. On the command ATTEN – TION, squad members shall:
    1. bend the left knee and bring the left foot at the position of attention; and
    2. simultaneously, force the carbine to the right side and cut the left hand to the side and assume the position of attention.

C8 CARBINE

Figure 5-1-3 C8 Carbine

GROUND ARMS FROM THE SHOULDER

Figure 5-1-4 Ground Arms from the Shoulder

  1. On the command GROUND ARMS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. take a half pace forward with the left foot and, by bending the knees, adopt a squatting position (Figure 5-1-4);
    2. simultaneously, lay the carbine on the ground at the right side with the magazine to the right and the muzzle pointing straight to the front, keeping the right arm vertical and the right hand in line with the right knee;
    3. keep the shoulders square to the front and look down at the carbine; and
    4. keep the left arm straight against the body and hip.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall:
    1. release the carbine; and
    2. assume the position of attention by standing erect, bending the left knee and bringing the left foot back to the right foot.
  3. On the command GROUND – ARMS, the two movements are combined. A standard pause is observed between the movements.

TAKE UP ARMS

  1. On the command TAKE UP ARMS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. take a half pace forward with the left foot and, by bending the knees, adopt a squatting position;
    2. looking down, grasp the carbine at the pistol grip with the right hand; and
    3. keep the left arm straight against the body and hip.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall assume the position of attention by:
    1. standing erect, bending the left knee and bringing the left foot smartly back to the right; and
    2. simultaneously, bringing the carbine to the right side, adopting the proper position of attention.
  3. On the command TAKE UP – ARMS, the two movements are combined. A standard pause shall be observed between the movements.

DRESSING A SQUAD

  1. When dressing a squad on parade with carbines, the squad shall be at the shoulder arms (attention) position and the movements shall be executed in similar manner to those for rifle drill.

ORDERING A SQUAD WITH CARBINES ON PARADE

  1. The detail shall be similar to that for rifle drill except that carbines are not brought to the order arms position.

FIX BAYONETS

Figure 5-1-5 Fix Bayonets

  1. The squad shall be in the open order when fixing bayonets.
  2. On the command SQUAD WILL FIX BAYONETS, BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. tilt the carbine forward with the right hand to an angle of 45 degrees (Figure 5-1-5); and
    2. simultaneously, grasp the bayonet handle with the thumb around the ring and fingers around the handle.
  3. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall:
    1. rotate the bayonet anti-clockwise; and
    2. withdraw the bayonet by straightening the left arm with the bayonet being held along the left buttock, not visible from the front and with the fingers extended down the side of the bayonet handle.
  4. On the command SQUAD WILL FIX BAYONETS – FIX, the two movements are combined.
  5. On the command BAYONETS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. lower the head to look directly at the muzzle of the carbine; and
    2. simultaneously, bring the bayonet between the body and the arm and fix the bayonet on the carbine by first fitting the bayonet ring over the muzzle and then fitting the groove in the bayonet handle over the bayonet stud on the carbine.
  6. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall push the bayonet down until the catch engages.
  7. On the command SQUAD, BAYONETS, the two movements are combined. A standard pause shall be observed between movements.
  8. On the command SQUAD, squad members shall open the palm of the left hand and strike the handle of the bayonet with the fingers and thumb together and extended in continuation of the line of the arm and the thumb below the cross piece (guard) of the bayonet.
  9. On the command SQUAD, ATTEN – TION, squad members shall:
    1. pull the carbine to the right side and assume the shoulder arms position; and
    2. cut the left arm to the left side and raise the head to assume the position of attention.

UNFIX BAYONETS

Figure 5-1-6 Unfix Bayonets

  1. On the command SQUAD WILL UNFIX BAYONETS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ­ONE, squad members shall:
    1. with the right hand, carry the carbine to the front centre of the body (Figure 5-1-6);
    2. bending the knees slightly, grip the carbine between the knees; knees gripping the carbine at a point between the pistol grip and the magazine; and
    3. strike and grasp the carbine with the left hand immediately below the bayonet handle with the thumb and forefinger pressing in on the bayonet catch.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, release the carbine with the right hand and grasp the bayonet handle with an upward movement, forcing the bayonet ring just clear of the carbine barrel with the blade edge to the front, the bayonet in line with the weapon barrel.
  3. On the command SQUAD WILL UNFIX BAYONETS – UNFIX, the movements are combined. A standard pause shall be observed between the movements.
  4. On the command BAYONETS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. with a flick of the right wrist, turn the bayonet over to the left so that the flat of the blade strikes the belt;
    2. grasp the scabbard with the left hand, tilting the scabbard and inserting the point of the bayonet into the mouth of the scabbard; and
    3. simultaneously, bend the head downward  and to the left to look at the scabbard.
  5. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall:
    1. force the bayonet fully home in the scabbard;
    2. keep the left elbow straight to the rear;
    3. keep the right elbow close to the body; and
    4. keep the fingers of the right hand closed and extended downward over the bayonet handle.
  6. On the command SQUAD, BAYONETS, the two movements are combined. A standard pause shall be observed between the movements.
  7. On the command ATTENTION BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. strike and grasp the carbine at the pistol grip with the right hand;
    2. simultaneously, release the scabbard with left hand, strike and grasp the carbine at the barrel below the flash suppressor; and
    3. turn the head and eyes to the front.
  8. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall:
    1. force the weapon to the shoulder arms position with both hands, guiding the weapon into the shoulder with the left hand; and
    2. simultaneously, straighten the knees to the position of attention.
  9. On the command SQUAD – THREE, squad members shall cut the left hand and arm to the side assuming the position of attention.
  10. On the command SQUAD, ATTEN – TION, the three movements are combined. A standard pause shall be observed between the movements.

EXAMINE ARMS FROM THE SHOULDER

Figure 5-1-7 Examine Arms from the Shoulder

  1. On the command FOR INSPECTION, EXAMINE ARMS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. keeping the head and body square to the front, take a half pace forward with the left foot (Figure 5-1-7); and
    2. thrust the carbine forward with the right hand to an angle of 45 degrees and strike and grasp the handguard immediately in front of the magazine with the left hand, the sling in the palm of the left hand.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall remove the right hand from the pistol grip and grasp the cocking handle with the index and middle fingers.
  3. On the command SQUAD – THREE, squad members shall, with the right hand:
    1. pull the working parts to the rear; and
    2. return the cocking handle to its normal position.
  4. On the command SQUAD – FOUR, squad members shall return the right hand to the pistol grip, right forefinger along the trigger guard.
  5. On the command SQUAD – FIVE, squad members shall remove the left hand from the handguard, ensure the fire control selector is on “S” and return the left hand to the handguard.
  6. On the command FOR INSPECTION, EXAMINE – ARMS, the five movements are combined. The standard pause shall be observed between the movements.

EASE SPRINGS

  1. On the command EASE SPRINGS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. remove the left hand from the handguard; and
    2. strike the side of the magazine with the fingers around the forward edge of the magazine and the left thumb over the bolt catch.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall push the bolt in the bolt catch with the thumb of the left hand.
  3. On the command SQUAD – THREE, squad members shall move the fire control selector to “R” with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand.
  4. On the command SQUAD – FOUR, squad members shall return the left hand to the handguard.
  5. On the command SQUAD – FIVE, squad members shall press the trigger and release it.
  6. On the command SQUAD – SIX, squad members shall, with the right hand, strike the right side of the magazine housing with fingers together and extended and immediately, with the index finger, close the ejection port cover (Figure 4-1-14).
  7. On the command SQUAD – SEVEN, squad members shall return the right hand to the pistol grip, the right index finger along the trigger guard.
  8. On the command EASE – SPRINGS, the seven movements are combined. The standard pause shall be observed between the movements.
  9. DELETED.

SHOULDER ARMS FROM THE EXAMINE

Figure 5-1-8 Shoulder Arms from the Examine

  1. On the command SHOULDER ARMS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, squad members shall:
    1. bend the left knee and assume the position of attention with the feet (Figure 5-1-8);
    2. with the right hand, pull the weapon to the shoulder arms position;
    3. simultaneously, with the left hand force the weapon into the right shoulder, maintaining an all-round grasp of the handguard with the left hand; and
    4. keep the weapon vertical to the ground.
  2. On the command SQUAD – TWO, squad members shall:
    1. cut the left hand to the side by the shortest route; and
    2. force the weapon back until the thumb of the right hand is in line with the trouser seam.
  3. On the command SHOULDER – ARMS, the two movements are combined. The standard pause shall be observed between the movements.
  4. When rifles and carbines are mixed on parade and the command to order arms from the examine is given, personnel carrying carbines shall remain still for the standard pause whilst personnel armed with rifles execute the first movement of the order arms, (Chapter 4, paragraph 87). Thereafter, those armed with carbines shall shoulder arms.
  5. On other than a ceremonial parade, it is normal for each individual to ease springs, shoulder arms and stand at ease after the inspecting officer has reached the second file to the left. The last two members of the rank act together. If order arms is ordered for rifles on parade, personnel with carbines shall shoulder arms.

SHOULDER ARMS FROM THE PORT

  1. Similar to rifle drill.
  2. When carbines and rifles are carried at the port arms on the same parade and the command order arms is given, the following movements shall be executed by personnel carrying carbines.
  3. On the command ORDER ARMS BY NUMBERS, SQUAD – ONE, personnel carrying carbines shall force the carbine to the right shoulder with the left hand.
  4. On the command SQUAD – TWO, personnel shall change the position of the right hand from the sliding buttstock, to strike and grasp the pistol grip.
  5. On the command SQUAD – THREE, personnel shall cut the left hand to the side and assume the position of attention.
  6. On the command ORDER – ARMS, the three movements are combined. The standard pause is observed between the movements.

SECTION 2 CEREMONIAL CARBINE DRILL

FIRING CARTRIDGES FROM THE SHOULDER

  1. Firing cartridges from the shoulder is executed in the same manner as for rifle drill, except that in the last movement carbines shall be returned to the shoulder in the same manner as for the shoulder arms from the examine.

FIRING VOLLEYS – MILITARY FUNERALS

  1. The procedure for firing volleys at a military funeral shall be the same as for rifle drill, except as noted below.
  2. On the completion of the service and after the parade commander has ordered parade replace headdress, the guard/firing party commander shall give the same sequence of commands as detailed for rifle drill except that the command order arms shall not be given when only carbines are carried.

NOTE

A five seconds pause shall be observed between volleys, otherwise orders at sub-subparagraphs 41.b. (4), (5) and (6), section 2, chap. 4 are repeated until three blank rounds have been fired.

REVERSE ARMS FROM THE SHOULDER

  1. The reverse arms shall be executed in the same manner as that for rifle drill, except for the fourth movement, which shall be as follows. On the command SQUAD – FOUR, squad members shall release the handguard with the left hand and transfer the left hand behind the back grasping the barrel just in front of the front sight, the back of the hand towards the ground.

CHANGE ARMS AT THE REVERSE

  1. The change arms from the reverse shall be executed in the same manner as that for rifle drill, except for the fourth movement, which shall be as follows. On the command SQUAD – FOUR, squad members shall force the right arm around and behind the body, the right hand grasping the barrel in front of the front sight, the back of the hand towards the ground.
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