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INSPECTION OF ARMS

(3 count pause at open and close of pans)


With the men fallen in normally with arms at the order and the troops at the open order...

BATTALION WILL INSPECT ARMS,

FIX, BAYONETS

as per Calvert.

SHOULDER, ARMS

as per Calvert

OPEN, PANS

1st:   The right hand comes across the body to the musket with the elbow held close to the body. The right hand under the pan the fingers straight, below the pan, palm up.

2nd:    the pan is opened by lifting the right hand slightly

3rd:    The right hand quits



PORT, ARMS

as per Calvert.

at this point the inspecting officer/s walk down the line inspecting the pans for cleanliness and obvious defects.



SHOULDER, ARMS

as per Calvert



SHUT, PANS

1st: The right hand is brought briskly across the body with the fingers extended and together and the palm facing downward,

2nd: the right hand shuts the pan in one quick movement

3rd: the right hand quits the musket to its normal position at the attention.



ORDER, ARMS

as per Calvert



CAST, ABOUT

the musket is lifted in the right hand and brought briskly across the body to the end position of Calvert with the musket in the left hand, arm fully extended,  the butt stock near the small left toe, the lock out but facing more to the left and the button of the ramrod between the forefinger and thumb of the right hand. Ramrods are immediately drawn.

as per Calvert in the platoon exercise ending with the button inserted in the barrel an inch.

At this point, the inspecting officer starts at the right and walks along the line. As he steps in front of the files they drop or spring their rammers so that he can hear it hit the bottom and see it bounce. The officer continues right down the line and stops only if there is a problem or an obvious clunk. 

As he passes, after the soldier has successfully sprung, the soldier then draws his ramrod out and places it with the ramrod over the right shoulder button forward and supported on the crook of the bayonet.

When the officer has heard the report of the ramrods he turns around and returns inspecting the buttons as he goes.

When the Officer has finished inspecting the soldier’s rammer and passes to the next man, the inspected soldier now returns his ramrod to the pipes and returns his musket to the order and remains at attention.



UNFIX, BAYONETS

as per Calvert



SHOULDER ARMS

as per Calvert



PORT ARMS

as per Calvert



HANG ARMS

the musket  is turned upside down, lock out, the right thumb  sliding into the trigger guard resulting in the musket being suspended on it's trigger by the soldiers right thumb. The left hand stays on the musket to support it until the inspecting officer arrives to witness the proof of the half-cock. As the inspecting officer arrives the left hand is removed from the musket and briskly brought to the side. Immediately after the inspecting officer has viewed and passed, the soldier returns the musket to his shoulder.

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