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AUTOMATIC PISTOL, CAL..45, M1911 AND M1911A1 (6) Demonstrate the correct position of the whole body when firing, explaining in detail the position of the feet, legs, body muscles, arms, and head. (7) Require each man to assume the correct firing position. The officers and noncommissioned officers of the organization correct individuals who are at fault. (8) The above exercises having been completed, instruc- tion becomes individual under a coach. The men are placed in pairs opposite L targets or opposite small aiming bull’s- eyes and take turns coaching each other. (9) The details of the position exercises are- (a) Grasp the stock with the correct grip. • (b) Face target, then face half left. (c) Separate the feet 12 to 18 inches. (d) Align the sights on the bottom edge of the bull’s-eye, arm extended. (e) Hold the breath. (f) As soon as the arm becomes tired or the aim becomes unsteady, assume the position of raise PISTOL. (g) The pistol should be removed from the right hand and the muscles of the hand, arm, and shoulder relaxed and exercised before resuming the grip. This should also be done between shots in slow fire. (10) After the firer has completed the position exercise he may repeat it with a weight, such as a pair of field glasses in a case suspended from the right arm. The weight is sus- pended first between shoulder and elbow, then from the fore- arm, then from the wrist, and finally from the barrel of the pistol, interspersed with short rests. The value of this exer- cise lies in developing the muscles of the shoulder and arm. (11) (a) The hammer is not raised during the position exercises and the trigger is grasped very lightly with the finger. (b) After a short rest repeat the exercise. (c) The man acting as coach watches carefully and corrects all errors. (d) The man under instruction and the coach change places as the officer in charge of the instruction desires. This should be every 3 to 5 minutes.

M1911 Manual - Page 45

M1911 Manual - Page 45

 


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