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Infantry Drill Regulations 1911

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual Advanced Training


For troops armed with the United States rifle, Model 1917 (Enfield), the

alternative paragraphs published herewith will govern.

By order of the Security of War:


Major General, Chief of Staff.


H. P. McCAIN, The Adjutant General.


The following rules govern the carrying of the piece

First. The piece is not carried with cartridges in either the chamber or

the magazine except when specially odered. When so loaded, or supposed

to be loaded, it is habitually carried locked; that is, with the safety

lock turned to the Safe. At all other times it is carried unlocked,

with the trigger pulled.

Second. Whenever troops are formed under arms, pieces are immediately

inspected at the commands: 1. INSPECTION, 2. ARMS, 3. ORDER

(Right shoulder, port), 4. ARMS.

A similar inspection is made immediately before dismissal.

If cartridges are found in the chamber or magazine they are removed and

placed in the belt.

Third. The bayonet is not fixed except in bayonet exercise, on guard, or

for combat.

Fourth. Fall in is executed with the piece at order arms. Fall out,

rest, and at ease are executed as without arms. On resuming

attention the position of order arms is taken.

Fifth. If at the order, unless otherwise prescribed, the piece is

brought to the right shoulder at the command MARCH, the three motions

corresponding with the first three steps. Movements may be executed at

the trail by prefacing the preparatory command with the words at

trail; as 1. AT TRAIL, FORWARD, 2. MARCH. The trail is taken at the

command MARCH.

When the facings, alignments, open and close ranks, taking interval or

distance, and assemblings are executed from the order, raise the piece

to the trail while in motion and resume the order on halting.

Sixth. The piece is brought to the order on halting. The execution of

the order begins when the halt is completed.

Seventh. A disengaged hand in double time is held as when without arms.

Being at order arms: 1. UNFIX, 2. BAYONET.

If the bayonet scabbard is carried on the belt: Execute parade rest;

grasp the handle of the bayonet firmly with the right hand, pressing the

spring with the forefinger of the left hand; raise the bayonet until the

handle is about 12 inches above the muzzle of the piece; drop the point

to the left, back of the hand toward the body, and, glancing at the

scabbard, return the bayonet, the blade passing between the left arm and

the body; regrasp the piece with the right hand and resume the order.

If the bayonet scabbard is carried on the haversack: Take the bayonet

from the rifle with the left hand and return it to the scabbard in the

most convenient manner.

If marching or lying down, the bayonet is fixed and unfixed in the most

expeditious and convenient manner and the piece returned to the original


Fix and unfix bayonet are executed with promptness and regularity, but

not in cadence.

Being at inspection arms; 1. ORDER (Right shoulder, port), 2. ARMS.

At the preparatory command press the follower down with the fingers of

the left hand, then push the bolt forward just enough to engage the

follower, raise the fingers of the left hand, push the bolt forward,

turn the handle down, pull the trigger, and resume port arms. At the

command ARMS, complete the movement ordered.