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How to Execute Carry Arms

This is the safest way to carry an unloaded or replica rifle. Everyone needs to adopt this carry right away- Port Arms is not the way to transport a rifle unless you are in formation and there isn’t anyone around.

Carry Arms is a move executed while carrying a a rifle, fire axe or pike pole. This is the safest way to travel with any piece of equipment, especially a rifle. When traveling to and from your practice area, at a drill meet, etc., this is the safest way to carry your rifle, axe or pole.

Pictured below are the movements for the rifle.

The command is, Carry, ARMS, and is given while at Attention and at Order Arms. The command is executed at quick time in 3 counts.

 

Begin, Attention/Order Arms

Count 1

Count 2A
(immediately assume the next position, 2B, below)

Count 2B

Count 3

For a complete description of this move and all other drill movements for the flag, rifle, sword/saber, ceremonial pike pole and ceremonial fire axe, get your copy of The Honor Guard Manual.

 

 

The Manual of the Firefighter’s Ceremonial Pike Pole

The Manual of the Firefighter’s Ceremonial Pike Pole

What about the manual of arms for the Firefighter’s Ceremonial Pike Pole? I have the solution! For my fifth book for the military drill world, The Honor Guard Manual, I developed a manual for manipulating the firefighter’s ceremonial pike pole that mimics the manual of arms for the honor guard.

What I have done is to try to match, as closely as possible, the honor guard manual of arms for the rifle and present a standard that everyone can use regardless of where they are or the size of their team.

Here is a sample of going from Order Arms/Attention to Present Arms and then Present Arms back to Order Arms/Attention:

Pike Pole Order Arms/Attention to Present Arms

Pike Pole Order Arms from Present Arms

 

 

The Manual of the Firefighter’s Ceremonial Fire Axe

There is the manual of arms for the rifle, saber/sword and even a handgun. What about the Firefighter’s Ceremonial Fire Axe? I have the solution! For my fifth book for the military drill world, The Honor Guard Manual, I developed a manual for manipulating the firefighter’s ceremonial fire axe that mimics the manual of arms for the honor guard.

What I have done is to try to match, as closely as possible, the honor guard manual of arms for the rifle and present a standard that everyone can use regardless of where they are or the size of their team.

Here is a sample of going from Attention to Port Arms and then Port Arms back to Order Arms/Attention:

From Attention to Port Arms

From Port Arms to Order Arms/Attention

In The Honor Guard Manual you can learn about every aspect of what an honor guard does and how to perform it.