Figure 4-2.--The low crawl.
Figure 4-4.--Crawling silently.
Figure 4-3.--The high crawl.
The low crawl and high crawl are not suitable for
moving silently. To crawl silently, you must move on
the balance to rest on your forearm, and let the butt drag
your hands and knees (fig. 4-4): Start by laying your
along the ground. Keep the muzzle and operating rod
weapon carefully on the ground to your side. With your
clear of the ground (fig. 4-2, view 1).
right hand, feel or make a clear spot for your knee. While
keeping your hand on the spot, bring your right knee
To start forward, push your arms ahead and pull
forward until it meets your hand. Next, clear a spot with
your fight leg forward (fig. 4-2, view 2). Move by
your left hand and move your left knee up in the same
pulling with your free arm and pushing with your right
reamer. Be sure your weapon is always within reach!
leg. Every so often, change your pushing leg to avoid
To move your weapon, feel for a place, clear it, and lift
getting tired (fig. 4-2, view 3).
the weapon into position. Crawl very slowly and keep
Use the HIGH CRAWL method when cover and
your movements absolutely silent.
concealment are available, when poor visibility reduces
enemy observation, and when more speed is needed.
Keep your body free of the ground and rest your
weight on your forearms and lower legs. Cradle the rifle
The movements just explained, rushing and
in your arms, keeping the muzzle off the ground. Keep
crawling, are not particularly useful when you are close
your knees well behind your buttocks so your rump
to the enemy because they often create a shuffling noise.
remains low. Move forward by alternately advancing
When extremely quiet movement is necessary,
your right elbow and left knee and then your left elbow
especially when you are on patrol or stalking an enemy,
and right knee (fig. 4-3).
you must use the movements described below. These