trail arms

trail arms
noun plural but singular in construction
Etymology: from the imperative phrase trail arms
: a position in military drill in which a rifle butt is raised a few inches from the ground and the muzzle inclined forward so that the barrel makes an angle of about 30 degrees with the vertical — often used as a command

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trail arms,
1. the military command to bring or hold a weapon at the side with the butt nearly on the ground and the muzzle tilted forward.
2. the position in the manual of arms in which a weapon is thus held.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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