right shoulder arms

noun

: a position in the manual of arms in which the butt of the rifle is held in the right hand with the barrel resting on the right shoulder
also : a command to assume this position

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of right shoulder arms was in 1902

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“Right shoulder arms.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20shoulder%20arms. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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