trail arms

noun plural but singular in construction

Definition of trail arms

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of trail arms

from the imperative phrase trail arms


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