One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hold a rifle at the slope.
- ‘As a Rifle Regiment does not slope arms there was no need to pin the brim of the hat up.’
- ‘I can tell you that the few occasions that I have been involved with armed gaurds at catafalque parties that Navy Cadets have never sloped arms with .303 rifles.’
- ‘The sentry is in full Battle Order and carries a rifle with bayonet fixed; he first comes to attention, slopes arms, and assuming he is standing at the left-hand end of his beat, will execute a right turn and march the required distance and then do a left about turn and proceed back to where he started.’
- ‘For a marching colour party, use the slope arms in kit 800 for the escort, and the officers arm with the sword raised.’
- ‘The 3rd York and Lancaster Regiment on parade on the same day was addressed by the colonel, and those who would volunteer ordered to slope arms, whereupon every man responded.’
- ‘They would not slope arms, instead they carried their rifles at the trail, so they were more quickly accessible.’
- ‘As the cortège, pictured here, appeared, slowly progressing towards the church escorted by two police motorcycle outriders, the Marines sloped arms.’
- ‘The Escort now presents arms and the parade is then ordered to slope arms and the officers ordered to take posts.’
- ‘I learned to slope arms and present arms, which you can't do in a muddy trench.’
- ‘The Band will then play ‘Point of War’, after which the Commanding Officer will order ‘Queen's Lancashires, slope arms.’’
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