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Old October 16, 2013, 10:41 AM   #16
Bart B.
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With the M1 and M14, "out of battery" is when the bolt's locking lugs are twisted counterclockwise any amount off their rotating stops on a chambered round and the op rod's all the way forward against its stops.

"In battery" for the US military has always meant all the weapon's parts are in their normal safe firing positions.
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