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inspection arms

a position in military drill in which the missile chamber of a weapon is open for inspection.
Origin of inspection arms
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When later we fell in for parade, and were given “inspection arms!”

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • As soon as the targets disappear cease firing, come to inspection arms, examine your rifle for unfired cartridges.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

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