a position in military drill in which one's rifle is held diagonally in front of the body, with the muzzle pointing upward to the left.
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Origin of port arms
First recorded in 1795–1805
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A while Case stood with the Winchester at the port-arms; then he gave a little laugh to himself and stepped round the ferns.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
A while Case stood with the Winchester at the port-arms; then he gave a little laugh to himself, and stepped round the ferns.Island Nights' Entertainments|Robert Louis Stevenson