not cock the weapon at this time; instead, go on to the
next step in clearing.
2. Remove the magazine (fig. 11-9). Grasp the
magazine with the left hand (fingers curled around the
front of the magazine, thumb placed on the magazine
catch button). Use your right hand and apply pressure on
the magazine catch button with the thumb and pull the
magazine straight out of the weapon.
3. Lock the bolt open (figs. 11-10 and 11-11).
Grasp the charging handle with the thumb and
forefinger of the right hand, depress the charging
handle, latch it with the right thumb, and pull to the rear
(fig. 11-10). When the bolt is fully rearward, press the
bottom of the bolt catch with the thumb or forefinger of
the left hand (fig. 11-11). Allow the bolt to move slowly
Figure 11-7.M16A2 rear sight.
Figure 11-9.Removing the magazine.
Figure 11-10.Pulling the charging handle rearward.
Figure 11-8.Selector lever pointing to SAFE.