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That has always been an issue with me jrhead. The rule when I served in the RAF was that the butt end loop was as tight as possible, ie through the swivel & fasten. Now I recognise that the only time I carried a rifle was on parades so possibly that was the reason as it brings the top down in line with the mag & gave a good sound on the command, General Salute, Present Arms. Perhaps other forum members with service in the British Army could shed some light.As seen in this picture (although the butt end loop should only be a hand span wide in order to be correct).