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At the second command take the position of guard; at the same time throw the rifle smartly to the front, grasp the rifle with the left hand just below the lower band, fingers between the stock and gun sling, barrel turned slightly to the left, the right hand grasping the small of the stock about 6 inches in front of the right hip, elbows free from the body, bayonet point at the height of the chin.

Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the Army of the United States, 1917
Author: War Department
Available from gutenberg.org
Hand weapons, Weapons