I witnessed something a little while back that's been nagging me for a while. After a Weapon Handling lesson we were tasked with give the gats a quick cleaning and I noticed that one of the 'senior' Riflemen was using this as a chance to give extra tuition to a new bod. Nothing wrong there. When he got to the function test however I noticed a couple of pretty peculiar drills. Most notably, he instructed the lad to cock the rifle 3 times. I know that's not in the PAM and have never seen it done before. Where did this come from? Is it an old SLR drill that seems to have been passed down and if so, what was it for? I wasn't in a position to ask the lad about it there and then as I was tasked to deal with something else, but would like to know where this came for background from before I pull this lad aside and quote chapter and verse.