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ready

at or to the ready (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing

ready

[′red·ē]
(ordnance)
Of a weapon, aimed, loaded, and prepared to fire.
References in classic literature ?
Hold yourself in readiness in case of an attack, but do not fire without my orders.
The duke's attendants had received directions to have a boat in readiness at the jetty head, and to watch the embarkation of their master, without approaching him until either he or his friend should summon them, -- "whatever may happen," he had added, laying a stress upon these words, so that they might not be misunderstood.
The Navy Readiness Reporting Enterprise, enterprise readiness metric teams, cross-functional teams, type commander pillar teams, and type/series readiness matrix building teams have come together to produce a quantum leap forward in readiness reporting.