with its tripod swung on his shoulder / with the rifle swung out to the right

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I can't understand bold parts of two sentences.
In these sentences, what swung mean? (like slung? or put/flung? or swinging?)

He heard Pilar call, “Agustín,” into the cave. Then she went into the cave and then two men came running out, one with the automatic rifle with its tripod swung on his shoulder; the other with a sackful of the pans.

Robert Jordan sunk his elbows into the ground and looked along the barrel at the four riders stopped there in the snow. Three of them had their automatic rifles out. Two carried them across the pommels of their saddles. The other sat his horse with the rifle swung out to the right, the butt resting against his hip.

It's from For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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  • RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    Here's how I picture the horseman -- no sling involved:


    I've never heard of a tripod-mounted rifle, but the book's setting is the Spanish Civil War; Hemingway was there and presumably knows what he's talking about.
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