DIY Indian INSAS PDW

The INSAS is too easy a gun to make fun of. It is the giraffe of the gun world, a committee designed clone of the AK merged with some miscellaneous FN parts, badly manufactured from cheap materials and forced upon its end user, the Indian Army, by a government-owned gun making monopoly. A reader noticed this interesting photo of an INSAS on the BBC website.

The solider has chopped off the end of his stock to turn it into a pistol-esque PDW weapon (much like the pistol rifle conversations on sale to consumers in the USA). He has removed the stock just behind the receiver’s rear trunnion.

INSAS Kalantak Micro Assault Rifle

The INSAS Kalantak Micro Assault Rifle, said to be undergoing testing, is supposed to address some of the problems with the INSAS, but the Army still does not want anything to do with it and have not forgotten they were forced to adopt the INSAS in the first place

“The INSAS AR is a non-competitive weapon system and the army became a tied customer with little choice but to pay the asking price however high it might be and whatever operational objections it had to the rifle,” a senior Infantry officer admitted.

The soldiers in the background are, I think, Sierra Leonean. It is hard to say whose uniform it is given that the troops themselves seem a little confused as to how it is supposed to be worn 😉

[ Many thanks to Miles for emailing us the link. ]





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  • David / Sharpie

    I wonder if he would face disciplinary action for doing that.

    I may have shortened the stock, I don’t think I would have cut it off though.

    • Uberyeti

      It’d be a shame if he did. It’s not like sawing an INSAS in half is going to destroy anything of value.

  • David

    Its not like the lack of a stock is going to ruin his long range accuracy anyway

    • Juice

      I don’t think he’ll be using his INSAS for longer range combat situations, but more for (like the name suggests) personal defense.
      Off course the weapon becomes slightly less steady when it comes to handling, but for the soldier itself it’s much more convenient.

      • 6677

        Don’t think you got the reference. The INSAS isnt an accurate weapon so cutting the stock off will make little to no difference is what he’s trying to say

  • kiran

    I am a mil contractor. solider was faced disciplinary action also he will loose part of salary as punishment

  • KalashniKEV

    Man… as soon as the Indian Army ditches it and Century starts building up those INSAS kits, it’s really going to be the crappiest rifle the world has ever seen!

  • HK93

    I thought the Indian Army was going to get Tavor rifles ?

  • Alex-mac

    Let’s not give this guy more credit than he deserves. It’s not a PDW it’s a full length rifle with the stock cut off, mainly done probably cause it makes the guy look cool.

    There is no good reason for crippling a rifle like that.

  • AKS

    Lol, may be the poor guy’s rifle’s stock simply broke upon some impact and was denied a replacement. He would have sawed it off to save whatever stock he could in order for it to look clean and a deliberate attempt rather than a compulsion.

    • Alex-mac

      Yeah his stock broke cause he was using it as a improvised cricket bat.

  • Michael

    I saw this type of modification a lot in the DRC in 2005. A lot of the Congolese soldiers had cut off the buttstock of their AK in order to make it more compact. It was kind of a testament to how poorly trained the troops were.

  • Lance

    This is much like the Brazilian rifle a FAL rechambered for 5.56mm. BUT I heard bad rumors about this weapon. Overall glad to see India expand its weapons line. But hope its quality is good.

  • Aks20

    The INSAS may be nothing great in terms of fit and finish but its a functional rifle which works decently well. I have spoken to a wide variety of soldiers who use it, and for the most part they are ok with it. Its accurate, shoots well and is reasonably lightweight. A trained soldier of the IA can shoot more closed groups with it at typical combat ranges than he can with the Ak. Having said that, there are things which they dont like.
    – OFBs lackadaisical fit and finish. Usually unit armourers finesse the rifle to make the action work to a reasonable standard of user friendliness
    – The sling is not very well designed
    – It requires more care than the Ak. But to be honest, this is true of any modern combat rifle, Ak is too rugged
    – Its a bit front heavy. The attention paid to lightweight plastics made the rear of the rifle lighter than it should have been.

    Apart from that, the rifle, even though its nothing great in terms of design per se, works well.