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India’s Schizophrenic Rifle Program Stutters Forward: Excalibur to Be Adopted in Interim, 7.62x39mm Rifle Sought

The frothing, boiling cauldron that is India’s collective rifle development and procurement entities has shifted again. Just two weeks ago, we reported to you that India had restarted its search for a 7.62x51mm foreign assault rifle to replace the INSAS. Now, we [Read More…]

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India Police Training

This is something different. We have posted some odd Israeli firearm training but this is almost comical. However I have to commend them for expertly performing these maneuvers in sync with each other. Cartwheeling to shoot a pistol should be in every training course. [Read More…]

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Blessing Enfields

This photo, that appeared on the Telegraph’s website, shows the Head Armourer of the paramilitary Home Guards in Ahmadabad blessing thier Enfield rifles. Ahmadabad is India’s fifth largest city. [ Many thanks to Whaleoil for the tip. ]

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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 [Read More…]

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Polish Commandoes Try The Tavor

It is not everyday that I receive a photo of a Polish commando, armed with a Tavor rifle, in tropical jungles. Last month India’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) school held a joint Indo-Polish special forces exercise in the jungles of [Read More…]

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India to develop new carbine

The Indian state run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and state owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have developed a new carbine for the Army which The Times of India reports will soon be adopted by the India Army. The Milap carbine, as it currently [Read More…]

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Trichy Assault Rifle

Ordnance Factory of Tiruchi (OFT) has developed a new 7.62x39mm assault rifle. From what can see, the Trichy Assault Rifle looks to be an improved version of India’s 5.56mm INSAS rifle. Times of India reports … TIRUCHI: The Ordnance Factory of Tiruchi (OFT) [Read More…]

Indian marines get Tavor

Last month India received a consignment of 500 IMI Tavor TAR-21 rifles and 30 Galil sniper rifles worth $4 million. The rifles are destined for India’s Navy Marines. Space War reports … India’s navy marine commandos start using Israeli-made TAR-21 [Read More…]

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The INSAS 5.56mm Rifle

An Indian reader emailed me an article he wrote about India’s service weapon, the INSAS 5.56mm Rifle. The article is facinating and I highly recommend you take the time to read it. I think it is safe to say the gun was designed by a committee. It has a FNC-styled [Read More…]

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The Real Firearm in India

Last year I wrote about the poor state of the Indian firearm industry. A government monopoly on manufacture, restrictions on imports and reluctance to issue firearm licenses has resulted in a declining industry. What I did not know is that while the state factories are [Read More…]

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Gandhi, I honor you

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Page 446. An autobiography: the story of my experiments with truth By Gandhi (Mahatma), Mahadev Haribhai Desai I love [Read More…]

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Worst. Sling. Design. Ever!

Indian soldiers are complaining about the INSAS rifles they are issued. One of the chief complaints is the poor sling design. It breaks easily and its placement on the rifle obscures the front sight! Times of India reports: Also, its sling often snaps while firing, [Read More…]

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QBZ-95 Photos

I came across these photos, of the recent Chinese Indian war games, showing the QBZ-95 in use. Although they could be the QBZ-97 (5.56mm version), I cannot tell the difference. They let the Indians have a go! Hat Tip: MilitaryPhotos.net

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Indian militants guns and ammo

A photo of arms and ammunition recently captured from militants in Kashmir. The condition of the firearms is just awful. I suppose that the fact they keep functioning is a testament to the design of the weapons. Ammunition and bodies of suspected militants lie on ground [Read More…]