Hello guys, longtime no see.. Had a chance to tryout the latest INSAS model this sunday and have experienced some more raves and rants.. no time to do the writeup today so will followup sometime tomorrow. Meanwhile here are some more pics
Hokhay boys & Gurls heah’s some words to go along with them pics!
Had gone to a police training centre shooting range with a couple of friends to zero some scopes here in Aizawl this Sunday. After having had our fill of plinking and scope alignment with our ‘civvy’ guns, we were treated to a few shots each with the latest newly arrived ‘INSAS’ 5.56 rifle. The armourer was kind enough to give us a thorough ‘handling lesson’ with the rifle before we were allowed to handle it. Poor fellow, I did’nt have the heart to tell him that the first time I had ‘handled’ the rifle was more than 10 years ago at Pragati Maidan. Nevermind actually having fired it probably even before he had even heard about it. Any way, his tone and personal comments let me know that he wasn’t too impressed with it and that was good enough to let me know that we were on the same ‘wavelength’. BTW. I actually feel silly doing a writeup on the INSAS.. afterall there were four of us and we were allowed only one box of 20 cartridges between the four of us. Beggars cant be choosers eh?? As it happens, I am also probably the only civvy in India who has had the opportunity to fire a sum total of approximately 55 odd shots with the INSAS.
Fact : 1
Out of the box, the Insas is almost impossible to operate! The police armourer has to use sandpaper on the piston heads as they are very tight and tend to jam on a shoulder at the bottom of the cylinder pipe.
The rifle we tested was practically ‘brand new’ with approximately only about a 100 shots through it. Cocking handle was very stiff and tight. It actually made me feel like I was cocking an airgun! When one manages to actually fully pull back the cocking handle, one has to let go off it suddenly and with a bang otherwise the cartridge in the magazine cannot load properly. (More of this later)
Fact : 2
With the INSAS enemies have to be engaged only beyond 200 meters. The M-16 copy adjustable rear aperture sights is a flip over type and is marked at 200 and 400 meters! I know it is ‘out of the box’ and hopefully the sights can be tweaked. But at 200m adjustment, the foresight is barely visible as tin sheet clamps on the piston cover cannot keep it in place without it bulging out and hiding the line of sight! One might argue that this is an infantry rifle and not a sniper rifle and pin point accuracy is not required. But wasn’t that one of the reasons we switched to 5.56 from 7.62?
The latest INSAS looks cool.. yup! Switching to black coloured furniture from the orange coloured ones was a good move. What with the modern looking seethrough plastic magazine and dull grey phosphate coating (OFB seems to have mastered phosphating finally) This batch arrived a couple of weeks ago and is fresh from the factory. The finish is much better than the ones I have seen with the BSF and as shown by Cottagecheese. (maybe they read his post, the crude dot matrix type lettering is still there but no more trying to enhance it by rubbing it with paint) The flash hider looks really mean and is probably the best machined part of the rifle. (I bet it is being outsourced)
Fact : 4
All spent cartridges are automatically deformed
This is an amazing adaptation! All spent cartridges automatically get deformed thus defeating all ideas of reloading of spent INSAS cartridges. I guess this enables the armed forces to immediatedly sell the spent brass as junk without having to go through the hassles of having to manually deform them by having a road roller go over them. Jokes apart, It looks like the empty cartridge slams against the rear lip of the ejection port thus getting deformed in the process of ejection. This would mean there is a timing fault in the ejection mechanisim. Spent cartridges get thrown 15 – 30 ft. infront of the shooter. Also as can be seen in the photo, the lip of the magazine is too far down and as the mouth of the chamber is devoid of any kind of channel, The armourer claims that cartridges often hit the mouth of the chamber and get deformed thus leadin to loading problems before they enter the chamber.