INSAS is a modification of AK-47 and Self-Loading Rifle
TIRUCHI: For the first time, constable recruits undergoing training at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) Training Centre here are being imparted full-fledged training in handling the advanced INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifle along with other small arms.
The RPF training centre being the only one in the south zone to train constable recruits, it was provided with some numbers of "Drill Purpose" and "Service" INSAS 5.56 mm rifles a few months ago.
Being an indigenously manufactured weapon, the INSAS is a modification of the AK-47 and the Self Loading Rifle (SLR). A semi and automatic weapon, the INSAS is similar to the SLR in appearance and similar to AK-47 in mechanism.
For the past five months, the trainees, numbering 523, are being given special training to handle this rifle, which has already been inducted into the RPF. The "Drill Purpose" rifle was being used to train the recruits.
The importance of the weapon, its salient features, the ways to handle the weapon safely, and the ways to clean and assemble it were all being explained to the recruits during the outdoor sessions.
The Security Commissioner - cum- Principal, RPF Training Centre, Tiruchi, P.V. Subrahmanian told The Hindu here that the constable recruits presently undergoing nine-month training at the centre were the first batch to receive full-fledged training in handling this modern rifle.
The ways of handling this weapon were also being taught to 59 women recruit constables currently undergoing training at Chennai.
Being light-weight and handy, the INSAS rifle has an effective range of striking targets up to a distance of 400 metres.
The rifle's effective range, muzzle velocity and cycle rate of fire are more than the SLR and the AK-47. The rate of fire of the INSAS is 600 to 650 rounds per minute.
The INSAS rifle, according to the instructors of the Centre, has got space on cover assembly in which a day light telescope could be fixed which would enhance the firing capability during day time even if there was a poor condition.
The same space provides possibility for fixing Passive Night Sights (PNS) facility to serve the same purposes at night. The capacity of the rifle's magazine, which is made of translucent material to be transparent, is 20 rounds.
Mr. Subrahmanian said that the recruits were also being trained in handling other small arms such as the .22 rifle, .303 rifle, carbine gun, light machine gun, SLR besides pistol and revolver.