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RFI hands over indigenous Ghaatak rifle to Kerala Police

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    Jayanta Gupta | TNN | Jan 16, 2017, 11.28PM IST
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    Ratneshwar Varma, GM, RFI (on left) hands over the Ghaatak rifle to Rajesh Dewan, DG, Kerala Police on Monday
    KOLKATA: Rifle Factory Ishapore (RFI) handed over the first Ghaatak rifle to the director general of Kerala Police on Monday at the factory premises in North 24-Parganas. The 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifle has been developed by the factory indigenously for use by the defence, central paramilitary and state police forces. The rifle can fire in single and automatic modes and its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds. Its rate of fire is 600 rounds per minute and effective range is 300 metres.

    "On Monday, RFI general manager Ratneshwar Varma handed over the weapon to Rajesh Dewan, DG, Kerala Police in the presence of other senior officers and employees of the factory. Senior officials of the Telangana Police were also present during the programme. The first batch of Ghaatak rifles is ready for issue to the Kerala Police. Other state police forces are also interested in the weapon," a senior official from RFI said.

    The Ghaatak rifles are unique as holographic day sights and corner sights can be mounted on them. These sights can't be mounted on existing AK-47 rifles. Even the Kolkata Police has sent its AK-47 rifles to RFI for incorporation of these sights.


    "State police forces from Assam, Punjab, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar, Maharashtra and Nagaland will receive consignments of Ghaatak rifles in subsequent batches shortly. Several other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) have given indents for supply of the rifles. The Kerala Police DG appreciated the efforts of RFI in developing the indigenous weapon. He assured that the factory - that developed the 5.56 mm Insas rifle - will receive more orders for Ghaatak, sniper rifles and .303 anti-riot guns from the Kerala Police. He also requested RFI to provide first-hand training to Kerala Police in use and maintenance of these weapons," the official added.

    Varma said that RFI, which has been producing small arms for over 100 years now, will strive towards development of better weapons.
    http://m.timesofindia.com/city/kolk...fle-to-kerala-police/articleshow/56605569.cms
     
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    Excellent developments. State Police forces have already come a long way toward completely junking all the .303 Lee-Enfields and 7.62 Ishapore rifles. However a critical aspect to focus on would be training and access to firing ranges so that the police personnel can hone their skills. Incorporation of red dots and/or holographic sights could afford Armed Police in naxal-infested regions a significant tactical advantage. Most CAPFs already have optics on their weapons, it's time the Police caught up.

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    IMHO Red dot sights must be made default with every assault rifle.
    Better focus should be given to training and tactics development rather than wasting time on iron sights
     
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    Actually iron sights can be pretty comfortable & preferable to use in close-quarters by many. Optics can increase your sighting & accuracy at longer ranges.

    So when optics should be available, it should depend on the individual shooter's preference what he wants to use given the situation.
     
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    RD sights should be provided with every rifle allotted. Its upto the person when and where he likes to use it

    PS: what about holographic sights used by US infantry. They're small, with wide field of vision and less obstructive
     
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