Some random thoughts/guesses/speculashuns/objervashuns...
Sanku wrote:MSCM and MINSAS are both carbines; they both take the same ammo. 5.56x30; but they are different guns fore sure or are they?
To me it appears that both the MSMC and MINSAS use the same basic (possibly, blowback
-, not gas-operated) block/receiver with different trigger mechanisms and other minor mods.
So essentially (with due apologies to the GRE Verbal Tests), MINSAS:MSMC = INSAS:B-INSAS*
in the sense that both pairs use the same receiver/mechanism, but with modified layouts.
(* BINSAS = Bullpup INSAS
And if they are -- what are the roles for each.
MINSAS could be a CQB replacement for AKs, something like a desi MP38/40 "Schmeisser"... something small and light enough for CQB, but that puts out a powerful (though shorter ranged) round at a high rate of fire. Plus for tank crews, sentry duty, etc.
MSMC could be a PDW for officers, MPs, Arty/Engrs and other second-line troops. Plus it's more compact and, hence, concealable... ergo, good for undercover ops, say, in COIN.
Also what special about the bull-pup Insas? As compared to the TFTA Zittara? The kinds of ammon it can handle?
I suppose the Zittara cannot handle the special desi INSAS 5.56 round, only the SS109 (NATO) 5.56 round.
And is Kalantak a upgrade to Excalibur? Was Excalibur ever produced in large numbers and operationalized?
It was never ever really clear to me what was special about the Excalibur... is Excalibur just a shorter length INSAS, with a folding stock and black, polymer furniture ?
As far as Kalantak goes, Kalantak:INSAS = M4:M16 ... essentially, a shortened version of the service rifle.