From Kunal Biswas, DFI
Kunal Biswas wrote:
At first glance, The rifle look solid, The requirement given by user to put in wood stock
, It has a nice bipod and p-rail for placing a 10X optics, It got adjustable cheek raiser and rubber pad at butt-stock
, Its bolt action rifle chambered in 7.62x51mm, It comes with its own muzzle breaker and suppressor,
Allow me to play the devil's advocate here. Couple of things stand out in the report. First, I can't believe the end-user of a military sniper rifle asked for a wood stock! Wood stocks are subject to warping, cracking (especially in extreme cold and heat) and are temperature-sensitive. Sure you can glass bed a stock, but when the stock starts to warp, glass bedding won't save it. Free floating the barrel may also have the same issues unless you have very wide gaps between the barrel and the stock. Also wondering why they want wood furniture for something which is likely to be camouflaged. Not to mention the hassle of oiling the wood stock in the field periodically (and no, gun oil doesn't work on wood stocks, you want a different oil for that (linseed perhaps?)).
The rubber pad appears glued on to the end of the buttstock (and not very well either). You'd think that it would be adjustable to accommodate users of different dimensions. Also, I wonder how well it would hold up in snowy weather/desert conditions without cracking.
And I'm not too sold about that so-called "pistol grip" behind the trigger either. It seems to just get in the way without being useful as a grip. What's with the attempt at applying decorative cross-hatching in a military rifle?? There's no purpose for it at all. The cross-hatching looks like it was done freehand by a bored schoolboy using a compass from a Camlin geometry box. Also, the stock looks somewhat overly heavy in some parts and less in others (e.g.) look at the trigger guard. This must be the first rifle I've seen where the trigger guard is actually part of the stock itself. They could reduce weight quite a bit by getting rid of that excess stock material.
I wonder if the end-user actually asked for this stuff or is that what the OFB guys claim as their excuse ("not our fault, end user asked for this as a feature onlee")
Aditya_V wrote:Bolt action rifle, so a modernized 303?
As far as bolt-actions are concerned, there are 3 major types around:
1. Enfield action (cocks on bolt closing)
2. Mauser action (cocks on bolt opening)
3. Mosin Nagant action
Needless to say, all three designs are from the late 19th/early 20th century, but there's very little that can be improved upon them. I'm guessing the rifle has the Enfield action, simply because OFB has previous experience manufacturing this type (the Ishapore 2A1 for instance, which was also 7.62x51 mm. incidentally).