srin wrote:I didn't get the spec for AK 203, so I'm using AK 103 specs.
Brochure comparison tells me that AK is only slightly longer than the Caracal with stock fully extended (37" vs 36.3"). I didn't get the stock retracted length (only the folded length on wiki) for the AK (27") whereas for Caracal, I got only the stock retracted length ("33").
Neither are bullpups, so what makes Caracal superior to AK for CQB ?
CAR816 A2 11.5" SBR Specs:
Caliber: 5.56 x 45mm NATO
Operating principle: Gas Operated, Piston
Modes of fire: Safe and Semi, or optional Select Fire
Overall Length (stock extended): 31.5″ (800mm)
Overall Length (stock collapsed): 28.2″ (716mm)
Barrel Length: 11.5″ (406mm)
Barrel Contour: Modified M4
Barrel Material: 4150 CMV, QPQ Black Nitride
Rifling Twist: 1:7” (1:178mm)
Barrel Length: 415mm
940mm (stock extended)
880mm (stock retracted)
705mm (stock folded)
A Carbine is not just advantageous for shorter barrel length but also another big goal is low recoil. In close combat, many shots are fired from the hip, and with a high recoil AK type rifle it creates poor shot grouping. If you have ever shot a 5.56NATO round you would realize how low recoil that round has compared to a 7.62NATO, in fact a carbine with 5.56NATO will have a recoil / jerk is lower than a 45ACP/50cal round from a pistol.
Carbines are a good weapon to have when you could have a mix of urban/close proximity as well as mid-ranged shots (<200m) - for example if IA is going through an enemy town/village etc. Rifles are good for regions like Ladakh/Thar etc where chances of urban warfare is remote. Machine pistols are great if the only situation is close combat warfare like the scenarios faced by NSGs.