Indian Army Wants Another 72,000 American-Made SIG 716 Rifles

Just a year after ordering more than 72,000 New Hampshire-made Sig Sauer rifles, the Indian Army wants to double down as the country faces off with China. The post Indian Army Wants Another 72,000 American-Made SIG 716 Rifles appeared first on Guns.com.

Indian Army Wants Another 72,000 American-Made SIG 716 Rifles

Indian troops have been fielding new SIG 716 rifles over the past several months, replacing troublesome INSAS 5.56mm rifles with frontline troops tasked with counter-terror missions. (Photo: Indian Army)

Just a year after ordering more than 72,000 New Hampshire-made the Indian Army wants to double down as the country faces off with China.

The original tender for SIG 716 model rifles in 7.62 NATO was announced last year and the guns have already been trickling into the country, seeing use with the Indian Army’s Northern Command, reports Asian News International. The initial impression must have been good because the military wants another batch of rifles, pronto, intending to fast-track the next installment.

“We are going to place an order for 72,000 more of these rifles under the financial powers granted to the armed forces,” Defence sources told ANI.

As previously detailed by Guns.com, the SIG 716 is a short-stroke pushrod gas action 7.62mm autoloader that accepts SR25 pattern magazines and uses a four-position gas regulator. Sig Sauer currently makes the rifle in a number of Patrol, DMR, and TREAD variants using a free-floating aluminum handguard with Key-Mod or M-LOK attachments and a top-mounted M1913 Mil-Std rail. The Indian Army contract models went with a 16-inch barrel, M-LOK handguard, and six-position telescoping stock.

“This is the first large firearms procurement of the Indian Government in decades, and the explicit mission for this tender was to modernize the infantry troopers of the Indian Army with the best rifle available,” Ron Cohen, Sig’s president and CEO, said in 2019. “We competed in an open tender with small arms manufacturers from around the world. The SIG 716 rifle underwent comprehensive and exhaustive testing and evaluation process where it outperformed the competition and was ultimately chosen, and met all the criteria, as the best rifle to modernize the Indian Army.”

President Donald Trump visited India in February and, speaking to an enthusiastic crowd in Ahmedabad at the world’s largest cricket stadium, said “India is now a major market for American exports—and the United States is India’s largest export market.”

With 1.2 million active soldiers, India has the second-largest standing army in the world and has been using the domestically-made INSAS 5.56mm rifle — augmented by various AK47 models — as standard since the 1980s. For the past decade, Delhi has been trying to upgrade their small arms without much luck, leading to a varied program of orders from overseas to buy time for a planned factory, established with the conjunction of Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern, to produce as many as 700,000 AK-203s domestically. However, the AK plant has been slow to materialize in the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis.

India and China have been increasingly engaged in a tense standoff in the Eastern Ladakh border region, where a clash with Chinese troops at Galwan last month left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

Likewise, along India’s sometimes hostile Line of Control with neighboring Pakistan, sniping from jihadists across the border has led the Indian military to seek at least 12,000 advanced optics for their new SIG 716s.

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Why You Need a Good Hiking Revolver

Whether for self-defense – from two or four-legged predators – or for hunting and recreational purposes, having a trustworthy wheelgun at your side greatly impacts your time in the woods. The post Why You Need a Good Hiking Revolver appeared first on Guns.com.

Why You Need a Good Hiking Revolver

Revolvers are great assets to have on the trail, but why? (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)

A good revolver on a hike can be a valuable asset. Whether for self-defense – from two or four-legged predators – or for hunting and recreational purposes, having a trustworthy wheelgun at your side greatly impacts your time in the woods.

Why a Revolver?

Why choose a revolver over something like an auto-loading pistol? Revolvers often bring a compact, and lightweight option to the table, using materials like Titanium or composite frames to reduce weight. They also tend to come in more powerful cartridges like .357 Magnum or .41 Magnum versus their semi-auto siblings commonly chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W.

Sometimes it’s just nice to appreciate the simplicity and time-proven revolver design. Whether a single-action or double-action, the straightforward draw, point, and shoot motion is therapeutic and charming to the cowboy inside each of us.

SHOP REVOLVERS

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Arming oneself with a revolver can prove helpful on hikes, especially where animals are present. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)

Many of us live and frequent wild areas where help is far away. Having a revolver or gun at the ready when you need it is, at times, the difference between life and death. A casual hike through the foothills can turn deadly with predators. A lightweight .357, like the Ruger LCR, tucked into a belt might change the outcome of such an encounter. (Not mention, the composite frame, and hammerless design make it easy to tuck into a pocket and carry comfortably.)

If you are in Big Country, like Alaska or the mountains of Western Montana, then you may want something bigger than .22 LR. With large predators like bears nearby, it’s a good idea to have something a little more robust in your arsenal. For a situation like this, a Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 Magnum or .454 Casull would be a solid option.

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Smaller, compact revolvers handle light hunting with ease. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)

Rural life isn’t just about lurking predators; sometimes, it comes down to fun. A pleasant stroll through the alpine forests might transition into a squirrel or rabbit hunt if you’re in the right place. A simple pistol like the old Ruger single six comes in handy on such a stroll. Using inexpensive .22 LR or .22 Mag, hikers may enjoy a hike and a hunt without spending much.

Final Thoughts

Whether it be for personal protection or recreation, a good a revolver makes a solid hiking companion. An excellent hunting tool with a broad spectrum of cartridges, revolvers are often less cumbersome than a long gun while still carrying the apropos energy required to take down predators and prey on the trail.

Browse Guns.com’s revolvers to find your next model.

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