A rifle for fighting, not for fun: India must give more thought to the foot soldier and his weapon

The Marshal Campaign Archibald Wavell, who was a distinguished infantryman with the British Army before becoming a viceroy, slightly less distinguished from India, wrote: “Let us be clear about three things: first, all battles and all Wars are won, in the end, by the infantry.

Second, infantry still carry heavy weight; Their losses are heavier, suffering from hassle and extreme fatigue more than other combat weapons. Third, the art of infantry is less formulated and much more difficult to acquire in modern war than any other arm. ”

“My rifle is my best friend.It is my life.I have to master how I must master my life.Without me, my rifle is useless.Without my rifle, I am useless.I have to change my weapon.I must call Straighter than my enemy who He’s trying to kill me. I shoot him before he shoots me. ”

In the battle cry of sales success 1953 Leon Uris, a Navy recruiter is punished for transgression to call a gun a gun to be invited to round out the training camp, naked and singing: “It’s my rifle , This is my weapon. This is for the fight, this is for fun! ”

In military jargon, a weapon can be anything that shoots a missile. A howitzer (shoot projectiles at high trajectories) is a gun, just like the barrel. The pistol is a specific weapon used by a soldier. This is a gun shot from the shoulder with a long spiral slotted barrel to spin a ball and therefore have greater accuracy over a long distance.

This is especially a soldier used to do his job. Stalin said: “The only real power that comes out of a long weapon.” US General Douglas MacArthur is usually put into context when he said: “He who said that the pen is mightier than the sword, obviously never found has automatic weapons.”

Its development is due to a well-known study after the Second World War on the way of use of arms by the childhood of America in the combat by the military analyst of brigade SLA Marshall. The study found that most infantrymen used their guns very little, preferring to take cover and shoot from time to time.

It was also found that infantrymen most likely firing their guns were the closest of a soldier firing a Browning automatic rifle. This is because when the man fired BAR, he managed to loosen a wide bow in front of him. When he did this, the enemy soldiers were low and infantrymen at his side, he could receive up to the cover and shoot his guns. This clearly suggests the need for further deployment of automatic weapons.

The reader may wonder why a small caliber gun, when it seems like for most things in life, more is better? This change of thinking in relation to firearms was the result of three observations. First, a large size (diameter of the ball), a gauge of 7.65 mm or 0.30, requires a large explosive charge to drive at the desired speed up to 800 meters per second.

The descent, as a result of this explosive charge in the automatic firing mode, the weapon has often made virtually uncontrollable. Not only was the soldier unable to aim correctly, but the decrease often resulted in injuries.

Another observation was that what was needed was not the gun of a precise shot shooter up to 800 meters. Statistical analysis of US Army firing in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars revealed that 90% of them were on ants less than 300 meters and 70% at 200 meters or less.

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