27 Pistols, Assault Rifles, Snipers And Machine Guns Of Indian Armed Forces

The prime responsibility of the Indian armed forces is to guard our nation. As Jet Li once said:

“A weapon isn’t good or bad, it depends on the person who uses it.”


The Indian armed forces uses a variety of weapons but here is a list of the most used guns of the Indian military hat help our brave soldiers protect our motherland.

Category: Semi-Automatic Pistols

1. Pistol Auto 9mm 1A: A copy of Browning Hi-Power, this pistol is widely used by all three wings of the armed forces.


2. Glock 17: Probably the most famous pistol on the globe, the Austrian Glock 17 is even used by Special Forces and Para units.


Category: Carbines and Sub-Machine Guns

3. SAF Carbine 1A: The SAF Carbine is made in India and is actually an improved version of the original British Sterling submachine gun.



4. Micro Uzi: The Micro Uzi is a scaled down version of the Uzi which increases its portability.


5. SAF Carbine 2A1: It is a silenced version of the SAF Carbine 1A and uses a Sterling Mark V silenced carbine.


6. M4A1 Carbine: Preferred in urban warfare for counter terrorist operations and close quarter combats, the M4A1 is used mainly by MARCOS and Force One of the Mumbai Police.


7. Modern Sub Machine Carbine: This Indian made sub machine gun is currently undergoing trials.

It has been designed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment and manufactured by Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli of the Ordnance Factories Board.


Category: Assault Rifles

8. 1B1 INSAS: Made in India, the INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) is the standard infantry weapon of the Indian Army.


9. IMI Tavor TAR-21: The MARCOS, Garud, SFF, CRPF and other special forces use this bulpup assault rifle which is of Israeli origin.


10. AKM: A modernized variant of AK 47, this rifle is widely used in counter terrorism operations by the Indian Army.


11. Arsenal Co. AR: Another variant of AK 47, this Bulgarian produced rifle is also mainly used in counter-terror operations.


12. MPi-KM: East German produced variant of AK 47, as others, it also mainly used in fighting terrorist activities.



13. Pistol Mitralieră model 1990: The Romanian version of the AKM which was widely used in the Romanian revolution is also used by the Indian armed forces.



14. AK-103: This assault rifle of Russian origin is used by Indian Navy’s MARCOS.


15. Vz 58: The Vz 58 P and Vz 58 V which has a metal folding stock is used for airborne and vehicle crew.



16. Multi Calibre Individual Weapon System (MCIWS)/ Ghatak: Developed by ARDE Pune of DRDO, this rifle is currently undergoing trials and is expected to replace Insas and other AK standard rifles.



Category: Sniper Rifles

17. Mauser SP66: It is a Standard issue bolt-action rifle of German Origin.


18. IMI Galil 7.62 Sniper: Made in Israel, this rifle is used by the snipers of Special Forces such as MARCOS and IAF’s Garud.



19. Heckler & Koch PSG1: This German Rifle is used by the National Security Guards and the MARCOS.


20. Dragunov SVD59: One of the world’s best sniper rifles, it is used by the best marksmen of the Indian Army.



21. OSV-96: MARCOS is the only user of this highly-accurate and deadly Russian-made sniper rifle.


Category: Heavy Machine Guns

22. M2 Browning: This American heavy machine gun is effective against infantry, unarmoured or lightly armoured vehicles and boats, light fortifications and low-flying aircraft.

It is the most widely used machine gun of Indian Army.


23. NSV: This Soviet designed machine gun is manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli of the Ordnance Factories Board.



24. KPV: Also manufactured at Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli of the Ordnance Factories Board, it is mainly used as anti-aircraft gun.


Category: Other Weapons

25. INSAS LMG: Light machine gun derivative of the INSAS assault rifle, it is used as standard issue Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) of the Indian Army.


26. MG 2A1, MG 5A and MG 6A: Manufactured by the Ordnance Factories Board under license is used by the Indian Military as general purpose machine guns along with PK machine guns.


27. APS underwater rifle is an assault rifle used only by MARCOS.


That’s all folks!


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