Together with the better known American company Barret, the two companies will be sharing an order of about 6 000 sniper rifles “along with Telescopic Sights and accessories” from India, starting with an “emergency delivery” of 24 sniper rifles to be delivered “very soon“.
India is a large country, and its borders are long. But 6 000 snipers rifles are a lot of sniper rifles, to say the least. That has to be a large chunk of the World market, even if the delivery is spread out over a few years.
The next (huge) issue is going to be training. Of course, almost anyone can be trained to shoot a bolt-action. But to train to conceal yourself, work in teams, spot the target and make an accurate shot which actually hits is not done in a few days.
To properly master calibers like the .338 Lapua Magnum and the .50 BMG out to extreme distances takes a lot of knowledge and experience.
The Indians have specified rifles that are “Convenient to carry and operate by average built Indian soldier.” I am not
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog