- Sep 15, 2009
The orange colour was Indian invention as earlier Fals came with brown furniture and i had seen almost black Fals mostly the wooden ones. Orange colour came only in 90s.Most of the Fals we see in the bright orange colour are repainted ones as i had personally hold some of them and could see the brown colour beneath it as the top layer was worning out.My best assumption regarding whole scenario of Orange INSAS (and even some of the Kalashnikovs and Vz-58s of those era in Indian service were painted in that colour, pics are out there) is because they wanted to imitate colour scheme of older SLR for some reasons, dhoop me hathiyar garam hota could be a plain afterthought.
You can also see similarity in ergonomics of both weapons here,from buttstock to carrying handle to well furniture colour...
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I'd even go beyond and point out that even Bayonet for INSAS (clearly copied from AKM pattern one) was made similar to SLR's for these reasons, just look at blade of the SLR's bayonet
RFI made ~8 incher bayonet for 1A SLR, year is said to be 1966, notice the semi-spear point with edge curving upwards at front
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Kalashnikov pattern bayonet on AK74,notice how semi-spear point has edge that curves downwards
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Finally INSAS' bayonet, clearly kopied from AK pattern bayonet BUT the blade itself is flipped around to make its spear point curve upward, just like it used to be on SLR's bayonet
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Thus, INSAS was made with ideas of keeping basic familiarisation/training as similar as possible to SLR in mind, from basic controls to bayonet and of course colour, that is what i believe.