Indian (Ishapore) Rifle 7.62mm 2A1
Officially known as Rifle 7.62mm 2A1, this is a 7.62x51mm bolt action rifle adopted by the Indian Armed forces in 1963, bridging the transition from the Ishapore .303 SMLE rifles to the FAL series of 7.62x51mm Rifles. The 2A1 has the distinction of being the last bolt-action rifle designed to be issued and used by a regular military force other than specialty sniper type weapons. There were 350,000 of these rifles produced from 1965 to 1973.
The 2A1 feeds from a detachable 10-rd magazine and has a 800 meter rear sight. The stock and hand guards are standard SMLE pattern and many rifles utilized these parts from arsenal stores and earlier .303 SMLE rifles withdrawn from service. Constructed using N-Type Steel with improved heat treating processes, these were strong actions and fully capable of handling the 7.62x51mm cartridge.
Rugged and capable of withstanding rough handling, these SMLE Pattern rifles gave outstanding service until being sold off surplus by the Indian Armed Forces.
This one is like most of these 2A and 2A1 rifles. Mismatched recycled wood buttstock, forestock, and handguards and worn and thin original painted finish. These rifles left the factory with a local painted finish similar to the British Suncorite of the 1950's and 60's. However, the rough exterior hides an excellent condition barrel and matching numbers on the receiver, barrel, bolt, Forend cap, Rear sight, and Magazine. It is wearing a Black P07 sling like the one in the photos, but it is not the exact one shown.
These rifles can be quickly loaded via Stripper Clips. I've found that the Swedish Mauser clips work perfectly.
Quick video shown here: VIDEO 2A1
REF Number P3-287