POTD — Elephant Hit By Train

This photo is from 2013 in NE India. News reports are the full grown Tusker was crossing some railroad tracks when it was stuck. Obviously. Since trains don’t go far when they veer off the tracks. Reports are the animal died instantly. Which I am glad to hear.

The photograph is interesting. Especially for a westerner who isn’t intimately familiar with the elephant. But what did catch my attention was the rifle the man is carrying.

From first looks, it’s easy to see a standard British issue Mark something-something Enfield. But if you know your guns, perhaps the magazine seems out of place?

Unlike the standard 303 caliber Enfield’s with their rimmed case and angled magazine, the Indians made some runs of Enfield’s in NATO 7.62 with a more squarish mag. These are not conversions, but purpose built rifles.

As such, if you ever see a “308 Enfield” look closely and see if it’s an Indian Ishapore 2A or 2A1. Both were built in the 1960’s and are of excellent quality. As such, they are safe to shoot with modern commercial ammunition

Is the man a game warden called to dispatch the animal? Or is it standard fair for authorities to walk around with 308 Enfield’s sling over their shoulders?

Here is a link to one we have in the armory.


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Marky Mark

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • paul flanagan

    Hi Marky,
    Looking at the man’s uniform I’d say he’s an officer of the railway police.
    They are a common sight wherever you go on the extensive rail network. Often also carrying a late pattern smle bayonet.
    Paul Flanagan.

    • Well hello back to London! It’s very cool you stopped by! The wonders of the internet.


  • Mikial

    The great majority of Indian security forces of any kind are armed with Enfields. This was one of the big issues during the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Many people around the world criticized the Indian police for their slow and lackluster response, but the average Indian police or security officer would have been poorly trained and outgunned by any terrorist. The same is true in many of the countries in the region. While working up a security plan for some US contractor’s offices in Bangladesh, we had to consider that the security guards at the hotels where our people stayed and those we could contract with for our offices were armed with bolt action .303 Enfields.

    • I wonder how much that will change with India getting dragged into super-power status?


      • Mikial

        Yeah, good question. They’ve been a nuke power for years now and it’s taken a long time for their government to be able to expend the funds necessary to upgrade their basic police and low level security forces.

        • I know they have been trying to upgrade domestic rifle production with multiple issues. I also know they have signed a deal to build a F-16 production facility so they can produce mass examples. And…improve their own aviation technology. —Marky

          • Mikial

            India is this strange dichotomy in terms of modernization. On one hand they have a tremendous industrial and tech power. They are noted for IT expertise, half the world drives Tata cars, and Mahindra tractors are sold and very popular throughout the US. On the other hand, much of their population lives in absolute poverty and they have a serious discrepancy in the modernization of their police.

          • Give it time. I believe in India as a long term trend line.

            If China is the world’s largest and most powerful pseudo-commie country?

            Then India will be the world’s largest 1st world democracy.

            Imagine a world with both India and the US as democratic super-powers.

            Sooner rather than later, India will take its seat as a world player.