India Produces First Handgun Marketed To Woman

Indian Ordnance Factories, a government owned arms manufacturer, is marketing a new revolver called The Nirbheek and named after a rape victim. The revolver is based on the Webley design (along with all IOF’s revolvers) and is chambered in .32 S&W. The frame is made from titanium and it weighs 500 grams.

The price: about $2000! That is about twice the average per capita income of India.

Thanks to Mark and WhaeOil for the tip.

Steve Johnson

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  • Ken

    Those who need it the most are not the ones who will be able to afford it or go through all the red tape.

  • Raven

    $2k for a .32 S&W Webley? I’d rather just have an original .455 and a box of Manstopper slugs.

    • Anonymoose

      Unfortunately anything over .32 is banned from civilian ownership in India.

      • Jack

        No, only 9×19, 38 special and 45 ACP calibers are prohibited from civilian ownership… if you want to own a weapon of prohibited caliber you need to get a license from the central government.. specifically the from ministry of home affairs internal security II division
        The prohibited and non-prohibited categories is from the colonial period..

        By the way i am from India and only thing you need to know about IOF products is to stay away from them… they are overpriced and crap… if you look are the quality and workmanship of the IOF gunsmiths if would appear that they employee drunk monkeys

        • Anonymoose

          So their craftsmanship is kinda like how CAI was in the past? lol

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    As many of you will recall, the rape of the young woman in question was hardly the sort of so-called “rape” that most of us, regardless of cultural, ethnic or social background, would perceive the act to be. It was not just an act of enforced sex, as horrendous as that might be in itself. No, it was in reality an act that involved unimaginably painful beating, mutilation, gang-rape and penetration with a steel bar or rod in the most complete and total sense of the term “violation”, far beyond what most of us could imagine possible. It was the same sort of technique and base abuse that actually occurs when “rape” as a tool of physical and psychological terror and intimidation is used to the utmost effect in the many civil conflicts that have occurred in the past several decades across the globe.

    Frankly, for IOF to name this revolver after the victim, who suffered so needlessly and died in such agony and humiliation, then to attempt making a hefty profit from that name in the supposed cause of implied “self-protection” for women at a price completely out of reach for all but the very few wealthy and privileged types, reeks to high heaven of cheap commercialism that is as crass as it is inhumane and lacking in empathy.

    I will grant that perhaps — just perhaps — the current report above has not told us the whole story in its entire context when matched to other evidence so that we may fully understand it. However, until we see incontrovertible proof to the contrary , there is no reason whatsoever to conclude otherwise.

    • KestrelBike

      From all I’ve seen/read, it [the company making the gun] sounds like business as usual coming from India. That’s just the way they do things.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        You’re right, and in many ways that’s just unfortunate.

  • Chief

    Are they marketing to just 1 woman or all of them?

  • noguncontrol

    do they even have civilian gun ownership in india? and when i mean civilian i don’t mean the police. and a revolver named after a rape victim? sounds like bad luck, they should have named it the “exterminator”. and titanium frame? what the hell? sounds like they made it to be expensive from the get go. and why .32 S&W? what indian women need is a full auto open bolt uzi or sten gun, i know they have those in india.

    • iksnilol

      .32 is biggest legal caliber there. They should have made the frame from aluminium.

      • noguncontrol

        the biggest caliber for civilians is .32 S&W? sounds like the politicians there are protecting the rapists.

        • wetcorps

          Even if it doesn’t outright kill the attacker, I don’t see a rape attempt going very well for him with a bullet in his chest.

      • Dan

        sounds like a great market for 5.7×28. much less than 32 caliber, yet far more powerful.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Or 7.62mm x 25 Tokarev — theoretically, a tiny bit “smaller” than .32 S & W ( 0.310″ vs. 0.312″ bullet diameter ) but at the far end of the spectrum in MV and ME while still having manageable recoil, unless there is some caveat in the law restricting cartridge type, length or capacity.

  • John

    This is great, lets introduce even more controversy into the firearms community with idiotic ideas like this. This is as asinine as Trayvon Martin targets.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yea, exactly that… Ooorrrr… A drastically different attitude towards gun ownership at least at the IOF’s marketing dept.

      How is encouraging civilians to buy your gun (albeit shitty and overpriced) by “dedicating” it after a rape victim “introducing controversy”? Shitty laws and gun culture they have, but this particular idea to name the gun after her isn’t a bad thing outright.

  • Vitor

    So many weird aspects about this gun, IOF is almost racist by making India seem like a land of half smartass, half goofy people.

  • Justin Moss

    I see that IOF is a government-owned arms manufacturer, maybe they’re trying to raise awareness about that horrible rape incident by naming the weapon in honor of her? I still think it’s a stupid weapon at a stupid price, but perhaps they at least have good intentions. This is absolutely not the first handgun marketed to women, though. Not even close.

    • Giolli Joker

      First handgun marketed to women in India.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      A good counter-point, Justin, and I respect you for bringing it up. Somehow, though, given the social circumstances, I think raising awareness may have taken a back seat to business acumen.

  • tincankilla

    $2000 would buy an awful lot of hi-points….

    • Hunter57dor

      at that point just buy a box of bricks and throw them at people. same effect.

    • Hunter57dor

      at that point just buy a box of bricks and throw them at people. same effect.

  • Jonathan

    This is NOT the solution to the rape crisis in India. A competent police force, prosecutors serious on nabbing rapists, and judges who take sex crimes seriously is.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Precisely. You’ve hit the nail squarely on the head.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Precisely. You’ve hit the nail squarely on the head.

  • Oneirolus

    Being from India, I have to add that it is impossible (and not just “nearly impossible”) for a common person to get a firearm permit (or license as it is called in India). One has to have significant political/bureaucratic contacts and/or must be willing to pay at least 4-5 times the price of the firearm in bribes.

    A poor-quality bolt action rifle costs at least $2,000 (+bribes). A double-barrel poor-quality shotgun costs $1,000+. A single-barrel pathetic quality break-open type shotgun costs $600+.

    And yes, IOF firearms are one of the shoddiest quality firearms in the world.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Thanks very much for your input — Your openness and honesty are greatly appreciated. I know that this is not the easiest subject to be so candid about, and that it takes a certain level of social courage to speak up like this.

    • asingher

      Oneirolus – can we talk? I have something important to share with you. or asingher on twitter. much appreciated.

    • RKBA

      Oneirolous, I can’t agree with you more on the junk IOF produces. However, it is not impossible to procure a firearm license. There are many who have taken the administration to court and the courts have upheld their rights to keep and bear arms. While the picture is definitely bleak- it isn’t a lost cause- extremely difficult but for those with a persistent head, not impossible.

      What is painful though as you rightly said is paying $10,000 for a 40 year old walther ppk and then $10 for a single round of .32acp!!

  • Man pippy

    Advice to females in india. Carry a fixed blade knife with a good grip within easy reach and with a wrist lanyward. Keep it very sharp. When attacked keep knife close to your side so it isn’t grabbed by your attacker, and stab up into the groin very hard then cut into the inside of the thigh. Should stop them in their tracks.

    • BOB

      The femoral triangle,is big enough that they should be able to get at least part of the Femoral vein or artery or nerve by doing this and the rapist won’t be feeling very rapey with those groin muscles cut even if the knife misses the neurovascular group.

    • DW

      Another advice is: leave this country. It takes less effort and money to immigrate to a better country than to legally own a firearm in India.

  • Michael

    I would like one to add to my Webley/Enfield collection, but not at that price.
    Can someone make a new 455 Webley, or a modern break action big bore short barrel revolver

  • rizz

    This is just a lightened version of another revolver they sell.

    • Anonymoose

      S&W and Taurus have similar related product lines.

  • guest

    Probably the local gun control freaks in India thought to themselves “Cmon, pay the 2000$ to defend yourself, we know you have the money”

  • john

    Civilian firearms in India in general are trash. They’re hideously priced sub-par knockoffs. The Indian government has a monopoly on firearm manufacture and sale to civilians, and it really shows in the quality and pricing of the firearms. I think the official list of all guns legally available to civilians in India barely reaches the double digits.

  • MrigKash

    Being made of titanium alloy, it was bound to be expensive. There should be cheaper guns, with enough power to severely injure, and a lower probability to kill.

  • Jonah Pach

    Interesting discussion.. Gun ownership in india is a real pain! Almost not worth the trouble! But of course it is definitely a status symbol and thats probably what makes it worthwhile. Some facts pointed out here are not exactly correct. .32 is definitely not the biggest calibre allowed for civillians. Whats allowed and not allowed for civillians depends entirely on what the army and police are using. If the army or police are using it then its called a ‘prohibited bore’ (actually restricted bore) and not allowed for civillian use. (This law is inherited from British rule era) The following are the calibres that are commonly used by the army and police : 7.62, 5.56, 9×19, .38 s&w, 45, 410. Although .45 and .410 are no longer used by the military or police, the government has just not bothered to ‘unrestrict’ them. All other calibers are perfectly legal! In theory one can own a desert eagle .44 magnum or .357 magnum if he can afford it, (I’ve heard of a desert eagle .44 magnum selling for about $ 40,000/-) Then of course there is a big question of practicality since the government has practically banned imports of arms and ammunition since 1980! A few gun dealers are allowed to import a restricted amount of ammo which depreciates yearly! Private individuals are allowed to import a maximum of 50 rounds as personal baggage provided they have a firearms licence. Most of the time their local licencing authority (depends from state to state and district to district) does not allow them to buy or more than 5-25 rounds in a year! The few modern firearms that get in the open market are those that are legally imported through Transfer of residence, Sports quota, Customs department auctions and government auctions of smuggled firearms etc. Most of such modern imports are usually cornered by officials, politicians and gun dealers and resold at an exceptionally high premium) I could go on and on but I guess by now most readers would have gotten the drift! In India the majority of people who own firearms are thus either VIP’s and the very rich. The ones who need it the least!

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Thank you for the enlightening and informative overview of how such complicated gun laws in India work. I certainly leaned a lot. And the unfortunate end result is still the same —- as you pointed out, only the rich and privileged can own firearms without too much legalistic hassle, with everything this implies.

  • Moa Longkumer

    …and knowing the wood-headed bureaucracy as they are here, menfolk will probably
    be prohibited from procuring such a weapon. Anyone applying for one will
    probably have to provide irrefutable documented proof of ones gender in
    triplicate, duly attested by a gazzetted officer…. gender quota
    system in firearms as well …. 🙂