Indumil CORDOBA ESTANDAR Pistol Now Being Sold To Civilians

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson
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The Indumil CORDOBA ESTANDAR is the 2nd generation of the Indumil CORDOBA 9mm pistol which was originally developed for the Colombian military. The pistol is described as being 80% polymer and 20% steel. It has interchangeable backstraps which our good friend Lionel, who saw the pistol at the ExpoDefensa 2015 Show earlier this month and took these photos, said its nice in the hand. He noted that the ambi magazine release is unusual in that you push it forward, rather than depress it to release the magazine. Other features include ambidextrous safety and a decocking lever.

The first generation of the pistol was adopted by the Colombian Army and National Police but a year ago. Youtube videos were published demonstrating flaws in the pistol. The company had to collect all the guns sold and redesign the internals. This resulted in the Second Generation version which has fixed the problems. In September this year they resumed production and are planning on commercial sales.

I think it is safe to say consumers are going to be skeptical, especially with Youtube videos showing the previous generation malfunctioning (I tried to locate these Youtube videos but my Spanish is far too poor). If I was their marketing I would have designed a slightly different frame and called it a new pistol, not a new version of a broken pistol.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Phillip Cooper Phillip Cooper on Dec 28, 2015

    The bigger issue they will have to address is the "OMG PLASTIC GUN!!" meme that will come about from the 80/20 plastic/steel note.

  • Javier Traba Pistolas Javier Traba Pistolas on Dec 30, 2015

    The first generation was crappy, second generation was -literally- a "rebuilt" of the first pistols, and third generation is the improvement of second generation but this time building pistols from scratch. That is the reason Indumil explains, and answers your question of you "would have designed a slightly different frame and called it a new pistol". The cost for each of this "pieces" is about U$2.000 (yes two thousand dollars) for local colombians, figure out what happens with original buyers if Indumil creates a new pistol...

    • Ric the Magnificent Ric the Magnificent on Jan 16, 2016

      @Javier Traba Pistolas I enjoyed the 2.0 video very much. While many purists may mock the idea, I am beyond intrigued that the country of my parents' nationality would attempt to design their own pistol. This is a bold move in a time when Colombia is going thru an economic and cultural renaissance. What other products does Colombia plan on self manufacturing, I wonder...