Speaking to TOI, officer in-charge of the Ishapore arms factory, P K Aggarwal said, “The .22 caliber Nidar is lightest revolver ever made in India with cheapest price tag of Rs 35,000 only. The revolver is capable of firing eight rounds loaded in a revolving chamber against Nirbheek which has only six rounds capacity.”
He said, “Unlike costly titanium alloy used in Nirbheek, for Nidar we developed a total new alloy of aluminum which is called ‘DTD5124’ and its very light and as supreme metal strength.”
Both revolvers were named after a young Indian woman who was gang raped and murdered in New Delhi in 2012. The revolver is only 5.5 inches long, and weighs 8.8 ounces. It’s quite similar to the Smith & Wesson Airlight 317 in .22 long rifle. The price for the S&W and the Nidar are comparable, about $500 – $600.
The manufacturers of Nidar, however, are confident that their product will succeed – Mr Agarwal told the BBC that he expected to sell 10,000 units of the gun this year.
Members of the Indian gun culture applauded the addition of the revolver, but deplore the general state of firearms commerce and the excessive legal constraints in Indian law. From the indiansforguns.com:
The lunching of the new .22 revolver is perhaps the first step in the right direction and we should welcome it. The media should also highlight the right of a citizen as per law of self defence, so that they should know when to use the firearm and for what purpose. Secondly, adequate facilities be made available so that the new license holders can do target practice so that they can effectively use the firearm in an emergency situation.
We are all aware that there is powerful anti gun lobby, consisting of armchair academics and experts who refuses to see the ground reality.For criminals there is no shortage of firearms neither they have any problem of obtaining gun license or all India movement permit. It is all the problem of the law abiding citizen of this country.Let us hope the situation changes in the near future.
A great advantage of Indian gun law: self-defense is seen as a valid reason to own a gun. That’s as opposed to the gun laws in most of the rest of the Anglosphere, with the exception of the United States.
That sad state of affairs was directly created by the British government which gradually, deliberately, and without due process, eroded and destroyed the right to carry arms for self defense in England. Perhaps the one time masters of the subcontinent could learn something from those they once ruled.
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