Ayisha Falaq is a competitive shooter in India. On the 25th of May, she used her licensed .32 ACP handgun to rescue her brother in law from kidnappers in a village, Bhopra near to the Haryana border. Ayisha is being lauded in the Indian and international media. From ndtv.com:
New Delhi: A national-level shooter, 33-year-old Ayisha Falaq, has been handling guns for the last six years. But last week, she took up her licensed revolver for the first time to counter crime after her 21-year-old brother-in-law Asif Falaq, was abducted. Ms Falaq, the police said, fired two bullets at two men – one bullet grazed a man, another man was shot in the foot . . .
With a police vehicle on their tail, Ms Falaq and her husband reached the kidnappers. It was decided that she would be the one handing over the money. The rendezvous point was near the village at post-midnight.
Ms Falaq, who won gold in 2015, carried her .32 bore licensed revolver with her.
“They had started suspecting that we had the police with us,” said Ms Falaq. As soon as her husband parked his car parallel to theirs, they started shouting ‘kill them’, she said. “They came out of the car and it was then that I shot them at their feet,” she said.
Reporters in India are even less informed about firearms than reporters in the U.S.A. It is obvious that Ms. Falaq’s pistol is a semi-auto. Nothing larger than a .32 is authorized under Indian law (there are always exceptions).
It looks much like Ms. Falaq used a Browning BDA. But there are anomalies. The barrel, where it locks into the slide, appears relatively square, like a GLOCK. The end of the slide seems rebated for a greater distance than the BDA. If you look at the top picture, the frame appears to be composite, with a squared off trigger guard.
Here’s another picture:
Is this the pistol she used in the rescue? Is it a prop for the interview? One account said that her pistol was confiscated by police. It seems unlikely that she would get it back so quickly. If this pistol is a prop, it is a very, very good one.
India doesn’t allow the importation of foreign-made pistols, at least for civilians. There’s a small stock of foreign-made pistols that are grandfathered but they are extremely expensive. That said, the Indian bureaucracy is notoriously corrupt.
Could this firearm be a copy, made in India or Pakistan? Perhaps an gun-savvy reader can make the connection to a commercially manufactured pistol.
Meanwhile, kudos to Ms. Falaq for using her natural right to keep and bear arms to defend innocent life.
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Totally agree with everything she said….I think
I think she could have talked them to death.
Why kidnap the brother?
Because a son is more valuable than a daughter there.
Why kidnap him at all?
For money, of course. His family is loaded.
How can we know this?
She has a gun in a country that does not recognize even basic civil rights except for the very wealthy and politically connected.
What American states does this remind us of?
It looks like a mock gun. Look at the barrel in relation to the slide. And India makes a .32 revolver based on the old Webley.
I’m guessing she used this:
There’s no such thing as a good guy with a gun, much less a good woman. Islam and the Indian caste systems are not to be feared, they don’t threaten anyone /s
Good job Ms Falaq, and for being an unmarried woman in such a culture makes this (and her) even more impressive
That’s a .32 Deagle. Very rare.
Just look at the shape of the slide.
Good job Ms. Falaq. But if there is a next time, aim for something more vital than toes.
Walther P22 9 mm PAK blank firing pistol is on the photo.
Thanks. I think you are correct.
Muzzle control, lady!
And toward the end she’s waving that Glock-looking pistol around with her finger on the trigger.
Not to take away from what the woman did here but she had help. A male relative drove the car to where her in-law was being robbed. It seems like the whole rescue was a family affair. Also, the cops were called but stop pursuing as the thieves/kidnappers went farther outside Delhi.
Her brother-in-law was targeted because he is cab driver – not the safest job in the world. This does prove that even though the cops were called, hostage rescue (like many other activities) is a DIY project.
goddamn you guys got your priorities ALL out of whack. all you talk about is what kind of gun it is. WHO CARES!!!!!
Very enlightening if you happen to speak Hindi. Other than that, great job !
Maybe a world wide trend towards self defense and defense of others, without waiting on the government.