K'taka Residents Bought Highest No. of India's Indigenous Revolver 'Nidar': RTIJuly 28, 2018 15:11
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An RTI (Right to Information) inquiry has revealed that residents of Karnataka bought the highest number of handguns, apparently two years after country's lightest revolver 'Nidar' was indigenously manufactured by the rifle factory Ishapore in West Bengal, according to a report by Arvind Chauhan in The Times of India.
The makers of .22 caliber Nidar claimed to have sold 196 units out of the 200 manufactured by them.
In an RTI reply cleared by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB), rifle factory Ishapore revealed that residents of Karnataka bought 37 Nidars followed by Union territory Chandigarh (30), Haryana (30), Delhi (16), West Bengal (16), Punjab (15) and Uttar Pradesh (12).
Nidar is seemingly the inexpensive weapon in its category with a price tag of Rs. 44,000 in retail and weighs just 250 grams.
It was launched after Nirbheek, a .32 caliber revolver that was manufactured after the Nirbhaya gang rape case.
The revolver has an accuracy of up to seven meters and a barrel length of 40.33 mm. It is capable of firing eight rounds loaded in a revolving chamber.
As per officials, Nidar was introduced with the aim of arming office-goers as well as professional men and women, so that they could defend themselves from criminals in public.
"The revolver is capable of firing eight rounds loaded in a revolving chamber against NIrbheek which has only six rounds capacity. Unlike the costly titanium alloy used in Nirbheek, for Nidar, a totally new allows of aluminum called 'DTD5124' which is very light and has supreme metal strength was used. The weapon can be carried in a small purse handbag, pockets of trousers and jackets," said Ishapore officials.
By Sowmya Sangam