‘Nirbheek’: Lightweight revolver designed for women’s safety

Name of revolver has been inspired by 'Nirbhaya' as a mark of tribute to December 16 victim.

Kanpur | Updated: January 13, 2014 8:29 pm
With its nomenclature inspired by 'Nirbhaya', the 500-g revolver is light and can be kept by women in their purses or handbags. With its nomenclature inspired by ‘Nirbhaya’, the 500-g revolver is light and can be kept by women in their purses or handbags.

Over a year after the brutal Delhi gangrape incident, the Indian Ordnance Factory here has come out with ‘Nirbheek’, a .32 bore light weight revolver designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. With its nomenclature inspired by ‘Nirbhaya’, the 500-g revolver is light and can be kept by women in their purses or handbags.

The revolver, priced at Rs 1,22,360, will be made available from the last week of February from the Field Gun Factory here, General Manager of the factory, Abdul Hamid, said. “After the gangrape incident, our researchers were working on a revolver which is very light and can be carried by women in their purses or small hand-bags. Generally, the weight of .32 bore revolver is 750 grammes, but Nirbheek only weighs 500 grammes,” Hamid said.

The name of the revolver has been inspired by ‘Nirbhaya’ as a mark of tribute to the December 16 victim, he said. The factory is planning to invite a woman social activist for its launch ceremony. Hamid said there have been ten bookings for the revolver till date, and they are receiving daily inquiries, mostly from women in this regard.

The revolver, which will be delivered in a special ornamental box on a first-come-first-serve basis, he said. Made of titanium alloy, the revolver will also be sold to men, but the priority will be women, Hamid said.

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    AB
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    The 'Nirbheek' revolver, sadly, is just a smaller and lighter version of the IOF's long produced firearm. The original Top Break revolver design hasn't changed for, maybe, 50 years. Guess, the IOF, being a Govt organisation, has no motivation to redesign a really small, compact side swing revolver/handgun (just look for dozens of variations made world wide on the YouTube) made largely for women desiring personal firearms.
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    PP
    Jan 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    An uninspired copy of webley scott revolver.that came in service in Britain in 1887. I wonder when they will come up with an original design. Not worth spending that money.
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    VJ Singh
    Jan 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm
    What an ugly contraption.Better to have a chemical spray that numbs the brain section to prevent an arousal for several hours.
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