Reviewing the Indian IOF .32 Revolver
the Indian made .32 revolver is a handy weapon,though it is a carbon copy of the English Webley
Indian Made Hand Held Gun
The 0.32 bore revolver is one of the most popular hand guns for self defense, anywhere in the world. Its popularity stems from the fact, that it can easily be carried in a briefcase or a coat pocket, because of its small size.. The .32 revolver is now manufactured by the Indian ordinance factories. The Indian ordinance factories are government owned and thus have no competition. The ordinance factories were the brain child of the Indian defense Minister Krishna Menon. The IOF 0.32 revolver is modeled on the British Webley Scott and is a six round double action revolver.
This revolver is freely available, but is supplied against firm demand. Thus, once a demand is made the weapon is supplied in 3 to 4 months. Payment for the weapon is made upfront and the weapon allotted by serial number. There is no choice. The Webley was a standard side arm of the British army during the Second World War and by corollary of the British Indian army as well. As such, a large quantity of these is available in the second hand markets all over the world.
The Indian made .32 was tested by me some time back.The weapon is sturdy and has a barrel length of 76.2mm. The weapon is quite light and weighs only 700gm. It uses 0.32 Smith and Wesson 7.62 caliber cartridges.
A first look at the weapon, may not please the eye. The finish of the weapon could have been better and the engravings of the revolver details and number could have been etched in a better way. It looks like a poor imitation of the Webley. Maybe a little more attention to the finer details would have added to its esteem value.
The weapon however cocks and fires easily and is effective up to a range of about 30 meters. The quality of steel is satisfactory but the weapon if stored for a long time, needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled. I had a chance to fire about 20 rounds from the revolver and the weapon handled reasonably well. If the IOF pays a little more attention to details, they can have a winner to market. However to break into the international arms market IOF will have to make a better effort. .They will have to lay down and follow stringent quality control norms. This should not be difficult as the IOF is manufacturing this weapon for decades.
However credit must go to the IOF to have manufactured a weapon that is Indian and helps make India self reliant