In India crime is on the increase and in case you work or do business in any area the chance that you will be attacked or robbed when travelling at night is high. Yes! the police are there, but their response time is low( at least one hour), as such the robbers would have done their job.This response time contrasts sharply with the US police which is 11 minutes.
This is where the .32 comes in. It is a handy weapon and if need be, one can carry it in his pocket. This weapon is now manufactured in India by theIndian Ordinance factory(IOF). The weapons finish and workmanship has improved greatly and is a reliable weapon for personal defense.
The .32 bore revolver is over a 150 years old. The .32 refers to the bore of the barrel which is calibrated in inches. This makes the weapon smaller in size compared to the .38 and .45 versions which are larger and heavier. The IOF .32 scores over the bigger caliber revolvers because of its versatility as it can be carried in a coat pocket.
Onset Of Manufacture
The weapon though freely available in India now was not accessible to common Indians during the days of the Raj. The British restricted the ownership of guns to Indians. They did not want a repeat of 1857. At that time the prerogative to own the weapon was
All this changed after 1947 as the archaic laws of the Raj were set aside. Krishna Menon the defense minister conceived the idea of the ordinance factories to manufacture ammunition and arms for the army. The .32 manufacture was also started in the sixties. Prior to this the weapon was allowed to be imported.
Testing The Weapon
The IOF .32 revolver manufactured in India is a copy of the English Webley Scott, with some changes. The weapon has a barrel length of 76.2 mm and weighs only about 700 gms. It uses the Smith and Wesson cartridge or the Indian made cartridge as well. The weapon is sturdy and if maintained properly can last many decades.
I own one of these revolvers and I consider it a good buy. It is also available cheap as the going price is only about $1500 . The weapon fires easily and after a few shots you can get a hang of the weapon.
Indians can own this weapon and buy it directly from the IOF by remitting the full cost by a DD along with a copy of the licence. The weapon will have to be collected personally. I will recommend owning a .32 for the pleasure it affords, notwithstanding its role as a weapon of protection.