Images of India : Nidar : India’s ‘lightest gun’ weighs just 250 gms…

nidarTwo years after India launched Nirbheek, a handgun pitched as the country’s first gun for women, a state-run arms factory has launched a similar gun which it says is India’s lightest gun. The new .22-calibre revolver is named Nidar, it weighs a mere 250 gms (8.8 ounces) – that’s half of .32-calibre Nirbheek’s 500 gms (1.1lb); and costs Rs.35,000 ($513; £357). Nirbheek came with a steep price tag of Rs.122,360 ($1,990; £1,213). It has a 40-mm barrel and is just 140 mm in length which makes it small enough to fit into a palm. Both Nirbheek and Nidar are synonyms of Nirbhaya – the nickname given by the Indian press to Jyoti Singh, the 23-year-old victim of the December 2012 fatal gang rape on a bus in Delhi. All three words mean fearless in Hindi.