Pistol Auto 9mm 1A

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Pistol Auto 9mm 1A
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Pistol Auto 9mm 1A
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originIndia
Service history
In service1981–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
ManufacturerRifle Factory Ishapore
Cartridge9×19mm Parabellum
Caliber9 mm
ActionShort recoil operated
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Muzzle velocity396.23 m/s (1,300.0 ft/s)
Effective firing range50 m (55 yd)
Feed system13-round detachable box magazine
SightsIron sights

The Pistol Auto 9mm 1A is a semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Rifle Factory Ishapore.[2] It is a licensed copy of the Inglis 9mm pistol[3] and service pistol of Indian military and police units.


Delhi Police officers armed with Pistol Auto 9mm 1A.

In 1971,[4] preliminary works were established to make Pistol Auto 9mm 1A. The first specimen was manufactured in 1977,[5] while large-scale manufacturing began in 1981.[4]

Design features[edit]

It is a recoil-operated, magazine-fed, self-loading, semi-automatic pistol that uses 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition. The magazine has a 13-round capacity.


  • Calibre: 9 mm
  • Sights: Iron Sights, Front sight: blade dovetailed on the slide; rear sight: notched bar integrated into slide
  • Weight: With magazine empty: 0.935 kg, with magazine loaded: 1.075 kg
  • Length overall: 205 mm
  • Barrel length: 120 mm
  • Magazine Capacity: 13 rounds
  • Ammunition used: Cartridge SA Ball 9 mm MK.2z(Parabellum)
  • Rifling: 6 grooves, 1 turn in 254 mm, R.H.
  • Muzzle Velocity: 396.23 m/s.
  • Number of components: 54
  • Range: 50 m


Any standard 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition can be used. (CARTRIDGE SA 9 mm BALL) for this pistol is manufactured by the Ordnance Factories Board.[6] The specifications of the ammunition is:

Physical Characteristics[edit]

  • Total length of round: H-29.69 mm, L-28.91 mm
  • Total mass of round: 11.94 g ± 0.65 g
  • Maximum diameter: 9.96 mm
  • Explosive filling in case: 0.450 g (approx) propellant SPA-2 or propellant NC-688
  • Cap Composition: 23 mg VH2 compo E1 compo

Performance Characteristics[edit]

  • Mean velocity at 18 m from muzzle: 397 ± 15 m/s
  • Accuracy: 75.2 mm Mean Figure of Merit at 45 m
  • Pressure Mean: 201 MPa, Individual 215 MPa; no single round should exceed 216 MPa.



  1. ^ "PISTOL AUTO 9 mm 1A". www.rfi.gov.in.
  2. ^ "About Pistol Auto 9mm 1A". rfi.gov.in. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. ^ Verma, Bharat (2013). Indian Defence Review Oct-Dec Vol. 28.4. Lancer Publishers LLC. p. 25. ISBN 9788170621348.
  4. ^ a b "Milestones". rfi.gov.in. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ "History". rfi.nic.in. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Products - Ammunition". ofbindia.gov.in. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  7. ^ Sharma, Manimugdha. "All the President's horsemen". The Times of India.
  8. ^ Gupta, Jayanta. "Excalibur muscle for Bengal police". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Legacies of War in the Company of Peace: Firearms in Nepal" (PDF). Geneva: Small Arms Survey. May 2013. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2016.